Laura and Emma, can't remember when I learned of Hugh's death, but know that I tried to contact you at that time to no avail. I have thought of you and all Hugh's children, and remembered Ben, many times since. In conversation with my daughter (who knew Hugh) today, his name came up and I felt the need to check the Internet to see if there was anything about him. Am so glad I did --- if only because you will know that all of you have been in our thoughts all along. Laura, as you know, Hugh was a friend and we were both tenants in the Beauvoir. Saw him and spoke with him several times after you moved to Canal Blvd. We were and are so sorry for your loss. Hugh and his family will be in our thoughts as long as we live.
I know after reading this article that my dear friend Hugh has been gone since 2005 but to me he just passed away 5 minutes ago. All this time I have been picturing him alive and well and being a big part of the recovery in Lake View. He loved his house there and made a lot of the modifications to the house himself. Even though there was a big age difference between us I never felt it - he had such a young spirit and such an open curious mind. We worked on many creative projects and the work was always wonderful and always felt more like play than work. I am truly sorry for his loss to the community and his large family. I hope his previous wife and young daughter are doing well and that his memory is not over shadowed by the tragic ending of such a extremely kind and talented gentle man. Thinking of you Hugh! Love, Lynne
Hugh may be gone but he is not forgotten. Just today I was remembering what a kind man he was and the good times we shared with him, his family, and the other family members, past and present. I hope the entire Ricks family are well and still enjoying those wonderful crawfish boils. God Bless.
I was Cindy & Lorena's teacher in high school. I didn't know Hugh,personally, but I have the Water Godess & Pelican posters from the Worlds Fair and I loved his work. I was sorry to learn of his death these years later. I also lost my sister-in-law to medical complications of Hurricane Katrina. My heart goes out to the family. I know this was hard for all of you.
Dear Patrick, Jan and all, My heart was sickened when I ran into Patrick near his barber shop in downtown N.O. in 2006 and learned of Hugh's death pursuant to the storm. I will always prize my little postcard size World's Fair poster that he autographed for me. Oh those days we all had together back at CCBC. His art is adorning our eventual home now. I miss and love you Jan and kids. God bless you, Lynn Bigham
I would like to thank everyone for writing such nice thing and they are deeply appreciated.
Hugh was my brother-in-law in 1973. I was married to his brother Dewey. It broke my heart that such an incredible person with such a love for life and all that life can give to you was lost because of Hurricane Katrina. My heart goes out to his children, Jan and Laura. He was such a unique person and anyone that met him knew it immediately. Hugh was the reason I pursued a career in art and even though I am a Music Therapist now, it is his love of the arts and music that added to my quest to enrich myself. He will always be in my heart.
My husband and I are huge fans of Mr. Ricks. We are deeply sad over the loss of such a wonderful artist. Best wishes from our family to yours.
I am so sorry to read about Hugh. I worked with him at Pertuit & Associates in 1976-1977 and just loved him. A true gentleman with a fine sense of humor. When we worked together, I was being courted by my future husband. After a few weeks, Hugh commented that "If I were your daddy, I'd have to ask that young man what his intentions were." He also told me that "Back where I come from, we shoot people who are sarcastic to us." I took the point to heart. I was fresh from NYC and had all of the bad habits.
I especially enjoyed going to lunch with Hugh. I still wonder how he could eat such spicy food when it was so hot outside! He'd laugh, mop his brow, and groan with pleasure.
I moved to Ketchikan, Alaska in 1977, returned to N.O. twice, and will visit again tomorrow. Hugh is without a doubt one of my finest memories of the place.
With profound sadness.
Karen Thompson Lybrand
My deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your loved one.
May your pain lessen and your heart grow stronger one day at a time.
Roger from NJ.
To the Hugh Ricks Family: I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ricks several years ago and was truly charmed. He signed prints for me and I'll always treasure them. What a great artist and warm person.
To the entire Ricks family I am sorry for the loss of such a great man. You are in my prayers
As a client of Escudier, Richard & Mattingly design firm, the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi was fortunate to have Hugh work on a number of our designs. I have a copy of one of his designs framed and hanging in my son's bedroom. I look at it frequently and think of Hugh. I am honored to have known Hugh. He was an extremely talented gentleman who has been and will continue to be missed.
Larry and I and the rest of the group here at Escudier, Richard & Mattingly think about him all the time. In fact, his desk is still set up just the way he left it. We keep saying we need to do something about it, but just can't do it yet. I guess it makes us feel like he really isn't gone.
Hope your families are doing fine.
Sean and Pat,
Looking at the list on-line, I was sad to see your dads name. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
I'm so sorry to read about the death of your father. He was such a talented man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sandy Feraci and Family