Richard A. Brueckner
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Richard A. Brueckner

Portland, OR - Richard A. Brueckner 58, of Portland Oregon, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Rich was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Richard and Patricia Brueckner. He grew up in Grafton, Wisconsin. For more information please use this link: https://www.facebook.com/Richard-Brueckner-Obituary-106474544415782/?modal=admin_todo_tour




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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from May 22 to May 24, 2020.
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June 2, 2020
The world lost a great guy with an unbelievably fun personality that could mix in the fun of HPC with that wonderful laugh which we will miss so much. We really enjoyed working with him at Sun. Blue skies Rich. My condolences to the family, friends and fellow Sun folk.
Henning Henningsen
Coworker
June 2, 2020
To: MARY Katarincic - thank you so much for that beautiful, wonderful tribute video. It tore my heart out and left me a blubbering mess. Rich was such a dear, dear friend. My love and condolences to you and your family.
mike bernhardt
Friend
June 1, 2020
Rich was truly a special guy. I went to school with him at UW Stout. We were roommates. We stayed in touch ever since. I followed his career and always enjoyed our time. Whether a phone call or in person. He will be missed. Condolences to the entire family (and Logan).
Tom Cliver
Friend
June 1, 2020
Missing my big brother. You picked me up more than once when I fell. You held my hand when I was scared. You shared your love of music, Star Trek and Godzilla with me and my boys. You had a laugh that I will always remember. You trusted that I would take care Logan. I promise I will not let you down.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knZWAmHzOE0&feature=youtu.be.
MARY Katarincic
Sister
May 29, 2020
Rich was a larger than life figure in his work and his travels. If he was your friend, you knew he had your back right up to the wall. But the most important thing to him was to be a good father. Logan, my heart is breaking for you. All sympathy to you and the rest of your family.
Carol Wells
Friend
May 29, 2020
Weve lost a great guy. His laugh alone could be heard in the hallways were I saw him most often at conferences, but also meeting up for meals to catch up. He was truly a light - and always with a smile.
April Hanks
May 29, 2020
Sometimes it was a challenge to get through an interview with Rich without breaking out in bouts of laughter. He certainly had a gift.
Mike Bernhardt
Friend
May 28, 2020
Always looked forward to seeing Rich and catching up at SC conferences every year. Deepest condolences to Rich's family. Rich will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him
Clement Lau
Friend
May 28, 2020
We were colleagues at Sun. So many stories to tell about Rich. All positive and left a smile on my face.
Thank you Rich
Stefan Kraemer
Coworker
May 28, 2020
That's how I will always remember you: always on duty, combining hard work with joy and laughter, long nights with a good beer, brilliant interviewer, story teller, deeply caring, a precious character. You left too early, deeply missing you, great friend.
Wolfgang Gentzsch
Friend
May 27, 2020
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Brad Carlile
May 27, 2020
I met Rich in 5th grade and we were life long friends. His wit humor and brains were a powerful combination and the world was lucky to have him! I was lucky to call him my friend.
Stephen Ferguson
Friend
May 27, 2020
Cheers to you Rich! You believed in excellence without compromise, and you were the best interviewer known to mankind. The HPC community will miss you greatly.
Daniel Gutierrez
Coworker
May 27, 2020
My condolences to Rich's family and friends.Thankyou Rich for being such a wonderful force and shaping the way HPC is today. You will be sorely missed.
Abhishek Kumar
A former Crayon.
ABHISHEK KUMAR
Acquaintance
May 27, 2020
I remember when Rich first started working at Cray Research so many years ago. He was so energetic and his enthusiasm was infectious. It was hard to keep up with him and his antics as a young man. Thinking back, it makes me smile. More recently, his vast knowledge of HPC impressed me, still. But, I believe he felt his biggest accomplishment was Logan. I could feel the pride he had when he talked about his son, even though it was via email. I feel so lucky to have worked with Rich and to call him friend. See you in the movies Rich.
Donna Berdal
Friend
May 26, 2020
My condolences to Rich's family and friends. We have lost a great friend, colleague, entrepreneur, and family man. I have many fond memories with Rich over years and he always lit up when he talked about his son. HPC and Super Computing will never be the same without Rich and his Red Hat. His legacy in our industry and with his family and friends will live on forever!
Prayers and strength to Rich's family and to all the people he has touched over the years!
John Fragalla
Friend
May 26, 2020
To Richs family, I too share your loss of a tremendous human being and giving friend. Rich was energetic, outgoing and a best friend to everyone he met.
Conrad Geiger
Coworker
May 26, 2020
I'm going to miss you and your easy laugh and creative insights, Rich. Not to mention the always open invite to get together. I'm eternally grateful to have known you and count you amongst my friends and colleagues.
Chris Kruell
Friend
May 26, 2020
I was friends with Rich since 5th grade at St. Josephs in Grafton. He was like another brother to me. I will always be thankful that I was lucky enough to call him my friend. He was the most optimistic guy I ever knew. We will all miss you!
Stephen Ferguson
Friend
May 26, 2020
think it has all been said. Great man. Great friend. So many wonderful memories. We miss him terribly.
Mike Bernhardt and April Hanks
May 26, 2020
One of the best things about going to SC was catching up with Rich. Possibly ended up sleep-deprived as a result, but we had a blast. I have so many good memories but sadly some of my photos from the SC years are sitting on non-functional computers littering my lounge. One I do have is of me about to enter a stretch limo for the first time--Reno in 2007, organised by Rich, with bar.
Richard Smith
Coworker
May 26, 2020
Rest in peace Rich, your laugh always seemed to be present, bringing fun and happiness to the world around you - you will be missed
Mike Woodacre
Acquaintance
May 25, 2020
Rich was such a constant in the supercomputing space. He, his publication, and his interview style will be very very missed. Rest In Peace Rich. Alison Paisley from Cray. Once a Crayon always a Crayon.
Alison Paisley
Acquaintance
May 25, 2020
All out of words - just really really sad. You are sorely missed dear friend.
Barton
Friend
May 25, 2020
Ii am very sad for Rich passing away! He was such a kind and friendly guy with a Red Hat, who always smiled. Will remember the interview I had with him. My sincere condolences to his family .
Regards
Vangel Bojaxhi
Inspur Global AI&HPC Director
Phone: +1 (832) 549 3421
Vangel Bojaxhi
Friend
May 25, 2020
A sad day. Rich is gone. Rich reached out to many people in he HPC community and we will fondly remember him.
William Bryce
Acquaintance
May 25, 2020
Words fail me. Rich was a wonderful human being, genuine, giving and kind, a delight to talk with. Our sympathies and condolences to his family.
The HPC community, among many others, is poorer for this loss.
Joe Landman
Friend
May 25, 2020
I will greatly miss him - he was always very responsive and helpful to me. Super active in our HPC global community - giving the world a glimpse into how HPC made a difference to society.
Sharan Kalwani
Friend
May 25, 2020
Heartbreaking, a life cut short much too soon. Ill always remember Richs creativity and clever sense of humor. My condolences to his family.
Cindee Mock
Coworker
May 25, 2020
Deeply sad... We became friends immediately when we first met at Sun Microsystems in 2000 and Rich took over all PR for Grid Engine. Since then, we stayed closely together, for 20 years. Even after Sun, it was easy to maintain and enjoy this great relationship because Rich was everywhere, in person at many HPC conferences, and through his articles and interviews for insideHPC, hard working but always time for a good chat. I am missing him already now.
Wolfgang Gentzsch
Friend
May 25, 2020
Rick was an important protagonist in science and technology allowing the diffusion of knowledge. Rich was incredible human being and well-know impressive and influencer person with his red hat, he was an icon not only in High Performance And Advanced Computing Community.... also in technology world.
Dr. Carlos J. Barrios H.
Significant Other
May 25, 2020
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend. I so looked forward to seeing him, catching up, laughing, and just hanging out. All of us loved this about Rich. He was a great friend, and he will be missed.
Joseph George
Friend
May 25, 2020
I met Rich many times over the years, usually at Supercomputing conferences in the US and Europe, and always enjoyed our conversations. He was insightful, enthusiastic, and always supportive and encouraging. Hell be very much missed. A sad loss for us all.
Simon McIntosh-Smith
Friend
May 25, 2020
Rich was well known in the HPC community, had a great sense of humor and will be very much missed, not only in Portland but throughout the HPC community.
Les Lorenzo
Friend
May 25, 2020
Shocking, untimely, a great loss. Rich was a hugely talented man. An icon of the HPC industry who leaves a wonderful legacy. His laughter, wit, friendship, depth. What a loss.
We worked together at Cray and then Sun. I always felt close. Grieving.
Shahin Khan
Friend
May 24, 2020
Once there was a giant. His name was Rich Brueckner. He was larger than life while being kinder, gentler and more generous than many people knew.
He built a platform and a presence that will be sorely missed and has left a void impossible to fill.
I will always miss you, my friend, and I take my hat off to you.
Peter ffoulkes
Peter ffoulkes
Friend
May 24, 2020
Rich, in my memories, your are one of the kindest persons I have had the privilege of working with. Later on, as we both worked for ourselves out of offices in the Empire Building in Saint Paul, running into you and our occasional chats Always made my day. Thank you Rich
Reza Taghavi
Coworker
May 23, 2020
Hey, Rich. One more thing. You and I have both been major dog lovers. Great Giant video. Hope youre meeting up with Jax & every other pupper dog in your life. As Mark Twain said, If there are no dogs in Heaven, I want to go where they went. Best, Steve
Steve Conway
Friend
May 23, 2020
My condolences to Logan and all of Richs family. I was fortunate to work with him at two different companies, where he was such an inspiration, exceptionally creative, always finding new ways to showcase and promote products. I loved his videos most of all. Who can be so good at videos, cartoons, and writing simultaneously? He wrote wonderful Forewords for two of my books. Rich will be sorely missed, his contributions to awareness of the high performance computing industry were legendary.
Stephen Perrenod
Coworker
May 22, 2020
Rich was incredible person and well-know impressive man with his red hat in High Performance Community.
Katsuya Nishi
Friend
May 22, 2020
Rest in peace, Rich. One of the hardest-working, smartest, funniest, most caring people on the planet. Weve worked together since our days at Cray Research. Take it easy, brother. Steve Conway
Steve Conway
Coworker
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