UPDATE: A reader submitted a poem, not written for Richard, but very applicable:
UPDATE: We're warning you now, this is a hard video to watch if you considered yourself a friend of Sharpy's.
UPDATE: Richard's funeral will take place at Temple Beth Shalom in Miami Beach. The address is 4144 Chase Avenue.His friends called him "Sharpie" and did any criminal defense attorney have a better nick name?
He was the best amongst us. The brightest. He could hold you spell bound with an argument. He was at the top of his game and had been for many years. When he was in trial, word spread throughout the courthouse and lawyers, young and old, prosecutors and defense attorneys alike, would crowd into the courtroom to watch him. Voir dire, opening, cross and closing. You wanted to watch him, a master at his craft, perform. And perform he did. He once gave a closing in federal court wearing an old raincoat, doing a Columbo impersonation.
One of the best things about Sharpie was that he always had time for a friend, and once you were introduced to him, you were a friend. We chatted with him last week at the REGJB, and as always, we came away from the talk feeling better about our profession and ourselves.
Sharpie was one of a kind. His like won't be seen again along this way.
He made our City better.
He made our profession better.
He made me a better lawyer.
He was truly a giant in his field and a legend.
His death is cruel and untimely and reminds each of us to cherish our life, cherish our days, respect our work, love our family, and treat all that we meet the way Sharpie did- with a smile, a pat on the back, a joke that brought a smile to your face, a few kind words or a tip on how to handle a tough case.
We've lost two giants in the Miami Legal community this week.
David O Markus's father- Stuart Markus, died on Sunday. DOM's blog has a link to a scholarship set up at UM law school in his name. And as DOM just wrote on his blog, Stuart Markus and Sharpie are in heaven, trading war stories, cracking each other up with jokes.
Rest In Peace.