I don't know if I can explain this to you in a way that best describes a "relationship" that Kathy and I had with Rich and Gloria.
In the years that I had grown know Rich and his generous personality we connected on a couple of levels. I was lucky enough to receive some of Rich's pepper seeds. I chose to save the seeds until I could devote the same attention to them that he had and I still have those seeds ready to plant. We exchanged several PM's and finally engaged in some phone calls. I can only imagine how happy Ron P was to have someone this warm calling him and encouraging him to push on.
Rich and I had numerous communications via email and on the phone and finally we met in person at the Pala cookoff. We had the great fortune to have them come to the house for dinner. This was a magical evening. I don't know if I can describe to you the feeling of instant friendship. When the evening was over we all hugged with the understanding that we had just created a lifelong friendship. This was a special bond. Thank you Rich and Gloria for your amazing warmth and love.
I want to thank all of you for taking the time to express your experiences with Rich. These will be sent to Gloria and she and the family will be able to remember Rich's other family.
Thank you all for your support of this amazing friend