Sue and Richard

I cannot tell you how saddened I am to learn of the passing of my dear, sweet friend, Richard Saffold, on January 18th. My thoughts and prayers go out to Brad Liberg and the rest of Richard's family, as well as his many friends. Although he and I were friends here on the 365 Project, he and I shared a much richer history together. In fact, little Dickie Saffold was my sixth-grade boyfriend back at Long Beach School. I remember him as little, because thanks to an early-growth spurt on my part, I towered over him by sixth-grade. In fact, when we went to the movies together, I was often asked if I wanted to pay for my little brother's ticket as well as my own. :-) Sadly, after he moved away at the end of that year, we lost touch with each other, as is often the case with childhood friendships. However, one day back in 2010, an old Colorado truck driver commented on one of my photos here on 365, and lo and behold, after some incredulous text exchanges and laughs, our friendship was reborn. Timing is everything, too, and when he found out I was putting together a grade-school reunion that year, he bought himself a car and drove cross-country to spend the weekend with some of his nearest and dearest old friends back in his old hometown in Indiana. I owe so much to 365 Project for helping us to find each other, and I am so grateful that, although I am not very active on the site anymore, I had checked in on him just a few weeks ago and exchanged some friendly banter over one of his beloved kitty photos. :-) My dear friend will be sorely missed, but oh my, he touched so many lives during his time upon this earth. I will always smile when I remember him and his beautiful photos that reflected his love of whimsy, nature, old crusty trucks, sculptures, main streets, and kitties...especially kitties. R.I.P. my old friend. ❤️ http://365project.org/chard/365
Lovely tribute Sue. Hugs
posted January 23rd, 2017  
Oh Sue. Thanks for letting me know. I am honestly heartbroken. Ive been missing him here on 365 for the past few weeks and was starting to fear the worst. He was such a wonderful presence on this site and one of my few loyal commenters (even on the crappy ones!) He always put a smile on my face. I never had the pleasure to meet him in real life - but I really do feel like he was a friend. He will be SO MISSED!... And your story about knowing Richard from the 6th grade and then finding him again here will always be one of my favorites of the wonderful side of the Internet. :) Peace and hugs.
posted January 24th, 2017  
Oh Sue, we've now been in touch, but I want to say it here publically how special Richard was to Ken and me. His snappy one liners on my photos always made me laugh out loud. Ken would look up from his desk, say, "What?" and I'd tell him what Richard had said. He was one of a kind, and his description of himself in his profile spoke eloquently of this gentle man. He had a cat named Fred who broke his heart when Fred died. Not intentionally, when I named one of my foundlings "Fred", he wrote that the best cats were named Fred. He really really adored his cats, and it's my hope they'll be well looked after. He'd lived once in Southern California, and would recall places when I posted something he recognized, We wrote a few times about his hope to visit Lunenburg one day...and we were really hoping he would. It makes me so very very sad that we won't have that chance. As you said, Sue, this internet can be a pretty astounding place. Because of the genuine, down-to-earth person that Richard was, I loved that man. He was the Real Deal. Rest Peacefully, Richard...you're deserving, and you won't be forgotten.
posted January 24th, 2017  
@hbdaly I'm so sorry for those of us who've lost such a sweet friend. When I'd visit your photos, I always loved seeing what Richard had to say as well! I said to Sue that I needed to let you know, but people will gravitate together at times like this and I felt an understanding pang when I found you here. We've been lucky to know such a dear and genuine person.
posted January 24th, 2017  
And I have to say that this photo will tell people SO MUCH about the two of you! You, Sue, the outgoing Blithe Spirit, and the bemused and quiet Richard. Looking at this picture I want to reach out and hug the two of you! That reunion may well have been one of the best things that happened for Richard in his last years...♥
posted January 24th, 2017  
What a wonderful story you shared with Richard and so lovely you had the chance to reconnect - my sympathies for your loss
posted January 24th, 2017  
This is a very moving story and bears witness to what a powerful site 365Project is. So sorry for your loss.
posted January 24th, 2017  
@parisouailleurs @annied @ubobohobo - Thank you. He certainly enjoyed his new-found friends here on 365. :-)
posted January 24th, 2017  
@hbdaly - Holly, I know that Richard made many friends here on this site, and that you were one of his best "pals". He definitely made his mark, both with his wonderful photographic eye and with the many people he touched.
posted January 24th, 2017  
@Weezilou - You always have just the right words to say, Louise. I truly believe that you are right about that grade-school reunion being one of the best things to happen to him...and to all of us who had shared a childhood. He not only reconnected with me, but with his best buddy, Peter, and so many other kids who had spent their youth with him...many of whom thereafter began to follow him on 365 and as a result came to the know the wonderfully, kind, whimsical man he had grown-up to be.
posted January 24th, 2017  
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