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The wonderful Rick

Postby QLvsJAGUAR » Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:11 am

Dear all,

I’m so shocked and in deep sadness to hear that Rick passed away. I was in tears when I read the email from his wife (see below).

I last met Rick last October in Cambridge around the Spectrum35 celebration.

He was such a great guy, very smart, with a great sense of humor and so gifted. He created so many amazing an beautiful things.

Attached is a picture of Rick when he was driving his land Rover in the French Alps – a place he loved so much – in winter 2013.
RickDickinson_in_his_LandRovers_rear-view_mirror_LesGets2013-P1070533-WLPGopt-!TOP-cropped.jpg

In autumn 2014 he was on vacation with his mother at the beautiful Lake Lucerne, just a few miles from my home.
http://www.qlis30.org.uk/#Rick

May he rest in peace.

Urs

Von: Lizzy Dickinson
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 26. April 2018 05:31

Betreff: The wonderful Rick

Dearest Friends

With the hugest hole in my heart and a sadness I can’t being to understand, the wonderful person known to many as Rick the Viking, opened his wings and started on another journey on Tuesday 24 April. And sadly I am not yet able to join him, despite wanting so much to be with him.

I know that this will come as a shock to many as we had not been open about his health issues, preferring rather to deal with them in private, even from both of own families until fairly recently. Rick was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and despite successful treatment in 2016, he became unwell again in early January 2017. I am sure some of you may have guessed something was not quite right, and to those of you that perhaps did not understand why we became less and less social during 2017, I hope now you can understand that this was in no way a reflection of our friendship with you but rather circumstances dictating what he was or was not able to do.

We have been at a specialist clinic in America – Texas to be precise – since the end of March undergoing complimentary treatment as a last attempt at hoping to heal him when he passed away quickly, without warning having collapsed in the apartment we were rented here. He was in no pain and surround by huge love from the amazing people that have become firm friends here – that Texan southern hospitality truly was - and continues to be - laid at our door. Rick will be cremated here in Texas and I will travel home with his ashes once the paperwork is sorted probably at the end of next week.

And, rather than a traditional funeral (which you know is really not his style) his much loved daughters that he was so proud of - Grace and Daisy - and his mother Ursula and I will be planning for a celebration of his life where we can all get together and remember him with love, laughs, smiles, anecdotes and a few beverages. I will of course let you know details once we have finalised plans.

Please also do pass on this email to any that you feel may wish to know; Rick had many, many friends across the broad spectrum of his work and interests and I have tried to find as many emails as I can from his computer but am sure I have left some out.

And can I ask that - for the time being - please don’t call as I simply can’t face talking right now, but I would dearly love to receive your messages, emoticons and any photos or memories you wish to send of the person who was – simply – the wonderful Rick, love of my life.

And please take 5 minutes , raise a glass or 10 , and think about the beautiful Rick, the one and only Viking and all the good times we have all had with him. As they always say – but I do believe – he is watching over us and sends love to you all and is only sorry that he was not able to see you all before he left.

XXX


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Re: The wonderful Rick

Postby vanpeebles » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:08 am

Very sad news, I love his designs so much. They still look as fresh, crisp and clean now, as they did when they were new. Timeless.


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Postby RWAP » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:15 am

It is extremely sad news - of course, the various Sinclair computers will remain his legacy, including the new Spectrum Next....

http://www.theproductdesigners.com/archive.html

Has some truly inspirational designs for all Sinclair addicts around the globe.


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Re: The wonderful Rick

Postby vezhlys » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:27 am

Very sad news. After all he designed most of the iconic Sinclair computers and they really look beautiful after many years... Condolences to the family.


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Re: The wonderful Rick

Postby Outsoft » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:50 am

Rick Dickinson forever...you are the man that makes me love the computers...Speccy was my first machine and I love it from the first time...we will never forget you...and I will meet you a day, I'm sure. We love you!!! R.I.P.


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Re: The wonderful Rick

Postby schombi » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:52 am

Totally shocked... :(

RIP Rick. It was great meeting you at the Spectrum35.


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Re: The wonderful Rick

Postby Sparrowhawk » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:11 pm

A great loss, to his family and friends first and foremost of course, but to all the admirers of his great work. Another huge talent from the golden age of home computing has left us.


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Re: The wonderful Rick

Postby janbredenbeek » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:15 pm

It even didn't go unnoticed overseas: here's a Dutch tech site article https://tweakers.net/geek/137937/ontwer ... leden.html . From the comments I gather that he had quite a few fans in Holland...



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