Rik Davis 1943-2012

Rik Davis, a long time observer of the Fifth Avenue Hawks has died.

From Bruce Kamiat:

I've just now learned the sad news that Rik passed away on Saturday at Beth Israel Hospital. He suffered a sudden, massive heart attack.

His wife, Anna Mae, told me she and Rik had planned not to hold any memorial service in such an event.

For those wishing to send condolences, the address is:
37 W. 19th St.,
NY, NY 10011.

Sorry to be the bearer of such news,

Bruce Kamiat.

Rik Davis was the first person that welcomed me to setup my telescope next to the dozen or so lined up along the Model Sailboat Pond back in April 2001. He ran over and handed me a flyer to join the AAA (Amateur Astronomers of America).
He was a first class studio photographer and a brilliant amateur astronomer. I learned a great deal from him over the years. It was always a pleasure to sit with him and listen to the explanations to the vast amount of questions I continually put to him. He shared his knowledge with all that were interested to learn. I donít think I ever saw him in a bad mood in the eleven years that I knew him. He was never prosperous because I believe he was more willing to give than to receive.

Rikís long hours at the Model Sailboat Pond surpassed any other observer. He accumulated a mass of first hand information which he willingly shared with all of us. I picked up a great deal of photography tips from Rik but unfortunately I was hardly able to learn any of his amazing patience and tolerance for people.
The Model Sailboat Pond will never be the same without you my friend.