Ricky Alan Myers
Always Be With Us"
of the first things people usually noticed about Rick Myers was
his wisdom. He was always wise beyond his years, like a 100-year-old
man living in a young man's body. His sharp wit and charming smile
could light up a room.
He always appreciated a meaningful conversation
on all of life's important, and sometimes, not-so-important issues.
As long as he could enhance someone's intellect with debate, preferably
a heated one, he would wholeheartedly dedicate himself to playing
devil's advocate to point out obscure and unknown correlating
facts. Most importantly, Rick took it upon himself that all involved
would come out of the conversation a little bit stronger somehow.
Therein lay Rick's charm, his talent (one of many), and his strength.
Rick was born December 29, 1972, in Yountville,
California, but lived most of his life in Napa, CA. In 1990 he
graduated from Vintage High School with honors, having lettered
in music, and showcasing his extraordinary performance talents
with singing and acting in plays and musicals both on and off
the campus. He was soon accepted into New York University's Tisch
Drama School on a scholarship.
During a trip home to Napa in his first college
semester, Rick discovered that he had a large tumor in his liver.
The cancerous tumor the doctors had taken out a couple of years
before had come back and metastasized. It was such a rare cancer
that doctors gave him only six months to live. Rick left the university
and returned home to begin closing out his affairs.
Six months came and went and nothing happened.
The encouragement of a director friend soon saw Rick performing
on stage again. This time he not only performed, but he directed
a local children's theater where he would eventually help to create
a $2 million theater training organization for children throughout
the states of California and Hawaii, and in New Zealand. His love
of children and the theater would take him to France, Ireland,
England, New Zealand and Holland. He touched the lives of hundreds
of people, young and old, who in turn adored him. Through the
theater, he taught drama, theater history, and musical theory.
Rick dedicated himself to the well being and education of all
those around him.
On a trip to New York in 1994 to star in an Off-Broadway
stage production, Rick fell in love at first sight with Natalya.
Their lives were destined to unite. Their relationship, which
included debate, friendship, and romance, would last a lifetime.
The happiness that he and Natalya found in each other would build
a strong foundation onto which the remainder of their relationship
with each other and with others would rest. They had an untouchable
bond, an unspoken link between them. They were soul mates together,
just as Rick had always been an old soul independently.
Rick battled his cancer for over ten years. His
doctors called him a miracle. He was incredibly strong-willed
and courageous. He charted his own course in life and remained
at the helm as long as he possibly could.
Rick passed away on July 12, 1999, in the arms
of his beloved Natalya who held him tightly, told him she loved
him, and assured him that everything would be all right. He left
behind his parents, stepfather, two brothers, a sister, nieces
and nephews, and a fiancée, all of whom will continue to
miss him greatly.
Rick's message to others would be that he lived
ten years when he was given only six months. You can do and see
a lot in ten years. He will always be remembered as a noble fighter.
His inner strength and wisdom will remain a pillar under which
the rest of us will stand.
In honor of Rick's ever-increasing interest in
space travel and in the "infinite unknown," at his own
request, we send him to those corners of space that he always
wanted to visit. Have an everlasting journey.