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PostPosted: January 18th, 2020, 9:50 am 
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My dear friend Richard passed away last night after a long illness. Richard was a well known member of the Maine fly fishing community, He had a distinguished career as a fly fishing photographer, his work appeared in all the major magazines, he did advertising work for Orvis and other leading tackle companies and his pictures appeared in numerous books and publications. Aside from his professional work, Richard was a wonderful human being, dedicated to the Rockland Animal Shelter, he was past past president and was instrumental in the building of their new facility in Rockland.
Richard loved to fly fish, he was especially fond of the Rangely area, the Rapid, Kennebago and the Magalloway. He was also a regular at GLS, the EO and the west branch. Our home waters were the Sheepscot and the St. George were we spent countless evenings catching the rise. He also loved to fish for stripers, especially on the Weskeag river in Thomaston. He was a charitable man, he donated a dollar for every striper he caught to the Children's cancer hoispital, one year he donated over $260!
But Richard's most prominant characteristic was his withering wit, for those of you who knew him, he was a joy to be around. We fished together for more than 20 years, in Labrador, Canada and Montana, he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace Richard.

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PostPosted: January 18th, 2020, 10:12 am 
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I first met Richard when I went on a Western Trip with him, Terry, and several other friends. Richard kept us laughing from the Portland Jetport.......all through the two week trip......and all the way back to Portland. Just a wonderful friend. Because of his illness Richard wasn’t able to go with us on the last couple of trips, and we all missed his wit and camaraderie. I’ll miss RICHARD terribly. RIP, my friend. A very sad day, indeed.

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PS: If any of you catch a trout on the famous “Richards Fly” this summer, pour a sip for our friend.


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PostPosted: January 18th, 2020, 2:05 pm 
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Terry
Sorry to hear about your loss. I still have his number that you offered for my wife. Just knowing that she could call and speak with a survivor put her at ease.
Again our condolences,

Ron and Emily

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PostPosted: January 18th, 2020, 10:43 pm 
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Dam, Richard was one of the good ones... I first met Richard several years ago on a Rangeley trip with Joel. Him and Terry showed up halfway threw the week, that was the first time I had met either of them, and we hit it off instantly. We spent the rest of the week constantly laughing and joking and listening to Terry and Richard arguing like an old married couple.

I remember Richard at the Dam Pool at the Rapid... fishing only his fly and doing VERY well.

Rest in Peace Richard, you will be missed.

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PostPosted: January 18th, 2020, 11:11 pm 
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I remember Richard well. I have a photo of Nesoudahunk stream he did hanging in my computer room. He was a treasure to know and will be missed.

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PostPosted: January 19th, 2020, 10:13 am 
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Very sorry to read this--it's always a piece of hurt when things like this happen. I met Richard once on the Kennebago, and he was as full of questions as he was of ideas--and enthusiasm too.

Condolences to his family and friends. Good fishing buddies are especially hard to find.

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PostPosted: February 12th, 2020, 1:41 pm 
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Terrry,
I'm so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I remember you two (and friends) staying at my camp in Wilsons Wills several years ago. What a funny, energetic bunch you were. My doors remain open.
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Sad news indeed! He will be missed by many!


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