Rick Beckjord, artist and environmentalist
SULLIVAN — Eric “Rick” Beckjord, who passed away at his home March 1, 2014 was a dedicated artist and ardent environmentalist who, as friends said, followed his own, inner music. Read full article on ellsworthamerican.com
Rick used to ride his bicycle to my house, a distance of about 8 or 9 miles, when I lived in Franklin. We’d then sometimes go to a movie in Ellsworth. Riding his bike over first and then home again was the only way he could justify burning the fossil fuel in my car for a trip to Ellsworth! He enjoyed reading to my daughter when she was little. We went on some wild winter hikes: the season, terrain or weather didn’t matter to Rick–he loved being out in the woods.
He always came bearing a gift, usually something he made and often something he’d concocted in the kitchen, and was especially thrilled with the gift of a cookie or a cupcake in return. He was a unique individual, a very kind person, and a dedicated artist. Always more comfortable giving than receiving, I will treasure the art work he gave me, and the memories of our visits.
Rick Beckjord, my beloved cousin, left us too soon. He was an ethical, gentle, kind, and thoughtful soul. I admired his ability to live his values. He left behind a tiny carbon footprint, self-sufficiently living off the land. He was an exceptionally well-read and talented man. He left behind delightful conversations, firmly anchored in my memory, and works of art that will be cherished for years to come. He left behind saddened hearts; I will miss his thoughtful letters and gifts of fruit leather and maple syrup from his trees, honey from his hives, and freshly baked breads and cakes. I will miss his unique artistic vision and our long walks. Rick’s death has left a large hole in my heart; I seek solace in my fond memories of him and his family.