I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this or who will see it, but many of us become good friends here on WGT and we become sort of a family. For those of you that knew Rich, knew he was a lot of fun to play the game with and was also very generous here on WGT. Rich passed away on April 5th. Here is what I posted in my CC's forums:
I haven't been this saddened in a long time. I've had to deal with death in combat and as some friends and family members know it has made me a cold person when it comes to death. But this passing of Rich has touched me tremendously. I have tears in my eyes as I read of his passing and as I write this.
I first met Rich years ago on Ventrilo. He started a Guild Team on WGTLS years ago called the LegendCrushers. He caught a lot of flack for that name because they weren't that good of a team and lost most of their games. But they hung in there and became a pretty good team. Rich just laughed at the comments because he cared more about the fun with the people that played the game. Something you don't see very often in this game anymore. He was as someone said very generous.
Rich served his country and kept serving it as a police officer. For that, "I Salute you Brother"!
Keith I think that is a great idea to have a yearly Memorial Tournament in Rich's Honor. I would be Honored to set this up or help with it. I would even be open to posting the invitation to this Tournament, to all WGT players that want to participate, with a post in WGT Forums. I can see this being done in only one of two ways. It can be a tournament just or fun with no credits involved, or we can ask for donations and make a stipulation that the players that win the credits, donate those credits to unknown WGT players. I think this is the way Rich would of wanted it to be done. As some of you know, Rich would put a post up in WGT and the first so many responders would get a sleeve of balls. Or he would find some one that needed clubs or what ever and buy them for them.
I would be free to do this next month, as right now I am still getting settled in and finishing up on the Golf Outing that will be in 2 weeks. After that I will dedicate my free time to this. Any ideas anyone has feel free to let me know. We can start a post next month to get this ball rolling.
I would also like to put forth a motion that LegendCrusher stay a member of this CC as long as it is possible. And if possible, he had a daughter that played the game, she should have an open invitation to Aphrodite.
RIP my Good Friend Rich and God Bless your Family.