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semper fidelis -- always faithful

Our friend semper fi nole passed away Monday, August 10, in Tallahassee.

The username is appropriate for a man who remained faithful to his God, his family, his country, his Corps, his friends, and his Noles.

There's a link below to his obituary at Tallahassee.com, which has a guestbook, if you would like to leave a note.

I hope that it will forever be Friday for you, Semp.

You will be missed.

This post was edited on 8/12 3:15 PM by HomerGator

Link: Richard "Ricky" Williams - a.k.a. semper fi nole


Posted on 8/11 12:26 PM | IP: Logged

If true, then this is a big loss.



Posted on 8/11 12:29 PM | IP: Logged

No way! This is horrible if true.



Posted on 8/11 12:31 PM | IP: Logged

Oh wow, how sad if true. We will miss him a lot. I hope it is a mistake, and he is doing fine.



Posted on 8/11 12:49 PM | IP: Logged

WTF????



Posted on 8/11 1:13 PM | IP: Logged

This is really sad and very hard to believe at the same time.

Semp God be with you man I really enjoyed your wit; the times we spoke and the times we had on these message boards where I first came to know you.

God be with you and the ones you left behind. I salute you my friend.

They lie in flag draped coffins
War's time for them, is done
But, for their family and friends
The battle has just barely begun.

Some may have had babies born
That they will never get to know
Some, fiancees wait to marry them
But fate, would not let it be so.

Some parents bury their children
Not right, in the scheme of things
Just one, of the many horrors
That mankind's warring brings.

They fought for their god and country
They proudly answered duty's call
Along with all their comrades in arms
But, sadly, these just gave their all.

The haunting sounds of Taps
And a three volley, gun salute
An Honor Guard in uniform
At attention, standing mute.

The flag will be folded reverently
Presented to those left behind
A small token from a grateful nation
But, relief from grief is hard to find.

Their name added to a roll of Heroes
With all those who have gone before
And there seems to be no ending
God speed to you marine as you will be missed.

This post was edited on 8/11 1:19 PM by mcanes



Posted on 8/11 1:15 PM | IP: Logged

oh man.....my heart just sank



Posted on 8/11 1:17 PM | IP: Logged

What? This is horrible.

Semper, I will miss you. God speed.

Posted on 8/11 1:18 PM | IP: Logged

Is this some sort of sick joke??? Please say that is the case.



Posted on 8/11 1:19 PM | IP: Logged

Unfortunately, his son more or less confirmed on the Smack Board.

Shocking.



Posted on 8/11 1:19 PM | IP: Logged

Quite sad (though wondering why it was posted in the Smack board; I guess he posted there a lot). If its true, R.I.P. Semper.

I was going to throw a troll picture up for him :)



Posted on 8/11 1:21 PM | IP: Logged

I'm all goose bumped. This is heart breaking. I hope he is in a better place, and that his family finds comfort.
This is a great loss for this board. RIP Semper, we will miss you dearly.

Does anyone know the cause?



Posted on 8/11 1:22 PM | IP: Logged

Well I really hope this turns out to be some kind of a joke, but if not...

RIP semp, I really enjoyed your presence here and was looking forward to grabbing a beer with you at the FSU game this year.

roll

This just ruined my day, I'm off the board until tommorow. Peace guys.



Posted on 8/11 1:25 PM | IP: Logged

My God, I hope this is not true! Thoughts and prayers to the freinds and families if it is. Sadness overwhelms me. Edited: just read the thread on warchant. No more politics for me today. See ya all later. RIP to Semper. Never met you, but feel we are friends! God bless you and your family, and thanks for your service to our country, and all you did to make this world better.

This post was edited on 8/11 1:35 PM by djegators



Posted on 8/11 1:27 PM | IP: Logged

Like Orland said, Semper's son confirmed it on the SB. I am beside myself. Semper was a great guy.

Posted on 8/11 1:36 PM | IP: Logged

Very sad. RIP Semper.



Posted on 8/11 1:39 PM | IP: Logged

If someone would post a note from me in that thread, I would appreciate it, as I am banned from warchant.



Posted on 8/11 1:39 PM | IP: Logged

I can't believe it.



Posted on 8/11 1:43 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by djegators:
If someone would post a note from me in that thread, I would appreciate it, as I am banned from warchant.


DJE, I've got ya covered.


.....its going to be hard for me to post on the Smackboard again....



Posted on 8/11 1:45 PM | IP: Logged

That really sucks. I wasn't particularly close with him, this is a message board after all, but you hate to hear of someone passing anywhere.



Posted on 8/11 1:54 PM | IP: Logged

WHAT?!?! How old was he? WTF was wrong with him?



Posted on 8/11 1:58 PM | IP: Logged

Dear God, that is terrible news! I know I'm largely an outsider-looking-in on this board, but I must admit that I read this board frequently throughout my day as it's one of my favorites. Semper Fi was a humorist and one of the most to-the-point posters I've ever come across, and someone that I never ignored. Perhaps there's a way to send flowers for the funeral? I'd be honored to donate on his behalf.

Rest in peace, Sir, and Semper Fi!

~Mike



Posted on 8/11 2:08 PM | IP: Logged

I'm too goose bu,ped to type properly. OMG, I'm sure he said he left the corps in the mid eighties. He couldn't have been that old. Tragedy. RIP marine.



Posted on 8/11 2:08 PM | IP: Logged

I would love to send something to his family.
According to his profile, he was just 45. We could also donate to the wounded warrior fund in his name. Does anyone know his name?

This post was edited on 8/11 2:12 PM by austingtr



Posted on 8/11 2:11 PM | IP: Logged

Semper was in his 40s, and left a wife and three children.

He'll be sorely missed on so many levels.

One of the Good Ones has left us.

RIP.

Posted on 8/11 2:12 PM | IP: Logged

Austin's right, he was just 45. That's just too young. Here's his profile.

Link: Semper Fi


Posted on 8/11 2:13 PM | IP: Logged

WHAT HAPPENED??????



Posted on 8/11 2:14 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by austingtr:
I would love to send something to his family.
According to his profile, he was just 45. We could also donate to the wounded warrior fund in his name. Does anyone know his name?

This post was edited on 8/11 2:12 PM by austingtr





Richard Williams



Posted on 8/11 2:17 PM | IP: Logged

It is just NOT in me today to post silliness.....I am truly sick with this news....
Richard and I would email back and forth all the time ...be it nonsense, or serious stuff, the guy was truly genuine....and one of a kind...in one of the best ways you could imagine....

This makes all of the other bull**it we deal with all the time really put into perspective....

I miss my friend



Posted on 8/11 2:41 PM | IP: Logged

he would always ask me to post Bible stuff on his fanpage "to keep the demons away" as he put it. Man, o man.....



Posted on 8/11 2:52 PM | IP: Logged

I...I don't even know what to say.

I'm out. Very sad day.

Make sure you all hug someone you care about or at least talk to them and let them know you love them...you just never know...



Posted on 8/11 2:54 PM | IP: Logged

thank you Swami, i'm sorry for your loss, and for our loss. truly terrible news.



Posted on 8/11 2:55 PM | IP: Logged

Amen.

It's finally sinking in for me, and I ain't liking it a bit. Semp was a great guy ... one of the constants on these boards. I don't think I'll be able to visit the boards without being saddened for quite some time.



Posted on 8/11 2:55 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by SwamiG8R:
It is just NOT in me today to post silliness.....I am truly sick with this news....
Richard and I would email back and forth all the time ...be it nonsense, or serious stuff, the guy was truly genuine....and one of a kind...in one of the best ways you could imagine....

This makes all of the other bull**it we deal with all the time really put into perspective....

I miss my friend



Although I haven't been posting in the lounge for as long as some of you and therefore didn't know him as well as some of you, I can honestly say that for the time I've been on here Swami's post nails it. He came across as Real.

RIP and may God bless your soul.



Posted on 8/11 3:03 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by austingtr:
I would love to send something to his family.
According to his profile, he was just 45. We could also donate to the wounded warrior fund in his name. Does anyone know his name?

This post was edited on 8/11 2:12 PM by austingtr





I am intending on making a contribution in honor of him to the "Special Ops Warrior Foundation." They are a great group, and you can count on the money going where it should. (My Dad works for them). They provide scholarships to the families of fallen specail ops personnel. Maybe we can set up a special memorial fund or something.

Link: Great group here


Posted on 8/11 3:05 PM | IP: Logged

i'm in shock and my heart is sunk. gonna miss that guy a lot.



Posted on 8/11 3:07 PM | IP: Logged

Sorry to hear.

May he RIP.



Posted on 8/11 3:09 PM | IP: Logged

Becca posted some pics of him on the SB. The boards will never be the same. RIP Semper.

This post was edited on 8/11 3:28 PM by NOAH2LEAK

Link: link
Posted on 8/11 3:20 PM | IP: Logged

Swami, please check your email.
thnxs



Posted on 8/11 3:30 PM | IP: Logged

I got it austin.....That was VERY nice of you



Posted on 8/11 3:42 PM | IP: Logged

Never really mixed it up with him, as I am gladly banned from "The Message Board Out West", but saw a lot of his posts here- I respect the passion he had for his team, as we all do. Regardless, something like this always puts things quickly into perspective, and it is indeed a sad day. I send out my sincerest sympathy to all of his friends and family- may he rest in peace.



Posted on 8/11 3:53 PM | IP: Logged

I am sorry to hear this. We were not exactly buddies, but somehow his constant cursing me out didn't really offend me - can't explain that, but it's true. I guess I detected self parody behind the bluster - though I'm sure he meant it too. In any case it was all just bs on a board and nothing as serious as real life.

I hope his family will be OK and will keep themselves strong and his memory alive.



Posted on 8/11 4:03 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by jfrent:
I am sorry to hear this. We were not exactly buddies, but somehow his constant cursing me out didn't really offend me - can't explain that, but it's true. I guess I detected self parody behind the bluster - though I'm sure he meant it too. In any case it was all just bs on a board and nothing as serious as real life.

I hope his family will be OK and will keep themselves strong and his memory alive.



That was pretty good of you! While I hate your politics, I now have SOME respect for you. I can assure you that as much grief as Richard gave you on this board, if he passed you broke down somewhere he would do what he could to help you!



Posted on 8/11 4:26 PM | IP: Logged

On a personal note jfrent.....semp liked tying up with you...he actually enjoyed the banter, even tho he came off as hard on you....
dude was a good guy....



Posted on 8/11 4:26 PM | IP: Logged

Its human nature that they'll go on, something like this can phuck kids up for awhile, tragic really, all the way around. I do hope everything turns out as good as it can in a situation like this.



Posted on 8/11 4:26 PM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by gator_56:




Originally posted by jfrent:
I am sorry to hear this. We were not exactly buddies, but somehow his constant cursing me out didn't really offend me - can't explain that, but it's true. I guess I detected self parody behind the bluster - though I'm sure he meant it too. In any case it was all just bs on a board and nothing as serious as real life.

I hope his family will be OK and will keep themselves strong and his memory alive.





I can assure you that as much grief as Richard gave you on this board, if he passed you broke down somewhere he would do what he could to help you!



Quoted for Truth



Posted on 8/11 4:36 PM | IP: Logged

VERY SAD DAY.....

frown



Posted on 8/11 4:49 PM | IP: Logged

I am at a loss...

He was a great guy that I "spoke to" at times on our fan pages.

I will miss him. Posting on The Lounge will be somehow different now. I can't explain it. Certainly puts things in perspective.

God Bless his family and friends...may God be with them during this difficult time (you too Swami).

n/m



Posted on 8/11 5:03 PM | IP: Logged

As you can see, I troll more than I post. This really sucks. RIP, Brother.

Semper Fi Brother



Posted on 8/11 5:28 PM | IP: Logged

Man that's awful. I often LOL'd at his postings, even when they were digs at me- when it came to busting-chops, the guy was WORLD CLASS...hahaha.

Thoughts to his family, and I know he'll be missed here.



Posted on 8/11 6:30 PM | IP: Logged

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