It's coming up on 3 years and the pain is just as fresh now as it was the moment I got word of it. Time does not cure all. It's not true. Those that do get cured, it's because they want to forget. I don't. I miss you everyday and keep you in my toughts and in my prayers. I miss the last minute lunches. I miss you using my office as if it was yours. I miss you falling asleep in my office due to you being up all night on an overnight survelliance. I never quite realized how much you shared and were a part of my life and that of my children and wife. The Holidays have not been the same. We love you and absolutely miss you. If anyone ever asked what a perfect brother was, you would be the poster child. Watch over Mom & Dad. AND until we meet again, I love you and miss you terribly. Thank you for always being there for me. #344
Dear Carlos, Carol, Carlos, Nick & Jane
It is very difficult for me to express in words the loss and pain the passing of “The Paz” has had on your family and the countless of friends he acquired in his short life. So I will pass along a short but true story.
Paz was at the restaurant that day and we were shooting the breeze as we often did there. Paz left and I decided to clean a table that a customer just left. I was whistling while cleaning the table and an old man from another table said to me; “ you must be rich, because all rich people whistle while they work”. I just told him, I wish. However, in my mine, I told myself, I’m rich in what matters to me. I have my health, I have the love of my family and I have the love of my friends. What I did not realize then and I do now was that the old man was right. I am rich and its because of friends like Paz, that made me whistle.
I will miss all the great times we had. I will never forget you and I will keep you in my thoughts forever. I love you man. Until we meet again one day.
I just found out today(3/24/08), who this person was who had the terrible accident which took his life.
I was an eye witness to the whole accident as I was traveling beside Richard just seconds before the crash.
I had left my name at the Circle restaurant a couple of weeks ago and just had an insurance agent contact me for some details about the accident. Just reading the article on Richard has helped me with some closure to this awful scene that I had to be a witness to.
Richard sounds like the kind of person I would have liked to have known. My thoughts and prayers can now go out to all his friends and family. God bless you Richard.
"In Memory Of Richie Pazos On His First Resurrection Day With Jesus"
We don't remain here as people with no hope! If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died for you & was resurrected on the third day, you too will enjoy eternal Life!
May these words comfort Carlos & his family, Jane, Hillary & the many, many friends that Richie was blessed with before he went home. We will be reunited with our loved ones again someday.
May God's Peace & Love For You Bless All of You during this Easter Season.
I knew Paz through the Castillo Brothers. When I think of him I think of a Gentle Giant. I have not seen him in years since I left Tampa, but I have very fun memories of the times we hung out together.
I wish comfort to his friends and family a this time of loss
My deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved Richie. Having met him several years ago thru Jane he was warm and welcoming - with a great sense of humor. I know he lit up Jane's heart! That's what you hope your friend finds. He was that person. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Rest in peace dear neighbor.
God has yet another truly special angel in heaven....you will be missed my friend.
How could this happen. One of the most gentle, kind, warm and loving person I have had the good fortune to know has been taken from this world. You have left a hole in the very heart of our family, especially my cousin Roger who will be lost without your friendship. We will all certainly miss you at every Castro family function. It won't be the same without you my friend.
I will miss seeing your warm smile and hearing your friendly greeting in the courthouse lobby. I still find myself waiting to see you coming out of one of the offices.
I know you are in a better place and I thank God we have another angel looking over this family. Lord knows we need an angel like you in our lives.
Carlos and Family,
I cannot begin to tell you the sadness I feel at the loss of your loving brother. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him dearly.
We will keep you in our prayers.
God bless all of you
We'll see your smile again Richie.
Debi and Danny Martinez
I am so very sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I know how close you were to each other, and I cannot even begin to imagine your pain. My deepest sympathies to you.
Richie, As quoted in the paper, you were "a hell of a guy". I will never forget you, and always keep you in my memories. You would be happy with the "parade" you got to your final resting place. You'd be happy to hear the comments from the people walking along the street about how big the funeral procession lasted. The "music" that followed you was a different tune than you would have played, but it was loud, just the way you would have done if you were controlling the sirens yourself. There won't ever be anyone like you... a gentle giant with a firm focus and a dedicated heart. Forever your friend, Rick.
Our condolences to you and your family. I remember talking to Mr. Pazos with Rick and Loretta Nardelli.
My wife and I hope that the love that is being shared here in this guest book can in some small way indicate how much Richard meant to so many others. God Bless you and your family. And God's Love and Mercy forever on Richard.
Richard. You were the Best Friend anyone could have.I hope you know how many lives you touched.You have left this Earth, but you will never leave our Hearts.It has been 8 Days since Heaven called you up and I am still having a hard time dealing with it. They say time cures all. I will put that theory to the ultimate test.I will miss our daily calls and our Weekly Dinners. I will miss your smile, your passion, and your enthusiasm. I will miss the way you treated your Friends and the way you lit up a Room when you walked in. The Rough Riders have lost a Gentle Giant of a Man. A tireless worker and Club Leader.My Heart goes out to your Friends, Your Brother Carlos and his Wife Carol, your Nephews Nicholas and Carlos, and of course your warm and wonderful Girlfriend Jane and her Daughter Hillary. I will be there for them as I know you would be for Me.I hope you rest in eternal peace my Friend. I am a better Person for knowing you.
Dearest Carol,Carlos,Nick,Carlos and Jane,
It's So Very Hard To Say Good-Bye... There are NO words to express the pain that so many people have felt over the loss of your loved-one. It is unbelievable how many lives Richie touched during his 47 years of his life. We never realized what a HUGE impact he had on this community. Our family feels honored to have been a part of his short-lived life. If only he were here to see all of the smiles that turned to tears and how many hearts have been broken!!!
Hopefuuly Carlos, you will carry on Richie's passion for life and the many traditions that the two of you started together. May this tremendous tragedy be a reminder to all of us to live life to the fullest each day and never go a day without telling our loved ones, "I Love You". March 1st will forever be a reminder of the day the world lost a Great Man!
May the love of so many caring people help carry all of you through this difficult time, and may God bring you peace and many happy memories.
Richie will be truely missed...but NOT forgotten!!
God Bless and Be With Each of You,
Jan,Wayne,Travis and Trevor Santos
Richie, We will miss you wholeheartedly, but we will keep your spirit alive in us. Take care my brother.......
He will be missed and remembered.
I can't remember a time when I was around you (especially at Sunset Beach) that I didn't think to myself what a wonderful, kind and exceptional person you were. Sometimes, I verbalized it to whom ever happened to be around. Your life was an extremely purposeful one filled with love for others and life. Your passing was not in vain, as you leave your legacy behind for all who were blessed enough to know you. We shared a love for the beach and water. I will miss you and think of you especially when I am there. May you rest in peace with your parents and God.
Dear Carlos, Carol, Nicolas, Carlos, Jane & Hilary
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. We were out of town last weekend and shocked when we got the news on Wednesday. We don't have to tell you what a great man the Tampa community and the Rough Riders have lost. I think we stood in line with half of Tampa on Friday night to say goodbye - how wonderful is that!! Richie touched a lot of people and was a shining example to all Rough Riders. They should all learn from him and do their best to honor him whenever they wear that uniform. Jane, David and I are so thankful for that night in early December when we just happened to run into you and Richie at The Press Box. How precious that memory now is! Richie will be missed here, but Heaven has gained another angel to put their parade floats in top shape!
Love, David and Tammy Dee
My heart and prayers are with Jane and Richies families during this difficult time.
Pazo, Everyone's friend, it only took one meeting with him to know and love him. I was lucky enough to meet Pazo thru my friend Verti Settecasi back in our Cazbar and ABC days. What a great dancer, He was always the perfect gentlemen, with a loving heart, a warm smile and a teddy bear hug whenever he saw you. Our Blessings, thoughts and love to the Family and Friends of Richard Pazos. Having the pleasure of knowing him was GOD sent we've all been blessed with an angel. Our Love Jeanette Viera & Verti Settecasi
My heart is sad for Jane and Richard's family...Richard will be missed though out the community. His smile, giant hugs and ever present stance on top of the Rough Rider float ready to rock the parade will always be in my memory. I hope someday to glance up there to see Richey ready to roll.
For Carlos, Carol, Nicolas, Carlos, Jane and Hillary....
No words can express the pain and loss. Just know that you have emotional support any day or time from all of us.
For Richard, Who will pick up Roger and take him out? I will miss that completely. You were the greatest.
We were sorry we missed Las Vegas with you and Jane, especially since we could not rent the Hummer or do the helicopter ride. But I know you & Jane had a great time.
The opossing fans at any Sports bar will even miss you.
I will miss you and carry you always in my heart mi amigo.
CARLOS AND FAMILY,
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
JOHN RAMIREZ MD
LINETTE RAMIREZ STUBBLEFIELD
TAMPA HEART CENTER
Your smile (& hugs!) will forever live in our memories. Thank you for being the wonderful person you were. Your legacy will live on through the many lives you've touched. Love, The Bade Family
Carlitos estamos junto a ti y familia.
Tu Mami desde el cielo esta feliz reunida con su bebe.
Estamos unidos en oracion contigo.
Sabes que tu Mami era mi "GRAN AMIGA".Besos.
Veronica & Ted.
It May Be The Last Time
Being with your family and friends every day
Doesn't mean the picture will remain that way
Take time to say I love you,give them a hug,or maybe a kiss
You never know what the future holds,and what may be miss
Bed time stories and tender tuck me ins
Are memories your child will cherish when they remember when
For that special person that has captured your heart
Express your love and feelings from the very start
When both of you are walking on the beach hand in hand
Feel lost in the world with just the water and the sand
With soft music playing and candles lit
Gaze into their eyes and whisper words they'll never forget
When an ageing parent seems to be testing you
Go back to your younger years and they still put up with you
Get the most out of every precious moment that God gives us
Living each and every day to the fullest is a must
Take a moment to notice some of His most beautiful things
A baby's smile,and the comfort that a lovely sunset brings
Always remember these things mentioned will never cost a dime
You will never know when it may be the last time
Joseph Michael Anderson
Carlos you have my deepest sympathies for your loss. I remember the fun days Gus & I had with your brother when he was "THE YELLOW MAVERICK" and we worked at Kash N' Karry #8! God Bless You
I GREW UP WITH RICH IN WEST TAMPA AND WENT TO SAINT JOSEPH'S SCHOOL WITH HIM. WE PLAYED BASEBALL TOGETHER AT THE WEST TAMPA LITTLE LEAGUE. RICH WAS THE NICEST GUY YOU COULD EVER MEET, ALWAYS WITH A SMILE ON HIS FACE. OUR LOSS IS THE LORD'S GAIN, REST IN PEACE RICHARD. TOMMY ALFONSO
To the Pazos family,
Our deepest sympathies at this very difficult time. Heaven must have needed another angel . . . it got a good one.
what a great person.A friends friend.Richie would fight for a friend, in any way, if he believed in you.Thats why we will never forget you.
Always in our heart
Jane, From all your friends at the Krewe of Hillsborough, we extend our deepest sympathies and love to you at this time of deep loss.
We are glad we got to know Richie when he came with you to various Krewe Events. We share in your loss.
Our best wishes as well to his family and fellow members of the Rough Riders, and his passing is a great loss to the Tampa community.
Richard, I was lucky to have had the chance to hug you and tell you thank you for being my friend. Your zest for life has taught us all to love and live as you did. Sadness in knowing you are not here with us is overwhelmed with happiness in knowing you are hand in hand with your parents wearing that big smile you alway had. Don't worry about Jane, we will help you watch over her. To Carlos and his family, they were lucky to have you in their life. My friend forever...
Jane, my heart is sadden with the passing of Richard. It was such a pleasure to meet him during the holiday's last year. He was everything you described him to be, warm, generous and what a wonder smile he had. My thoughts are with you and Hilary,along with Richards family in his sad time. Alene
Janey-girl, I love you so much; my heart absolutely aches for you. I'm praying for you daily and hope you can feel my long-distance hugs.
I Remember meeting Richard over 10yrs ago and hanging out @ the famous watering hole and laughing with the angels he is with now...C.Kenner and J.Winter and D.Thornhill and we will miss Richard with his sweet smiles and the big hugs and knowing he had your very best interest at heart... Has everyone has said we are truely blessed by being touched by these ANGELS we will miss you Music Man...
I have only met Richie a few times, and Carlos a couple of times. Each time they were such gracious hosts and perfect gentlemen. My prayers to their family and friends.
I am so sorry for your loss for the future memories you will miss. Riche will be missed hear on earth, but will have a special place in heaven.
Tata, We will always miss you, your smile and your laughter. Always happy and always ready to go have a good time. I will forever miss the phone calls on Fridays to see where we were going. Richie, Nancy and I will always be grateful to you for the help you gave us during our Christmas and Summer parties, whatever we needed you had it taken care of before we even asked, Thank You. We will never forget our cruise to Mexico and all 10 of us at Sancho's Beach and downtown where we had such a good time together. I'll always remember you coming to my Dad's house on Christmas Eve, after your brothers house, just to say Merry Christmas and to have a drink with the family. I will never forget and always be grateful to you for coming with me on Sunday nights for so many years to take the boys back home to Dade City. Richard, I can go on and on, I will never forget the smile that you always wore. Growing up with you has been a pleasure and you will always be on my mind and in my heart, and you will ALWAYS be my friend. One day we will meet again
We love you,
Although Richie has joined his parents on the other side, his spirit lives in all the lives he touched.
Jane and Hillary, my heart goes out to you. You will always have the memories of the time you shared together.
All my love...
Richard was one of the nicest guys that I ever have the pleasure of knowing,he was always happy and had a smile on his face,I am also a member of the RoughRiders,and I will miss seeing him at all the parades and socials,etc.he was also a regular at our annual poker games at our Clubhouse on 19th Street.he will never be forgotten.Rest in Peace Richard,you will always be in my Heart and I will never forget you.
Rick,you, your Heart(the size of Texas) and your smile will be certainly missed by all whose lives you touched.
I met Paz several times thru the Castillo brothers. I read of this accident online shortly after it occurred and was very saddened to hear of his passing.
I found it helpful to better know Richie by reading these guestbook entries over the last few days. I have come back each day this week to watch the list grow. I think if you look thru these comments - and the incredible heartfelt things his many friends and family are saying - that this was a big man with a giant heart. And not just in words, but in deeds. And not just some days, but each and every day.
While I am saddened by the passing of Paz and the void it leaves for those who knew him; I am happy he is able to look down and continue to guide others - as he did in the past - and to look down on his fellow Rough Riders and comfort them - undoubtedly now with one of the best seats in the house. I will honor and remember you Paz with a toast and a smile each and every Gasparilla in my future.
To his friends and family, I wish comfort and understanding.
For Richie, for Paz, I wish him a peaceful rest now and forever.
Tina and I will miss Richie aka Popie.
He was a wonderful person and we cannot believe this has happened. He will be missed dearly.
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I guess God needed another ANGEL.
Dear Carlos and Family. our deepest condolances, very Sorry for the tragic Loss. you are in Our Prayers. Sergio, Irene Rosello
Dear Carlos and Family,
May you find some comfort in your loving memories of Richie...
as always, you are in my thoughts and prayers....
Vivian and Carla
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
My Dearest Friend Paz,
It was over 20 years ago that we met at Kiki's house. I will never forget your jokes, your laugh, your smile, your kind words. I will never forget the days we went to the beach with the family. What great moments we have shared in this rollercoaster called life. You brightened my world with friendship. You truly had a heart of gold. The world lost one of it's brightest stars the day God came to take you home. You are missed, today, tomorrow, forever.....
Rest in peace my dear friend.
I am still in denial about all of this. I am going to miss you so much as I already do. You were one of the most sweetest, kindhearted and loving person I have met so far. I will never forget you and will forever keep you in my heart. I now know I have an angel watching over my soon to be baby girl. As you always were concerned for my life, I know you will protect my soon to be daughter. I love you.
I met Paz through a mutual friend Henry Castillo several years ago. I will not seeing him when I visit my friends in Tampa. Rest In Peace Paz! You are deeply missed by your friends!
I first met Richie when I first met Carlos...and it has been over 20 years ago. I can remember only the good times that I shared with him, the Pazos and Pullara families. Holidays were always special, but Richie acted like every day was a holiday. Even if I had not seen him in a while, he acted like it was only yesterday. Always big love, big smile, and a heart of gold.
You will be missed brother.
My Dad told me yesterday about the loss of your brother. I did not know Richard very well, but if he was like you (probably better, ha! ha!) Jesus has a special President for his Rough Riders. I am very, very sorry for your loss and my prayers are going to Jesus each day, that he may give you and your family the faith and strength during this difficult time.
God Bless You!
I didn't know Richard but it is a sin whenever a young man like this leaves us this early in the prime of his life. My deepest sympathy.
I fished with Paz many times over the years aboard The Fitoa. He was a wonderful mate. I always looked forward to seeing his happy face. We enjoyed a lot of good times together. My sincere condolences to the family of this fine man. May God Rest and Bless his Soul.
Vaya con Dios Amigo. Your job here is done and a good job you did. I extend my sympathy to his family and friends.
Carlos and Family,
I can't express how sorry I'm for your loss. Your brother was a wonderful man who will be missed by all, but we were all blessed to know him. May God bring you peace and many happy memories of times you shared.
To all of Richards Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Richard. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God Bless you and help you all through these tough times..
Dear Carlos, Carol, Nicholas & Carlos:
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
I met Richie in 1998 when we went in a group to the Cayman Islands for Pirates week.
Richie was a kind, loving and gentle man..."gentleness is a sign of strength". He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jane and family. May beautiful memories give you strength at this difficult time.
CARLOS, I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT RICHARD. I AM SO SORRY. NOT TO LONG AGO I SAW YOUR BROTHER AT THE S.O. OFFICE AND WE TALKED OF OLD TIMES. I WAS HAVING A BAD DAY AND JUST TALKING TO A GOOD OLD FRIEND LIKE RICHARD MADE MY DAY. I CAN SAY AS EVERY ONE ELSE DOES, RICHARD ALWAYS HAD A SMILE AND THAT BRIGHTEN UP A DAY. I WILL TRUELY MISS OUR FRIEND.
My first introduction to Richie and the members of the Rough Riders who brought my husband, Hollywood, into their group was at party at Richie’s house. Jane and Richie welcomed me with open arms and treated me as if they had known me all their lives and I was family. No one has quite touched our lives like Richie has. I know that Bob and I are better people having known Richie. Someone so special, can never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Wife of Rough Rider Bob "Hollywood" Martin
You definitely will be missed by all. I am truly blessed to have known Richard for well over Forty years starting at St. Joseph Catholic School and then moving over to Jefferson High School. I know you are in a better place smiling down on all of us .
I have only had the pleasure of having the two of you in my life for the last couple of years. In that short time I have grown to care about you both more deeply than people that I have known my whole life. I wish I had words that would help you out in this time. I try to put myself in your shoes and realize there are none. I will miss him terribly but I know that he is up there chilling with my brother and that makes me smile. I Love You!!
Dear Carlos, Carol, Nicholas and Carlos,
We just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
May your wonderful memories of Richie help soothe your souls and may God's peace surround you with strength to heal the void and sorrow in your hearts.
Dear Richard, I have always known you as "The Paz". My daughter MC, Nancy and I will miss you terribly, I will never forget the great times we had on all those fishing tournaments.
Pazos, it's been so long, but you were and will always be remembered as a gentleman (a rare quality). Blessings and peace to you, your family and friends.
JANE,CARLOS AND FAMILY,
RICHIE WAS A TRUE FRIEND. I'VE KNOW HIM FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND WILL ALWAYS MISS HIM. HE WILL BE IN MY HEART FOREVER. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.RICHIE I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH, YOU WILL LIVE ON IN ALL OF US LEFT BEHIND. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN MY FRIEND.
You have been such a good friend to me through so many of the
difficult times of my life. A true gentle man with one of the most
kind hearts I have ever known. Such a love and devotion for your
family and friends, there will never be anyone like you.
Richard always had a smile and such a positive outlook on life.
I have been blessed to have had him as part of my life for even a
I thank you Richard for being so dear and my heart felt condolences
to family and friends that are sharing this loss.
This rocked me to my feet as he was truly a great friend and always there whenever someone needed him, he was an angel on my shoulder for many years, I will truly miss him. I will keep his family in my prayers.
Dear Carlos, Carol, and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. Warmest Regards, Irene
Our prayers are with you and your family.
Richard, you were a true inspiration for all members of the Rough Riders.You gave so much of you're self to them...I quit after 16 years and you're comment was you can't I'm going to be President...Well you are and I'm sure you Andy Brown, Don Thornhill, John Winter and others have a new group in heaven that will be better. Thanks for everything, I will miss seeing you're smiling face at the boat shows
Richard you were a true Rough Rider, one that kept our organization in your heart. When I ask you to help you were always willing and a true friend. You will always be in my heart.
Jane and Hillary, I am so sorry for your loss. Words aren't enough at a time like this. I wish I could fly down to be with you. It looks like you will have a lot of support.
To Carlos Carol, Nick, Carlos, Jane and Hillary our thoughts and prayers are with you, he will be greatly missed by so many. I just dont know how to start, but he was a great guy. From your friends in the "cruise group" our cruises, happy hour at Ricks, and parties will not be the same without you, you always had a smile on your face and out to have a good time. May our memories and good times with you and Jane (Sanchos Beach) keep us going through this very trying time in all of our lives. We have so many good memories that there should always be a smile on our face when we think of you. I can not even put into words the loss that we feel and how much you meant to us. We love you Richard.
Although my heart is saddened, I take solice in being blessed to have known Richard and enjoyed his happiness and infectious smile. May God bless you and all your family
We are so honored to know you and always looked forward to seeing you and Jane at our krewe events. The love you and Jane share is unique and special. Nothing will ever change that.
Not to worry....We will watch over Jane and be there for her.
Carlos, Carol, Carlos, Nicolas and Hilary:
We are so very sorry that Richie was taken so soon. He is a wonderful gentle soul.
Beth and Charlie (KOH)
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Richard, you were such a special and wholeheartedly good person. We will miss you
Your shining light will be missed. You are a good man and always made the day brighter for the people you were around.
Rest in Peace my Friend!!
Rest in peace.
For the many who have had the pleasure of being your friend, we know that you are in good hands now as your are laid to rest.
We leave you with the knowledge that you will watch over us, give us strength in prayer as we need it, and give us direction from your example for our everyday simple life.
Enjoy your heavonly rewards that you have earned for all of us know without a shadow of a doubt that you are in the hands of our good and faithful lord as never a more deserving soul such as yourself is laid to rest.
You will not be forgotten. You will always be in our hearts and in our thoughts.
Richard, You are sincerely loved and will be missed. Rest In Peace.
Richie, my heart is broken. I have loved you so much and I don't know what I am going to do with out you. I feel like I have lost a piece of myself. We have had such a special thing between us that only you and I understand. It is rare but we shared it. I knew all the wonderful sides of you, none of which I would ever have wanted you to change. You are true blue. Richie you aren't only my love but you are my best friend. It comforts me knowing you will watch over me every where I go. I always felt safe knowing that you were there for me and Hilary. You have touched so many people in so many ways. I have more family and friends through you and we are all holding each other trying to get through this horrible time. We are all coping knowing you are up with God fishing right next to him. Catch the big one yet?? You are in my heart forever...All my love, Jane
Carlos, Carol & the Boys and all of his extended family, I sent my love and prayers straight to Richard but it is with all of you that I share the pain and loss. Please know I will keep you and your family in our prayers for a long time and know he is with the angels. Richard was one of our "blessings" just to have known him. Please know we share your pain and will forever remember the great man he was. Prayers and lots of love to your family -- Family was EVERYTHING to Pazos, my lifetime friend xxoxox Love, Mary, Wendi & Sara xoxoxo
Dear Carlos, Carol, and family
I am so sorry to hear of Richie's passing. He was a devoted brother, uncle to you and a dear friend to all of us. I will always cherish his memory.
"Ahora esta de nuevo con vuestros padres Toto y Marta. Que Dios los tenga en la Gloria."
I know your sorrows are very great at this time and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please extend my condolences to Carlos and Nicholas.
With deepest Sympathy,
RIP Richey....I'm still in shcok and disbelief. I'm a cousin of Richard, didn't spend much time with him except for family functions and parties, but as everyone has said he was never seen without a smile. Since I was younger, he would always tell me jokes and mess around. He made me laugh all the time, along with my grandfathers company to assist him. I also recall times I've seen him at Gasparilla and he made sure to personally deliver beads to me. He was good man and will be missed by all! This comes to show how fragile life is and how we are all penciled into God's play book. Richey's in a better place now and I believe he's looking down on us from heaven and looking out for us as well, if not better, than he did when he was here. He had a huge impact on many people's lives and he will never be forgotten. My prayers go out to all of family that is delaing with this loss, especially Carlos, Carol, Carlos Jr., & Nicholas because I know how close they all were with him.
Mex, before you were a Rough Rider you and I were "West Tampa creeps". We did not stay close after the early crazy, beautiful, and colorful years of our youth and I know that it was my loss. That does not mean that you, Roger, Dave, Bobby, Bodie, Rod, Vince, George, and the rest of the “Dodge Boys” have not been on my mind and in my heart. As I read the obituaries this morning I could not express the depth of my sadness or count the tears I shed. You did not just leave this Earth; you took a big piece of all our youths with you! We all died a little today. Where you went, we must all go and it will be a happier place because you will be there smiling that smile. When my time comes I will follow the trail of Big Mac wrappers. Until then old friend, save me a turkey leg!
My heart has a huge void in it right now. I'm still trying to come to grips with the fact of never seeing you again or hearing your laugh.
You were my bodyguard and my go to guy. I could always count on you when I needed a friend to talk to, a shoulder to cry on and a designated driver.
I am proud to say that you were and always will be my friend. You impacted my life in ways that I cannot explain.
You had a heart of Platnium and were so humble and easy going. I'm going to miss hanging out with you at the Toga parties, happy hour and of course, Rick's.
I was reminded by our close friend Gordon that even though you will not be here in the flesh for my wedding, you will be there in spirit. Especially, if it's a good party.
To the Pazos Family:
You were Richie's heart. I've had the pleasure of hearing many of his stories about fishing trips and cruises with his nephews.
I pray that God gives us all the strength and courage to move forward knowing that our Teddy Bear is in a better place.
In the words of my friend Richie...
See ya later gorgeous.
A great friend of mine will be truly missed, but my thoughts of Richie will always be strong and happy ones. Here's to you Richie a real touch of class!
May God touch his friends and family in a special way that Richie would want to be remembered.
You will be missed....You will always be in my thoughts. You was a true friend!
Carlos, Nick, and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember him from when I was very young, often picking us up from CKS or just always being there for the birthday parties, parades, etc. I know he was a great uncle, brother, and friend. Know that my family is praying for him and your family.
If, during my life, I meet a few men as honorable and steadfast in friendship as Ricard Pazos, I will be a lucky man.
To my very good friend, I will surely miss you. My prayers are with your family at this time.
Carlos our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Like you Richard is a class act and will be missed.
There are no words to express how truely "Paz" will be missed.
He has been a dear friend and like an uncle to Raul Jr & Alex.
We loved him deeply & can't imagine our lives without him.
We will always remember him dancing!
Dear Carlos and Carol,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved brother Richard. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sharon Genuardi (Danny's sister)
Carlos, Carol, and Family
I pray that God gives you the strength to get through this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you all.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
To those of you who didn't know Richie, all these things you have read about him are true. Richie had such a wonderful, warm presence about him....it was like he glowed. He was such a wonderful person!! This is such a tragic loss!!
To Richie's family and everyone else who loved him, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
They broke the mold when they made him.....they're never be another one like him!!
We will pay our respects for Richard and thank him for brightening our lives. Even though he lived half a life we must be grateful that he came along at all. We will cherish all the memories:
Your loyal "Posse" hunting trips.
Gathering at "Rick's" or on a cruise ship.
Countless parades and Rough Rider events.
We will suffer your loss completely, but must all take solice in knowing you are in your rightful resting place with your parents. We will meet you again where all the drinks will be free.
We wish Carlos, Carol, Nick, Carlos, Jane and Hillary the strength to move forward as well as all the lives you have touched.
Until we meet again Amigo, we will carry your memory in our hearts forever.
All of our special children in Tallahassee who look forward to seeing the Rough Riders every year will miss his bright, happy smile.
To the Pazos Family, I offer my sincere condolences at the passing of your beloved Richie. I met Richie on the parade route a few years back. I found him to be a gracious and generous man. He truly was “One of the good guys!”
We were saddened by the shocking news and loss of Richie. Richie was a close and dear friend of my brother Rico. Our family loved Richie's presence, laughter and smile that filled the room when he was at our family gatherings. Our thoughts and prayers are with Richie's family & Jane.
You looked like dad but you had mom's heart. We were all proud of you and love you. I know you are organizing a great Super Bowl Party and parade up there. Keep the music playing!
I have been numb the past 2 days trying to come to grips with the senselessness of this tragedy. I have come to realize that each of us has our day coming, but we don't know when that is, so cherish each day and our families to the fullest. The Rough Riders have lost one of our pillars, not only for us, but for the community as well. Thank you
Richie for having my back. Thank you for putting your everything into the Rough Riders. And thank you for leaving such a lasting legacy that will never be forgotten. I hope that I will look at the floats next year and see Lt. Col. Richard Pazos, President on the sides, and gaze a little higher and imagine how proud you would have looked standing there.
Wow - what can i say except that the world lost a PERFECT gentlemen and a GREAT friend to all that crossed his path. I just had lunch with him a few weeks back at his new favorite local spot, Castillos restaurant. He was the most honest and faithful friend a person could encounter. He will truly be missed but never forgotten. Rest in Peace my friend.
Carlos, Carol, Carlos and Nick,
We have all suffered a great loss to our hearts and to this community. We will cherish all the happy memories, and remember those memories forever. May God bless you during this time of need. We are always here for you.
Sincerely, The Zas family
Jane and Hillary,
My heart hurts for you. I know how much you loved him and I pray that God will give you peace. There are no words.
Jane, Carlos, Carol, and boys;
A brother has passed, and words just can't help the pain and void left in all or our lives since his passing. They say time heals all, but each and every time we attend a "Rough Rider" event....that pain will come flooding right back. Fortunately for all of us...so will the fond memories of events gone past that he worked so hard to make memorable. We love him with all our heart and will never forget all the fun poked at Larry for looking so much alike.
Remembering him today and always!
We lost a good man! He will be incredibly missed by all who knew him.
Soldier on Rough Riders - we still have work to do. That's the way Richie would have wanted it.
Dear Carlos, Carol and family..please accept my condolences and sympathies during your time of loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. This is a senseless tragedy.
Richie thank you for bring me into the R.R. and helping me. You will be sorely missed, but I will try doing what's right and keep your legacy going. I will miss you alot and love you very much.Carlos and the Pazos family my prayers are with you. Hollywood 730
Richard, You have touch so many people in a good way. You could brighten even the darkest room. You shall be sadly missed. It sure will be different without you on the boat. I shall pray for you and your family.
Carlos and family,
I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Love Alicia Buchanan
Richard was the kind of person that made you smile just to see him.
I'll never forget the great music you played on the Rough Rider's float during the Gasparilla parade.
You will be missed by everyone that had the privledge of knowing you.
Michele & Danny Alvarez
We knew Richard from the Parades. He was always a gentlemen and great fun to be around. We will miss you in the St. Patrick's Parade and we will dedicate that night to you!
Krewe of Venus
Jim-Past Captain King's Guard
Jeanne- Past Captain Arms of Venus
My heart is heavy with grief when it used to be filled with the joy and laughter Richie would bring. His love and passion for life will be carried on with everyone close to him. To Jane Young, his long time girlfriend, our condolences are sent to you as well. You have lost your soul mate and your best friend. The Rough Riders lost the back-bone of the organization, because he wasn't just a member, he was extended family to every Rough Rider member. Carlos, Carol and the boys, may the love from everyone around you bring you comfort and peace. Richie will never be forgotten, and I'm SO blessed that I was one of the people in his life.
I hate having to say good bye... This is such a sad time for all your family and friends.. I cannot imagine looking up at the RR float and not seeing you with that great smile of yours.. God bless you.
I've know Richard for almost 40 years. We played at West Tampa
Little League and went to Jefferson
H.S. We were friends and any time I
saw him he always had time to talk
and catch up. What a great guy he
was and what a great loss for us all.
Bro, you were my best friend and I'm going to miss you. Carlos, Carol and "the boys" were your life as was the Rough Riders, but you always had time and a smile for your friends.
There was always something happening with "the boys" or going somehere with the family.
And I always knew that if something ever happened, you'd be there to take care of my kids and family.
Now it's my turn bro. We'll always be here for Carlos, Carol and the boys. That's a promise my friend!
I recall you telling me on many occasions, that you "just have to keep on going." Right now, that's easier said than done, but in your honor, that's exactly what we'll do.
Bro, you were wise beyond you years.
I thank God for the time I had to spend with you, to work with you, and hang out with you and am honored that you allowed me into your life.
You were such a true friend. Someone you could count on, depend on and trust with anything.
Your impact on my kids was immeasurable. They respected and admired you and they always talked about "Mister Richie." They can't believe your gone.
The float and it's music, The Rough Riders, Gaspirilla, Fantasy Fest, none of these will ever be the same without you my friend.
"who let the dogs out!"
You were always there with a kind word and a helping heart. A warm smile and a joke or "just the right words" when the time was right.
You were and always will be "one of a kind" my friend and will be forever a part of our lives.
God Bless you bro!
Rest In Peace.
We love ya!
Carlos, Carol, Nicholas & Carlos,
My and thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you!
To Carlos and Carole and Family my love and prayers to your family. You are very dear to me and long time friends, I will keep Richard in my prayers and I know that in my heart he is looking down on us and protecting you and your family . What ever ever I can do for you all don't hesitate to ask.
Our thoughts go out to family and friends of Richard. Though we did not know him we our selves do several runs during the holidays for our children, we hate the thought we have lost another fellow rider.
RIP Richard Pazos
This breaks my heart to write this. I have known Richard since I was 11 years old and I remember how he would be driving down the street in front our house and see me outside and just stop to check and see “how the old man was doing”.
I don’t think words are enough to explain how big of a heart Richard had or how much he thought of others. I can’t think of a time when I saw Richard angry or upset. I know that when my family went through loss he was there to give me a hug or buy my dad a drink. He knew how to make people smile just by being near them. This is like losing a member of my family.
Carlos and family you are in my thoughts and prayers
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pazos family in this time of grief. May all the wonderful memories of Ritchie bring comfort and peace.
I first met Richard at the gym on Henderson Blvd, many years ago. He was just a kid and he and his best "bud", Omar and I all became friends. Richie mostly socialized more than working out, but that was what he did best!! In later years, we came upon each other again when I got to know the Rough Riders. It was great meeting up with him again!! I will never forget you Richie and your sense of humor and caring personality. I am so glad you touched my life and miss you already. My heart goes out to Jane and the family...may the angels watch over you and bring you peace.
God Bless Richard (Richie) who was a great freind and fellow Rough Rider. I was looking forward to his year as president. I want to become active again and to assisted him with participation and support of his agenda. God Bless him and his family
Carlos & Carol,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Steven & Sandy Amaral
I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have met such a fun, friendly and truly wonderful man. I will never forget him and his beautiful smile. He will greatly missed. Gasparilla will never be the same. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Carlos and family, I offer my sincere condolences at the passing of your beloved brother. This has been a devastating year for the Rough Riders with the loss of three members who were such larger than life people! To the Rough Riders family - you took such good care of Don's son David and me when Don passed away this summer, I know you will band together in your grief and take care of Carlos and his family. Don would be absolutely devastated at the news of his close friend Rich's passing. I hope Don, John Winter and Rich are in heaven together looking down and watching over all of you. David and I will keep your family in our prayers. God Bless.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carlos, today and every day to come. May the coming weeks and months be filled with the peace and love you so deserve.
Our hearts are breaking; our smiles have turned to tears. You will be so MISSED. I’m going to miss your bear hugs, smiles and dancing style at the Rough Riders Gala’s, parades, picnics, Special Olympics and Teddy Bear sorts! Ever the optimist, you made life fun with your caring heart, your sense of humor and your unique style! You always made me laugh! Every time I go to a teddy bear sort, I’ll see the bears and think of you!
Luv Ya Babe!
To those who never met Richie,
How much you missed! Richie was the consummate gentleman. He sought nothing more then to make someone (especially the kids) smile and feel at ease. We have truly lost “one of the good guys”. His heart was of the size that could not be contained and his presence will last well beyond into the future.
Oyr Prayers and Thoughts to the family,Jane, and all the Friends,especially, Henry,Ralph,and Omar Castillo,though them, we met
Richard.We had many a good time, especially my husband Terry,
always joking with Richard.
God Bless You All
We are blessed by knowing you, Richie. Your family is in our prayers. We love you and will surely miss you.
Karen Cozart and
Pazos always thought of others first. He will be missed.
We will always remember you Richie. Thanks for always being there for us. We are so glad to have been blessed by knowing you. Your family is in our prayers.
Karen Cozart and
Carlos & family:
I had the pleasure of working with "Pazos" as he was affectionately known during his teenage years when he was a Bagboy at Kash n Karry#8 on W Hillsborough & I was the Assistant Head Cashier. Our little group, George Rivera, Freddy Johnson, Pazos & myself had alot of fun times together bowling as a team for the store league! We also attended the chain's big Christmas Party & had a blast together!
When I came to work for the County, I learned Pazos was my Manager, Roger Castro's close friend! It was great to see him again!
Again I had the opportunity to spot him from time to time on the Rough Rider's floats when I attended local parades with my grandkids. I was always proud to relay my "stories" of how I knew this Rough Rider to them!
He was a great guy even as a teenager & I thank God that He allowed us to cross paths even for a brief few years.
I pray that you & your family will be comforted with all the love & wonderful memories that everyone has about Pazos.
May God Grant You Strength & Peace in the Days Ahead.
Pazos, you left a warm memory with everyone you ever met and every place you ever went. We have many years of good, family times with you and will miss you dearly !! Fly with the angels - Peace and Love always! Mary, Wendi & Sara xoxoxox
A great man with a big heart will truly be missed.
We are so sorry for your loss, your great organization will surely miss you.
To a wonderful person, this is such a great loss. We will miss you!
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
You are a bright star in heaven. God bless you Richard
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Carlos and Carol, Nicolas and Carlos during this difficult time. Remember the great times you all have shared and hold those memories with you forever. With love and friendship-Sara & Perry Lewis
Jincy and Steven
We miss you and love you with all our our hearts.
You are what the world needs much more of-a great human being that loved others and made people feel like they were family .
We move forward in life with you forever in our memory.Love you Ritchie !!!
You are the heart and soul of what the Rough Riders are all about -We are proud to be part of your family and call you a great dear friend. Rest in peace.We will march forward in your memory.
Love Michael and Petra Szemeredy
This man never had an unkind word for anyone. Always smiling even if he was hurting. Served many papers for him. I will miss him
My heart aches regarding this tremendous tragedy. Richie was a gentle giant of a man. He was truly a friend's friend. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. God bless you my friend.
I recently met Richard with my best friend virigina while we shared lunch at castillos cafe. While I did not know him well the few times i did see and speak to him you could tell that he was just a really great guy. i would have like to have known him better. my prayers are with his family and friends I know he will be missed.