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Reaction to losing ‘pillar of the community’

Moran- Townsend

“One word summed up his outlook: encouraging. ‘We can always do something. We can always do more, we can get out there and accomplish our goals.’ He was always beating that drum, the ‘Yes we can’ approach. What a loss.

“He played a significant role in a number of large projects. Memorial Stadium. Without his efforts we wouldn’t have minor league baseball in this town.

“We’re losing a generation of significant players.”

Randy Brown, executive vice president and general manager of Memorial Coliseum

“He was a pillar of the community until he took his last breath. He and Harriett (his wife) were a team. The two could turn the world on its head – for good.”

– Former Sen. Birch Bayh

“He was truly one of Fort Wayne’s treasures. He not only gave of his treasures but of his time and talent. When talking to him, he talked to you as if you were the most important person in the world. We will miss him. It leaves an enormous hole in the community.”

Marilyn Moran-Townsend, co-founder and CEO of CVC Communications

“You can’t replace people like that. There aren’t people like that any more.”

“I can’t think of any big thing in Fort Wayne that Dick wasn’t involved in. He was above everything when it came to integrity. He did it because it was right for Fort Wayne.

“He supported people trying to make Fort Wayne a better place. He put his money where his mouth was.

“I thought the world of Dick and what he did for Fort Wayne. I’m gonna miss him.”

Tom Kelley, president, Kelley Automotive Group

“He was an absolute gentleman. His word was his bond. He raised a lot of money for a lot of good organizations. He was just a guy you’d admire.”

Jim Poiry, friend

“We grew up together. He was a decent man, a very decent man, the most decent man I’ve ever met. Honest as hell. He’s held a lot of important positions. He’s been around the horn, I’ll tell you that.”

Jim Shields, friend and business partner

“It’s a very significant loss. His family has been so pivotal in all the things that have happened at IU over the years.”

Curt Simic, president, Indiana University Foundation

“He was always a gentleman; he always had a quick smile. I loved that.

“It’s a huge loss. So many of that generation are gone. It’s the end of an era.”

Kathy Callen, president of Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, longtime family friend

“I think the world of him. He was one of the point guys of that generation. He loved Fort Wayne. He was engaging and people liked to be with him. He had a fair-mindedness about him.”

Ben Campbell, executive vice president of STAR Financial Bank and former president of the Allen County Capital Improvement Board

“He was a very dedicated and outstanding member of the Coliseum board. He took it seriously.”

In the fight over whether to build a new arena downtown or raise the roof on the Coliseum and expand it, “It turned out to be the right decision.”

Maclyn Parker, local attorney

– Frank Gray, The Journal Gazette