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Remembering Friends Passed

May 30th, 2009 · 4 Comments

I found out through FaceBook that he had died. 

We were best friends for… oh, I don’t know, five years.  Mature years, both in our thirties.  Glory years, years when you could conquer the world together.

I remember so many things.  We gave him a ride back to Indianapolis one year for Christmas.  There he was, Rick, my best buddy stuck in the middle back seat of a yellow Suburu stationwagon surrounded on both sides by child seats.  His luggage was stuffed on the roof with the Christmas tree we were bringing home to set up.  We sang Christmas carols until we were all exhausted from laughing. 

Always quick with a smile.  Always someone who didn’t seem to be phased by the normal bullshit in life.  Always the winner.  Also always the jokester.  His favorite saying, “There’s no business like your business.”  still rings in his voice in my ears.  He was from Maine.  His dad was colorblind and always wore red socks.  Why I remember that, I don’t know. 

We grew up in fashion retail together.  We had so many great experiences, so many great New York trips.  I remember the day he told me he was taking a new job, a big job with a NY agency.  We were crossing 57th Street at 6th Avenue on our way to the hotel.  I was proud of him and yet pissed at the same time.  I knew we would lose contact.  Midwest guys have a hard time keeping up with high flying NY agency guys.  That is a life puzzle I have yet to figure out.  How do you stay in touch with the guys…with the friends…. you really love?  So, as scripted, we drifted away from each other. 

Years later I heard he was sick.  I was told he woke up from a three month coma alone, broke and divorced.  Nobody knew where he was.  Two years later I found him in Philadelphia a ghost of his former self.  He wanted a job, I didn’t have one. I asked him to move in with my family, he didn’t want to.  We lost each other again.  I don’t know the circumstances of his death or who to ask.  I don’t know his resting place.  I just hope he’s resting easy.

So this is to Rick Fairchild, my good friend lost and now passed.  I love you buddy.  Tonight I’ll open a bottle of red wine and drink to your memory.  I won’t review it.

Cheers, the Wine Oaf.   


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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Yira // Jul 2, 2009 at 3:49 am

    This is such a touching story and a great tribute to your friend. It’s great to see that you did not judge what may have driven him to his circumstances, instead you offered him a hand. I hope he is resting in peace now. Drink up and remember the good times. Great blog, nothing I like more than finding new cheap wine to try :-)

  • 2 wineguide // Jul 3, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks Yira. I’m with you. Finding cheap wines is a good way to celebrate life. And if we don’t do that, then what do we do? Cheers.

  • 3 Mark // Jul 24, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Sorry to hear about your friend and that does seem like one major problem with social media. Good luck with everything, will say a prayer for you and your friends family.

  • 4 Angel // Aug 15, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Losing someone who played an important part in your life is really a tragic moment for all of us. What makes it harder is that you’re also clueless of the real reason about his death plus the fact that you can’t even see even his resting place. Remember, connection between true friends works even you guys are apart from each other… It will stay forever!

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