Rick Cromwell 1947 - 2013
Graduate of American High School in Mexico City, 1965
Father, brother, uncle, grandpa, dancer, Mexican Sea Scout
Loved shrimp tacos and Dinty Moore Stew
Rick's favorite quote....
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. "
Rick was a major force in the La Paz cruising community. He was a dear and loyal friend and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. His contributions to the fleet were many.
The following are a few highlights of his time in La Paz:
- Club Cruceros Commodore for 2 years
- Community Liaison person for Club Cruceros
- Veleros de Baja co-founder
- Bay Fest Chairman for 2 years
- Youth Sailing Club mentor
- Translator to anybody in need
Rick was much loved by all who knew him & will be greatly missed.
Friday, March 15th there was a Celebration of Life at Club Cruceros Clubhouse at Marina de La Paz. The fleet joined Rick’s family and club members in a final toast to Rick.
Saturday, March 16th both sail & power boats were part of a flotilla led by Rick's boat Karma. The flotilla formed in front of Marina de La Paz and motored to Punta Prieta for a Scattering of Ashes Ceremony. The Veleros de Baja “Rick Memorial Race” started shortly thereafter.
This following video of well wishes & love was created & sent to Rick.
David Remembers Rick
Rick was one of the first people I met when I first came to La Paz, and I consider myself lucky this was so. He quickly became a good friend. Rick was always cheerful with a positive attitude which seemed to rub off on those he was around. The best sailors are always ready to help out those in need and Rick was in the highest tier. I miss his friendly smile and spot on comments. He lives on in my memory and all the others here who knew him.
David Bereznai, SV Ansa
Rick's Involvement With Fanlap
We of FANLAP were sorry to hear of the passing of our friend, Rick Cromwell. Rick was concerned with high school children having to work to help support their families, and was a supporter of FANLAP's program to keep these kids in school past the sixth grade.
At the request of Rick’s family, we have set up a scholarship fund in his name. You may make an online donation to this fund by clicking the link below. After stating the amount of your donation and giving the information about your credit card, simply go to the bottom of the page to click “I want my donation to go in the memory of”…and fill in Rick’s name.
100 % of your donation will be used to purchase uniforms, school shoes, physical education uniforms, tennis shoes, and backpacks filled with school supplies for deserving students to junior high school.
Thank you so much for helping the youth of Mexico improve their lives and that of their family.
Judith A. Peterson, President
Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, A.C.