Richard L. Alpert

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“I am so saddened to hear of Rik's passing. I only learned of this today from Charlie Karagienakos and he said he was quite shocked and saddened when...Read More »
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Richard ("Rik") was born on July 8, 1959 and passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2010.
Richard ("Rik") was a resident of Ruth, Nevada.

Rik was the smartest guy in the room. He was also the most passionate, and outspoken, and annoying guy in the room. He could really be a pain in the ass. But it always came from a good place, and that was just Rik. He was a great, loyal friend.

Rik stood for fairness and freedom, compassion and kindness – yes kindness. Despite the bitter rage with which he spoke about (or to) those he believed were in the wrong, or mocking those who stood for things he abhorred, Rik was the kindest soul. He was not the most tolerant soul. He had no use for ignorance or hypocrisy, betrayal, or greed. He had high moral standards when it came to how the world should be and how people should treat all living beings and the planet. Perhaps too high, for he was constantly infuriated that governments, employers, leaders and lovers could behave so badly. Eventually he got away from it all and moved to to the fringe of society. And now, he's free of all the pain and suffering he found so unacceptable in the world; as well as his own.

Rik Alpert left a strong impression on everyone who ever met him. You couldn't love him without sometimes wishing you could shut him up. But you always came back to loving him. He was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in. He'll never know how much he mattered in this world. Rik Alpert mattered.