A NOTE TO TODAYS READERS (FRIDAY) We are going to keep this story going. The outpouring of love and honor has been amazing, close to double the visitors yesterday, and many will be here today reading this for the first time. Below is the story that ran on Thursday mid day. We encourage you to read the comments, that’s were the real tribute is. The true power of kindness and humor is a wonderful thing.
Just when you thought there may be some relief from all this, we just got notice that long time Woody Boater and former ACBS President and official great guy, passed away this morning. This is of course very fresh news and what we do know is it was not CORVID related.
For many of us in this community, Dick was a bright light that brought humor and cheer to all. He loved to joke around and was an inspiration to many, and that ability of his, made this hobby, passion grow, and be fun. He was a mentor to many. To quote Paul Harrison, “He was just a superb guy and the whole reason I got involved in the hobby organization”. Yes a shockingly short comment from Paul, which I think captures how we all feel. Speechless
Here at Woody Boater we took some fun jabs at Dick when he was the president of the ACBS, and he turned me around with charm and dignity. That special ability is still embedded deep into the Woody Boater and ACBS culture, we have him to thank for that.
He also was a key proponent of seminars. He went full force into them and was key in helping rookies like me and many of you new guys in learning the tricks of old classic boat ownership.
To say Dick will be missed, is a tough one, because his legacy lives on in our entire community. We will see Dick whenever we work on our boats, go to a seminar, visit the Museum. His tone and passion, are a corner stone of all thats good here.
Right now up in heaven I am very sure Dick is visiting Chris and Gar, and getting in a debate about Reed and Prince screws.. And he is LOVING IT!