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June 6, 2017
Ms. Jan and the Ricks family,

I was living in Atlanta in 2005.
When Katrina hit, my family evacuated to my home.
I worked at a hospital in Atlanta in the Cardiac Cath Lab. One day shortly after Katrina, I looked at our patient list and saw a name I recognized. It was Hugh Ricks. I remember spending time at his house with his kids when I was very young. Jan and Hugh were good friends with my Mom and Dad.
I believe he was having a pacemaker inserted or possibly having a procedure to look into an irregular heartbeat. I was very emotional during this time and needed to connect with anyone from NOLA.
I went into the procedure room before they prepped him. He was very ill. He looked frail but still a site for sore eyes. I told him that I was Dale and Barbara's daughter. I asked him how he ended up in Atlanta and he told me about his evacuation. I let him know that Dad and my family were safe. I hugged him and cried with him.
I went to visit him the next day but he'd been evacuated again. I don't know how I found out that he passed away but I was saddened by the news.
Fate had our paths cross. I'm glad I got to see him and hug him one last time.

I own one of his Jazz Fest Posters and think of him every time I look at it.

Love to all...
September 18, 2016
April 25, 2015
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.
July 29, 2014
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
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