“I worked with Rick for a year at Advance. I started the job as entry level and he would teach me something new every day. I was crushed when I heard of his passing but am glad to have known him. He was a wonderful man. I will never forget him. My condolences to his family.
“Rick and I chatted almost every weekend. I already miss those calls that were always good for a gut busting laugh that would make my day. Rick you will certainly be missed.
My deepest condolences to the Mater family.
“Still hard to believe you've passed on. You were a great guy and there will be plenty of good memories that my parents, brother and I will have of the times we spent together.
You will be greatly missed Uncle Rick.
“My brother and I called him our Uncle Rick. From the moment we met him we considered him family. Thanks for all the great times and great laughs. You will always be in our heart. We love and miss you Uncle Rick.
“Rick was truly a Brother and Uncle to our family. He will be dearly missed and remembered for his unselfishness and kind heart.
Our deepest condolences to the Mater family.
“Ricky was one of the best friends I had for the past 20 years. He was always sharing and giving. Why did you have to leave us so early.... Thanks Bud for everything.You will be missed.
“I enjoyed Rick's friendship during the 5 short years that I knew him while we worked together at Advance. Rick and I had a lot in common and became friends right away while he shared an office with us on the 2nd floor. Rick will be greatly missed!
“I consider Rick my best friend, and a Brother. I will truly miss him, his wit and most of all, his friendship. We had some great times my friend. I will cherish the memories forever.
My heartfelt condolences go out to the Mater family.
“R.I.P. Rick, you were a great co-worker and pleasure to get to know, we also wanted Mater(man) to fix our PC's.
I want to share this poem with the family
----------------Rest In Peace ---
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
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Richard MATER passed away in Roanoke, Virginia. Funeral Home for Services for Richard are being provided by Valley Funeral Service. Obit is featured in Roanoke Times.