I see you through the trees
Camera in hand
You were and always will be
Richard, the man
Jane: my condolences to you, and you and Richard's families. Richard's kindness, sense of humor, wisdom, and love for you will sadly be missed. He was one of those folks who one doesn't forget you and who greeted you warmly every time you saw him. I felt welcomed by him from the first.
I still treasure the James Nachtwey photograph he gave me not very long after we met. The picture showed me that Richard had an eye for beauty and suffering and everything in between. That sensibility showed through when you talked to him, and I always appreciated hearing his perspective.
Richard, rest well and in peace.
Richard was just the coolest member of our family. He had that special thing -- you can't invent it - you can't buy it - it was in his DNA. He had a Zen like quality to his personality. He exuded calm and grace. And yes, seriously he was very very handsome. I loved seeing the entire Sack family when I was growing up. His parents Ellie and Al were just adorable. Al was like the cover of Town and Country and funny, really funny. Ellie was just the sweetest human being on the planet. Richard and Beth were just doing everything everyone wanted to do. But doing it before everyone else. When they went into business together selling and renting lofts downtown - well lets say they were downtown before it was the place to be. Hell, I don't think it was even called downtown then.
All of us know you don't see family enough. Lives are complicated, jobs are pressure cookers. But even not seeing Richard for a long time, he represented goodness - and loving and heart and soul. He was special and everyone in the family knew it. SUSAN ZIRINSKY
In November 2016 both Richard and my husband Kurt were in the same rehab. I noticed Richard because there were always people sitting at his table talking, smiling, laughing, connecting. It was not long before I met Richard and his lovely wife Jane. Both understood the gravity of his illness but they always were positive, friendly and so kind. Like so many other people in the rehab, I truly enjoyed their company.
After three months, Kurt left the rehab and I promised to keep in touch. I did keep my promise, but not as often as I intended. There is always tomorrow. Only now there are no more tomorrows, only regrets. Goodbye Richard, it was such an honor meeting you.
These many reflections on Richard are wonderful. Nothing gave me deeper happiness than the wedding announcement of Jane and Richard; two unique individuals who bonded. I remember his keen intelligence, the twinkle in his eye. I admired the gentle, loving care he showed and I laughed at his irreverence. And Richard had something else: the artistry of his photographs. Those images still astounded me when I viewed them on the wall above Richard's bed the last time I saw him. In the sadness of losing Richard I will remember the beauty he found and the love he gave.
Thank you Richard. I enjoyed our times together. You showed me what strength and survival and need is. I am very proud to know you.
We would like to express our sincere condolences to your family. It has been our privilege to assist you during this very difficult time. If there is anything further we can do we are here for you.
Lou Pillari & Staff
We first met Richard when Peter was helping out on one of Jane's NSLA "Walks in the Woods". Over the years he would often be along on some of our outings, with his camera of course. He was always friendly, but quiet and unobtrusive, keenly observing human behavior and recording much of it visually. You wanted to be on your best behavior when Richard was around!
We gradually got to know him a bit and enjoyed his warmth, humor and creativity. We looked forward to getting to know him better, but felt; no rush, we're all so busy, there will be plenty of time. We regret that complacency. One thing quite notable about Richard was that while he was comfortable sharing his creativity and accomplishments, he always seemed more interested in what others had to say rather than in just talking about himself. And whether others were asking advice, or sharing problems or just complaining about traffic, Richard gave them his polite, sympathetic attention. Richard was a kind, caring and intelligent gentleman, and the world is a poorer place for his passing.
Peter and Wendy Martin
Richard was a remarkable person. The depth and breadth of his knowledge of a wide variety of subjects was unparalleled: photography, music, history, boats, art, nature, travel to name just a few. And his enthusiasm for these subjects - wow! We are so sad about his passing as there were so many conversations left to have. It is helpful to know he is no longer suffering and is at peace. Our deepest condolences to Jane and all of the Jackson family as well as to the Sack family.
Richard will probably be an influence during the rest of my life despite the fact I only got to know him since he and Jane married.
A while back, Richard gave me a couple of classic books on the Cat Boat - both with lovely illustrations depicting the cat boat and its history along the NE coast.
When I started water color classes, I copied from these books and Richard encouraged my novice efforts. When I visited him this spring, the photos and paintings on his and Jane's walls testified to Richard's own artistic talent as well as that of several of his forebearers.
Thank you Richard.
A bright spirit, hugely- talented photographic eye, warm heart and sense of humor will be a forever memory. I'm so thankful our paths crossed along with your fabulous parents, Eleanor and Al. Rest your souls in peace. Sincere condolences to Jackson, Sack, Green families. ♥️
I only had the pleasure of meeting Richard a few times but from that I learned what a kind, talented, and brave man he was. And it was easy to see how much he loved you, Jane. No one deserved this tragedy less than you.
My most heart-felt condolences to you and all of Richard's family.
Keeping you all in my thoughts,
To my dear Friend,
Words cannot express how sad I am for you and the family. Your time with Richard was not as long as we would have all liked, but I know that your time spent together was quality time. May he rest in peace and my sincere condolences to you, Beth, Graham and the rest of his family.
Love you Jane
Jane introduced us to Richard some time ago - we were so impressed with Rich's calm demeanor and warmth and how much he cared for Jane. So sad to lose him.
Saddened to learn of Richard's passing. He was a classmate and a friend for a time as we grew up in East Williston. I remember Richard always being fun to be with. He was a cool guy, and it was cool hanging out with him. He was a very good bowler. We played "King of the Hill" in his backyard. Back then, that was a blast! Most importantly, we watched Willie Mays make an historic catch in the Polo Grounds off the bat of Vic Wertz in the 1954 World Series. That's something you never forget.
My condolences to Richard's family and to Beth.
Richard and I were high school classmates and friends. He was a funny, memorable person whose face springs up in my mind immediately. I wish him a wonderful eternity.
My condolences to his family.
I remember the weekend that Ellen and I spent with you and Richard. He was so welcoming. A quiet, calming prescence. Plus - he made my friend very happy. Rest In Peace Richard. You fought a tremendous battle.
i can't bear writing this in the past tense and so, must say that Richie has been a great friend, a buddy for mischief and sharing, a partner in words and bushels of images and his focus and mania and passion in pursuing our two ongoing historical research projects, and always someone so well worth agreeing and disagreeing with, because he's relentlessly tried to get to the root of things. He's always and reliably pushed me, and we each other, to new and more fertile places, whenever I'd thought I'd figured something all out. I'll continue our truth-seeking projects on Ireland and Oklahoma. Last winter in 2016, we two Jews presented on Ireland at the American Irish Historical Society in NY. Last summer we went to Florence where he photographed 1500 pages of archival diaries and journals in the British Institute library there, where these will soon become electronically available to the public as never before - thanks to very intense efforts that sapped his strength and health but never his spirit and passion and mania for unveiling the truth of things unsaid - and on so many levels. Richie is alive with me and I've been beyond lucky to share him with you, if only for a fraction of the time that many of you have known him. Here's To life, Richie - to your continuing life.
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