"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, October 14, 2016

In Remembrance of Rich and Kathy

On Sunday, September 25, 2016, our close friends Rich and Kathy were killed in an airplane accident. They were flying with their club from Hamburg, N.Y. to ST. Mary’s, PA. A weekly breakfast excursion. A Mass of Christian Burial was held that Friday at SS Peter & Paul Church, Hamburg, New York. Dee and I attended along with our sons, friends and the family of Rich and Kathy. Please pray for their souls, for their daughter Carrie and family.

Carrie asked Dee, Dayna and I to stay with her at her parents home. We are blessed to have been able to spend the weekend with our Goddaughters. God was also there.

 "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." 
(Isaiah 41:10)

Rich and I went to high school together. He and Kathy were the first of our group to get married. They created the foundation of our group. We added more couples to our group, and as our friendship developed, Rich and Kathy were always the couple we focused on. Their example of marriage was one to strive for. “Where Rich was, there was Kathy.”

There were our “core couples.” Bill and Patti who were married next but then moved out of town. Then we met Sue and Tony and Walter and Sue. This was the group that maintained a close “family” connection. We shared, laughed and supported one another through the years. Dee and I moved to Richmond but we still visited and maintained our family relationship.

Now, more than ever we will continue to support and love one another. Each “coming together” will be a reminder of the bond that we all share.

“For everything there is an appointed
season, and a time for everything
under heaven

a time for sharing,
a time for caring,
a time for loving,
a time for giving,
a time for remembering,
a time for parting.

You have made everything
beautiful in its time for everything
you do remains forever.”

The following photos are some that I selected that start in 1992, jump to 2009 and end at 2012. They are memories of the good times we shared.

Rich and Me 1990
Me, Kathy, Rich and Dee 2009
Me, Walter and Rich 2009
Carrie, Me and Rich 2009
Kathy and Carrie 2009
Kathy, Me & Rich - Richmond, VA 2009
Kathy, Christina and Stephen 2012
Sue, Dee, Kathy and Sue 2003

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