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.
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
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’