pick up their album “Bright Like Neon Love.” this is the first album i’ve heard in a long time where i actually enjoy every song on the “disk.” i don’t think you’ll be disappointed. you might be. but i don’t think so.
6/12 - Today was incredibly peaceful - at one point Christopher (Richard’s youngest brother) called everyone into the room. All of Richard’s grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers & sister came in while Christopher told Richard it was ok to let go………..pretty insightful for a 7 year old. But, Richard was truly a great teacher to of all. Teacher is a consistent word that comes from friends & family to describe him. That certainly does cover it - for this 14 year journey lead by Richard has truly taught us a great deal about living life.
As everyone came together at Richard’s side he let go just a few minutes after a visit from very special visitors from St. Peters - Fr Murphy, Sister Alice & Sister Rose who came to give Richard his last rights to assure Richard’s place in heaven although there was little question of that.
So after a long year battling cancer, a year filled with challenges, some sad times but many many happy times which were only made possible because of all of you - Richard took his final trip and with him all of his family and friends - this happened at exactly 16:16 (4:16pm) today June 11th 2006.
But of course our work is not done in fact it is only beginning because despite the fact that we all feel a certain emptiness we should all be happier knowing Richard is in the happiest place - no not Disney although this was a happy place for Richard and his crew but heaven. So our work continues, to take each and every day, as a gift, which now has us helped by a little guardian angel named Richard.
As part of our work we ask that you all check in at the website over the next 24 hours for information regarding a memorial mass at St. Peters. Also please do not send anything (flowers, balloons, fruit baskets, etc) rather collect your thoughts and special memories of Richard and send them to us either in the mail or email. And also please consider a donation to Go4theGoal (www.Go4theGoal.org) which will continue to be guided by Richard’s spirit – in a way that only Richard could lead us.
Even in dying Richard is leading us as he donated his corneas which unfortunately because of Richard’s disease was all that he could give. As he would as he had always to friends, family and strangers alike given of his all.
We truly miss you Richard……but will carry you always in our hearts.