"We lost a partner, a brother, a confidant, a friend.....Tom's brother is now building websites from another location. We have heard Rick's voice over gchat almost every day for the last 10 years as he partnered with Tom for our family business. Now, his light is no longer on and the sense of loss for Tom and all the children and grandchildren in Rick's life is palpable. Tom visited his nephews and nieces in Wisonsin to mourn Rick's loss. Later, we spent our weekend in the mountains working on rebuilding our vacation home, which is now "Rick's Cabin". When we think of Rick we think of the Alanis Morisette song.."I'm a sinner, I'm a saint, I do not feel ashamed....When you hurt, when you suffer, I'm an angel undercover, I've been numbed, I'm revived" Like all of us, Rick was a conflicted mix of saint and sinner and if you were unwilling to look past the sin, you missed all the goodness. Godspeed Rick."
~ Angie O'Shea
Over the past few years I've come to know and love you as a Christian and a friend. Rick's departure must have left an enormous hole in your life - there seemed to be few times when you were not digitally tethered to him in some way. I only had the pleasure of working with Rick directly a few times, but his gravelly voice and direct communication style won me over. There was nothing hidden or wiley - just honest, frank, Rick. I don't know who might be leading the digital charge to bridge the great communications gap to the other side, maybe Google. If so, you know Rick will be the first one online looking for you, and that green gchat light will burn bright for you again. In the meantime, you know he's there keeping an eye on you.
Take care Tom.
Bon Voyage Rick.
Robert Grover - CEO
I just heard from Cary the tragedy with Rick passing away. It made me very sad. He was a good hearted person and I wish you all the strength to heal and remember the funny and kind moments you had with him.
My deepest condolences to you and entire family.
Raha - Executive
oh man Tom! how can I help?
oh my heart hurt for you! you are in my thoughts and prayers...
let me know how I can help?
man, Tommy, my heart (and prayers) go out to you! I find it hard to even put myself in your shoes right now. I guess I would would try to find solace in the fact that you KNOW he's in a BETTER place and you know that he will ALWAYS be right there beside you coding on ever project in the future. He will truly be your co-pilot! Just think of him as always being online now!
Brad - Executive
So sorry to hear this news. Rick and I talked quite a bit on Skype and they were always good talks and a lot of laughs.
Our condolences to his family and to you.
We can touch base on Monday. Thanks.
Hal - CEO
I'm so sorry Tom.. I really enjoyed working with Rick. It's hard to find the right words..I too am going through the loss of my mother just a few days ago. I feel your pain, and my prayers are with you to find the same comfort I'm looking for too.
I'm keeping your family in my thoughts!
Brooke - Project Manager
Tom, I am so very very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and with Rick.
Please take care of yourself.
Gayle - Business Owner
Nooooo :-((((( Tom, my heart is breaking terribly right now. Your family is most important right now, let's try to gather back up next week. I want you to have your time with your family and do whatever it is you need to do--there is no need to focus on the web stuff.
Take whatever time you need. What can I do to help you? Please let me know.
I'm sending you comfort, love, prayers and peace.
Jennifer - Business Owner
Rick and I have become such good friends and I am just so worried about him. He helped me through the death of one of my sons a couple months ago and I just cannot lose him too.
Marilyn - Business Owner
That is very sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with Rick, Tom and there family.
Cary - CEO
Tom, I wanted to reach out and let you know I heard about Rick today from my Dad. He said he saw the obituary when he got home from cabin. My thoughts are with you and your family. Rick always scared the shit out of me when we were younger and I always knew he loved having you as a younger brother and would protect you at any given moment. I will keep you in my prayers brother! Love ya
Dave - High School Friend
I hate life sometimes!!
Steve - Web Developer
ah man, that;s so sad, I saw that post but couldn't figure out if it was rick or your dad or something...I'm so sorry Tom, he was such a good guy
thought he was going to go on forever
my god, that's gotta be so tough, so sorry Tom, I'll have to let the Flourish Press family know, they always were very fond of him....funny I never met the guy in person but honestly felt like we were good friends
Nick - Web Designer
Good morning Tom! I just wanted to send you a quick note, I heard that your brother passed away and I am so terribly sorry - he was awesome to work with and I just can't believe it! If you need anything please let me know!!!
Sam - Marketing
My brother and I enjoyed watching all of the movies by Bill Murray. We shared many pizzas and laughs with Bill. Here is a short perspective on life that really brings home the importance of just being right here, right now.