You can’t judge a book by its cover,
at least you shouldn’t. That’s what people said about Uncle
Fuzz. He had a rough, mean-looking exterior, yet he was a
sweetheart and good friend to many.
Richard was born and raised in Miami, Florida. After high school,
he earned an Associates Degree at Miami-Dade College.
Eventually, he met and married Gloria Hasbany (Lane) until her
untimely death in 2005.
Rick worked for many years as a videographer for WLRN until he
became a free-lance cameraman. Throughout his video career, he
had many opportunities, including working for the Florida
Marlins from their inception at Joe Robbie Stadium, a cameraman
for the Florida Panthers, Miami Heat, Telemundo as well as
concerts and many other events. He was hired by the Rolling
Stones and had a relationship with David Crosby of Crosby,
Stills, and Nash. He even traveled to Haiti to film the Pope.
Rick’s career was his passion. At the same time, he was a strong
supporter of the 2nd amendment. He was an avid shooter and
collected guns, often practicing at the range. He also had a
passion for dogs. He loved his dog Trip and if you had a dog, he
loved your dog too!
Many were acquainted with Uncle Fuzz through various motorcycle
events in South Florida. He was a lifetime member (12 years) of
the Wheels of Man, Deerfield Beach Chapter, often holding the
position of Sergeant of Arms. He was a devoted club member until
he sustained a back injury on the job and became disabled, along
with several other health problems. As one club member said, "He
could either be scary or be a teddy bear’. Another person said
his friendship was unexpected. ‘I’m so glad I became his friend…
my memories of him will always be treasured.’ And wit" deep
emotional, a very dear friend expressed, "He was always there
Richard suffered a massive heart attack that he never recovered
from. He passed peacefully, quietly, and free from Covid19 on
Thursday, July 16th. He is survived by his sister Claudia Lane
Piranio and her husband Bob and one niece that he adored,
Allison Piranio Young and her husband Jonathan Young. His dog
and best friend Trip also survives him.
May Uncle Fuzz now rest in eternal peace.
WIDE... OPEN; FOREVER THE WHEELS!