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    • #22228
      Dagmar Munn
      Keymaster

      Sad news to share with the ALS community – – Rick Jobus, a columnist for ALS News Today, passed away on June 19, 2022.

      Rick was diagnosed with ALS in 2007 and for the past four years, wrote his patient column, “News From the ALS Front” for ALS News Today. In addition, Rick maintained the personal blog, “Kissmyals.blogspot.com.”

      A degreed engineer, Rick spent his career in the medical device industry and when writing his column he had the uncanny knack for combining technical facts and information with the poetry of Rock & Roll lyrics.

      I admired his writing, his ALS warrior spirit, and his inspired passion for scripture.

      On behalf of the members of the ALS News Today Forum and his friends at ALS News Today, our thoughts and condolences are with Rick’s family during this difficult time.

    • #22229
      Susana Rave
      Participant

      Rick thank you for your sharing your exceptional talent with us. May you rest in peace dear friend.

    • #22230
      Jan: CA, pals
      Participant

      What? Oh no… How SAD… he was so cleaver with words and had such an exceptional talent for writing! I would read and reread each post several times studying how he was grammaticly correct and creative as he played with his words: all the while having deep psycological meaning interwoven. The last essay that he wrote aluded to his concern about the end of his life (as I read it).
      RIP my friend and may you teach those Angels up there a thing or two about music and song!
      You will be missed 🙁

    • #22231
      Debra Kaufman
      Participant

      I am so sorry to hear that Rick Jobus has died. He was a wonderful writer and I always tried to give him positive feedback on his great columns. My thoughts are with his family.

    • #22232
      Roxanne Kusske
      Participant

      I too enjoyed reading Rick’s column’s/stories.  I will miss reading them.  Thoughts are with his family.

    • #22234
      Dagmar Munn
      Keymaster

      Here’s the beautiful Memoriam for Rick on the ALS News Today website:

      In Memoriam: Rick Jobus, Feb. 6, 1958-June 19, 2022

    • #22236
      Brian Stanfield
      Participant

      Rick Jobus was a warrior. He fought the good fight courageously. Rest in peace Brother.

    • #22238
      AA20
      Participant

      So sorry to hear

    • #22239
      Creighton Rider
      Participant

      Aw, no.  So sorry to hear the news.  He was a stalwart; it was always fun to read his articles and see what song he would weave in to the article.  I will miss him.  My condolences to you, Dagmar, as from the readers’ perspective it seems as one of your comrades has fallen.  Hang in there and keep carrying the banner forward.

    • #22240
      Elizabeth Pacheco
      Participant

      So sad to hear of Rick jobus’s. Passing. Always looked forward to his columns. Another of our warriors has fallen. Rest In Peace Rick. My condolences to the family.

    • #22245
      Nina
      Participant

      Just loved reading Rick‘s funny and insightful columns. He will be missed.

    • #22249
      Amanda
      Keymaster

      My sister arrived this week and we were roaming around South Florida the past four days.  The end of the school year is always crazy, and this year has been no exception. I just finished because my year was so busy it was extended by three weeks.  Some how I missed this news until I popped on to check in. I’ve been popping on to try and keep up this week, but this news rattled me and I just couldn’t respond. Rick’s column painted a uniquely clear picture, but his humor and use of music somehow made me feel like I knew him personally.  Our ALS News Today family, including our forum members is such a tight knit group and we share such personal information. We share things that often we could not share with others. We ask questions that we could not ask others. Our world was a much better place because of Rick, and he will be missed.

      Amanda

    • #22252
      Gail A
      Participant

      For the past three years since my husband’s diagnosis, I have eagerly awaited Rick’s column. As many have said, he had such a gift for words. I  noticed there had been a few weeks when there were no columns and fervently hoped that there was some minor medical issue, but that his columns would return. I was so saddened to learn that he has left us, even sadder that it was on Father’s Day. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.  I find comfort in knowing that his suffering has come to an end and that he is whole and healthy once more.

      Gail

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