RICHARD ROYEA Sped on to his next adventure on June 6th, 2013. Born on February 9th, 1963 in Canada to Martha and Roger Royea, Rick spent his formative years on Vancouver Island, BC, but always felt the draw of travel and of the world beyond. As a teenager he made his way to Mexico, where he worked on a palm farm and learned Spanish. Rick's long love affair with Mexico began here. Rick was a friend to all animals, large and small a friend to all people, and more than once, he literally gave someone the shirt off of his own back. He was a fixer of things. He had a curious and hungry mind that held an encyclopedic amount of knowledge on a host of subjects. A voracious reader, Rick was always trying to understand, to examine and learn more about the human experience but mostly, he wanted to know how things worked, how to take them apart and put them back together. He loved cars, and often bought one and kept it only a few months, just so that he could say that he had owned one at one time. He loved motorcycles. He loved, loved, loved to go fast. And for someone who cheated death so many times, of course he must have felt indestructible, but in the end, life just went by too quickly, and death finally had its day. Rick is mourned by many by his mother Martha, sister Angela, step-mum Lisa, his extended family in Canada, Juli and his extended family in Texas, many friends around the globe, and all of those that Rick touched with his amazing smile, infectious laugh and ready friendship. May his soul now find peace in the next journey, a peace that he could not find in this lifetime. Safe travels, Rickster. A memorial service will be held early next year.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900