To the editor:
Re: "Memorial for homeless man turns into warm and emotional gathering," Jan. 25.
I was a friend of Richard's (that's what we called him) when he was in his in 20s and early 30s. long before all of this happened. I am sad to say we lost touch and I am regretful that I did not make an effort, over the years, to find him and reconnect.
I was devastated to see this article. I have many memories of a sweet, loving, funny man and I never would have dreamed that he would have come to such an end. The Richard I knew loved fishing, his muscle car and spending time with friends. Never would I have imagined that his life would end this way.
Thank-you for writing such a beautiful piece on him. You did him an honour it seems he lacked at the end of his life.
I have shared your piece with others who knew him then and they are appreciative too, Tara Olchowy, Port Moody