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Old 09-08-2004, 11:48 PM   #301
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Lisa, our deepest regards. You know of course how much Rich contributed to this board. We will all miss him.

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Old 09-09-2004, 12:37 AM   #302
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I am truly saddened to read of your loss. Sometimes words are so inadequate....
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Old 09-09-2004, 06:36 AM   #303
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Old 09-09-2004, 06:39 AM   #304
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Dear Lisa and family
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope that you realize how much Rich contibuted to this forum. I pray in time that the sadness is replaced with the fondness of your memories.
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Old 09-09-2004, 06:50 AM   #305
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So sorry to hear of your loss. Our condolences. We always enjoyed reading his view on DVC.
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Old 09-09-2004, 06:55 AM   #306
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Lisa:

I am so very sorry to hear about this. I was out most of the day yesterday, and I'm just cactching up now. I'm stunned and saddened to hear about this.

Rich has been around here for a very long time, and yes, has engaged in his share of controversy. I venture to say that even those who disagreed with him the most will miss him. He had a unique and inventive sytle of sharing his thoughts, and even when you didn't agree with him, there was something about the way he expressed himself that was charming, mischevious and fun loving. Even though many of us never met Rich in person, he was a part of our family here, and this place is lesser for having lost him, especially at such a young age.

I will honestly miss his contributions here, and the ocassional emails I would get from him. You and your family are in all our thoughts and prayers.

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Old 09-09-2004, 06:56 AM   #307
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Prayers go out to you -- Rich will be greatly missed here on the DIS boards. Thank you for sharing him with us for the past several years. He brightened the day for many of us.
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Old 09-09-2004, 07:13 AM   #308
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Sorry for your loss

Deepest sympathies to you, and your entire family, Lisa. Your DH's posts almost had me convinced to buy OKW resale. He will be missed.
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Old 09-09-2004, 07:13 AM   #309
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I have missed his posts for some time and have been wondering what happened to him. Thank you for letting us know.

You and your daughter will be in my prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Old 09-09-2004, 07:40 AM   #310
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God bless you and your family.

Rich will be missed.
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Old 09-09-2004, 08:29 AM   #311
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So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
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Old 09-09-2004, 08:30 AM   #312
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I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Even though I never knew Rich, I always enjoyed reading his posts. He will be greatly missed here. You and your daughter are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Old 09-09-2004, 08:32 AM   #313
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Lisa, sometimes the words just won't come. Fortunately for us, Rich never had that problem.

My deepest sympathies to you and your family and friends.

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Old 09-09-2004, 08:34 AM   #314
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Just so you know, there's more information about Rich's passing and a memorial fund on this Scholarship Thread.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....hreadid=641244
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Old 09-09-2004, 08:55 AM   #315
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Thanks so much...

...for all your thoughts and prayers. I'm going through the 300+ responses here - and I cannot express how much this means to me right now.

For those of you wondering why he hadn't been posting lately, I suspect that it had more to do with him being busy with his real estate investing business than anything else.

Rich had an aortic heart valve replacement and ascending aortic root aneurysm repair back in 2000. They replaced his aortic valve with a mechanical one - and as a result had to take blood thinners and other medications to keep the thing "ticking". And it did tick! Quite loudly at times. You can only imagine the fun he had with people he met because of this. One time, a client said to him "I hear something ticking, is that your watch?". Of course, Rich replied "what ticking, I don't hear any ticking". So the client proceeded to wander around the office trying to figure out the source of the tick-tick-tick! Rich told me that he never did tell the guy about his valve, and pretty much left him in the office scratching his head! But that was Rich - the prankster and jokester.

The doctor had told him back then that the valves can last up to 15yrs....but he stressed the "up to" part. I suspect that the valve failed, because it happened very quickly. He literally fell down in our kitchen and was gone within minutes.

We both knew that he was not long for this planet, but it was more of an unspoken thing. I think that is why he lived each day like it was his last, and never held back in saying things - or doing things that most people thought were impossible. And with all his health problems, you never heard him feeling sorry for himself or complaining about what a bum rap he had in life. His typical response to "how are you Rich?" was always: "Better than you can possibly imagine!"

Again, thanks so much for all of your support and kind words....I cannot tell you how much they mean to both me and my daughter.

We had planned a trip to WDW in January, so both my daughter and I will be going. For the rest of our days it'll always be our special connection to him.

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