Richard F.Aldrich, born Jan. 18, 1947 in Syracuse, N.Y., died October 22, 2010, surrounded by his wife, Donna, loving friends and family.
He was a friend to many, and an enemy to pretense. He would do anything for you; but his shirts were usually too large to allow him to give you the shirt off his back. His humor was a little off center, but he made us laugh. There were often little remarks that made us think about the joke or aside long after it was first spoken.
Dick exuded warmth in his reserved way, often hanging on the sidelines until just the right time to toss out a zinger. His childhood was filled with family and friends. He often regaled us with stories of, perhaps, disorderly escapades of his youth. Dick was our go-to man for any trivia, be it TV, radio, movies or just plain silliness. He remembered numbers, codes, names and dates. Miami of Ohio University educated and trained him well as an engineer. He created his own unique personality.
Dick was an active member of Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club. It and its members were dear to his heart. He served in many official capacities and was a willing and loved ambassador to the organization. He achieved perfect attendance for 20 years. In recognition of Dick's dedication, leadership and years of service, the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva has established and endowed the Richard F. Aldrich Scholarship for local students.
Dick is survived by his soul mate, Donna, and his many loving nieces, nephews, aunts and in-laws. He is also survived by countless best friends. His friendship and camaraderie were legend. His spirit will continue to reach out and touch all of us. We will sorely miss him.
A celebration of his life will be hosted by Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. The time and place will be announced in the future. Donations may be made to the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Trust Fund (Richard F. Aldrich Scholarship), P.O. Box 686, Sanibel, FL 33957.