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January 25, 2013

Ralph Richard 'Rick' Elam


Rick was also a volunteer dispute resolution counselor for the Chenango, Delaware, Otsego Dispute Resolution Center, and was recently honored for 10 years of service.

He also loved all kinds of music, wrote some music, and was an enthusiastic member of the Norwich Theatre Company. Rick was an advocate for art, music and sports to be part of the public school curriculum, and he supported groups with those interests.

Rick was a youth wrestler, who became interested in running in college. He loved to run and he did so almost every day. Rick participated in a marathon every decade of his life. He ran the Boston Marathon, Schroon Lake Marathon, NYC Marathon, the Empire State Building Run, one 50 mile run, and the Wineglass Marathon in Corning in 2008 (his last), just to name a few.

Rick was also an avid reader of mystery thrillers.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A special thank you to the staff at Bassett Health Care, Chenango Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. Also, thank you to CNA Amber Whetham and Jenny Simmons who were always available to help.

Memorial contributions are encouraged to be made on Rick’s behalf to: Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815.

As per his wishes, Rick was cremated.

There will be a celebration of life memorial service in April 2013.

Arrangements are with Behe Funeral Home, Oxford.

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