‘Inspirational’ – tributes to Brighton fitness trainer Richard Tittensor Brighton News

TRIBUTE was paid to a “wonderful” dance and fitness trainer who passed away yesterday.

Richard Tittensor, who ran Clubbercise Brighton as well as his Fit With Rich classes, kept plenty of people active during the lockdown with his fun choreographed sessions and online fitness studio.

The personal trainer also taught Clubbercise – a rave-style fitness class to ’90s classics, complete with glow sticks, face paint and neon lights – at Patcham High School and Portslade Village Center.

A statement on the Clubbercise Brighton and FitwithRich Facebook page said today: “Our dear, wonderful and brilliant Richard, our ‘Titty’, found peace in the early hours of yesterday morning, ending her painful fights against depression.

“His light shone so brightly and touched so many of us every day. Her rainbows, sparkling dust and boundless love will be with us forever.

“Our dearest friend … You are so loved. Be at peace.”

Tina Daniels, who has attended Rich’s Clubbercise dance classes in person and then virtually during the lockdown, said he has helped so many people throughout the past year amid the pandemic, both mentally and physically.

She said, “Rich was such an optimistic and motivating person.

“He always smiled, wore bright colors and also had a cheeky sense of humor.

“This is such shocking and devastating news.”

Tributes and condolences also poured in to the Facebook page, with several people describing Rich as “an inspiration” who brought happiness to many with his classes.

Lisa Knight wrote: “I am so shocked and sad about this news.

“Rich was fabulous, fun and very engaging. I moved and couldn’t go to his classes, but he’s been on my mind ever since.”

Joanna Miller wrote, “Rich made everyone he met happy and more confident.

“How tragic that someone who seemed so happy had to hide such sadness. Rest in eternal peace Rich and I hope you are still dancing in the sky.”

Clubbercise Brighton and FitwithRich said more information on plans to celebrate his life will be posted on their Facebook page in the coming weeks.

The statement added: “At this time, we ask that his family have the opportunity and the space to mourn this terrible loss.”

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This notice was published: 2021-04-19 16:50:00