I met Dick about 20 years ago, and we quickly became friends since we shared a love of both Peru and stamp collecting. Over the course of his long time residence in Peru representing his church and delivering his evangelical ministry, he was able to travel all over Peru including remote areas where few travel. I got him interested in collecting the postal cancellations of Peru by asking him about the tiny towns. What made it so special is that I would frequently ask him if he knew where a little town was located. Many times, he would get back to me with a fascinating tale of how he trekked by foot, and sometimes mule, just to get there and he would describe the beauty of the land and the people in detail that would bring it to life for me. I was fortunate to get to know Elsie and stayed with them in Oregon one summer when he was living there. He came and stayed with me in Arizona on two occasions. He worked tirelessly helping me sort and identify my unwieldy cancellation collection.
My favorite memory was of Dick happened at philatelic show that was held in Portland several years ago. I remember we walked over to the table of a stamp dealer, Dr. Ameen, and introduced Dick since they didn’t know each other. As luck would have it, Dr. Ameen had just acquired two thick dealer stock books loaded with older Peruvian stamps. It looked like it had been assembled in the 60’s and was bulging with stamps. Dr. Ameen just told us to pick out what we wanted and he would price them afterwards. Dick took one book and I took the other. We sat there for a good two hours, picking out a wonderful assortment of beautiful cancels. As we found special ones, we would show them to each other, glad for our own finds, as well as those of the other. We were whooping it up and making a ruckus and Dr. Ameen just kind of rolled his eyes, wondering how two guys could be having so much fun with stamps that were not especially valuable (catalog-wise). It was a treasure trove for us and a special moment that I will never forget. We left there like a couple of kids that had just eaten everything on the menu at the ice cream parlor; happy and perfectly satisfied. Everything else that transpired at that stamp show was just icing on the cake.
Dick had a wonderful way of making everyone he met feel special. He had a great sense of humor and a positive attitude that was contagious. Above everything else, Dick was a good man. A good friend. I will miss him, as will all who knew him. My prayers are with Dick and his entire family.
Friday April 7, 2017 at 1:38 am