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Old 01-01-2013, 04:17 PM   #43
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My sincerest condolences to you on the loss of your father. This IRV2 forum is a true way to remember this fine gentleman.

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Old 01-02-2013, 08:24 AM   #44
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Richard was a good friend,I sure am missing him. Thanks to him we became an iRV2 member and it was his influence that I became a Mason.

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:57 PM   #45
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We were sorry to learn of Richard's passing. He was truly a good guy who enjoyed life and RVing in particular. We've missed not meeting up with him at rallies in recent years but value the many times we did like at Hunting Island, SC and the 2009 National iRV2 rally in Ohio. Though there was no camping and no campfires, we were fortunate to have been able to visit him and Sylvia at their home in North Carolina both in 2011 and the spring of 2012. Our sympathy goes out to Sylvia and the rest of his family.

In a way, Richard was blessed to be able to read the many fine tributes directed to him when his illness was first announced two years ago on this forum. For anyone interested, here's a link to that thread. It will invoke fond memories for many of us.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:04 PM   #46
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Our sincere condolences to Sylvia and you "kids" Eric. Richard will certainly be remembered as a friend and mentor to all. As a camper yourself, you will experience many of the same joys that he has . I guess that is his best legacy. God Bless you. Take care of your mama.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:15 PM   #47
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Dear iRV2,

On behalf of the Hale Family, I would like to thank all of you for your posts here, your support over the years of Dad's illness, and your genuine concern for Dad's well being.

The flowers sent by iRV2.com were a beautiful large white flower cross with a red rose sash. It was very well received and proudly displayed at the service.

I read all of these posts to the family as they came in. We plan on printing them all out so they can be cherished indefinately.

Again, thank you all from all of us Hale's.

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Old 01-05-2013, 07:32 PM   #48
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I was so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. We first met him when he was Wagon Master at the 2003 iRV2 national rally in Nashville TN and talked to him several times at other rallies. He was a fine gentleman and I am glad that I got to meet him.

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Old 02-17-2013, 08:58 PM   #50
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I feel like a dope. I don't read this forum very much and just now saw this thread. I knew Richard for a long, long time; back to the Ford Diesel forums and their first rally in Natural Bridge, VA. That is when I first met Richard. Richard came onto the Ford Diesle website one evening back in 2000 and told me about iRV2.com. I joined iRV2 that very day. I was proud to have been able to help Richard with the Nashville Rally. I was honored to have Richard as a friend. When Richard first told me he was sick, I prayed that we would one day meet again at some campground. That day will have to wait a while now.

I'm sorry I'm rambling. It is just that I had so much respect for Richard and was sorry to see this news. My condolences go out to Sylvia and the rest of the family. Ya'll are in our thoughts and prayers.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:15 AM   #51
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Although it has been several years since I have seen Richard, I always thing of Gilligan's "Skipper" when I think of the Hitchhiker. Maybe it is the physical resemblance, maybe the name Hale, maybe his leadership skills. Probably all of the above. A guiding hand over a diverse bunch...both the Skipper and the Hitchhiker. You will always be with us.

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