You were my friend, my buddy, my confident and I miss you so very much. I miss your genuine smile, your generous spirit, and your love of life. You were like a son to me and I am sure my son would agree that you were like a brother to him. You lived your life to the fullest and you made every moment count. It is not the amount of time we had, but what we do with that time. And you made the most of yours. I will miss you forever and you will remain in my heart forever. Until we meet again. Love always, Bessie Mapp
Rick, my son, my best friend: My little blue eyed baby boy born on father's day in 1955--truly was a beautiful gift. I loved you the moment you were born. You with the blue eyes and smiling face, were always happy and forever pleasing everyone. You always did your best to make people happy. Never in my life can I imagine how thoughtful, caring and sincere you were. You were the best son any mother could ever ask for. I,ll cherish our many, many times together. Your big heart was always filled with happiness and love. Your little dog Roxanne loved you very much too and she knew you loved her too.
I miss you so very much my son. Until we meet again. Love forever, mom
Ricky… my most favorite cousin and best buddy growing up. We were two of a kind, sort of odd and we danced to “the beat of our own drummer.” Thank you for my first taste of Boon's Farm Apple wine, listening to my first Santana records, and watching the drive-in movies from the other side of the fence. You were a year older, so I tried to emulate you as much as I could. I painted my bedroom walls with fluorescent paints and put in the black light to make it all glow. Your room was just so much better. We couldn't wait to meet up at the “Big House” in West Palm Beach so we could explore it and look for ghosts and hidden stuff, and then go down to the beach and bury one of us cousins in the sand. It was never a dull moment with you and I took for granted you would always be around. I am so grateful that I got to see you a few times in the past few years.
Why, why, why didn't we keep calling and writing like we said we would? I will miss you my dear friend and cousin, and will regret that we didn't spend more time together as we grew up. I moved to California when I turned 21 and you were supposed to come someday soon. We had so many plans.
To Aunt Dee: I am so sorry for the loss of Rick, but I want you to know that he was very much loved and was a wonderful friend and confidante to me when I really needed it as a child. Rick is still around you now, as well as all of your other loved ones, to comfort you during this difficult time. I will be back to Florida soon, and I will be sure that I reconnect with all the people I love, as well.
Peace and Love,
Chrystal Groves Francois
May the God of all comfort grant your family peace at this time. (1 Cor. 1:3,4)