There are no words to describe the impact of Rick’s passing. Rick has been part of AVFX for 22 years and has been very much a part of the fabric of our company during that time. It has been hard enough not having Rick around the office these past few months already — we cannot imagine “normal” operations without him.
As we are hearing it right now, there will not be a public funeral or service due to the pandemic. This is tough considering this is very personal to all of us and becomes one more example of “distancing” that makes our lives so much more isolated.
Rick loved laughing and swapping puns and jokes with his daughter. He was proud of his son’s writing and creative thinking. Endlessly curious, Rick loved to learn new things and read constantly, missing his weekly visits to the library during the coronavirus shut down. A radio lover and regular listener of NPR and WQXR, he appreciated jazz, bluegrass, and classical music. He enjoyed concerts, theaters, museums, travel, and good conversation. As a cancer survivor, he appreciated the life-saving care he had received at Mass General Hospital and returned there often to donate blood to pay it forward. His family will remember his pleasure in the company of friends and family, his comical overuse of cologne, his delight in good coffee, a good rum, and a good meal, his storytelling, his love of life, and his positive approach to everything. He was a good man and he will be missed.