Dick Straub has passed away

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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by musicmania » Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:35 am

I'm so sorry to tear this sad news. Condolences to Linda, and all his family and friends. My favourite memory is when he and Linda organised the dinner in New York in 2013, and for giving us a look inside The Chelsea Hotel.
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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by Mabeanie1 » Sat Nov 14, 2020 9:18 pm

Such desperately sad news. I got to meet Dick and Linda several times over the years. Lovely people and they were always so kind to me. I will remember Dick with great fondness and really feel for Linda on her loss.

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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by mutti » Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:29 am

I am so so sorry to hear about Dick! My deep condolences to Linda. Sending you strength at this most difficult time.
I met Dick in Las Vegas the first time after one of Leonard's concerts and we spent a lot of time talking and getting to know each other. Somehow it was easy to open up to Dick and every time we met after that we shared more of our lives.
I saw Dick & Linda again in NYC where he had arranged the night before the first concert at the Radio City Music Hall for a large group of us late at night to go tour the Chelsea Hotel.
I remember when leaving standing with Leonard's sister Esther and Dick & Linda outside waiting for a taxi after midnight and the fun we had that night.
How sad...I am sorry also to those of you who were close to him. He was one of a handful of the first forum people I met in person and he will not be forgotten.
Safe journey Dick!
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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by lizzytysh » Sun Nov 15, 2020 5:43 am

Like you, Dar, I've been away from the Forum for awhile recently. When I saw the grim thread title, I gasped, "Oh, No...". I'm shocked because Dick was still so young in spirit and in years. I had tried to get him to respond to posts I left on his FB wall, but was told he was okay, but just didn't go there much. I was worried about him because the mere fact of his absence was cause enough for concern. Dick was always one to engage. So positive and jovial in nature, he was always upbeat and laughing. Dick (and Linda, as well) was always a reliably friendly face. He made you feel welcome, no matter where you were, or whoever else was around.

He was the only one to call me Tish. For no apparent reason, it was his own nickname for me, and I always loved seeing it anywhere or any time he used it. It always conveyed such affection. When we were in NYC to see Leonard, and we all gathered for a buffet and a performance by Ali Babs (Esther's wonderful discovery) in a small, banquet room at the back of a restaurant, he sought me out to gift me with an extra Leonard event journal he had. It meant so much to me that he did that.

I never expected to say goodbye to Dick so terribly soon, though. Dear Linda, whenever you read this, my heart is with you in your loss of your beloved husband, who with his smile, his laugh, his great nature, and his ebullience and humour, who was in many ways larger than life, while still being a precious friend. He lived life and loved it. Dick's being gone is such a loss to our long-term community, here on the Forum, in various places throughout the U.S., and around the world.

In one way or another, Dick (aka Big Dick) made an indelible impression and imprint on all of us who met him, or even read and interacted with him here. I know many everywhere are missing him. It's at times of loss such as this that those of us who aren't able to get together as much, like those in Europe do, that we are again painfully aware of the bonds and the friendship we feel, regardless of the distances and the time between meetings. My heart is with you and Eija, too, Jarkko. So many years of experiences and friendship and collaboration in the fulfillment of honouring Leonard. Happy times. May Dick be with his beloved friend, Esther, and Leonard now. May you rest forever in peace, dear Dick. My heart is with you in your loss, Linda. I am adding that yours was the quietude that Dick seemed to need for balance. Always there with him, holding the fort.

With love and sorrow,
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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by solongleonard » Sun Nov 15, 2020 10:23 pm

Oh, no. I so liked Dick and Linda. He was a pleasant and genial man. I enjoyed his company over many events. Damn

I wish all my friends the best of health in these so difficult times

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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by Padma » Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:18 pm

Dear Linda
Harry and I send our deepest, deepest condolences and love to you and your family. We have such fond memories of meeting you both at different Cohen events - the first of which was that magical time on Hydra when our children were toddlers. Dick always brought a smile to my face!
Thinking of you.
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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by andrea » Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:43 pm

Dear Linda,
we got to know today about this sad news.We just could not believe it. RIP DICK ❤
We are really very sad and sorry. We have wonderful memories with you and Dick on our cohenite paths and we will keep you and those moments deep in our heart. We are thankful having known Dick , he was such a special man.
Our heartful condolences, to you and family.
Take care dear !
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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by alikatis » Tue Nov 17, 2020 10:46 pm

oh my goodness....what sad news... Linda, I am so sorry... You and Dick were my introduction to this community of lovely Cohenites, and to the LCForum. I was thrilled to meet you both with Esther at the NY Fringe Festival in 2011, and was so very grateful for your support over the years. We dedicated our performance at the 2014 International Fan Event to Dick and yourself alongside Esther, as you were unable to attend. I always enjoyed the times we spent in company and felt so welcomed by both of you.

My sincerest condolences to you, Linda, and to all of Dick's close friends here. I will raise a glass this evening to Dick's memory.

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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by LC&LC » Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:29 pm

This is a very sad news indeed, my deepest condolences to Linda
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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by John K. » Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:43 am

I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. Dick was always so kind and welcoming, and from our first meeting at the NYC Event in 2004 made me feel like I had always been part of our little community. It was thanks to Dick for (I think literally) grabbing me by the arm and introducing me to Esther Cohen at the Beacon Theatre.

His obituary even mentions us, I don't know if anyone has posted it previously:

https://danglerfuneralhomes.com/tribute ... bute-start

Rest in peace, my friend. Prayers for Linda and his family.
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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by mutti » Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:40 pm

Thank you for posting the link John. What a beautiful tribute and photo of Dick.
Again my condolences to Linda & their daughter at this most difficult time.
Dick will be missed.
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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by Sheila » Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:06 pm

I was so sorry to read of the passing of our friend Dick. He was such a leading light in the Leonard community and a lovely friendly man. My deepest condolences to Linda. May Dick rest in peace.
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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by ForYourSmile » Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:23 pm

Very sad, with this photo I remember a short and beautiful time with Dick. Barcelona October 2007.
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Re: Dick Straub has passed away

Post by Andrew (Darby) » Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:22 pm

Oh dear, I’ve not checked in here for awhile and am very saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. :(

He was such a convivial man, indeed a delightful Cohenite... I recall him with great affection and I always saw him as one of the crew who have been at the forefront of our Cohen world, both online and at our various events etc.

Dick will be sorely missed in our community, but fondly remembered.

My sincere condolences to Linda, his family members and friends.

RIP Dick.

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