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Dedicated Bauxite poster Richard Stewart Spackman (known as Richard S.S.) passed away at the age of 65 April 25, 2019 in Lethbridge, Alberta due to ALS. He will be missed.

Richard S.S. joined us at Batter's Box on February 7, 2009 and racked up an impressive 4.941 posts. It appears the road to 4,941 began on February 8 of that year in a post about Shawn Camp.

This was his take on the Jays avoiding arbitration with Camp and signing him to a one-year deal worth $750,000.
I think the Camp signing is more of 'the better you keep what you know school, than try what you don't know school'. It's hard to give up what you know for someone or something you don't know. I thought Shawn had decent enough numbers to be kept on the team. Isn't the overriding decision of any such move based on performance verses A.L. East opponents and performance at home. Anything else is gravy. Aren't all transactions like this just keeping all options open? Aren't there still teams out there looking for relief help? Usually this means there's a deal to be made, or does it?
Considering Camp was in the midst of a five-year stay with the Blue Jays, one could say Richard S.S. threw strike one by establishing his fastball early. His last post came during the Blue Jays opening series against Detroit last year.

Bauxite Parker said it best in the previous thread. "Richard S.S. and I might not have agreed at times, but I can't think of a single person more committed to the Blue Jays; Richard's passion always transported me. Thank you, Richard, for bringing out the best in us."

Bauxite scottt also added "I like to think that Da Box was one of Richard's favourite places.It's too bad he won't get to see the youngsters. "

I would like to think he will be looking down from above to check on his beloved Blue Jays and Edmonton Oilers.

A thank you to Bauxite JB21 for bringing Richard's passing to our attention. His obituary is listed here.

Our condolences to Richard's sister Marie and all of his loved ones. Rest in peace Richard S.S.
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bpoz - Wednesday, July 08 2020 @ 05:21 PM EDT (#387866) #
Thanks for this to all that contributed.

Almost 5000 posts by Richard SS. In a way these posts are "the fabric" partly of his life. He probably had 2 or 3 other passions.

If/when a close family member of mine dies, and they will ... then a history of their passionate thoughts and feelings is preserved in a cyber location. That is very valuable. Better than photo albums possibly/maybe.

I only just realized this.

I have a beer. Cheers Richard!!
Mylegacy - Wednesday, July 08 2020 @ 06:48 PM EDT (#387867) #
Richard S.S. was a valued member of our batterbox family. He is missed. He will forever be a part of our history.

Before he passed he mentioned how difficult it was to continue posting. The day of one of those posts I went shopping and the ALS society was selling Blue Cornflower lapel pins. I bought one. I still have it. It was the first, and so far only time, I'd ever seen a collection for the ALS Society. I googled the Blue Cornflower to find out why they chose that flower. It's worth a google, go have a look.

Richard S.S. is not my first acquaintance to die from ALS. ALS is a horrid, vicious enemy of humans that we haven't been able to get the better of. When I see humans who think wearing a mask, or keeping their distance, is too much to demand of them, I think of Richard and his terrifying journey. Just wear the mask when they ask us to! After all, only (sarcasm  font) 12 million(ish) have caught C-19 and only a tiny few just over 500,000 have died. Just 500,000!! Everyone of these was like Richard S.S., loved and cherished by friends and families, liked and respected by coworkers and fellow travelers on blogs like ours. Everyone of these was torn from a web of connections for eternity. The web they came from, like our web with Richard S.S is the loser.

If you can't do it as a human - do it as a friend of Richard S.S. - in his memory. It will help us all on our journey to be a little closer to being a human and a little further away from being a Chimp - with who we share 98% of our DNA. Search for your inner empathy. We humans need every shred of it we can get. Richard, I miss you.

dalimon5 - Wednesday, July 08 2020 @ 07:37 PM EDT (#387869) #

Rest In Peace Richard, you always brought vigour to your posts with enviable consistency. I used to challenge you for generalizing your points into absolute terms but I am a better person for understanding that it only strengthened your resolve and passion for the dialogue and most important I've learned from that passion. Your passion to this board even after your body started to fail you is inspirational to me. You will be missed, most certainly. I hope you are enjoying yourself wherever that place may be now. Thanks a ton Richard SS.

John Northey - Wednesday, July 08 2020 @ 09:30 PM EDT (#387871) #
Sad to see he is gone. He was always a good person to have discussions with and it is a shame I never got to meet him in person (or most others here for that matter). Sad to see he didn't have any children or a spouse based on his obituary. Kind of sad how little I can find online about him. The picture of him appears to just be from work, and the comments that were there were all directed towards his sister. One always wants to be remembered, and at least here we do remember him as a smart guy who was fun to debate baseball with. Hopefully he had friends locally who were there with him towards the end as well as his sister.
electric carrot - Wednesday, July 08 2020 @ 09:45 PM EDT (#387872) #
I second what Mylegacy said.
Vulg - Thursday, July 09 2020 @ 12:03 AM EDT (#387874) #
I looked up the Blue Cornflower, thank you Mylegacy. I choose to remember Richard as having the same attributes as the flower - strong and resilient.

Rest in peace, Richard.
Four Seamer - Thursday, July 09 2020 @ 12:30 PM EDT (#387882) #
I was very saddened to hear this - Richard S.S. certainly had a very unique voice and his passion for the Jays was ever on display. Another sobering lesson on the fragility of life in a time where we have had all too many of them. My thoughts and prayers are with Richard and his family, and I extend also my appreciation to JB21 for bringing this to our attention, and to all the posters here for their contributions past and present. We are more important to one another than we often realize, and I hope Richard understood that.
bpoz - Thursday, July 09 2020 @ 12:37 PM EDT (#387883) #
Well said Four Seamer.
vw_fan17 - Thursday, July 09 2020 @ 06:02 PM EDT (#387886) #
Rest in peace, Richard S. S.
christaylor - Thursday, July 09 2020 @ 08:42 PM EDT (#387890) #
Well said, John. Your comment makes me wonder if his sister (or other family members) know how we all have appreciated his input and passion for a decade. I hope they've stumbled upon our little community and his many posts.
eldarion - Friday, July 10 2020 @ 09:13 AM EDT (#387897) #
I'm much more of a lurker on this site than others but I recall Richard as an engaged, intelligent contributor to many discussions. This is sad news, indeed. Rest in peace, Richard.
Shoeless Joe - Friday, July 10 2020 @ 02:52 PM EDT (#387903) #
May you rest in peace Richard, and my sincere condolences to his family.
85bluejay - Friday, July 10 2020 @ 11:04 PM EDT (#387918) #
Condolences to Richard S.S. family and may he RIP - I hope he enjoyed the ride in 2015/16.
grjas - Saturday, July 11 2020 @ 11:42 AM EDT (#387924) #
A horrible, horrible disease, ironically linked forever to Lou Gehrig. Based on his posts, he seemed like a decent guy, and I feel sad for the suffering Richard and his family went through. May have been a blessing if he went quickly.

Life is not always fair.
John Northey - Saturday, July 11 2020 @ 07:30 PM EDT (#387935) #
Gotta say this thread and the caring we are all showing suggests how good a group this is. Everyone here was great when my wife died nearly 6 years ago, and the outpouring here shows that we all still care about each other today. Part of why I'm always writing my little stories here about baseball. So rare we've had issues, so often we've had good stuff.
rtcaino - Tuesday, July 14 2020 @ 11:38 AM EDT (#388008) #
RIP Richard S.S.

Your presence will be missed in these parts.
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