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August 15, 2013
Sorry to add this entry so late, I've had several vacation trips going on this summer.

The sad news of Richard's passing takes me back to 1972, when he hired me to work with George at the downtown store. On the first day, he took me outside and told me we needed to sweep off the sidewalks every morning to keep that "downtown dust" out of the store. He then proceeded to show me how to sweep, holding the broom with an overhand grip with the right hand and just using the left hand to guide it. After each push of the broom, he'd tap it twice on the sidewalk to knock the dust out of the broom.

"You see how I do that, Steve? Huh? Huh?"

I tried to tell him the the angle created by holding the broom with an overhand grip for a 6'4" guy like me didn't work, but he'd have none of it. So, every day after that, I'd sweep when he was busy with something else. But every once in awhile, he'd see me and come out and show me how to sweep properly again.

After working there for about 8 months, I was going to start in at the U of O. I asked Richard if I could borrow the company van to move my stuff to Eugene. He generously allowed me to use it, and gave me some advice about college at the same time.

Richard was a wonderful, wonderful man. I'm so glad I got to work for him and learn from him.
July 24, 2013
Ah, all the wonderful memories of amazing neighbors;growing up on Westmore Way. Richard and Mary Alice were not only fond friends,golfing partners and Bridge friends of my parents; but their yard brought such memories as an exciting place to explore with Mary Winn and little Cathy. There were the tall trees that provided dark spaces to hide; the dark mysterious Basement room and of course the Castle in the trees...that great green Treehouse. It seems like just yesterday.Richard and Mary Alice had such a wonderful family and were amazing neighbors.
July 24, 2013
To a Sweet Uncle;

Uncle Rich,

We all love you and miss you, but we know you are finally with Auntie Mary Alice.
We'll just have to wait to see you and hug you again.

Love, Suzie
July 22, 2013
It is said there is no time like the present. However, the past, filled with its warm memories of friendship, becomes very much the "present", when our thoughts turn to a long time friend and the loss of someone dear. Even with the passing of many years we have remembered Richard Atiyeh, and his friendship with our family, and the thoughtful consideration he and his brothers gave to the entire neighborhood. Our family home is across the street from the cleaning plant, and it continues to be a wonderful neighbor.

I extend my sympathy to all the Atiyeh family. Richard, may you rest in peace.

Julie (Rigotti) Cettina
July 21, 2013
Warm memories and thoughts of childhood come to mind when I think of Richard and his brothers and Atiyeh Bros on 15th and Division. I would sell homemade lemonade there in front of their cleaning plant and Richard along with the others would be the first to come out and enjoy my beverage. Life goes too quickly but memories and affection lasts forever. My sister and I had a wonderful visit with Richard a few months ago and it was delightful and as talked about old times, Mom and Dad and days gone by....Our thoughts our with all of you and I am sure Richard's spirit will grace you with his love and protection during these days.
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