OBITUARY

Richard Lane Fortune

July 18, 1947February 20, 2019

Richard Lane Fortune passed away unexpectedly February 20, 2019 at the age of 71. Beloved brother of Nancy (Marshall) Green, Peggy (the late Scott) Soth, James (Barbara) Fortune, and the late John Fortune. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Richard Lane Fortune

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Kelly Salchow MacArthur

March 17, 2019

What an outstanding friend and athlete Dick was! I met him at the Y, since we seemed to be on the fitness floor at the same time. From the beginning of our friendship, he consistently tried to convince me to go dancing. It was evident that he found much joy in his regular activities, and was anxious to share the fun with others. Before too long I was joining him (and the rest of his swim gang) in the pool on Sunday mornings. He set the workout, the pace, and the expectation of camaraderie and friendly competition. I was especially touched when I brought my 7 year old son some mornings to try and keep up with the group, and Dick and the gang kindly welcomed him. My son and Dick grew fond of each other over the past couple of years, and I think both their eyes lit up when they saw each other. I know I was so happy to see Dick on those early mornings—ensuring that I was about to get a great workout with a spunky friend, and leave in a great mood thanks to his infectious enthusiasm. I'm still swimming on Sunday mornings, but surely miss the spark he brought to the adventure.

Lisa Disch

March 17, 2019

Dick brought his joy and energy to many different kinds of communities throughout Ann Arbor. For years now, I have enjoyed his friendship in the swimming pool at the YMCA. Regularly, Sundays and Tuesdays (and the occasional Thursday) we swam side by side, often perfectly in synch (or so I am told by my friends who watched us from the ellipticals that overlook the pool), and always always faster together than we would ever be working out on our own. Dick was an amphibious calculator--he could figure out the split times we should aim for and reckon our day's yardage in an instant. He had a special talent for sparking friendly competition, whether this meant assigning the fast people an extra length on an interval swim, or inching just slightly ahead of me on the last length of a 200 or 100-yard swim. We miss him. I miss him. But I hear his voice in my ear every time I take to the water.

Sue Snowgold

March 17, 2019

I cared for Dick's mom for four years and became very familiar with him and his sibs. He was a very outgoing, passionate person, and enjoyed life to the fullest.
He participated in Triathalon events, and encouraged me to get healthy.
He was so warm and easy going. I was very sorry to learn he was no longer among us. I embrace you all: Nancy, Peggy and Jim.

Peace and love,
Sue

Jamie Saville

March 16, 2019

My condolences to Dick's family. What a terrible loss. I am in Dick's Sunday morning Y swim group. He was our swimming partner, and informal coach. He made us swim harder and with joy. I saw him nearly every morning at the Y. Now, when I see someone walking toward me down the hall at the Y, I instantly think it's Dick, and then, sadly, realize it cannot be. Our friend Kelly and I swam with him the Sunday before he died. I remember he was so happy. We had a great workout, many laughs, and a round of high five's. He made a comment about how he much improved his swim was after being joined by "two beautiful ladies." Ha. Tomorrow, 3/17/19, our swim buddies are gathering for brunch to celebrate his life. We miss him and need to grieve together. In addition, we are donating to the Ann Arbor YMCA's annual campaign in his memory. I have designated my contribution to the youth swim program. If we reach 1K, a banner will be placed in the pool area with his name on it. We will have no trouble reaching that goal! If you contact me, I can let you know when it is installed. We all agree that seeing his name everytime we breathe on that side, will motivate us to swim harder and with more joy. I will try to post a photo of the group tomorrow. Please stay in touch. Much love.

Yael Ganet

March 3, 2019

A wonderfully talented, kind and interesting friend to many of us, Dick was a gracious dance partner and spirited bicycling partner. Always planning ahead and welcoming to others. I do not want to believe he is gone in the way he was found. Unbelievable and hard to bear. May loving memories shield our community's grief and be a blessing for others' good deeds.

Dick Chase

February 25, 2019

Dick was a good friend and a special addition to the Forestbrooke neighborhood. I walk a lot for exercise, and I often encountered Dick, both in the neighborhood and at Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center. If he was working in his garden, I’d stop and chat. We’d compare deer sightings in Sylvan Woods and discuss how to keep the trails in the park in good shape for walking. We’d speculate on schemes to most efficiently retain rain runoff in his garden or discuss the progress of his flowers, vegetables, and especially, his raspberries, from which he made jam. In summer evenings, I’d sometimes catch up with him while he was getting in the last of his 5000 steps, and we’d chat while we walked. He joined me on at least one occasion to attend the annual meeting of the Huron River Watershed Council. He came to my 75th birthday party. I was always impressed at how connected he had stayed with the community, through his dancing, his bridge playing, and his pickle ball. His dahlias, which I’d pick up from the vases he set out, graced our dining room in late summer and fall. On February 20 when I read an email that the city water system had sprung a leak in front of his house and saw the city crew arriving along Terhune and later leaving after making repairs, I drove by his house in late afternoon to see what had happened to his garden. Not knowing yet what else had happened on that Wednesday, I noted that he would be pleased that the digging was limited just to the street and tree lawn.

Bill Wen

February 25, 2019

I have known Dick for a few years since he started playing pickleball at the Meri Lou Rec Center. Dick has pleasant personality and always has a smile on his face. Today, Monday 2/25/19, 30 pickleball players held hands in a huge circle on pickleball courts and prayed for Dick. May he rest in peace.

Kim Fairley

February 24, 2019

I have know Dick since the early 90s when I started contra dancing. Right from the beginning he helped me feel at home and valued as a part of the contra dance community. He always had a good attitude. I remember so many times, standing in a contra line, asking him about his day and he would tell me he had swum six miles in the morning, then had run 15 miles in the afternoon and was now dancing for three straight hours in the evening. I would wonder how I was going to make it to the end of the dance. Dick was an inspiration. His death is a terrible loss to the dance community.

fred nimke

February 24, 2019

sorry for your loss jim. I know its been a long time (50 years!) we all had a great time back so many years ago.

Doug Martin

February 24, 2019

I first met Dick around 1970. I was just learning the game of bridge and as I became more skilled, was "fortunate" enough to play with Dick. Our group of bridge playing friends played several times a week and sometimes all night long. We also played basketball and occasionally threw the football around. As his friends all know, he had a robust personality. He was very expressive...if you made a mistake at the bridge table, his facial expressions said it all...he didn't have to say a word, although he was always willing to point out better ways to have bid or played a hand. Playing bridge with Dick was like getting a free bridge lesson...he was truly expert, much more than I was or am.

Because I don't live in Ann Arbor, I didn't see Dick often but we would occasionally cross paths or talk on the phone. I know he had a great love of dancing and the last time I saw him he showed me his "signature dance move". It was funny... And, more recently, he started playing pickleball, also a love of mine. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to play with him and I know I would have had a great time doing so. It would have given me an opportunity to teach him a few things...

Dick had significant health problems in the last several years and I think those issues gave him a perspective that each day was a gift and he seemed unwilling to waste a day. Every day, he did something that brought him joy, and usually, brought others joy as well.

It is terribly, terribly sad that his life was cut short in the manner that it was. I certainly am not articulate enough to craft a message that can truly console those of us who are grieving at his passing. I offer my deepest sympathy to his friends and family...

Doug Martin

FROM THE FAMILY