Richard loved life and those of us who were lucky enough to spend time with him couldn’t help returning his infectious smile. His dual careers, the stage and the legislature, showed his passions for the theater and standing up for those that needed it.
Richard’s life included many adventures and he made many friends along the way. He was dependable, humble, grateful, and had a great sense of humor.
He was devoted to his family. He was devastated by the loss of his eldest daughter and I know that the reason he fought the cancer as hard as he could for as long as he did was to be with his wife, Kristie, and to see his younger daughters grow up as much as possible.
I didn’t know his wife as well as I should have, but I could tell she brought out the best in him. I also know he was troubled about leaving her without the resources she needs to raise their family on her own.
With Kristie’s knowledge and permission, I am sponsoring this campaign to do what our friend Richard would find most important – support his family at this sad time. All proceeds from this campaign will go directly to Kristie to help ease her worries and give her the space to grieve.