D ick joined the Barbary Coast Banjo Band in January of 1968 as the pianist / clarinetist, and was an instant star.
He was a humble man who was gifted with a very special musical talent. When Dick played Just A Closer Walk with Thee, it was from his heart and touched the audiences, who gave him many standing ovations.
Dick lived an extraordinary life, despite his blindness and facing many forms of cancer for over 70 years. He never complained and was truly a role model for all of us.
The band will miss him not only for his musical ability, but his wonderful sense of humor. Most of all, he was our special friend and we loved him.