This past Saturday many were left bewildered, confused and heartbroken over the news that a beloved Island family member was no longer. Richie Hanlon went with God quietly into the night. His life with us is no longer and now resides in the heavens above.
Tuesday many gathered in his honor to say a final goodbye to this beautiful man that loved his family, Island home and all he encountered. As the storm clouds roiled above and the tears of angels poured upon all present, we were blessed with the voice of Mary Winner whose soul wrenching Amazing Grace silenced us as tears sprung unabashedly from all present.
It is with my deepest condolences to all that knew and loved Richie and my deepest gratitude to Mary and partner for being with us to celebrate and to mourn as one.
Kathleen A. Chappina
Fort Myers Beach