In Memoriam: Richard Cumberland

Africa Hand for Chase

The CAA mourns the passing of Dick Cumberland, who worked for Chase from 1976 to 1999, working in London, Milan and Africa.

He died in South Africa on May 31, 2009.

After National Service as a commissioned officer in Military Intelligence, Dick joined the Bank of British West Africa, and was assigned to Nigeria, where he occupied a number of positions, before being transferred to serve the bank in Germany.

Dick joined Chase through the Africa Trade Division in London, and subsequently was assigned to the Chase affiliate in Lagos, Nigeria.  He returned to the Africa Trade Division in London, and took responsibility for the cross-border corporate lending activities in East and South Africa, before being assigned to Chase, Milan.

When Dick returned to London, he joined the Risk Management Area covering Africa and the Middle East, and, subsequent to the merger with Chemical Bank, covered other areas including Capital markets and Credit Policy and Audit.

Dick retired from Chase in 1999, and moved to Bahrain, where he took over the Credit and Risk Management role at Arab Banking Corporation.  He returned to London in the mid 2000s, and shortly thereafter, retired finally to South Africa.
Dick was a committed and dedicated officer of the bank, who had wide experience internationally, paticularly in the Middle East and Africa. He always seemed most comfortable in a credit oversight role, with customer contact.  He was successful in his chosen career.

Dick leaves a widow, Kate, and two children, Matthew and Justine. Those of his colleagues who might wish to be included in a memorial service in his honour should get in touch with his wife at EITHER or  This will hopefully be held in London in December 2009.