- 65 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 13, 1946
- Place of birth:
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 1, 2012
- Place of passing:
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
|Let us all celebrate Richard's spirit in our lives every day|
This memorial website was created in loving memory of Richard Adelman. He will be dearly missed and forever held in our hearts.
A memorial service was held at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, MA on April 17 at 3:30 p.m. We are very grateful to all who attended and shared in the celebration of Rich's life. It was a wonderful, music-filled memorial to a man we all loved and miss greatly.
The family has requested that any donations in Rich's honor be directed to The Rhythmic Arts Project (www.traponline.org), an educational organization focused on empowering and enriching the lives of disabled individuals through percussion-based music.
Please leave a note, add a picture, video, or a song. Our family is comforted by your warmth and stories of Rich.
"Missing YOU My True Companion. So Grateful for Your Love..5yrs since you left this Earth Whew PEACE MY LOVE"
"Richard taught me a lot. He never made it feel like "I'm teaching you now." He was always gentle, always exactly who he was, pure in heart. The lesson was always deeper than the teaching. All he had to do was be himself. That was a beautiful lesson. I loved him, and he loved me, and I join everyone who knows how beautiful his life here was because of the love that came through him."
"Happy Anniversay My Love! In my thoughts today Rich, in my Heart forever...seeing your gentle smile here&now. You My Love are greatly missed"
"Happy Anniversary Richard Lee! Yep 50 years ago today, You married Me...What an amazing trip we shared! I am forever grateful for your love, for You my oh so GentleMan! Feeling your presence thank you :-)"
""I still drive to Brookline every day for work. The musical memories we made together show up often. Our friendship is one of the most precious gifts in my life. I miss you..........."
"I miss you babe"
"Just realizing richs bday was in oct but I wish him happy thoughts anyways...janice and kids so sorry ! The music is very soothing!! Happy New Year to you all.lynne"
"Happy birthday rich! You are still in many folks hearts and minds! Luv...lynne"
"Hey My GentleMan New Year it is...I miss you! ..Am grateful Everyday for the Love we shared, for our wonderful sons we raised, for what WE were & how we Did make a change Babe...We Rocked Shtix My Angel"
"Hey Beautiful Man, Again I visit you to say HEY! I So Loved You..We were very, very special! I miss you Babe and am Still very sad!
Being Strong and Moving On baby... Am Trying...With Love In Peace
Your Forever Ol Lady..and liking it..."
"HAPPY FATHERS DAY RICH! Thank You for helping raise two wonderful sons! They are Great Dads Babe, you should be very very proud of our boyz to men! Missing You Today!"
"Richard was the master of tempo. Never rushing or dragging."
"Hey there Janice and kids...sure can't believe it's been two years already for Rich ! I know it will always be hard for you all but he IS that spirit in the sky!! And that soul will always be with you!! love, lynne xxoo"
"Janice, Erik, Zac and your ever growing family....It is hard to comprehend that Richard has been gone for 2 years....What a wonderful Guy and a plus to our family!!! We were blessed to have gotten to know and love such a beautiful & wonderful loving & talented man!!!! Richard you are so very missed xoxo"
"I Will plant flowers For You Babe! Miss YOU Rich- my Heart aches; Spirit is Full...HEY YOU!"
"May I Call You In Heaven???"
"VALENTINE"S DAY without You Rich WAS NOT GOOD. Missing You"
"HAPPY 2014.....Missing my TRUE COMPANION. Has been 21 months since Richard passed. An Adelman was born 11 days ago...Winter Solstice 2013 brought us Sophia Bliss Adelman @8AM CST...LET THERE BE LIGHT..xo Sweet Sophia"
"Hey Rich; Have connected with many friends from our "early" years. tis good but also takes me back to When We Shared with each of them. Wow I miss you, I miss Us I miss what we had together..Wishing for FOREVER with You...MISSING You Rich xo j"
"THEY WON! YOUR SOX DID IT RICH!! At Home, Beautiful Indeed Babe!"
"Your SOX could win IT ALL tonight @ home...Yep World Series Fenway Pahk...Not since 1918 a Series win at home Right! Let's Go Red Sox I Want This FOR YOU Richard Lee..Loving You from Earth Babe xo"
"Hey janice and kids! It is so wonderful you have kept this fantastic site up in richards memory. .He still lives on in so many lives. Most of whom do not even know each other! What a special guy! ! Love you all and keep the faith! Luv, lynne"
""Rich was a friend that everybody wanted. His gentle personality and caring was always there. He was a great musician, but more he was the glue is any band. I knew him at Castle Music and I will always cherish his friendship in those days with Jon Edwards, and Rick Lilljequist and Stuart, and all the boys in the Shanty. God Bless his memory and a warm hello to Janice... RB"
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICH...SORRY THE SOX didn't win the first game for you!! HEY tonight.. the 13th your 67th they will play! We Got This Right . Picturing You drumming..AND loving that..I miss you Richard ...Happy 67th Birthday My Love. xo.from me"
"Missing YOU Babe! Eric's Birthday; B&E's SILVER Anniversary how SWEET!
Happy Rosh Hashanah My Life's Love....SHALOM"
"HAPPY FATHER'S DAY BABE! Dad to Our Two Amazing Sons..Thank You! Am with Eric and Beautiful Family; Missing You So Much..xo Rest My Love j"
"Wishing you were physically present Babe. Our Family's celebrating Beautiful Times...MISSING you so much..wishing You could be present for OUR children&grandchildren; Talked with "The Rabbi" tonight; WoW he didn't know you left our Earth That's tough stuff! xo Ya know"
"LOVING;MISSING&WISHING I COULD SHARE ALL THIS WITH YOU BABE!"
"Our 48th Anniversary is today! Remembering our simple wedding ceremony The Chinese Justice of the Peace, few family members present 1965 and Richard's family being Jewish, mine Catholic was then unacceptable!
We Knew we Were "True Companions" and What an Amazing Journey followed eh Rich? I MISS YOU with ALL My Heart, Thank You Love for Being an Amazing husband!"
"Rich my soul brother, possessed a sensitivity and tolerance for people which reflected in his music. whether it was Van Morrison, Bill Evans, Jose Feliciano, or Nina Simone Rich's diverse love of music transcended into his love of life."
"Rich, I cannot even begin to express my gratitude for everything that you brought to all of our lives. Thank you especially for raising Zac to be such a kind, patient, and loving man, just like his father. I see your gentle spirit in him every day. You are so loved, and we miss you too much for words. Please help us all to stay strong and model our lives after your resilience and humor."
"Rich was a good man in many ways. His death is such a great loss and just as great a loss is what dies inside us living with the void.
I think Rich would think that while you keep focused on the closed door of his life you may not notice the ones that open.
Rest in Peace Rich."
"It is great that you are keeping Richard's memory alive. I have always thought of him as being a really kind person and I loved playing with him."
"Playing with Richard at the beginning of my life as a working musician taught me essential things about music; his friendship at the beginning of my adulthood taught me essential things about how to live. He was an older brother to me, and he and Janice welcomed me into their family at a time when I very much needed that. He lives in me, as I know he does in others."
"I was just thinking about Rich this morning, remembering how he turned me on to the joys of rhythm. One example was the drumming of Ziggy Modeliste of The Meters, on that great record "Hey Pocky Way." Ziggy gives the groove a lift with an extra little beat. Richard loved it, and I've loved it ever since. Now it's 2013, and Ziggy is coming to Bonaroo. Rich was way ahead of his time."
"My Tribute; A BEAUTIFUL MAN left us All Too Soon! Left this Earth Too Early; as He Gave So Much..WAS One Special HumanBeing Few&Far Between(as the saying goes) Richard Was A RARE BIRD! He WAS my Special Life Partner, Forever Missed/Always Loved WOW BABE 1 Year Whew Cryin On Earth Rich! xo"
"Tonight tis 11 months since Richard physically left this Earth. I missed sharing our birthdays together. Am missing THAT smile, his incredible gentleness and caring...Am grateful for our Amazing family & Fantastic circle of friends..Thankful Rich is my Angel and I Know He is with me everyday; I feel his presence. Just Wish we could share Hugs. Loving sweet memories of You-Us"
"HAPPY LOVE DAY MY VALENTINE. Tis OK here Babe; our two Beautiful Boyz 2 Men made sure Mama felt LOVED...We done Good Adelman..They are Amazing. Outstanding sunset Whew multi-colored beautiful experience! Am crying "those" Happy Tears Rich..STOKED...Thank You Love WOW"
"February 1st, 2013,10 months ago my Love you left here.This New Year on Earth I strive To Be Still....Be Free....To Go Explore!...I will use new awareness to Become more in rhythm with the Flow of Life, more in Harmony with it's Song..these are my goals please be my guide Rich Lovingly j"
"RICHARD LEE ADELMAN, an Amazing DAD!! Hey Rich Zachariah celebrated his 38th B-Day..WOW OUR BABY(sorry Z) I KNOW you are With us I So Miss You. You were a Fantastic Father & have 2 Beautiful adult sons! Let them Feel your Presence in their lives! Keep Them Safe Babe...i love you; forever.."
"I had known Richard over the years since he played with The "Beaters" as a fellow drummer he was someone I respected as did everyone. I had lost touch and .... when I broke my neck, there he was. Richard was completely supportive, he offered advise and understanding. Later when I started The Rhythmic Arts Project, there he was again! Always thoughtful, always kind, always Richard."
"Almost 2013 here in SoCal and Just Sayin' Nothing Is The Same! Remembering OUR Ringing in New Year on Cape with dear Friends Rich So much laughing, lots of Great music, stories shared...I Am Alone(my choice) ringing in 2013. Shared time with Liz earlier All Good. I Am sad at heart; confused in mind and Dark in my soul! 2013 will be A Year Of Changes My Life's Love..Thank You for BEING"
"I remember so many wonderful times, hanging out, sharing great times. Rich was our Best Man at Bryan's and my wedding. Our marriage didn't last, but our friendship did and all the great memories of being together and making music together dance through my mind and heart as I write this. Love, hugs and light to Rich, Janice and all the family. Love you all and I cherish the memories"
"Janice, Eric, and Zach,
My condolences to you and your family on the passing of Rich. We spoke two weeks before he passed and as always he exuded such a positive spirit about everything. Always welcomed me when I was around and will miss him... He will be with you by your side forever now. Be well."
"Happy bday rich! Double digits! May you keep your loving wife and kids and their kids safe from where you are, you will always bemissed!luv ya, lynne"
"Hey Janice, Happy Birthday to Richard, Hope you are doing well,
How about asking Richard to tell Diane to do some lights and alarms for us too! Love ya girl and think of you lots!"
"HAPPY 66TH BIRTHDAY RICHARD; FOREVER MISSED, ALWAYS IN MY HEART! MISSING YOU LOTS xo"
"Richard's Amazing Spirit is with me now...I feel him; I acknowledge& Thank him. I am NOT afraid..and believe me Rich is NOT subtle...Lights, smoke alarms HE IS WITH ME& making sure I KNOW. Loving YOU and so Grateful SHTIX! RAVE ON BABE!"
"Janice, Eric and Zac,
I was taken back by Richards passing and deeply saddened. Richard was a good friend and a pleasure to work with. I do regret drifting apart many years ago but I have great memories of hanging out, Gigs we played and places we toured. So many laughs. Working with him was such a pleasure he lifted every band and made me a better player.
I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless"
"I met Richard in around 1975. Having played with Bob Conti and having gone through 30 drummers on one gig, I learned what Bob was looking for in a drummer. Richard was playing with Jack Bone and me at a sleezy bar in West Covina. I recognized how great he was right away and contacted Bob, who immediately stole Richard from me for Donna Summer. He will be greatly missed."
"I have decades of "memories, music" and stories.I could write a book about my time with RIchard but I only have so much space here. I'll tell you this, Richard truly had peace and love in his heart. He was the voice of reason! Simply put he was a truly good man in every sense of the word. Talented, soulful and kind. He lives on in my memory and in my heart."
"Smell the Sea, Feel the Sky, FLY INTO THE MYSTIC...You ARE Home Babe....I WILL miss you Forever but Know you are with me SHINE ON SHTIX"
"Janiceeeeee, Wow, I'm sitting here in tears. Thank you for being
two brilliant, shining souls in this world of ours!"
"Dear Janice, I was unaware of Rich's passing. I am so sorry for your loss and your families loss. Rich was a beautiful guy. More than a musician, he was a very very sweet guy and I was so sad to hear this. Bless you all. Please forgive my not knowing till today. He will be very missed by me."
"Dear Janice & Family my deepest thoughts are with you.I miss the times we had together. Rich & I had some great banter about music & sports. Everybody talks about the sports heroes "over priced athletes, thats all they are! You & Rich are my HEROES and will always be! Bless you"
"Hors D'oeuvre, Rich."
"Janice, Eric, Zac,
I have taken this long to write because I still can't get my head around it. Only the good die young. Probably the most decent human being Olga and I have ever met. Hopefully he is walkin and runnin and dancin in a better place !
Love, Olga and Gene"
"When I met Richard, it was a jam session disguised as a sound check for Martin Mull at a club in Atlanta. He became my favorite drummer in about 4 seconds, and my best friend soon after that. Looking back, I can see how much my life was blessed by knowing and hanging out with Rich. More than I knew at the time. I loved him, but then, I'm certainly not alone."
"Dear janice eric and zac my heart goes out to you all! I cant help but think of all the fun and good times there were whenever rich was around. He had a way about him that made you feel so special.a good man always has a good story and rich had many! Diane will be attending but I am going to have to catch up to you in n.c. Love you guys!!xxoo lynne"
Our thoughts are with you. We only met you and Richard a few times through Roger and Liz, but Richard and you left great impressions. May your happy memories hold you close. Love to you and your family. Alice & Richard Snowden"
"Rich was my not only my cousin but also my close friend, he was not just a rock star when he was drumming but even more of a rock star when he wasn't playing music,he was an amazing guy,sincere , caring , a one of a kind human being, I will miss him dearly, he had a big impact on Jess, Caryl and I , we love you and will miss you"
"My uncle was a good man who lived a life filled with love, family and music. I will always remember the happy moments we spent together talking and laughing. I am lucky that I got to know Richard Adelman whose sense of humor and strength in life made me very proud to be his nephew. I will miss you!"
"I recently found a news clipping of the "Charades". Oh the flood of memories, Nantasket, the Battle of the Bands, the many practices and parties, but most especially the ride to Chapel Hill, NC to bring himself his drums. I can still see his beautiful smile. Janice and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers."
"Rich had so much soul in his life as an incredibly warm and kind human being that also reflected on his wonderful talent as a pro drummer which many of us were fortunate to experience. I'll never forget how easy it was to be around him and his great grooves. Love and peace be with you."
"So many good times and memories,I feel priviledged to have shared life and music with him,he didn't just play the drums,he played the song.A kind soul,I loved that guy.I wish the family peace and healing."
"Rich was kind. He was interested in his friends' well being. He always took the time needed for a chat. He loved his wife and sons, and worked hard to give them a decent life. He put me up when I was down. My heart goes out to his family."
"Richard was such a joy to work with as well as being a great friend. When you hung out and talked with him, he always gave you his undivided attention. I will always remember the many gigs we played together, from touring with The Hues Corporation, and Donna Summer and Brooklyn Dreams, as well as all the local LA gigs.May God Bless the Adelman Family and keep you in his perfect peace."
"My Dear Richard: What a lovely man, wonderful wife, many things to work out when first we met. It was fun getting to know you and push your butt to realize there was still a world out there after paralysis. DR. Rudnick said get you doing something and we sure did. That wonderful soft demeanor, so smart, patient, loving totally Janice and your boys. A great pleasure to know and love you.RIP"
"Dear Janice and family, I was so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I knew him from the "Steamboat Willy" days with Barry Michaud and Allen Estes. I always remember him calling his son with his thick Boston accent, "Come getcha suppah!!" Lynne Mirando and I will try to come up for the memorial, but even if we aren't able to get there please know our thoughts are with you. Fondly, Diane"
"my condolences to all - my heart goes out to you! i was always so enthralled with all the great stories zac had about his dad. it was an honor and a pleasure to meet him and hang out in LA. as zac said - i hope he is now on the great drum stool in the sky, keeping the beat proper. much love... currie"
"To a great family-
Our thoughts and love are with you.
"To the Adelman family, I am so sorry for your loss, may he forever rest in peace. It was a pleasure spending many nights at your home, making us all feel like family, you always opened your home to so many of us. To Zac, my old friend, I am so sorry for your loss, please know on this holiday weekend our prayers are with your entire family. God bless.."
"He was my best friend, but in many ways, he could be every one's best friend. He really listened to & cared about others and was always there for friends & family to offer help, advice, and support.! A man with grace, subsance and a wicked sense of humor. As Marty Mull said, "A drummer is a musician's best friend"."
"We will forever cherish the day our family ( Fallon's) welcomed Richard into our lives when he married the love of his life, my cousin, Janice. You made our family a better family. You were a standout guy who was a loving husband, Dad & grandfather. We especially loved it when you moved to the Cape. Thank you for taking me to the Melody Tent as it was the thrill of my life. xoxo L & P."
"way back in the early 70"s we had a band in boston called "steamboat willie"...richard was the only "veteran musician" in the band,playing also with jonathan edwards,and orphan.he truly taught me how to not take myself so seriously in this crazy business...a great drummer,a true friend,and a magical smile...you'll always be in my heart buddy.god bless!!!"
"It was always a pleasure when we played together back in the day in LA. Unfortunately our lives diverged and we lost touch. My sincere condolences. I'm moved beyond words to see the joy in Richard's face in the photos. God bless you Richard for a life well lived."
"In our little band, some 53 years ago, Richard was clearly the best musician - and in addition he had the kind of magnetism that drew everyone's eyes to him and his great playing. In later years, Richard added to that talent a wealth of courage and warmth. He'll be missed a great deal, by many."
"What a blessing to get to know this wonderful, resilient man--and to share with him the joy of a happy marriage between our daughter Caroline and his son Zac. Richard, you will be missed; the legacy of your kindness, thoughtfulness and love of life and music will remain alive and well. We honor you, and thank God for your loving presence. We are holding you in light, peace and joy."
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