Remembering a Member of The Digger Family

Many of our readers may already be aware that we've lost a wonderful friend.  Richard Cope (or as we affectionately referred to him, "Digger Dick") passed away peacefully at Carroll Healthcare Center yesterday with his family by his side.

We know many of our advertisers and readers have known Dick for years, so we don't have to explain to them why he will be so sorely missed.  His positivity, generosity and sense of humor made him a great joy to spend time with.  And he loved interacting with people as he did sales work for us.  He continued to contact some of you about advertising from his room at the nursing facility, even renewing several ads just last week.  Even as his health was fading, you couldn't keep him down.

On a personal level, my thoughts may echo those of many.  Spending time with Dick always meant I'd come away feeling better.  I'll miss our conversations - which so often ended up centering on the joy of watching Mount Union play football (or the pain of watching the Cleveland Browns try to play football).  It was a privilege to work with him and get to know him over the years.

We want to express our heartfelt condolences to Dick's family and his many friends as they deal with this loss.

You can view his obituary by clicking here.

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