Condolence & Memory Journal

A real Dad both on screen and on. In my mind Dick was one of the most realistic TV fathers (alongside the likes of Fred MacMurray and Tom Bosley). He may have been acting but when transmits itself through the camera trancends all boundaries. Loved "Eight is Enough" both then, now and forever. So thoroughly pleasing to see and hear his castmates talk abut him with unabiding love and fondness. Condolences to the family (the Van Pattens and the Bradfords!).

Posted by Geoff - Melbourne, Australia - Fan   July 03, 2015

Thank you for your company in our living rooms .Enlighten heaven with your presence

Posted by Thomas Runge - Reno, NV - a fan   July 02, 2015

What a legacy, I look forward to talking to you when you are resurrected. The fond memories and the joyful experiences will be great. Rest until then.

Posted by Esther Swain - Kansas City, MO - n/a   June 30, 2015


Great actor, and dad on Eight is enough. You brought back so many fond memories from my teenage years. May you rest in peace. You will be missed.

Posted by T. Gates - New York, NY - longtime fan   June 30, 2015

Adored him. Watched him on the Love Boat twice today, was not aware it was in his honor.

Posted by Linda Lau - Marysville, MI - Fan   June 28, 2015

We watched the show every week,he passed on the 'anniversary 'of my son,I guess they get to giggle about their favorite episode now.

Posted by karen blevins - knoxville, TN   June 27, 2015


I am a big fan of all the Van Patten family. I loved watching them on shows. I was shocked and saddened to hear Dick had passed. He reminds me in some ways of my own dad. A big hug to all his family now. He now is entertaining in heaven with all his friends. Heaven welcomed another great angel.

Wendy Stephenson
Coquitlam, BC Canada

Posted by wendy - coquitlam   June 26, 2015


I Loved "Eight is Enough" U never missed an episode!

Posted by Pam Persons - Grand Meadow, MN - Loved him as an actor   June 25, 2015


Posted by Adrienn B. - NJ - A member of the public   June 23, 2015