For those of you who had not heard, Dick Wheelan passed away this morning after a courageous battle with cancer.
I'm hesitant to post the notice of a person's passing on something as impersonal as this blog, but I received a request to do so from some people very close to him. I hope this doesn't offend anyone.
I've known Dick since I've worked in Harris County, but I know that so many people knew him much better than I did.
The Dick Wheelan that I knew was the ultimate Gentleman, a skilled attorney, and a person whose word was his bond. He was a very kind man who led a very interesting life.
As one person just wrote me: "While his life was cut short, he sure made the most of the time that he had. He learned to fly fighter jets in the Navy, was a New York City police officer, then homicide detective, then lieutenant. A corporate lawyer living in Hong Kong, and then a defense attorney here. Very few people could claim to have done as much in a lifetime."
This terrible year seems to have claimed so many people from our CJC family, and this is yet another tough loss to accept.
My understanding is that there will be a celebration of Dick's life after the Thanksgiving holidays.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Phillip and Dick's family.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories of Dick with the rest of us.