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The Passing of Richard Nyerges
Total posts: 107
Joined: 11 year(s) ago
Posted 7:42 PM 12/14/2011

It is with much sadness that I must announce the passing of my good friend and mentor, Richard Nyerges.

Richard was the first ODC member to show me the true beauty of hiking in the Angeles National Forest.

Richard taught me how to hike at higher elevations and for longer distances.

Richard was the first person to take me to the summit of Baden-Pwell and down the length of Bear Canyon.

Richard was the Trail Boss who showed me how to work and maintain trails in the forests.

Richard taught me that everyone should carry a garbage bag to pick up trash along the way when they hike.

Richard adopted the beautiful and serene Bear Canyon in the Angeles National Forest as his way of giving back to the land, something we should all strive for.

Richard was an inspiration to so many people. He was an influence on US Forest Service personnel, as well as those of us who met him through the ODC.

Richard could be a tough task-master when it came to maintaining his trails in the forest, but he always did so with a smile and made sure we all had fun while doing so.

He wil be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, especially Mother Nature.

The following message is from his long-time companion and partner, Pam, and Richard's two sons:

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To the Friends and Family of Richard Nyerges ,

Richard passed away Sunday, December 4, 2011. His death was sudden and unexpected. He was walking alone on the Coyote Creek Bikeway, near the 605 and Willow Street. A woman walking towards him saw he was having difficulty breathing and standing up. She ran to his aid as he collapsed. A couple of other people came to assist until the paramedics arrived. He could not be resuscitated.

Funeral services Information:
Date/Time: Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cabot & Sons, 27 Chestnut Street, Pasadena, CA 911103 Phone: 626-793-7159

This service may be considered non-traditional. We are encouraging those who knew and loved Richard and/or those he had an impact on their lives to please share your life experience with us. If you are unable to speak, there will be someone available to read your message.

Richard loved life, he loved to laugh, and make people laugh. The family would love to hear your story. Please share with us.

Pot Luck Reception to follow:
Location: Home of Tina Frausto
1444 E. Loma Alta Dr. Altadena, 91001. Major cross streets are Altadena Dr. and Porter
If you need assistance or additional information regarding the reception please contact Tina directly through her email.

Please pass this on to those I may have missed.

Thank you,
Pam Bailey, Michael and Jeffrey Nyerges
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Total posts: 64
Joined: 15 year(s) ago
Posted 6:18 PM 12/15/2011

He will be sorely missed. Richard shared his knowledge and his passion for the outdoors with everyone he came in contact with. I have never met anyone with such knowledge of The San Gabriel Mountains.

I will always have wonderful memories of our hikes and our volunteer work in Bear Canyon and elswhere. Richard loved to teach, share, and make people laugh.

He was my friend and I will miss him.

Total posts: 187
Joined: 18 year(s) ago
Posted 12:37 PM 12/20/2011
Richard's passing is a great loss for the entire outdoors community. I have rarely met anyone who had such a passion for the outdoors. He will be missed...

Total posts: 123
Joined: 14 year(s) ago
Posted 1:16 PM 12/22/2011
My family and I were in the area upon our return trip from Escondido on 12-18-11. We were on the 210 when my eyes gazed towards Baldy. Coincidently, it was around 1:00 p.m. I did not know of the services until now.

My condolences to Richard's family.

In another thread, I mentioned that Richard WAS the Outdoors Club.

Well, he is, was, and will always be.
Total posts: 59
Joined: 16 year(s) ago
Posted 11:41 AM 2/5/2012
I never knew Richard personally but I saw his name quite a bit in the ODC circles. This is very sad. Life is short and sometimes, taken for granted. I wish his family all the best.