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Someone You Should Know-Richard Harvey

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

One year ago, January 20th 2007, a man by the name of Richard Harvey died in a single car accident in Tallahassee.

This story is about a man who touched so many lives and now, people Richard didn't even know are going all out to make sure his legacy lives on.
According to his friends, Richard Harvey didn't dive into life, he did a cannonball.

"He was larger than life, but just a regular man," said Heather Cox Rosenberg, "He loved everybody, even when he was having a bad day he'd find something funny to say."

Michael Harvey is Richard's brother. The two grew up together, hiked together, ran together, and dove together.

"He and I used to scuba dive quite a bit, and those activities just aren't the same anymore without him," said Michael Harvey

"I miss him everyday, sometimes more than others," said Cox Rosenberg, "I'm not so much sad as I just miss him."

Heather Cox Rosenberg was Richard's best friend. The past year for her has been bittersweet. She was just recently married but something was missing.

"I got engaged and want to tell Richard about it or the wedding is coming up or I saw a funny story, I wanted to tell him and he wasn't there and I got frustrated."

But it's not just the family that misses Richard. Friends and friends of friends are coming together to honor Harvey's memory. More than 40 people just took part in the 2009 Disney marathon and the Goofy Challenge half marathon. It was a race that Richard loved to run. And this year, the race was run for Richard.

"To see all these people come together for someone they barely met or haven't met before, to see them come out and do something like this. They all come together. It truly says something about him and his personality."

Richard's memory carries on through his friends, his brother, and his parents who's pain is still to raw to talk about. And that may never go away, not now...not ever.

"For someone who's never met him, they truly missed out on a wonderful individual."


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