Thank you posting this message. As sad as the news is, it gives us all a chance to recall some of the memories this man brought into our lives. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jan and the Flinn family at this time.
Rick was the first Roadfood member We met face-to-face. It was 2004 and we stopped in Louisana to meet he and his wife Jan while on our way out west on our first real Roadfood Centered roadtrip. He greeted us then with the warmth and the 'automatic' friendship that I believe he shared with all of us.
Although his late years were restricted by ill-health, Rick did his best to maintain his participation in some of the RF activites and shared lots of stories and experiences thru both his posts and emails to various members.
Here he is at some of the RF gathers in Alabama, Texas, and Tennessee. Rick was a joy to be with, and I will miss his company and his wit immensely.
Here Rick describes some Louisiana Hot Sauce to the Austin TX meeting at Kreuz Market.
Here Rick blesses the Oysters at Wintzell's in Mobile, AL while Gail (Mrs Seafarer John) records the event .
Here's the gang in Memphis. Padre Rick and his wife Jan are on the far right in the photo.
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