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July 31, 2008
Rick was a long time acquaintence who I always admired deeply and held a strong affection for. As we are both born under the sign of Virgo, there was a mutual respect and understanding between us that defied words. Certainly he was one of my favorite friends to hang out with in those carefree days prior to Aug. 29th 2005,...since then,...we spoke only infrequently,...but irionically i was in New Orleans last week,.... staying at a friends apt. on Chartes when I happened to look over the balcony and saw Rick passing by on the street below.
He was on his way to work out, and said perhaps he'd call or stop by later that evening to visit as there were other mutual friends there that he knew as well.
This was the last time I saw him,... my last words were "Hey Buddy! I missed you! Drop by later so we can catch up."
This was just five days ago,... now,...I'm in a state of shock as I read this sad news.
My heart goes out to his immediate cirrcle of family and friends.
New Orleans has lost another one of it's greatest assets, an opinion I'm certain that all who ever knew Rick would share.
July 31, 2008
Marty and I loved Rick and will never forget him. Marty saw him every day that she worked at the Friendly. He did an outstanding job on our wedding programs and cards. He was a gregarious, warm, caring person, and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. As board members of the Fanning Foundation (Buzzy's Boys & Girls), we are very grateful to Rick's family for directing donations to our vitally important cause.
July 31, 2008
Rick, I can't be there to celebrate your way too short life. I still remember our Midi campaign and driving your stick-shift truck to pick up crawfish for our party. My heart goes out to your family, friends and buddies at Peter Mayer. I know you were so happy there.
Give 'em hell in heaven, Rick!
Love to you,
Laura Lee
July 31, 2008
Dear Jack, Della & Family,
I was so shocked and saddened by the news of Rick’s passing. I have not seen your family for quite some time, but I have heard over the past many years about how you were all doing from my sister, Ginny. She spoke lovingly about Rick, his life, his journey and his successes. I still picture Rick as being very young, warm, friendly and talented. My heart is breaking for your family. Last August, when Pete died, someone posted this on our memorial website. I though it might help at a helpless time.
My love to all of you,
Sandi (Conetta) Gardiner

“When I come to the end of the day, and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom-filled room. Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little, but not too long, and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love we once shared; miss me but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take, and each must go alone. It's all a part of the maker's plan. A step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends we know, bury your sorrows in doing good deeds - Miss me, but let me go”.
July 31, 2008
Rick will be SO missed. He was incredibly talented. Funny and so much fun to be around. Exacting about making his physical world match up with the vision he had for it in his head. Was passionate about those things he felt great convictions about and ALWAYS stuck to his guns.

He was a terrific fellow student way back in 1980 when I had the pleasure to meet him when we were students at FIT. And an even better friend when we reconnected in New Orleans several years ago.

We laughed. We wined and dined (well, wine was never the preferred beverage!). We romped around New Orleans with many of his truly dear friends like Jansen and others. We carried on about advertising a LOT. And we occasionally argued even more. Hoo boy...

We shared so much in common. And I'm going to miss him terribly. But I'm NEVER going to forget him. SO glad I made him send me a picture of him in his cowboy hat. It's going on my wall and just eclipsed those other cowboys already up there. Sorry Heath, but I have another favorite headed for a frame. Brokeback may have been a lovely film. But Rick was a lovely FRIEND and that's SO much more important.

I miss you already, Rick. And I'm sure his family knows just how much so many of us loved him, too.

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