LOW JR., RICHARD BO Richard "Rick(y)" was an incredible man. Over the past two years, he waged a courageous battle after a stem cell transplant for mylodysplasia. His life partner, Mike; sister, Joni; and cousins Doreen, Cindy, Jonelle, and Jonathan were by his side to support him as he left us to begin his new journey. Rick was such a warrior and hero to us all. He will be so greatly missed as we wish him greater peace. Survivors include his life partner of 24 years, Mike Schmitt of San Diego; his mother, Jessie Low of Portland, Ore; his sister, Joni of San Diego; his brother, Terry of Portland; and several nieces and nephews. His father, Richard, preceded him in death.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 16, 2013