Maya Angelou said, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This defined Richard Pfaff.
He always went out of his way to make people feel welcomed, loved, included. As a husband, he was affectionate and loving. He taught Amy to be tough and confident, but not to be too serious. As a father, he was loving and fun. As a friend, he would do anything for you. If you had a need, he would figure out how to fix it.
Rick remembered the names of each doctor, nurse, custodian, food service person he came in contact with when he was in the hospital. His gift was to lift people up and he spent his life lifting up those who came in contact with him. Even if many years had passed, people recognized him because of how he made them feel.
He was a Christian man in a quiet way. He served in the church in many capacities. If you needed help, he was there. He was a musician and loved music. He made guitars and drums and found joy in creating them.
Rick found joy in many things: the lake, friends, and most of all, family. To say he will be missed is an understatement. We’ve lost a shining light, but we’ve also gained a guiding light. Rick will be with us in the memories and in our hearts because of how he made us all feel.
A private family service will be held Saturday, April 4, 2020. Live stream will be available through Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville.
Online condolences and memories may be shared at kepnerfh.com.