Popular health-club owner's death leaves many reeling - Sentinel & Enterprise

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Friends remembered Orchard Hills Athletic Club owner Tim Richards as a caring and compassionate businessman, who paid his success forward to the community around him.

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Jan 7, 2011
 

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any truth to the rumor that it was suicide?
move on

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Whats it to you?
Does it matter?
The man is dead. His family is hurting, that's all you need to know.
ConservativeGirl

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Jan 7, 2011
 
My prayers are with the Richards family.
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#4
Jan 7, 2011
 
Tim was an extraordinary human being. An example of caring, and a huge heart. He will be sadly missed.
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Jan 7, 2011
 
move on wrote:
Whats it to you?
Does it matter?
The man is dead. His family is hurting, that's all you need to know.
You need to relax, first of all.
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Jan 7, 2011
 
It was suicide. See the other thread about his court case, remarks from not just us spectators but family members. Past transgressions aside, a very unfortunate outcome. Very permanent solution to a temporary problem. RIP.
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Jan 7, 2011
 
Tim did great things, was a great man. My heart goes out to Sheila who is a wonderful woman. I hope he is at peace.
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Jan 7, 2011
 
Roger Dorn wrote:
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You need to relax, first of all.
Sure Roger, I shouldn't find it offensive that the first poster seeks gossip and titillation when a family is in mourning.
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Jan 7, 2011
 
So very sorry for the Richards' family.
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Jan 7, 2011
 
Such a sad thing ..
And to Club Member 2 ... what an ignorant statement. You knew who Tim was for 20 years but your statement tells me you did not really know Tim.
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Jan 7, 2011
 
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Nice dodge of the question.
There are 2 sides to every story, remember that. The story at the time may or maynot have happened the way it was reported. It's a he said, she said.
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Jan 7, 2011
 
Hmmmmmm wrote:
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Don't you find hitting a woman just as offensive?
Probably more so, but death would trump all.
Still offensive to need to gossip
And yes, you and your comments are offensive as well.
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Can there ever be an article written about someone without an absolutely heartless, ignorant statement made? This is a situation where a person died. So what if there's another story... Why does it matter how he died? If you really needed to post that, you could've posted it in another topic. Have a little class. Don't worry, in a few days, if it hasn't happened already, you'll have your answers. People never disappoint me... I always can count on gossip to make its rounds. But seriously, the man is dead. Have some respect.
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#18
Jan 7, 2011
 
Being a long time friend and co-worker of Tims.....I give high regard to how he was to his employees, friends, and family. I have known Tim for close to 25 years and during that time, I, not once, seen a mad or mean bone upon him. He was dedicated to his staff and his business....he just showed so much interest in their welfare, and always looking out for them. There are two sides to every story and Tims story is a compassionate, caring, one.
I think we all need to look at how the judicial system works and how unfair it is. Tim gave, gave, gave....and that giving wasn't just at his place of business. He was made to be a monster by certain people.....we all need to wake up and smell the coffee and see beyond our rose colored glasses. I will miss him...but what I do believe in is "what goes around, comes around".....Bless you Tim....may you be at peace!
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#19
Jan 7, 2011
 
TIM you were truelly a kind and gentle soul. You leave great memories in hearts of those of whom your kindnesses and warm smiles you always shared with so genuinely:0))RIP
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Jan 7, 2011
 
Tim was a great human being. As such, nothing is perfect. I think he had unspeakable pain, the curse of the ambitious man.
This is a great loss. A huge loss. Perfect? No. Great? Absolutely.
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#21
Jan 7, 2011
 
To Friend, Just dpmeone and Walnuts ... well said. I think the three post capture the essence of Tim and Lowell, I think you captured the sad side of society.. there will always be mean spirited people who hide behind their keyboards and through barbs. Before I even came to this page I knew there would be some ill informed people looking to anger the rest of us. Let there comments roll off your back... they are sad people.
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#22
Jan 7, 2011
 
The thought of Tim will always feel like Sunday mornimg.
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#23
Jan 7, 2011
 
Tim once said "I don't care what anyone else has,I Have Sheala"! He loved her no matter what:) and forever,respect that::0)
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#24
Jan 7, 2011
 
I knew Tim as a very compassonate man who did alot for the community. For those who wish to judge him for anything else will have to answer for that.

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