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A Memorial of sorts for our BIGRICK39866

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A week ago last Sunday, we lost a Spark Treasure who was part of our 400(More or Less) Team for over 3 years. BIGRICK39866. He fought this obesity battle with all his heart, having gone from 978 pounds to below 675 at one point with the help of SP. Unfortunately, some tough life experiences and physical problems as well, saw him climb back up to over 900...and he lost his battle and passed away a little over a week ago. He was a Friend who dreamed BIG and wanted soooo much to help others and DID. He had dropped out of high school-but came back and courageously with a great deal of work got first his BA in Human Services...and was now WELL INTO his Master's program online for Professional Counseling.
His heart was gold.
He and I wrote daily for a very long time, and shared much. I'm broken hearted about this, but KNOW we have one who UNDERSTANDS our journey watching over us---and I KNOW God won't let that BA and MASTER's go for naught-he'll be helping us!...
I felt bad I couldn't get to the I arranged some things here that spoke my heart. I want to share them with you.
I'd told you guys I would post the tribute to "Iz"---Somewhere over the Rainbow----
Iz was the Hawaiian singer who is SOO LOVED still---He passed away in 1997 I believe it was, also from losing this battle. He had gotten up to over 750 lbs...lost some at one point, suffered from respiratory distress alot, and finally passed in his sleep one night. I don't post these to be marose---but because we didn't get to go to a service or anything for our Friend...and these songs are beautiful and are about HOPE, and LIFE and BEAUTY and LOVE...just like our Friend---they also show what Iz's life was about-PEOPLE, and CARING...and then, in the end, it shows how people came together for his remembrance and good-bye. Another song that I so love of his is "What a wonderful world"---his rendition of it. You'll see it and can choose it if you like when you play this one.
Another is "In this life" "could" be taken as to a lover---but I choose to think of it as a DEAR FRIEND...and it made me cry cuz it expressed my heart...Each of these just make me think so much of Rick-even before this happened. I was so afraid for him.....but like I say-now just to help us remember the beauty of his life....
Here's the link to "Somewhere over the rainbow-be sure to watch the video..

Also....Today while I was so down, I found Celine Dion and Josh Grobin
Please "do" listen to/and watch this one-it sooo touched me....

and just one more...some VERY ENCOURAGING quotes that are beautiful to watch, too-

Also...MCDGIRL on the 40Something Team had this wonderful idea to remember and honor our Rick and she said we could share it with our 400 Team and now I share it here:


How about a pledge to lose in his honor...we could each pledge to lose a few pounds within a certain period of time...these pounds would represent the weight Rick still needed to lose. We could unite and finish his weight loss journey/goal for him.

What do you think? MCDGIRL

May we all take care of ourselves and remember HOW PRECIOUS LIFE and THIS CHANCE WE HAVE, "IS"..........................
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    Thanks, Sherry! I appreciate your kind words for/about Big Rick! I "met" him on line about 2 years ago and we did communicate back and forth for awhile. He was doing so good with his schooling and weight loss...even tho he had many challenges. At the time we were writing back and forth, I was doing really well with my weight loss and wanted to share so much with him from my nutritional program. He really wanted to give it a try but finances were tight. I got away from SparkPeople for about a year or so (working all the time!!), but am making a commitment to come back to my friends on here. It just breaks my heart that I didn't continue to reach out to him and encourage him more. But, thankfully, he had a lot of friends. Thanks again!
    3265 days ago
  • MISSLISA1973
    I'm sorry to hear of Rick's passing. I never knew him, but it is always sad to see a life cut short. It sounds like he meant a lot to a lot of people and is sorely missed by many. emoticon
    3337 days ago
    HI Sherry,
    Glad to have found you.. I was Rick's friend, too, but not in as close and regular contact that you were. Thank you for this memorial post. I love the video links and reposted the one by Iz to my facebook and probably back as a blog on here in a few mins. I want to dedicate my next weight loss at least 10 or 18 lbs to Rick.
    3337 days ago
    beautiful tribute to such a wonderful guy
    3337 days ago
    you know i came across bigricks profile about 6 months ago and was so touched by his story ,his blogs the support he had etc asked for a friend request and never got accepted ...dont know if he just wasnt on anymore if as usual i had computer problems ....sadly life went on and im guilty and ashamed to say i forgot about it then every once and awhile i would think oh i wonder how hes doing so i would mosey back to the inspirational people page which is where i found him in the first place and keep checking in on him....well i must say today was one of those days and as im writing this i have tears in my eyes so sadden to hear that he passed... you sound like an amazing friend...and rick was so blessed to have you and all his other supporters....wish i could have been one of them for him...i like what you said about the challenge you and another sp friend are going to do ...remember rick look what it did make and get yourselves healthy for him ,he would want that ...and in a little way he will be looking down making sure you all are staying focused and on track....again im so sorry for your loss and his poor families loss ...he is with his creator now and god is hugging and welcoming him with the biggest warmest hugs and love....
    god bless
    3348 days ago
    So sorry for the loss of your friend. The use of Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Iz is so appropriate.
    3349 days ago
    Rick was a really special guy. I didn't know him well, but he did make it evident in what little time I shared with him on these boards, that he was one of the special, caring ones.

    I am very sorry for your loss, and the team's loss. I am glad that he is finally out of pain!

    This disease we have (and it has finally been labelled a disease by the Medical Profession) is SUCH a killer! We need to remember that those of us who are in its grip do not have an infinite amount of time to get our acts together. And once you hit 400, then the marks of 500, 600 and beyond become so easily obtainable. We need to take each day that we are given, and make them count in this battle for our lives!

    Thank-you, Rick, for helping us, even in your death, by reminding us how precious life is! You will be missed!
    3350 days ago
  • GAL7288
    I am so sorry about your loss. It is always so hard to loose a good friend, someone who is so special, but it is a great combfort to know they are in a better place and looking down on us. I like the idea of the challenge to finish his goal. I know now that I have another reason to finish my goal. Thanks for posting and really my sympathy goes out to his friends and family. emoticon
    3350 days ago
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