To Diane. I am tearful as I just found out Dick had passed nearly two years ago now. I was always amazed when I received a Christmas card from you two! I never expected anything return! I will never forget the first time I met John, Dick and Steve after my first concert experience at the Swing Auditorium in beautiful San Bernardino, CA! I last communicated with Dick a few years ago by mail. He had told me he would be performing with PP&M in Escondido, CA that fall. I was planning to attend but Mary became ill and the concert was cancelled. She passed not long after that. The world has lost a wonderful, kind hearted man and an amazingly talented musician. I will never forget his kindness or yours Diane. I will miss him as I miss John. The music lives on! It makes me sad to listen sometimes. John's music got me through my really tough teen years. Dick and the other musicians were all a part of
my life too. I realized the other day John would be 70 this year. The world's loss is heaven's gain. Can't wait to see them there. May mercy, peace and
love be multiplied to you. God bless. My deepest sympathy.
Dear Kniss Family,I am so sorry for your loss.I never got to meet Dick but always got so exicted to see him with PP&M on TV a few times.Dick's father Victor was my grandfather's (George Kniss)first child,then my mother (Donna) was George's first child by his second wife and she had five younger brother's.I was happy to meet Victory @ my grandfather's funeral in Mich. in 1957. I regret not meeting the rest of the family. You have my deepest sympathy. Annabelle Haviland call me 6168263502
I was just listening to Denver, and being a bass player, decided to research Mr. Kniss. So sorry to hear he'd passed...
Thank you for wonderful music of my childhood, and in certain times nowadays...
From a rocker, gl!!
I have always said I played with a legend. Only a few times, but I was in awe hearing you play the bass. Your runs were incredible. RIP Dick, you were the best.
I hear you play many times wth P P &M. I admire your rhythm and ability to make a statement with your bass. You were great. Thanks for your music and your life.
Was thinking about Dick yesterday and sending good thoughts, then today saw his obituary....10 months later. Hurts so bad to know he's gone. He used to write me when I was a teen; his friendship made me feel special when I was growing up. I needed that. Such a good hearted, sweet man. Thanks to his family for sharing him with the world. Can't wait to get to Heaven.
I remember the Hollywood Bowl in 1964...that was your first tour With P,P&M. We became friends in 1967 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. You knew how much I loved P,P&M and you always made sure I'd be able to come backstage. More than that, I truly appreciated our friendship. Thank you for the friendship and kindness...rest well now, until we all meet again.
I'm so happy we met you. Even through it was in the hospital. I was happy to bring you pop corn.R.I.P.we remember
Richard(Dick) Kniss made an immeasurable contribution to America and American music & Culture. I just wanted to say Thank You, Dick for playing your Bass Fiddle with such Feeling with my all time Favorite Trio Peter, Paul & Mary Your Family should all be Very Proud of You!!
Dear Diane, We just heard the news of Dick's passing. It seems so long ago that you and Dick moved out of your apartment in Queens, so Norm and I could start our married lives together. In the years that followed we were always excited to catch up with you at concerts where Dick was playing. Our condolences to you and your entire family and may your memories of Dick keep you smiling.
All our love,
Ilona and Norm
i am shocked beyond belief to hear of dick's passing
sorry for your loss dan nielsen
I am saddened to learn of Dick's passing. I played many gigs with him in Kingston, NY. I enjoyed the playing as much as the conversations between the sets. My condolences to the Kniss family.
Dick was for me the nicest and most gentle person I have ever known. In that way he set an example that I've kept with me and will always remember and keep in my heart. Take Care.
I was blessed to know Dick for 37 yrs thru my work and friendship with Noel. And When he came to the henhouse to play on the first album of ours that Noel produced,he and I finally had down time to really talk as opposed to backstage pre/after show backstage chats. He was such a good hearted man,a humble man,who ,thru working with a lot of others than PPM stories that he shared with me, I really learned how dedicated to doing his part in the music regardlless of personality conflicts.That takes a special man. And that he was.... I will miss his playing,but also the soft ,open look in his eyes.. lynn mossburg
My most sincere condolences to the Kniss family and Peter and Paul. I always loved to see Dick playing with my favorite trio. We will all miss him!
Dick is my big brother. I will miss his wit, his smile and wink, and our golfing times together. I hope he is aware of the impact he made on so many people. He loved his fans and would appreciate everyone's comments and memories.
Deepest condolences go out to Diane, Jonathan, and Peter. Dick was a wonderful man who always made time for people and others around.
Dick is gone but will not soon be forgotten. PP&M would not have been the musical force they were without the foundation Dick provided. Thank you, Dick, for making our lives richer by sharing your wonderful gift.
We were so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. John & I so enjoyed meeting him a few years back and talking with him. Please accept our condolences.
I have seen Peter, Paul & Mary many times and I was always impressed by the quiet man in the back playing incredible bass. Thank you Dick for playing a part in enriching my life.
Dear Mrs. Kniss: You and your family are cared for and my sincere hope is that with the strength from our loving Creator, you will be able to find comfort during this extremely sad time in your lives. Without your support and sacrifice, we may never have been able to enjoy your husband's talents to the full.
To the the family of Dick Kniss - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many.
Sadly, the Trio is now two voices removed, but we are tasked with their mission to carry on. Dick and Mary, your musical children ebrace what you have started and steward unto future generations your love and artistry. You will be missed, but hardly forgotten....We have only begun to rekindle the message and support Noel and Peter in their ministry of caring and common oneness we must all share together.
What a talented musician, but more importantly what a lovely man. So terribly sorry for your loss, but incredibly happy for Heaven's gain! Praying that His mercy and grace will sustain you, and give you peace.
I have many pleasant memories of Dick at Zena Rec pool and tennis courts and at PP&M concerts at SPAC. My condolences to Diane and the rest of his family.
In the early 70s, Peter Paul & Mary were booked to play a night concert at the Music Circus in Lambertville, NJ. There was a restaurant called the Weiner King in Flemington, several miles north. I worked there then. Everyone in Hunterdon County knew who was coming to town, I'm sure, because the band was quite popular back then. Early that evening, a small entourage came into the restaurant and my boss, Jack, walked up to the front counter and asked, "Are you Peter, Paul & Mary?"
"No," came the reply, "I'm Paul."
I still tell that story and people always laugh. I hope it serves as a reminder of such a talented group of musicians. That includes you, Mr. Kniss. We will never forget you. Thank you for all you did for the world of music. Heaven is a better place as you stand alongside Mary and John Denver. God Bless You.
Sorry for your loss Carol and family.I loved the trio, when growing up in St. Louis as a teenager, they were my favorite, would listen to their music over and over and sang right along. What a loss. Linda Groom (Pevely,Mo)
Thanks for the JOYFUL sounds, YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE in the world and in our hearts....you will be greatly missed!
Thank you for your music and your bass playing, Mr. Kniss.
You'll be missed. Thank you for your bass playing.
I can't tell you how sorry I am to hear of Dick's passing. I had such a lovely conversation with Dick the last time I was at your house. I know, it's been a while, but some things stay with you. Dick's and your warmth and friendship will be with me for always.
I first met Dick in 1966 and became an instant fan. He was a dear man and a gifted musician who never played a sour note. My most heartfelt condolence's to Diane and his family. He will be sorely missed, though his musical contributions will live on forever. May he rest in peace, and may the Lord watch over and protect his family!
Dick is my big brother. I will miss his advices and love. I love him very much, Love His sister Carol.
Dear Diane, Jonathan and Peter, So sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a great person. I had a lot of great memories with you. Love Debbie Mac Kay
Thanks for the
Dick was my big brother who I love and will miss dearly. My love will be with him always. Love, Carol
Diane, Jon, and Pete; Just wanted to let you know we'll be thinking of you on Sunday and in the days ahead. All of you were our family for a lot of years and we love you....Nat
I join with bass players all over the globe in mourning Dick. He showed us that it was not just about talent and ability, but that you need to have a conscience, as well. God rest you, Dick.
Diane, so sorry to hear about Dick. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed! Marian (tea bag)
"My mother was best friends with his mother Bernice. Dick even babysat my sisters and I when we we're kids. He was a most uncommon musician and an extraordinary bassist. Thanks for the music Dick."
WE ARE SENDING OUR LOVE, PRAYERS,&CONDOLENCES TO THE KNISS FAMILY,FRIENDS,FANS,&ALL WHO KNEW MR.KNISS.
We met in Paris in 1965 and remained friends through the years.
He was able to see his dreams come true through his wife and family and work. I am grateful to have had him in my life. He gave of himself to all who came to know him. My life has been enriched through knowing and loving him and Diane who was everything to him.
It's like I lost a family member.......thanks, Dick, for making my childhood a little brighter.....to his family, God bless you and thank you for sharing Dick Kniss with the world.
I am so sorry to hear about Dick. My memories of him go way back to my childhood. Daddy will be welcoming him with open arms (and that cigarette Dick slipped into Dad's pocket). My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
diane,so sorry to hear about dick.both of you were the ideal neighbors.
You and the group provided me with some of my most enjoyable moments of entertainment. Thanks for the music...
Dick has been my friend since 1965. I will miss his wonderful spirit, but the music lives on.
Richard brought many moments of joy to my life through his music with PP&M. His music was wonderful. My heart goes out to his family.
Though we never met, the Man was one of my musical heroes. I first heard him on record at Christmas, 1963, and switched from violin to upright bass within a few months. I literally learned to play listening to him and trying to imitate his countermelodies.
My sense of Mr. Kniss is that he was a truely Gentle man, as evidenced in his always-tasteful work. He will be missed greatly.
Thank you for your beautiful music ~
God bless you and your loved ones.
Peter, Paul & Mary's fifth Beatle. Thanks for it all.
"My condolences to the Kniss family. May our Heavenly Father the God of all comfort and tender mercies be with you all. (1Cor.1:3,4). With deep sympathy. " Neighbor (Al)
RIP, from Peter's friend Sandra....
January 28,2012 "You were one of the best. I treasure your music and memories."
Tom (Gainesvile, Ga.)
"....You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles..." Hug Mary in Heaven. Thanks for the lovely songs you performed.
They changed the world for the better.
To The Kniss Family
With deep sympathy and a heavy heart ,I write these words for your family. I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace in all the pleasant memories that you have, and may they comfort you, and bring you strength, in your time of grief. May you also find comfort with the thoughts below:
Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.
This verse found @ Isaiah 49:13 has comforted me, I hope that t comforts you as well.
With Deepest Sympathy
Dick, rest in peace my friend, and thanks for all the great years of music. My world has been a better place because of you!
I read about Dick online, at the Freeman, from my other home, in China. It was like getting hit with a bat. I'm so sorry. He was, and remains a joy to the world. A life well lived speaks for itself.
I'll call when my wife, Jun, and I return to Olivebridge, in June. My heart goes out to you and the boys at this time.
Thank You for all your Gifted Talents ! God Bless You and Your Family and Friends. Also your Fans, too.
Always sad when a great musician dies..RIP..you made me smile alot watching you play.
May God Bless His Family At This Sad Time. I Loved The Both Bands He Was In , Love, Sunshine On My Shoulders. I Was Named After The Song In The Early 70s. Rest In Peace.... Always SUNSHINE : )
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dick Kniss. Thanks for the
great music and lasting memories.
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS WE MET 3 YEARS AGO IN THE HOSPITAL MY HUSBAND AND DICK SHARED A ROOM AND I REMEMBER HOW HE LOVED TO PLAY HIS MUSIC IT MADE US ALL FEEL BETTER WE ARE SO SORRY R.I.P.MARYANN AND ALLIE MANNELLO