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July 18, 2018

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May 6, 2016
I first met Richard and his wife Tilley in about 1985. I thoroughly enjoyed every visit that I had with them. Richard and Tilley always greeted me with a warm smile and treated me with kindness. I will miss Richard as I have Tilley and thank them for giving the world their wonderful children, grandchildren and great-grand children who each live on in their memory. Richard, I hope you enjoyed your reunion with with Tilley and your first dance together after several years apart. I am sending blessings and prayers to the entire Collette family.
May 5, 2016
I remember Richard with great fondness. As the father of one of my best friends (Richard Jr.) in grade school and beyond, I was frequently a guest in his home. He was as well the U.S. Postal Service letter carrier for my neighborhood. He graced us all with his joyful "upbeat" attitude toward life. He always had a smile on his face and a welcoming greeting to those he served on his route. He was a great example of how to live and enjoy one's life, with the glass half-full and looking forward to a better tomorrow.

Richard was a great baseball fan. My fondest memory of him was during the World Series each year. Richard would stop at our house and watch a half inning of the game, then race around several blocks delivering mail only to later return and pick up another half inning before continuing on his route once again.

My sincerest condolences to the Collette family. But, take comfort in the memory of his long and rich life.

John Peterson (also always greeted by Richard as "John-Pete")
May 3, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Collette family. We are sorry for your loss and we hope that you take solace in the happy and long life that he lived and enjoyed.---Tom & Dianna Kasanders