Tragically, my longtime friend for 23 years passed away on October 19, 2005 from complications due to diabetes. I believe he was my first friend to have passed, in fact. Here is Richard's obituary that appeared in the Fresno Bee on October 21, 2005:
DeROSE, RICHARD M. — A rosary for Richard M. DeRose, 56, of Hanford will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Whitehurst-McNamara Chapel. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Brigid Catholic Church. Mr. DeRose, a retail manager, died Wednesday. Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the chapel. Remembrances may be sent to Masses to the church of the donor's choice.
How Richard and I met was kind of interesting. We met in about 1982. I'd developed a computer program for an old Texas Instruments 99/4A personal computer that did numerological charts. I sold those for $1.00 each at Greyhound Park Swap Meet in Phoenix, Arizona. He was fascinated by the program, since I believe that at that time he was a also TI owner. Neither of us had ever seen a program like that. At one point, we fell out of touch with each other for a good long time. I'd moved to California and he stayed in Phoenix. I finally moved back to Phoenix in 1984 and we managed to meet each other at the state fair...how odd, but it's really a small world...and had pretty much stayed in touch until about 3 weeks before his passing. The last time I actually laid eyes on him was in 1999, when I took the first photo below at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. I had chatted with him on the phone, through webcams, and even voice over Yahoo Messenger, so I never forgot what he looked like.
I created a website for Richard called, "Just Friends" on Lemoorenet many years ago and in 2009, it was finally taken down by apparently the new owners of the company after being up at least 11 or 12 years. I wanted to host it on my site, but there just weren't enough visitors to his site after a year or so to justify it. Richard, I hope you're having a great time on that ol' Internet in the sky.
We still miss ya, buddy.
Gil - 9-22-2019
Nearly every morning in Hanford, California, before his passing, Richard could be found having coffee and perhaps some breakfast with his buddies.