Last night I was resuming my search for an old high school friend, Rick, of whom I had lost touch with over the ten years, only to find out through doing a Google search that he had passed away just this last March from complications with his diabetes. While doing this search, I had contacted old friends that I had completely lost contact from those day in school actually creating a list of twelve new people to add on my email and Linkin list. So I had a small group of people helping me to find and try to communicate with Rick. I was to late.
In the obituary from the Terrace Standard, it said this:
Faber, Richard Stanley Monday, 25 Mar 2013. April 15, 1966 – March 25, 2013.
Rick passed away suddenly due to complications from diabetes, in Terrace, B.C. on March 25, 2013.
He is survived by his daughters, Desiree and Avril, his grandchildren, Brock and Kayden, his parents Jim and Margaret, sister Ingrid, nieces, family and friends.
A memorial service was held March 30, 2013 at the Terrace Christian Reformed Church.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Source: Terrace Standard Terrace, British Columbia
This was not so much of a shock to me as I knew that his battle with diabetes was fraught with the side effects such as lost eyesight, infection in his legs, and that I knew that he lived with huge amounts of pain and that his diabetes caused him to loose his driving privileges. What shocked me was that I started my search for him in January of this year after contacting several people that I knew in Terrace, but stopped my search becuase I had to focus on my work. I did plan on resuming my search for this summer, and I finally started searching again last night, but sadly I was to late when I started with a Google search.
I will miss him. He was a good friend, and we shared many, many, many good times during high school, and the years that followed. But sadly, like with all small towns, there was not much to do during of the seasonal slowdowns, so I had to move from there. Rick stayed; he had his family, and a good job, and so it was only natural that he never moved or wandered too far from there. I wish his family the best, and that I hope that they can carry on with his legacy.
Cheers good buddy! Cheers!