My Friend Dick Stout

28th December 2015 — 6 Comments

In my retrospective account of the last year I mentioned my friend, fellow curmudgeon and doppelgänger, Dick Stout, who had also posted a look back at the last year.

Dick

One thing he didn’t mention – and wasn’t to know –  that his year had yet to come to a dramatic and devastating  end. You may have heard the sad news that on the day after Christmas he and his wife Fay suffered the tragic loss of their home in a tornado that ripped through Rowlett. Thankfully they survived and are staying with their daughter. At least 11 people died and dozens were injured. The estimate was rant 1,450 homes had been damaged or destroyed.

The detecting community are already showing their support. Dave Wise has started a Gofundme page where donations to Dick and his family can be made to help them regain a semblance of normality. Insurance won’t compensate for everything that has been lost. You can click on the link above that will take you to the page where you make a donation if you wish. 

We sent our very best wishes to Dick and Fay and sincerely hope that they will be able to start afresh and with renewed vigour. Tough call, I know. What they are experiencing now, is beyond my comprehension. In his last communication Dick said:

Thank you all for your kindness and caring. We were able to enter the neighborhood this morning, despite the constant rain and wind. We were almost sorry we did … worse than we imagined.

Dick Stout Home Lost / Tornado Fund

Monies raised

$11,475

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Update 29 December

“Just a quick update….Fay and I are trying to recover what we can from the house. It’s been difficult because there are emergency vehicles working there and we are sometimes not allowed in the area. Hoping today will be better in that respect.  We are in uncharted waters and it’s going to be a quite a while for normalcy to return, if it’s even possible. We cannot begin to thank you ALL enough for your many emails, comments, well wishes and contributions to the Go Fund Me acct. We are truly humbled by it all.  Thank you so very much”.   Dick Stout

Update 31 December

“Just want to take a minute or two to thank you all for your well wishes, prayers and concerns.  Fay and I, and the dogs, are hanging in there and doing all the things tornado victims do.  Salvaging whatever we can, filing insurance claims, cancelling services and trying to pretend the coming months will be easy.  I will share more when I can, but do know that I love you all and will never forget your caring about me and my family.  You are the best…..

Despite what we’ve been through, we are walking, talking, living and breathing and because of that we WILL have a Happy New Year!  Hope you all will too and please have one for me.”   Dick

Update 21 January 2016

See Dick’s blog … ‘Twas the night after Christmas’

John

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6 responses to My Friend Dick Stout

  1. Such a shame and a tragic loss for the community, Lets hope it is not long before they are in their own home again, i have read many of Dicks articles – my thoughts are with him – Thanks John for sharing this with us. steve

  2. Met dick in Atlantic city at md rally with the late Gerald Costello great bloke wish him and family all the best regards Dave dickinson

  3. Best wishes and thoughts to Dick and Fay, no insurance can compensate any sentimental losses whether it be photos, or valuables.
    Please keep us informed as this horrible situation develops, and lets at least be thankful that they were physically unharmed.

  4. What a horrible end to 2015. Good luck to Dick and family for 2016

    • Thank you to all English detectorists for their contributions. It’s heartening that you should help a fellow detectorist in time of need, even though you didn’t really know him.

  5. I’ve known Dick for many years and had the pleasure of his company with Fay his wife also, this really couldn’t have happened to nicer people, they have both put so much over the years into this hobby of ours please find the time to click through on the link above & show them our support.

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