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Old 12-30-2012, 07:15 PM   #29
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I am so sorry to hear about your dad.I lost my only sister APR 24,2012 and July of 2009 she was given 30 to 45 days to live so she lasted almost 3 yrs longer than all the Drs. said she would.It is hard to give love ones up but,you have to know they are not suffering anymore.Good luck and please give your family my condolences.

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Old 12-30-2012, 07:42 PM   #30
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I'm so sorry to hear about Richard,we first met him at the National rally in Nashville,Tn.,we attended several rallies, got to know him and Syliva and thought a lot of both of them. We have lost some good ones this year:Richard,Alvin (aka Sportsman) and my husband Tom,I'm sure there was rejoicing in heaven when they all met up. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We know they are better off but its so hard for us left behind.


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Old 12-31-2012, 06:03 AM   #31
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Michelle, Kaileigh, Chase & I all are deeply saddened by the loss of such a great human being. Richard you always brought joy, laughter and positive energy to every situation and an invaluable mentor and friend to me as iRV2 developed and grew. Your remarkable wisdom continues to influence my life today and I will forever be grateful. Godspeed buddy!

Sylvia and family, our prayers and blessings are with you.

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Old 12-31-2012, 07:11 AM   #32
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My condolences to your family.

As many have already noted, iRV2 would not be what it is today without Richard. His contributions will be missed but not forgotten by those who have had the pleasure of knowing him personally or only thru his posts.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:55 AM   #33
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Very sad news!

I was thinking about Richard a few days ago and was wondering how he was doing.

I first meet Richard "Hitchhiker" at the iRV2 2009 Fall Rally at Mount Airy, NC. He was very socialable and eagerly shared his vast RV knowledge. He also was an excellent iRV2 moderator.

3 iRV2 members that attended that rally are no longer with us, Richard Hale, Joe Shaffer and Tom Neal. May they all rest in peace.


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Old 12-31-2012, 10:01 AM   #34
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As all the others before me have said He was a great man a great friend and a great RVer! I will miss him dearly, but very happy to have at least had the chance to know and camp woth him and Sylvia! My prayers are with him. Sylvia and the rest of his family who I know will miss him greatly! Mau the peace of the lord comfort you all!!!
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:43 PM   #35
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Richard "Hitchhiker" Hale - Obituary

Richard Wayne Hale, age 67 of Hwy 226N, Bakersville, NC passed away December 29, 2012 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.
A Native of Huntington, West Virginia, he was a son of the late Charles and Evelyn Ranson Hale.

He was retired from Sears Roebuck Company where he was the Operations Manager in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was a Veteran of The United States Navy where he served in Vietnam.

He was very involved in the Internet RV Forum iRV2.com, where he was a Website Administrator and instrumental to the website development. He was also the Wagon Master for the National iRV2 Rally in 2003.
Richard was a member of Buladean Presbyterian Church, Bakersville Masonic Lodge #357AF&AM, and an Eagle Scout.

Survivors include his wife; Sylvia Hale, of the home, two sons; Todd B. Hale (Laura), of Casstown Ohio, and Eric R. Hale (Celina), of Alpharetta Georgia, one daughter; Kenna J. Symulevich (Henry), of Tampa, Florida, one sister; Pricilla Baldwin, of Palm Bay, Florida, two brothers; David Hale, of Auburndale, Florida, and Randy Hale, of Winter Haven, Florida, grandchildren; Kara Hale, Morgan Hale, Billy Hale, Tomas Ricciardulli, Mateo Ricciardulli, Julia Ricciardulli, Henry J. Symulevich IV, and Joseph D. Symulevich.
He was preceded in death by his brother; William Hale.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 11:00AM in Buladean Presbyterian Church with Curtis Crowther officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Masonic Rites will be conducted by Bakersville Masonic Lodge# 357 AF&AM.

Memorials may be made to; American Cancer Society Memorial Foundation Hope Lodge, 2008 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37203.
Buladean Presbyterian Church c/o Dorothy Campbell 124 Hughes Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705, or
Hospice of Mitchell County 236 Hospital Drive Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Henline – Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Hale Family.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:11 PM   #36
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This news was extremely hard to accept today. Richard was there for all of us whenever we needed him. He would even help you in 100+ degree heat to get your airconditioner working. And he would do it in his blue jeans!!!
We will really miss you, Richard.

Lots of love from Mike and Debbie.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:42 PM   #37
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He surely will be missed....Having never to have meet him...I felt like I knew him. I think a lot of fellow IRV2 members would say the same thing. I have read 100's of his posts over the years.....Why does cancer take all the "good ones" ???
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:36 PM   #38
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My most sincere condolences to the family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Richard but learned much from him through this site. I feel like I lost a brother.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:49 PM   #39
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I just wanted to take a minute and thank all of you for your heart felt messages. I have read each and every one of these to my Mom and family. It is truly warming to our souls to know how loved Dad was and how big of an impact he has had.

Thank you!
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:44 PM   #40
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Remembering Richard ....

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Richard, center, always smilling and enjoying conversation with iRV2 members.

Richard always had a healthly appetite.

Richard Hale; "Hitchhiker" Our Best Friend - We will never forget.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:04 AM   #41
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My condolences to you and the family
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:05 AM   #42
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As I mentioned on the iRV2 FaceBook page, Richard was one of the first to welcome MsCarol and me to the group when we came on board way back when. Just a good guy who would help you solve any problem. We rallied at Hunting Island one year in the fall and Richard (along with several of us) brought enough wood that he kept the fire going the entire time we were there. All you had to do was mention a get-together and he was ready to go.
We lost three good and sterling members this last year - Richard, Tom Neal and Alvin Weiberg. I believe we are all better from having them in our lives, even for the short time they were here. Bless you all.

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