It is with great sadness that we note the passing of one of our life members, Richard Kotschessa. "Mr. Rick" as some of us liked to call him, was a truly remarkable man; a multi-talented individual of the sort rarely encountered these days. He loved outdoor sports, including hunting, scuba diving, camping, golf and tennis, and often volunteered at the annual Kittatiny River Clean-Up. His hobbies included: making hand-tied fishing flies; creating custom-made knives; gourmet cooking; repairing clocks and watches, and growing Bonsai. His latest hobby was making beautiful ball point pens with wooden barrels and miniature sculpted rifles for the pocket clips. Richard had served in the Unit for 14 years holding various leadership positions such as Lieutenant and Safety Officer.
Rick was a manufacturing engineer and a tool and die maker, who could fashion just about anything you needed after thinking about it, then scribbling some quick drawings. He was an avid reader, and interested in just about anything worth knowing. Rick had spent the bulk of his working life as a mold maker concentrating on the injection molding of toroidal contact lenses. He was a pioneer in this field, helping his employers patent technology that has lead to the revolution and modernization for the contact lens industry. Rick was constantly learning, he spent the last decade working on clocks and watches, a trade in which he was self-taught. His problem solving skills were instrumental in the Unit's overall success.
Rick was also one of the nicest people you could hope to meet. He always wanted to know how you were doing and what you were up to, and had a kind word for everyone. Rick Kotschessa was a very quiet man who did not often say very much, but when he did, it was usually worth remembering. We are sure of one thing, we will never forget him, and it is with profound sadness that we acknowledge his passing.