Morning, Enthusiasts, BoTD here with a sad guest post. Our esteemed captain, ToTD, Rick Harris, passed away this morning at the the terribly young age of 46. Cancer is a savage beast and it took him quickly and, at the end, brutally. He left here surrounded by his family and embraced by the love we have for him. I wish he had left behind a draft post so that you could all hear his voice one last time and have more to remember him by. I’m not as good a writer as my brother, nor am I as good a poet, thinker, musician, or, well, anything. He was better than me in all the ways a big brother should be.
Rick had plenty of troubles in his life and found it difficult to find his path. When he started this site and joined the community of deadheads he finally found a place that welcomed him and took him in just because of the person he was with no judgements or questions asked. I want to thank all of you on behalf of my family for the support and love you’ve showed him over the past 10 months and in the many years before that. My future will be dark but it will someday lighten again. There will always be a piece of my heart missing, the part that I will bury with my brother in the hard dirt of New Jersey, home, where he belongs. I know tonight he’ll be with Jerry and giving him shit for being the choogliest motherfucker.