Richard “Rick” Connor’s earthly visit ended on Saturday, July 08, 2023, when he passed peacefully at his home in Etowah, North Carolina. Richard, known as Rick, was born on July 19, 1963, to Richard “Dickie” and Mary Murphy Connor in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, Richard; maternal grandparents, George and Myrtle Murphy; his paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Lena Connor; as well as many beloved aunts and uncles.
A graduate from West Henderson High School in 1981, he was co-owner of Rembrandt’s Hair Salon. Rick’s friend and business partner, Linda Weaver, worked together for more than 34 years, he jokingly referred to her as his “work wife”. Rick was blessed with a wonderful clientele for 35 years. Many of Rick’s clients were like family to him and showed their love to Rick in many ways throughout his career as well as since he received his cancer diagnosis in March.
Rick was gifted and blessed with many talents. Among those were woodwork designs, floral design/decorating and landscape designs with plants and flowers. He was his happiest when working in his yard planting and tending to his beautiful flowers and hosta plants. He spent many hours creating a garden which was admired by friends, neighbors, and people in the community. Rick had a group of “virtual gardening” friends on Facebook that he never met but considered them as close friends.
He always treated people the way he would want to be treated. He was a true southern gentleman, full of care, compassion, and honesty. Those who knew Rick best, remember his humor with a touch of sarcasm. He could always provide a time full of laughter and silliness. Rick was also very intelligent and enjoyed talking about politics, even when he had to persuade you to see his point of view.
Rick’s memory was remarkable in so many ways. His ability to remember people and events from his childhood days until his final days was unbelievable.
Rick is survived by his mother, Mary Metcalf and her husband, Jimmy Metcalf of Woodruff, South Carolina; his sister, Robyn Morgan and her husband, Mitchell of Etowah, North Carolina; as well as two nephews, Cameron (Hannah) of Hendersonville, North Carolina and Grayson (Kaitlynn) of Canton, North Carolina. He also leaves behind his niece, Naomie; and two nephews, Dean and Shepherd. Rick will be greatly missed by his two little dachshunds, Lulu and Minnie Pearl.
Our family would like to thank and acknowledge Darryl, Rick’s long-time friend. Darryl’s devotion and commitment to being a caregiver for Rick during his illness will never be forgotten. We are forever grateful. Rick was grateful for Hospice coming to his home. He just wanted his life to have as much joy and quality as possible. With the Hospice nursing staff, especially Jeff, his wish was granted.
After Rick’s diagnosis his prayer was his life would not be prolonged and that he would pass peacefully, God answered those prayers. Our hearts are saddened but we find comfort knowing Rick has gone to his heavenly home to be reunited with many loved ones. Rick wanted to be remembered with a smile and laughter. The smile and laughter will come in the days ahead as Rick has blessed us with many great and cherished memories.
Rick stated, “I will look forward to meeting everyone on that Beautiful Shore and when we all see Jesus, …. We’ll Sing and Shout the Victory!”
Per Rick’s wishes, no services are planned. The family will have a private service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Four Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731, or Rick’s wish was to give money to a needy family.
If you would like to send a condolence card, please sent it to Mary Metcalf at P.O. Box 1671, Etowah, North Carolina 28729.