From our friends at Seattle Mennonite Church: “Richard was around when we first arrived a dozen years ago – he was working on the boats in Ballard – and would often come by completely covered in paint chips from grinding boats. With his twisted hands, with almost no movement – he could jam a grinder or drill into his grip and it would never let go. Hard worker. Even though those abilities shifted with failing health, he never lost his energy for friends and community. The few times he had housing didn’t stick, so we were grateful when he was able to move home to Florida and live with his folks and near his extended family. Grateful that he had these last months with them, as family was always important to him.”
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