A Farewell to Dick Withington .....

By Marcia Leizure ~ Aug. 2007

For the past 10 or so years I've had the good fortune to get to know the remarkable Dick Withington, both as a friend and mentor. Since the news of his illness has spread throughout the antique world, I have had so many phone calls and letters of concern about the status of Dick's health.

Back in January, I picked Dick up at the airport when he returned home from Florida. He had just received the grim prognosis from his Dermatologist, that his cancer had reoccurred once again. Dick counts 14 operations since the first discovery almost 17 years ago. But after overcoming the odds so many times - this time the cancer had spread to places inaccessible by outpatient surgery under general anesthesia.

He knew it was bad. On the way home from the airport we stopped at a favorite restaurant. In response to the "How ya doin'?" Dick announced that he had four weeks to live and he had cancer and it was bad, etc.             <MORE>


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