Thursday, September 27, 2012

Old Fool

I stumbled upon Old Fool's blog quite by accident several years ago.  He was pretty funny in telling long winded stories about almost nothing.  So I kept reading and eventually outed myself.  I was practically his neighbor. If I walked towards the end of my neighborhood, I could see the canopy he blogged several times about.

One day I was checking out at Dollar General, and in walks Old Fool in person. I had never seen him in person, but I just knew it was him.  I said hello and immediately he knew who I was as well.  We chatted a bit and I insisted he come to our 4th of July party.  And he did.

We kept up with each other's blogs and even though he disliked crowds, he did join us for a few parties and birthday celebrations.  He checked in when my Dad was sick by calling several times.  I gave him my Dad's bicycle after he passed because Old Fool had a thing for bikes.  I have to say, I am so glad I baked him a cake for his last birthday.  Because it was to be his last.

His final blog post left us all worried.  He was in distress and something wasn't right.  I have to wonder if he knew.  I sent him an email asking if he was all right.  I didn't get a response.  And I knew.

I was shocked and saddened today to see an anonymous comment on his blog saying he had suffered a stroke and passed away.

Goodbye, Mr. Richard... aka Old Fool.  Your witty and insightful comments will be missed.  He was just as entertaining in person as he was on his blog.

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  1. My condolences to you and your family, Melanie.
    It is surprising how the loss of someone I never even met, touches me, imagine how it must be for you.

    It seems only emotions, amongst which sadness, are really able to join people, no matter who or where they are.

    Take care,

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  3. Anonymous7:41 AM

    how did he do what he did , I to like you read his blog. and now hes gone. those last words.. and I never met him.. Rodd from new zealand

  4. Thanks for the kind words... Richard was special to us. I thought he had lived a fascinating life and loved his stories. I hope he knew that.

  5. Melanie... Thank you for the lovely post about Richard... he was a great friend. If you have any information on how his wife is doing... if she needs any help, could you please let me know... Steven Cain
    I'd really appreciate it... thanks again.