The Reading Chronicle has opened this online book of condolence to bring together tributes to Joe Ritchie-Bennett.

Joe Ritchie-Bennett was tragically killed in the knife terror attack in Forbury Gardens on Saturday June 20.

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Tributes to Joe Ritchie-Bennett

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If you wish to leave a tribute for Joe Ritchie-Bennet, victim of the Reading terror attack you can do so here. We welcome kind words and pictures.

I didn’t know Joe, but as the proud father of a gay son and father in law to his husband, both of whom know friends in Joe’s circle, I would like to express my shock and sadness at his violent and tragic death. Joe by all accounts was a generous, loving, thoughtful and lovable man and his death is a sad loss to his nearest and to the wider community. I am so sorry his life has been cut short, and so brutally. I send sincere condolences to his family, friends and all those who cherished him.

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RIP Joe. Reunited with Ian xx

Martin Taylor

I met Joe at the blagraves arms bar. He was a regular attending the quiz organised by the renegades. He was so witty, funny, ready for a laugh to the point he went to use a toilet roll to dress up during one of those Sunday evening quiz. A perfect gentleman.

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RIP to Joe Ritchie-Bennett. 💙 Very sad to hear the rumours being true of your tragic passing. I used to have good conversations with Joe, he was always the life and soul, always said Hi while passing, always had a smile on his face. One of my last memories of him was at the Blagrave on a Sunday, he was wrapped in toilet rolls to try and make it look like a catwalk dress😅 Ill cherish the good memories, he was also kind enough to message me on one of my darkest days, wishing me all the best with my upcoming treatment. Tonight I will raise a glass in both of your memories, for you Joe it will be a Gin. My Dear Friend. Until we meet again. RIP You will never be forgotten, terrorism will never win. 💙

RIP to Joe Ritchie-Bennett. 💙

Very sad to hear the rumours being true of your tragic passing.

I used to have good conversations with Joe, he was always the life and soul, always said Hi while passing, always had a smile on his face.

One of my last memories of him was at the Blagrave on a Sunday, he was wrapped in toilet rolls to try and make it look like a catwalk dress😅

Ill cherish the good memories, he was also kind enough to message me on one of my darkest days, wishing me all the best with my upcoming treatment.

Tonight I will raise a glass in both of your memories, for you Joe it will be a Gin.

My Dear Friend.
Until we meet again.

RIP You will never be forgotten, terrorism will never win.
💙
Matthew Neville

I didn’t know Joe but as the proud father of a gay son and father in law to his husband, both of whom know friends in Joe’s circle, I would like to express my shock and sadness at his violent and tragic death. Joe by all accounts was a generous, loving, thoughtful and lovable man and his death is a sad loss to his nearest and the wider community. I am so sorry his life has been cut short, and so brutally. I send sincere condolences to his family, friends and all those who cherished him.

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Joe, I didn't know you as well as a lot of people did, but having met you through Ian and seeing how happy you both were makes me so sad that this happened to you. My deepest sympathies to your family - RIP xx

Emma Dobson

You were a beautiful person, and loved by all. We're all going to miss you so much darling xx

You were a beautiful person, and loved by all. We're all going to miss you so much darling xx
Alex James

Thank you for being such a good friend. Your caring, fun and beautiful nature will never be forgotten. Hope you’re reunited with Ian. RIP Joe.

Neil Jarvis

RIP Joe xxx

Cal

May he R.I.P.

Stephen

May he rest in peace. So sad.

Lizabeth

RIP Joe xxx

Kathleen

So very sad :( rest in peace

Christina

Forever remembered, Forever missed xx

Dèné Tonna-Reynolds

Rest in peace

Manisha Lama