Friday, December 12, 2014

Message from Captain Richard's daughter

Hello friends,
   It has been a tough week for us here. The day before thanksgiving Dick (Captain Richard) fell ill and was rushed to Rochester General Hospital. He had raging Pneumonia and difficulty breathing. They had to intubate him and use pressers to keep his blood pressure up. He turned septic and his organs failed. He lost his battle on 12/10.
    My daddy was an amazing person. He was a talented artist and driven to be the best at everything breathed life into. whether it was some form of art or car related. He loved this blog and his community of artists where he could come to share his work and marvel over others. We are truly devastated over losing him, he was only 67 years old. He had recently been spending a lot of time working on the Wings of Glory game. He loved painting and setting up true to life scenes especially going back in time. He was a true Civil war buff. The basement here at my parents house can attest to that. Its as if you have walked into a museum…a breathtaking museum where you have no idea where to look first.
    I want to say thank you to all who sent him kind messages about his work…he was elated when he won the virtual medals. If anybody has any ideas of what i can do with his dioramas to honor him i would love for them to be seen and cherished by others. Maybe some kind of museum? I don't know but if anyone has any ideas they would be much appreciated. I can be reached by email.

    Thank you,

Mindi Verzillo
v2happi@gmail.com

My Daddy (Captain Richard) and i visiting Watkins Glen Vintage races in Sept/14

My Daddy coming to save me after my Subaru started throwing codes. 

My parents 42nd wedding anniversary this summer.

Always joking around this is how most pics went….my Daddy hiding in the sunflowers :)

110 comments:

  1. Please accept our sincerest condolences - your father was quite a gifted artist and will be missed greatly.

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  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. I almost felt like I knew him, through this blog. He reminded me of many of the men I grew up around. His talents were inspirational. For the small comfort is may give, he touched people he never met through his art and his kind comments.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. He really loved creating. xo

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  3. I'm very sorry about your loss and can understand your feelings as I lost my father when he was only 66. Your father was indeed a very talented man and his pictures with lighting to replicate flames comes to mind when thinking of him. He will be missed by not only your family, but those of us who enjoyed his wonderful blog full of creative projects. Once again I'm very sorry for your loss.

    Christopher

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  4. Please accept our sincerest condolences

    A great artist !

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  5. I am so very very sorry to hear about your dad,Captain Richard. When you are ready, you should consider a book with photos of his work. It would be a wonderful memorial to him and his incredible talent, and a wonderful legacy.

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  6. It was very sad to read this. I only know Richard through his recent work on Wings of Glory and was avidly following its development with great interest. My thoughts and condolences to you and your family for this loss. His work was a great tribute to him and I hope you can find a nice home for it.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, i definitely want it to live on. He had put many more hours of work into it since he had last posted. I'm glad we actually got to play it.

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  7. I am so very sorry for your loss. Your father was very talented.

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  8. I'm very sad to hear of this, and wish you and your family my deepest condolences. I greatly enjoyed watching your dad's projects develop through his photos and blogs. I greatly hope you can find a way to share and preserve his dioramas and collection.

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    1. Thank you Robert. I will do my best to make that happen.

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  9. Oh no, I am so sorry to hear that. I so enjoyed seeing your father's artwork. He was so talented. I'm shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. God bless you and I pray he rests with the Lord.

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  10. I'm so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Deepest condolences to you all.

    Aaron

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  11. A terrible loss. Truly sorry. He was a great artist, and will be missed.

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  12. Your father was indeed a fine artist and inspired so many of us with his work.I enjoyed his blog and enthusiasms whilst marveling at his talent.
    Condolences to you and your family.
    Alan

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  13. I am so sorry for your loss. I spent a lot of down time at work (fire dept.) reading through your fathers blog and enjoyed it all. Positive thoughts headed y'all's way from the Midwest. Hang in there.

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    1. Thank you, we could use some positive thoughts. He was my best friend.

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  14. Sad news. Your father truly was a gifted man like not many. His fantastic dioramas always were a joy for the eye. My condolences to you and your family.

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  15. I'm sorry your father passed away.
    I suspected something when is a few long pause.
    I assumed that your father is much younger
    This paper art was something what rarely we can seen.
    Cities, streets, windows, lanterns, campfire, etc..

    Yours faithfully
    Markku Merikanto
    (maximex)

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  16. I have spent many an hour looking at the creations on the blog, a very talented man, who's contribution to our hobby will be missed. Condolences for all your family at this difficult time.

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  17. Indeed very sad news. The Captain was an inspiration to myself and many others, I am sure. I always felt it an honour to receive comments from him on my blog. My condolences to you and your family. He will be deeply missed around here.

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  18. Toutes mes condoléances. All my condolences.
    The Captain was indeed a great inspiration for me and many others, and through his work we could always guess a great human being behind. It is a terrible loss and I send you all my sympathy in this terrible time.

    A french follower of this blog living in Japan.

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  19. Very bad news. I am a little Shocked. Always thought The Captain was a younger person, the way he wrote here, the way he worked.... I suppose that´s the way when someone is young in spirit.

    It has been great meeting this person virtually. My condolences.

    Jon Hurtado (Bairrin)

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    1. Thanks Jon. He was very young at heart. I'm missing him terribly

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  20. Sorry to hear such sad news, my thoughts are with you all.

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  21. It was always a joy to visit your fathers blog, he was an inspiration to all of us.
    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Steve

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  22. Our condolences, the good Captain was a most welcome addition to our forum, he will be sorely missed by all our members.

    Piers
    The Guild.

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  23. This is very sad news indeed.

    I regularly followed the Blog posts and found them to be some of the very best articles around.

    Please accept my deepest condolences, your Father will be greatly missed.

    Tony

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  24. My condolences to the family. He encouraged me and inspired me in our mutual joy of modeling.

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  25. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Your father's scenes which he shared on this blog were an inspiration and he will be missed.

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  26. So, so sorry to hear this, my thoughts are with you and your Mum.

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  27. So sad to hear this news the Captain was a real inspiration

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  28. I'm so sorry for your loss! My deepest condolences to you and your family. Your father was an inspirational artist whose work was - and is - admired all over the world, as can be seen from the comments here. I do hope something can be done to preserve it for future generations to enjoy.

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    1. Thanks AJ, i really appreciate what you wrote. I love him so much

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  29. Deep condolences- he brought a lot of fun and joy to many, including me.

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  30. Very sorry to hear this, you have my condolences. He was a very talented man. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  31. Captain Richard passed away but all his passion is still there and alive in his basement. He lost a battle, but not the war..
    I sum my self to all feel of sorryness for your loss.

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    1. Thank you, i love this message and im going to use it in his Eulogy tomorrow

      xoxo
      Mindi

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  32. Please eaccept my deepest condolences for your loss. Captain Richard's talents were truly inspirational among this community.

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  33. This is very sad news.
    The Captain was a true artist and greatly inspirational!
    I will have him with me for along time.
    // Galdarbjelke / Sweden (Europe)

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  34. I am absolutely devastated, my deepest sympathies to you all. The Captain was one of my earliest followers, whose kind words and comments would always lift my spirits and encourage me to continue in this hobby. His own work work was truly inspirational and I can't believe his is no longer with us.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, im in complete shock and cannot believe he's gone. I am a daddies girl

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  35. So sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad's posts were always a source of inspiration and wonder.

    Peter Douglas

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  36. I'm sorry for your loss. Your dad was a source of inspiration, a true artist and i marvelled at his work

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  37. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I really sad to hear this bad news. I enjoyed reading Richard's blog al lot.

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  38. Please accept my deepest condolences. He was taken from you far too soon.

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  39. I am so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your dad. Thank you for letting us know. I enjoyed his blog very much and will miss his contributions to our hobby.

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  40. This is a great loss, the loss of a man who created new scenery techniques and awesome fire effects.
    And the loss of one of my early followers on blogger.

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  41. I am shattered to hear the news, Captain Richards will be sorely missed, we send our prayers in this difficult time to you and your family.

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  42. Oh, man, what a loss to the world of such an innovative and unique a talent in the art of diorama. My condolences go out to you and your family: he sounds like a real family dad.
    Ion

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  43. I'm so, so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I've very much enjoyed reading his blog over the years and seeing your fathers growing civil war collection with his great use of lighting has been inspiring. we exchanged a good few comments over the past years through our blogs. Even from over here in scotland we shared our common interest although we never met.

    Very sad news, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very talented man and will be sorely missed in our online community.

    Paul

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  44. My deepest sympathies to you and you family. Your father's presence in this medium will be missed.

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  45. Sorry fr your loss, and sorry to be late...Please accept my condolences...
    Phil.

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  46. Sorry for your loss, his blog was always a great inspirational read and he sounds like a fantastic dad too

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  47. I am so sorry to hear your terrible news. I have followed your father's blog with great interest and always enjoyed reading of what his immense talent's had produced and seeing the photographs which always looked so impressive.

    My sincere and deepest sympathies to you and your family.

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  48. A very sad day,

    I have visited Richards blog regularly when I had run out of steam and he inspired me to do more, he will be sadly missed.

    My deepest sympathies go out to your family.

    Regards
    Matt
    Australia

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  49. What I can say ... so little that met his father could tell that his talent and dedication were exquisite to like him, always had good words for all we kept it ... you are always remembered.

    My deepest condolences to the entire family.

    A big hug and sorry for my English.

    yours truly; Eliezer Mayor (Canary Islands)

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  50. So sorry to hear of your loss. Always enjoyed reading your dad's blog and will remember his lovely building projects, especially the lighting effects.

    Regards,
    Matt

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  51. So so so sorry,My deepest condolences to the entire family.

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  52. Very talented man, funny and apparently a great dad and husband. So sorry for your loss.

    He enriched and inspired all the readers of this blog.

    A prayer for you and yours and a moment of silence to ponder and dwell on a life well lived.

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    1. Thank you. He was so funny, and the best dad. I'm missing him.

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  53. Wow...very sad news. I really enjoyed Capt.'s blog and his amazing talent. We share many common interests and he will be sorely missed.

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