Sad News - Judge Jim Richards - Che Guevera

Sadly, one of our long term members, Che Guevera, Judge Jim Richards, lost his battle with cancer today. He leaves behind his wife Laura and a young family. The Richards family reside in Fort Bend County, Texas.

Jim was one of a handful of people here on the site who I felt I got to know. In his last e-mail to me, he said he was enjoying the pool where he was sitting in Nicaragua but I learned later that he had gone into respite care.

I'll always remember his wicked sense of humor. Back over a year ago, the day before his first surgery, I said to the *very* Republican Jim that after they cut out the bad parts, not to be surprised if he came to as a Democrat! He said that made him laugh and he got a lot of mileage out of it.

By all who knew him, he was known for all the service he gave his community, his good nature and sense of humor.

Jim, you will be missed.

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A truely good man....

and another friend I never got to meet face to face. Our many exchanges online will last in my memory.

Rest in Peace, my friend.

-Doug ©

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate- Henry J. Tillman

I too am sad to see him "move along"

While Jim and I had lots of political discussions -- both on NL and privately -- and seldom agreed, I had a lot of respect for Jim. He listened and wanted to evaluate the facts, the kind of thing a judge is supposed to do. I felt that if I was going to be before a US federal judge, I would have been very comfortable for it to be him.

He was a planner who put a lot of thought into his future retirement in Nicaragua. I am sad that he doesn't get to realize that at least in this lifetime.

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Truly sad to hear about this.

Very sad

His last e-mail to me was in early March. I saw it on his Facebook page today.

kinda funny too

how you sort of 'know' someone on the internet, here on NL and TRN, coming to this virtual world here, in my case on account of marrying Nicaragua, so to speak.

On TRN, therealnicaragua.com, this James Richards posted as 'Dr. Demento', that life-giving sense of humor rising above his battle with "a recurring brain tumor." Che Guevera was a fitting name for NL, considering the right-left split that gave birth to TRN in 2008 (when Ortega returned to rule Nicaragua).

Only 53 years on Earth, Jim Richard's middle name was Enos (from TRN), which tells you something about the man's family.

So long judge. It was good 'kind of knowing' ya.