- 22 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 24, 1989
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Jan 2, 2012
- Place of passing:
|Let the memory of Richard be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved son, Richard Latte, 22, born on October 24, 1989 and passed away on January 2, 2012.
"I'll Love You Forever,
I'll Like You For Always
As Long As I'm Living,
My baby You'll Be"
"Richard you are blessed for the parents you have. They truly love you, there is no love like the one you get there. I hope with everything I have that you are so happy and well and doing everything you ever wanted and could have wanted to ever do. Anyone who would ever stumble upon this memorial would love you too, because no one even seemed to perhaps notice such a gentle person who wanted to just experience his life. Let me just say that you are loved from the hearts and minds of many, I know it. Your parents perhaps are hurting at times, but you live forever in their hearts. And now mine. <3"
"Richard Kevin Latte. He lived a quiet life, and while he may not have been loved widely, he is loved DEEPLY! I am "Richard's Mom" I love him to the moon and back, and even if in time, my voice is the only one left who speaks his name aloud, I will never fall silent. As long as I live, Richard's name will be on my lips, and in my heart."
"Dear Richard, I miss you so very much. Like you, I am a man of few words and not much emotion so I often have a hard time expressing my feelings. Your mom is able express her thoughts in such wonderful ways....when I read them I feel she is expressing mine as well. I see her love for others as an extension of your tenderness and compassion.
Your siblings have built such wonderful bonds, I believe your spirit is the glue that holds it together. They all miss you very much too.
"In the Autumn of 1989 I was given a son. he was perfect, a combination of his Dad and I. He had Brian's gentle, kind nature, his mathematical intellect, and he was creative, sensitive and loved to read like me. I gave birth to him at home surrounded by the love of his family. I held him in my arms and welcomed him to the world. I watched him grow, learn and love for 22 years, then I had to let him go...I held him (as best I could despite the wires and tubes). I told him how much I loved him. he left us the same way he arrived, surrounded by the love of his family. Today Richard Kevin Latte should be turning 26 years old. Our family will gather and honor his memory. I miss him today and every day. My life continues, but I will never stop longing for what we were together."
"Our love to you and your family, Cheryl <3
Karen, Rene, Charlotte and Sarah"
"January 2/ 2015
This is a letter no Mom should ever have to write. You have been gone now for 3 years. At times it feels like no longer than a moment, and other times it feels like an eternity. Sometime when I think about living the rest of my life without you it feels like I won’t be able to do it. Three years has been sooo long. What will 30 years feel like? I am so afraid of forgetting. I am already forgetting your voice, your touch, your presence. How hard this is. The pain is indescribable.
You should be 24 years old, but instead you are forever 22. Your siblings will become middle-aged adults with wrinkles, wisdom and regrets. You will be forever etched in our minds as a 22 year old young adult who had your whole life ahead of you. The hardest thing for me to think about is all of the missed milestones. There are so many things you should have accomplished and experienced, even in these last 3 years, and the list will only get longer.
• Finishing your schooling
• Starting your career
• Living independently
• Developing new relationships
• The possibilities of your own family
• Home ownership
• Maturing and figuring out what type of life you want to live
• Pursuing your interests and working toward goals
• Becoming an uncle
• Changes in the world
• Changes in our family
These are just a few of the milestones you should have seen in your lifetime. Life would not always have been easy, but it was yours to live, and I feel you were cheated of the opportunity.
I am learning to live again and no longer wish to die as I did in the beginning. (I would never have taken my life; I just did not want to live with the kind of pain I experienced in that first year or so). I have grown spiritually too and I (most of the time) believe that you go on in spirit and that Love is eternal, and that we will be reunited. I love the signs you send me to let me know you are still here watching over us. I just get greedy sometimes, wanting more and more. But I guess short of you walking through the front door in the flesh, nothing will ever be enough. That is my challenge in life now: to learn how to live joyfully despite my grief, to have faith that you are happy where you are, and that you continue to love us, and that we will never be parted. (Some days are harder than others though, that is for sure).
2014 is over, 2015 is about to begin, and with it will come joy, happiness, discoveries, growth,new experiences, new challenges, tough days, and great days. Through it all though, nothing will ever be the same. There will always be that missing piece, (The piece that should be you). Everything is different since you are gone. I am different. I am no longer whole. I am no longer naïve. I know that bad things can and do happen. I miss you every moment of every day, Richard. Everything I do is colored by the loss of you. But I would never have given up the time with you, the love of you, the experience of you for anything. I only wish I would have known then, how precious every moment is, and how tenuous is our life. Till we meet again sweet son. “ I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always as long as I living, my baby you’ll be” (actually, beyond this life).
"Richard,today is the day which should have been your 25th birthday... I cry for what should have been. I miss you with every ounce of my being. Losing a child is unthinkable, unimaginable, unbearable. But you are forever in my heart, you are never forgotten. We will honor you today and celebrate our memories of you. We will eat pasta. We will send you messages of love in the wind. We will play Settlers. AND I will READ! and throughout it all we will remember your smile, and your quiet, gentle ways. "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be". lovingly, your Mom"
"Celebrating today the day you came into our lives...Thinking about you, missing you. 22 for always!!
"There are so many fond memories that lie in the corners of my mind. It would not due justice to leave only one, two, twenty or a hundred. The memories advance and recede like the ocean tides and with each one comes a tear reminding me how much I miss him....
- Our one and only ski trip to the Edmonton Ski Club (poor guy wound up with a broken leg).
- The careless haircut I gave him when he was about six.
- The fun he had with the family during out California trip in 1997.
- The proud look he ad on his face when he graduated high school.
I have many more to share and I will continue to do so."
"I remember how animated Richard became when he showed the girls and I his pet rat, and how he spoke with such fondness about it. It was a rare glimpse for us into his true nature. Our sympathies to you Cheryl, Brian, Chris, Rob, David, and Katie on this 2nd anniversary and always."
"Some say we are here to learn how to love. Richard has taught me more about love and what is important than I could have learned in a hundred lifetimes. Those who have lost children experience the ferocity of what it means to love. the ever-present depth of love,the whole of it. We can say with certainty "I would choose this child again and again... whatever the outcome""
""SPEAK THEIR NAME"
Someone I love has gone away
And life is not the same
The greatest gift that you can give
Is just to speak their name
I need to hear the stories
And the tales of days gone past
I need for you to understand
These memories must last
We cannot make more memories
Since they're no longer here
So when you speak of them to me
It's music to my ear"
"Honest, respectful, gentle..."
"I miss you today and everyday"
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