For My Dad: On What Would Have Been His 91st Birthday

Below are links to previous blog posts about my Pop. Please read at least one to understand why he was so special to me and why, as I battle both a progressive lung disease and the aftermath a my radical nephrectomy for kidney cancer, I’ll always turn to my Pop for reasons to keep laughing and keep living.

If you hear me say something or see me do something, chances are I learned that from my Pop.


That’s my Dad. You can call him “Rich”. His co-workers called him “Dick” but my mother always called him “Rich”. I called him “Pop” or “Dad”. For some reason, I don’t remember ever calling him “Daddy”. I never felt that word was strong enough for my Dad.

Calling him Dad was a real sign of respect from me, at least in my mind. When I would introduce him to people or talk to others about him, I always used “Dad”. “Pop” was more playful, more casual, more personal.

“Hey, Pop, do you want to go to the diner?”

“Hey, Pop, did you see the Phillies game last night?”

“What do you need at the store, Pop?”

“There aren’t any Christmas movies on TV in September, Pop. I checked.”

“Yeah, I can reset your watch, Pop.”

“A plain cheeseburger doesn’t mean that it comes without cheese, Pop. Don’t be mad at the server. Just order a plain hamburger.”

“You have to push the ‘TV’ button, then the “cable” button on the remote to make it work, Pop.” (Usually said with exasperation over the phone as I tried to work while he was mystified by the cable remote.)

“Tommy needs you, Pop.”

“I need you, Pop.”

“I miss you and love you, Pop.”


One Year After My Dad

Dad’s Last Best Year : For Father’s Day

Dad at 15 days

Father’s Day Salute, to mine and yours…(updated for my dad’s 87th Birthday)

My Dad And Veterans Day

Dad and Tom at 1997 VSDA Convention




There is more to read. Just click here.

Richard Harold Hickman, 1923-2011 Our Hero

I’ll have my own thoughts about my Dad up on the site later, but here are the funeral details:


Tuesday Jan 18, 2011 7 to 9 PM Morning Viewing Wed. Jan 19, 2011 9 to 10 AM

Donahue Funeral Home

8401 West Chester Pike (Corner Lynn Blvd.)

Upper Darby, PA.





Funeral Mass:

Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:30 AM

Sacred Heart Church

108 Shelbourne Road

Havertown, PA.








Burial Wed. Jan 19, 2011 Approx 12:30 PM

Morris Cemetary

Rt. 23

Phoenixville, PA.






I’ll link to the online obituary as soon as it is live.

Dad, thank you for my 55 years of joy from you and all of those that you touched, and will continue to touch.