Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Say It Ain't So

This is one of the most difficult posts we have ever had to write.

South Carolina has just lost one of its most faithful public servants, and like so many of you who are reading this, we here at FITS have lost a true brother in the struggle.

We have learned that longtime Second Amendment advocate and Comptroller General advisor Rick Daniel (shown with Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee) collapsed and died earlier this afternoon while having lunch.

Rick was 45 years old, and was truly one of the most honest, humble and hard-working people we have ever had the privilege of knowing.

His loss will be felt tremendously.

An advisor to four different statewide elected officials, Rick's record of service to his state, his party and his country could fill an Encyclopedia.

We ask that you join us in praying for Rick's family and his many friends. May God grant them each peace and comfort as they cope with this unexpected tragedy.


Anonymous Scott Malyerck said...

Rick was indeed a great American and a great friend of mine. He always thought of his family and friends first. He would give you the shirt off his back. We both joined the SC State Guard together last year and Rick was just promoted to Captain. South Carolina is a better place because of Rick Daniel...and I know I am a better person for having known him.

4:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a tragic loss for South Carolina. Rick was truly a great guy and you always left his presence with a smile or a laugh. He was one of the funniest guys I ever met and truly a great, down-to-earth guy.

6:58 PM

Anonymous John Upchurch said...

Friend, Patriot, Servant.
Rick will be missed by many people including myself. I'm very close to his circle of friends and I knew and considered him my friend as well. I am very saddened by his unexpected and untimely passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and close friends.

9:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When good men die their goodness does not perish, but lives though they are gone...Euripedes

9:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your thoughtful post. Getting to see or talk to Rick was always the highlight of my, and so many other's, day. Because he did not seek attention, few know what an incredible impact Rick had on the laws of our state. He was a passionate and effective advocate for so many important issues and gave of his time freely to political and charitable causes. His generous spirit, unfailing humor and infectious laugh will be missed by all of those who had the good fortune to know him. Please take time to remember Rick, his wife and their two daughters in your prayers.

10:25 AM

Blogger Brian McCarty said...

A tragic loss, not only for the state, but for the man's family.

8:58 AM

Anonymous Jennifer Bradey said...

Rick Daniel was the kind of person we all strive to be. I am so proud to have known him, and call him my friend.

There aren't words to express what a loss this is for his family, his friends, the NRA, Gun Owners of South Carolina, and our great state.

My prayers are with Esther and his beautiful daughters. Y'all were the lights of his life, and he told me so on more than one occasion.

We all are so very fortunate to have spent part our lives in Rick's company.

Jennifer Bradey

11:57 AM

Anonymous Moye said...

Rick will be missed. As soon as I heard I started calling people I knew that needed to know where we could all share a prayer for him. SC will miss him but his family and close friends more.

3:26 PM


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