Richard C. Dobrowolski
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RICHARD C., April 7. 2007 of Phila., beloved son of Eileen and the late James, brother of Linda Lyng (John) and Susan Lester (Doug); also survived by 2 nieces, Audrey and Lily. Relatives and friends invited to his Memorial Service, Thurs., 11 A.M., JOHN R. FREED FUNERAL HOME, 124 N. Easton Rd., Glenside. Int. Chelten Hills Cem. The family will greet friends after 10 A.M. No flowers. Instead please send donations to Philabundance, PO Box 37555, Phila., PA 19148-7555.

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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Apr. 10, 2007.
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May 9, 2007
Thinking of you Linda.
Pat Garrett
April 30, 2007
forgot to leave the url for the blog and photo album...
Scotty Parker
April 29, 2007
Rick, I'll never forget Ya!

I just heard about Rick passing away this weekend. I was blown away when I heard this. Rick helped my band Invid in the early 90's to get some shows. It was always great to talk to him at the firenze and then onto Nicks and finally Tritone. Rick, I'll miss ya! Thanks for all that you did for me!
Hank Zientak
April 26, 2007
Rick D Memorial Project Blog and Photo Albums are now UP!

please contact me if you have any photo's or stories to share or wish to help out with the project (memorial website, CD's, and Benefits for Rick's family)
Scotty Parker
April 17, 2007
He was always great to me. I played in a band
that indeed, "couldn't draw a picture in this town", but Rick liked us and booked us anyway.
Thanks, Rick.
Paul (The Pinatacocks)
Paul Reitano
April 16, 2007
Sad and shocking news. Too young. Too full of energy keeping the Philly music scene going. You will be missed.
Kathy James
April 14, 2007
Rick, you were like a big brother to me over most of the 17 years that I've known you.

I wouldn't be the man that I am today if it weren't for you taking in a complete screw up and helping him grow. god, your pateince with me was sorely tested over the year and I hope I've made you proud.

I'm glad that I got to re-connect with you these last two month at least but your passing will never stop hurting me.

I love you rick.

god I can even here the joke you would have made at that statement in my head...

you are already badly missed, my friend.

my major regret of our friendship is that you didn't get a chacne to meet my daughter Julia Rose before you left..

you were my mentor, you were my friend and I thank you for each and every day that we were able to spend together.

-Scotty Parker
scott parker
April 12, 2007
Shocking, saddening news... My heartfelt condolences to all who knew and loved Rick... He will be missed.
Tad Roebuck
April 12, 2007
Rick showed me what real friendship means. He truely gave his heart,time and attention to so many people. Including me. He knew how to make a person feel special, that's what made him special.
I will always miss Rick.
This world has lost a good soul.
This town has just lost a lot of it's heart.
Nancy Green Benussi
April 11, 2007
I met Rick in the mid-nineties when I was playing in bands whose names cause a heated flush of embarrassment now. But from the Firenze to Upstairs at Nick's through to his reign at Tritone, Rick exuded a wonderfully warm and placid presence that was an ironic perfect match with his wry sense of humor. Even though in the past few years I only saw him infrequently, he always welcomed me with an earnest hug and kiss, communicating without words that our minor involvement as band booker and band member existed on a heartfelt level for him. My condolences to his family and loved ones; Rick will be deeply missed amongst us Philly musicians whom he sponsored with such zest and loyalty.
Alissa Tallman
April 11, 2007
Rick, I will miss you so very much!!!!Your wit, wisdom, smile and bear hugs. My heart goes out to Linda, Sue and your Mom.
Rest in Peace
Kelly Toms
April 11, 2007
I know there are are shoes that no one can ever fill. Rest well Rick.
Bruce Goldberg
April 11, 2007
Rick- I will miss the long rambling conversations we had at Franks. You were a unique, big big hearted guy. My girlfriend's first friend in the city when she moved here from Spain. We will both miss you.
David Greene
April 11, 2007
all of us at Doobies Bar...we are deeply saddened at the tremendous
loss of our good friend, Rick D. Our thoughts are with his family,
friends and associates.
Patti and Staff @ Doobies Bar
April 11, 2007
Farewell friend...
"Do videnia, Dza Devleha!"
April 11, 2007
tuesday nights will never be the same, man. thank you for being the ornery, witty, rockin' man you were. thank you for the late night hawkwind education, for mocking my juke choices, for everything.

my family offers their sincere condolences to the dobrowolski family.
--kat, lee & caleb
kat tinagero
April 11, 2007
I wish to send much love to the family of a truly dear friend Rick. Since I heard Sat I have been trying to wrap my head around the fact that I will never see your sly smile again. You brought so much to peoples lives, some who you knew, some who never met you. You will be deeply missed my friend.
Brian Potash
April 11, 2007
To the kind man in the leather vest... You will be missed.
Haile campbell
April 11, 2007
I knew Rick for a few years in the early 90’s during my time playing with the Evil Twins. Even after all these years, I remember his humor & some of his strong opinions still bring a smile to my face. His passion for music and devotion to local bands was unforgettable. I’m saddened to hear of his early passing & my deepest condolences go out to his family.
Barbara Cropper
April 11, 2007
Rick D. truly was a staple in Philly. He was also always a friendly face with a handshake available that I was was always glad to see.

From first meeting him at Dobbs, his letting my age slide at the Firenze :), his tone/delivery in conversation and that unmatched loyalty to an outfit, he'll always be remembered ;).

Cheers Rick.

His is a loss not only to those that have known him, but to this entire city as well.

My condolences to his family and friends. He was a pal. God bless.
Dan Rossano
April 11, 2007
I don't know how we're going to carry on without you. It hit me tonight, there are no more late Tuesday nights. No more "you gotta here this". Just no more. Just felt weird and wrong tonight without you.

You left your imprint on everyone around you. And that stinkin' bottle of Jaeger ...

S. & K.
Kelly Wolff
April 10, 2007
Rick always made sure we were all alright. Gave everyone a fair shake. A true Philly legend, he represented the best this town has to offer. It will be a long time before we see another like him, if ever.
Scott Anger
April 10, 2007
I love you Ricky. I miss you so much big brother !
Susan Lester
April 10, 2007
My condolences to his family. I remember the first time I met Rick back in 1982. He will surely be miseed. He gave a lot to the Philadelphia music scene.
Tamara Claire
April 10, 2007
Rick always looked out for me when I lived beside Tritone and always made me and my friends feel so welcome every night of the week (literally, it was often every night of the week) I'll miss the random run ins around the neighborhood, and the many chats outside the bar. I'm still in shock. You will be missed so dearly.
April 10, 2007

was definitely a force to be reckoned with. In my days with him, in the late

80's, he was smart and cynical and definitely not a wallflower. He managed to
continue that, without mellowing, for twenty more years. Nobody ever
Rick and forgot him. I surely won't. He's left a positve mark on the
and the people that have known him. I miss him already.
My thoughts
very much with his family.
Rush Cahall
April 10, 2007
A very cool friend as well as someone who did so much for the Philly music scene. He was always the champion of the little guy trying to be heard. We could use a lot more people like Rick in this world, and he'll be sorely missed.
Adam Avery (Decontrol)
April 10, 2007
I'll miss: the generous heart, the sharp wit, and the friendly face behind the bar. It was an honor to know Rick D.
Sara Sherr
April 10, 2007
Rick influenced so many people and our thoughts are with all of you. May you find solace during this difficult time.
Jennifer Bonner
April 10, 2007
Thanks for all the great times we had... My life wouldn't have been the same without you. See ya, buddy.
Brett Weiss
April 10, 2007
Thunders on guitar/vocals, Woolfinger on bass, Moon on drums. Just have them do a few shows a year and you'll be the king upstairs as you were down here.
Tommy T
April 10, 2007
FIRST, heartfelt condolences to Rick's family (& friends). having just lost a brother (2/28 @44), Rick's news has put a 'glaze' over us.

many a nite we stayed up after hours–into the morning light–at La Tazza 108 in Old City after Upstairs@Nick's closed. in fact, our very last nite, rick was there & we did that ritual one last time. rick would go on to say "now, with la tazza closing, there no reason to go to old city anymore".

we loved rick's quik wit followed by his hearty laugh. tho cynical–which philly WILL do to ya–we knew he was a very warm soul & we luved him. discussing our ties w/ the music scene, similar businesses & philly 'politics', we had a lot to talk about. besides those things, he did mention his family too.

a quik story that still makes me laugh, sticks in my head. me, rick & "joe" (name changed) are talking. i say,
'hey joe, nice haircut'. (i sorta mean it)
"Joe": 'thnx, i cut it myself'.
rick: 'no kidding, coulda never guessed that'.

"angels" are wearing black leather vests right now…

frank (& tammy) sparacino
"La Tazza"
frank sparacino
April 10, 2007
Rick was a good man who will be missed by many. Our condolences.
Bridget and Stephen O'Toole
April 10, 2007
Blessings to your family

Rick helped many of us and was appreciated
Marc Beck
April 10, 2007
My brother, my mentor, my best friend. You will live on in the lives of all you've touched. As you've been for so many years, my inspiration, my
motivation, so will you continue in my heart and mind forever.
April 10, 2007
Thinking of you,
thank you for all your kindness
you will never be forgotten.....
Amy DiCamillo
April 10, 2007
We will miss you Rick! Rest or rock in peace!
April 10, 2007
I will miss you, my brother.
Kermit Lyman
April 10, 2007
Sincere condolences to the Dobrowolski family.
Tim McCloskey
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