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Richard Van Laws

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Richard Van Laws was born on April 13, 1944. He passed away on April 8, 2021 from several medical issues. Richard resided in Georgia for forty two years. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Bishop Loughlin and Boys High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University where he competed on their track team and represented them in the Pennsylvania Relays. He worked for the New York Times and briefly taught in the New York City Public School System. He laughingly told how after school he went to find his car and discovered some mischievous students pushed his car up the block. Richard eventually moved to Minnesota where he received a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Mankato State University. He worked in Sales with Ralston Purina and 3M. In 1974 he moved to San Francisco Bay Area where he worked as a Probation Officer and later in real estate.

He found his most fulfilling career was in the financial consulting field. He would provide his clients with very personal, individualized, and professional service. He was sensitive to their family and emotional concerns and would acknowledge them with personal notes and sometimes flowers on special occasions.

He was an avid supporter of alternative medicine dedicated his time to provide family and friends with information on healthy lifestyles, organic food, vitamins and supplements. He would send vitamins and health related literature to family and friends. He found fulfillment in looking after them.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Hazel Laws, and his sister Dorothy Laws Young. He was divorced with no children. He is survived by his brother John Laws and sister Marlo Laws and nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Richard wrote a note that he called the Relationship Quote, from a favored film. “Life is not the number of breaths you take. Life is the number of moments that take your breath away”. He drew a smiley face underneath the note.

Richard’s funeral is being conducted by Georgia Funeral Care and his burial is at Honey Creek Woodlands on April 13, 2021. Richard chose a natural burial which is consistent with his doctrine and outlook on life and nature.

Richard would end his phone conversations with “You know that I love you.”

” A thousand times I’ve missed you. A thousand times I’ve cried. If love alone could have kept you with us, you never would have died.” You were my brother and there was nothing you could do about it.

4 Comments To "Richard Van Laws"

Valerie Van Isler On Apr 24 2021 at 10pm
It was with great and deep saddness that I learned of the sudden passing of our Cousin Richard. In the midst of the profound grief I feel about his loss, I will always remember his calm and kind and gentle spirit. We all grew up together as cousins and had many good times & family visits over the years. After he moved away, we would meet at family funerals and I saw the concern and care that he expressed for others. He was always best pals with my brother and you heard talk about all their adventures and trips together in California,Germany & elsewhere. I'll never forget my Mother's remarks that " Richard was such a gentleman and had such good manners." The last time I saw him was at his sister's funeral when he took us all for a special breakfast and we talked for hours about family news, history and stories. He was deeply loved, will be greatly missed and is forever remembered by me & family. What the heart once loved Will never be lost. Reply to this comment
Gene Barlowe On Apr 16 2021 at 1pm
Richard was a dear friend especial there when I need to talk with someone. His laugh was contagious even laughing at silly things. I'll regret his passing all too early and that there was little I could do to help except be there for him. I, with his sister and a few other friends were able to visit Richard and see his smile one last time before he lapsed to a coma never to wake. Richard will be missed. Reply to this comment
Gene Barlowe On Apr 16 2021 at 1pm
Richard, one of my oldest friends has passed on. Richard was always a joy to talk to and to see him smile and hear him laugh are the things I'll miss the most. He helped me and I him Not just with material things but emotional thoughts and pain. I, his sister Marlo, a few his closest friends were given the privilege of seeing that smile and seeing his simple joy for the last time just before he passed into a coma. Richard will be missed dearly and loved always. Reply to this comment
Karen Johnson On Apr 13 2021 at 7am
Richard was my brother-in-law a long time ago. I regret that I was not wise enough to contact him and let him know how much he was still in my heart and discuss organic food. I thought of him often, thought of his kindness, his caring and smile. I remember a go to phrase of his back then – Oh is that right? I can hear the cadence of his voice. My time with Richard was relatively short, but lives long in my heart. Same heart memories of Marlo, who has my condolences. If not for Covid, I would be flying to GA tonight. Reply to this comment
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