Richard Gerard Haiduven Jr.

June 30, 1951October 16, 2018

Richard Gerard Haiduven, Jr., age 67, of Miami, Florida passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Richard was born June 30, 1951 in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Richard and Dorothy Haiduven.

Richard attended St. Hugh Catholic School and Immaculata-LaSalle High School in Miami, where he received a varsity letter in track; Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, Texas A&M University, and Eastern Carolina University. He received a Master’s Degree in Maritime History from Eastern Carolina. Richard was a prehistoric, historic, and maritime archaeologist for over 30 years. He was a longtime member, board member, and past president of the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the local chapter of the Florida Anthropological Society. He worked on excavations of the Miami Circle, as well as oversaw and monitored the construction of the Miami Circle Park. Most recently, Richard was field director for the archaeological excavations of the Deering Estate and a team member in the 2017-18 phase II excavations.

Richard was a self-taught musician, learning guitar at a young age. He excelled in guitar and bass guitar and was learning mandolin and ukulele. He was a voracious reader and was knowledgeable in several subjects. He was a creative and enthusiastic participant in Halloween and loved Christmas, dressing-up as Santa and watching “A Christmas Story” numerous times each year. Richard was a fixture at Captain Dick’s and Grove Key Marina in Coconut Grove FL. His passion for sailing, scuba diving, swimming and all things maritime continued throughout his life. He was a beautiful writer. His love of the North Carolina coast made him a frequent visitor to the state.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He was a dedicated and loyal son and caretaker of his Italian mother, Dorothy Giorgio Haiduven. She imparted much of her cooking knowledge on him and accounted for his dark good looks. He enjoyed his extended family of cousins. Richard is survived by his sisters, Donna Haiduven (spouse-Michael Gronquist) and Debra Haiduven (spouse-Eloisa Montes).

Those who knew Richard understood that he could be both cantankerous and extremely caring. His twisted sense of humor and lack of brevity was not appreciated by all, but this did not deter his efforts to make people laugh! His generosity toward neighbors in need was evident as he often jumped in to help clear debris following storms in the area. He liked animals more than most people, serving as a loving and capable uncle to his sisters’ and close friends’ dogs. He will be deeply missed by many who knew and loved him.

A Celebration of Life event will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 12 noon at Pinecrest Gardens in the Hibiscus Gallery, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest (Miami) Florida, 33156.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Richard Haiduven’s name to Everglades Outpost 35601 SW 192nd Avenue or online at

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at


1 December

Celebration of Life

12:00 pm

Pinecrest Gardens

Hibiscus Gallery

11000 Red Road
Pinecrest, FL 33156


Richard Gerard Haiduven Jr.

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Eri Weinstein

November 8, 2018

Richard and I met at Texas A&M University in the late 1980's. We were enrolled in the Nautical Archaeology program which was part of the Anthropology Department graduate school. As one of those persons who ended up spending a lot of time with Richard, I quickly became accustomed to his bizarrely clever but often maddening sense of humor. Richard and I shared an apartment for a couple of semesters. One weekend morning, after a hugely successful graduate student party, I wobbled downstairs for coffee and I was met by a barrage of small plastic flying discs that Richard was firing at me from a plastic toy launcher on the couch. Thus, began our daily routine which lasted for most of our time together.
Perhaps the most poignant and lovable trait that Richard shared with us, free of charge, was his unique perspective of how he viewed the world he inhabited. His was a caring and compassionate soul, full of zest for life and was a life long lover of knowledge and experience. He enjoyed hand made things, and he gifted to me some wooden bowls which I still possess. I feel fortunate that I was able to enjoy my time with Richard, and will remember him always.

Patti Bauer

October 30, 2018

30 October 2018

Richard Haiduven is an unforgettable person. We met in college and had an enduring friendship over the course of decades. Richard's personality was at the same time zany yet complex. He was a thinker who drew interesting conclusions and analogies. His theory of opposites was a memorable Richardism. We shared a love of music and literature as well as pride in our Italian heritage. Like all of us Richard had many facets to his persona. I think of him as a warm, big-hearted person who was at once open and enigmatic.
Although our relationship had its ups and downs and we had not been in touch for the last several years, I am deeply saddened at his passing. However, if his theory of opposites is true then he's right here in spirit. There is no end of things in the heart.

John Redmond

October 29, 2018

I have known Dick since we attended LaSalle high school together. We ran on the track team and were involved in various other things during our high school years. That is where we became friends, and when I decided to attend Belmont Abbey College, Dick decided to go there too. We had many an interesting adventure during our college years, too many to share here. Later in life, Dick was always the keeper of memories. When we would talk, he would remind me of things we did together that I had forgotten. We always had a good laugh. He was a unique guy and someone who had a very firm and consistent life compass that never varied, no matter what the current popular trends were. He was his own man right up until the end. He was a true friend and he will be missed by me and many others. My deepest sympathy to his loving family.
John Redmond

Gretchen Marchesani

October 28, 2018

Rob and I were saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. Although we had only met Richard a couple of times, we felt as though we knew him through our friendship with Donna. We admired how strong his ties to his family were, caring for his mother for many years and despite not always appearing to be obvious, his love and devotion for his sisters Donna and Debbie was clear and unwavering. Like his sister, he had a wicked sense of humor and was a loving and compassionate uncle to Donna’s dogs over the years. He is also the only archaeologist we have ever met, and we fondly remember meeting one of his former college friends who is now the curator for a famous Swedish maritime museum who spoke glowingly of Richard’s expertise in the field. Our sincere condolences are with Donna and Debbie and their spouses during this difficult time but we are heartened that they have so many memories of Richard that will live on.

Jean Clary

October 26, 2018

Dear Donna, Michael, Debra and Eloisa,

We wanted to express our deep sadness over your brother's passing. It's still hard to believe. Richard was such an integral part of your close family unit. We will always remember his strong loyalty to his family and also his great sense of humor! He will be missed and fondly remembered always.

John & Jean Clary

Jeff Ransom

October 24, 2018

I was so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. He was a good man, dedicated colleague, and loyal friend.

We spent many hours surveying in very inhospitable places and somehow always ended up talking about our health and family. Richard was one of the best and most knowledgeable archaeologists I’ve ever met and was truly passionate and meticulous about his work. We shared a deep love for archaeology and I learned much from him.

When I had neck and back surgery Richard was there, always calling and offering to help. He had a great sense of humor and knew how to make people laugh. Someone once told me, you either like him or dislike him. That basically goes for anyone we meet, but for those who said they disliked him, I’d say they didn’t know him.

Rest in peace, my friend.

Debra Adams

October 21, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I believe he is in a better place without pain or hardship. This is the hard part, it’s those of us left behind that have the pain as theirs is gone. Remember the good times and the fun you had with Richard. My sincerest condolences to you Donna, Michael and Debbie.

Love to you
Debbie Nae

Janet Dooley

October 21, 2018

Dear Deb-
I am so sorry to hear that your brother is no longer in this world. While I didn't spend a lot of time with him, the times we had made a huge impression. I'll not forget touring around Miami with the 2 of you and his showing us the places that mattered to him. Mostly, I'll not forget how "secretly" sweet he was to me.
Godspeed, dear Richard.
My best to you and Donna. xox-Janet.

Victor Kodish

October 20, 2018

I am sorry for the loss you have suffered with the death of your brother. Any time you lose a family member it leaves a whole in your soul that can never be filled; it can only be covered over in time.
I enjoyed the many holiday dinners I was blessed to share with you, Michael, your Mom, and Richard. Those times were always lively and interesting to say least.
One memory I would like to share, to show Richard's sense of humor, is the one from Donna's wedding in Miami. A friend of mine and I and of course Richard, were members of the wedding party. After the reception we want to Richard's apartment to hang out and sleep. Upon waking we see Richard coming out of his bedroom still dressed in his tuxedo. We say; what the heck are you doing in your tuxedo? Did you sleep in it ? He says of course. I paid for it I want to get my moneys worth.
Thanks for the Memories Richard. You were one of a kind and will be missed.
Victor Kodish

Lyle Lansdell

October 20, 2018

Richard's passing stuns and saddens me. An English major for a time, he taught me that one should avoid beginning too many sentences with "I." I am still trying.
Richard worked with my husband, Surfer John, trimming trees in the Grove in the middle 70s. We hung out on the bay and joked about all the nicknames of the Grove characters. After my divorce with Surfer, Richard encouraged me to consider the Chapel Hill, NC area as a destination. My 5-year-old son and I moved there, and over the next 27 years Richard would visit from time to time. He entertained me with his exploits as an archeologist, and we concocted some Halloween costumes that brought laughs. Our friendship had its ups and downs, as I knew both his cantankerous and caring sides, and he likely experienced mine.
I met Donna and Debbie (and Dorothy) only briefly. Thank you for your tribute to him in the obituary. It was right on and well done. Richard's loyalty to his friends and the devotion and care he gave to his mother were exceptional. And yes, he was mindful of and loving to animals. He was a principled person. His anger and grumpiness grew out of compassion for people and the earth when he observed an injustice.
I regret very much that I hadn't communicated with him since his birthday this summer. The photos of the family and of Richard in the different phases of his life were great. Thank you for those.
Sincerely, Lyle Lansdell