Aloha Rick. You left too soon.

July 28th, 2008  

In memoriam: Rick Dalton (1956-2008)

On Saturday, July 26, my brother-in-law and friend died suddenly and tragically from a previously undetected heart condition. He was doing something he loved–cycling–when witnesses saw him fall from his bike. Despite the prompt arrival of paramedics, he could not be saved. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Yesterday, Ursula and I took a tribute float of flowers out towards the setting sun. As soon as we launched the kayak, a honu surfaced for a moment right beside us. While we were paddling straight out, a rare solitary dolphin broached in the distance. At moments like these, I can’t help but feel a spiritual connection with existence, with life–and death. For me, the appearance of these two creatures symbolized the aloha I felt for Rick.

Flowers to express aloha for a dear friend

Taking a float of flowers out to sea at sunset in memory of Rick

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I really liked Rick. I wanted to write a lot more here. I can’t. I’ll resume the normal updates later, when I feel better.

Aloha nui loa Rick.

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2 Responses to “Aloha Rick. You left too soon.”

  1. Isabel Bennett on August 20th, 2008 5:03 am

    Peter and Ursula, I’m sorry to hear about Rick, another taken way at a young age, he is gone but never forgotten. The honu and dolphin were there to let you know he was there with you and not to mourn him but to remember the good times.


  2. Valerie Branch on December 14th, 2009 2:35 pm

    My son’s name was Trent Pickens, age 34. He lived in Maui for 16 years and was a very talented ivory carver. His fishhooks and other carvings are on display at The Maui Ocean Center.

    Sadly, he died from a side effect of a prescription medication in August, 2008.
    He loved to snorkle and would swim with the honu at McKenna Point. He also was becoming proficient with a spear gun.
    We had a memorial on at the Five Mile Marker on the road to Hanna where he would dive with his friend. There was a large white bird visible for the entire service complete with chanting by a lovely Native Hawaiian lady. I truly felt that the bird represented his spirit being set free. Mahalo

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