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In Memoriam: Rick Lundström




No doubt many of you are aware of the tragic news that Rick (Research) Lundström who only recently was able to rejoin us at GMIC, was killed yesterday,17th September 2013 in a road traffic collision.

Rick had been a member of GMIC since 2005 and proudly passed his 20,000 post mark only last week. It is too early to pay him full honours at a time when many of us are in shock at this tragic news and are mourning the loss of a friend, who is simply irreplaceable in the world of military research and collecting. But I assure you that Rick who has played such a significant part at GMIC will be properly remembered so that his name lives on for future collectors.

I only had the pleasure of meeting Rick once on one fine day in the fall of 2007, when I visited his home and spent an afternoon whiling away the hours talking about military history and viewing the artefacts in his modest and well cherished collection. I made a friend for life that day and although our friendship was internet and letter based in the years that followed, like many of you I mourn the loss of our friend and online companion.

My thoughts at this time are with his elderly mother, family and close friends.



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As someone who is an ocassional visitor but feels part of the family here, I pass on my condolences to family, friends and all here.


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i'm truly saddened by this news. I never met Rick personally, but in my years of collecting never encountered anyone who shared his vast knowledge and thoughtful insights so freely with so many. Rick will be missed.

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Rick was a true friend and a shinning example of what a true researcher and collector was. He valued pieces for their history and not their price value. Every piece was priceless to him. His aim was to further everyone's knowledge and helped many many members find missing recipients to their bars. He always gave his vast knowledge to the forum and was an outstanding member of the community, a true Legend :)

I will greatly miss his discussions on the forum and over private messages, I count myself very fortunate to have known him, even for a little while after his return. He was a true friend to me and fellow collector.

Rick now has access to any historical figure up in heaven :)

Thank you Rick for the wonderful memories you will always be in our thoughts.

Rest in Peace my good friend. My condolences to his family.

Igor Kabic

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Ar dheis go raibh a anam (May his soul be at God's right hand in Irish).

That's really shocking and sad news. My condolences to his family and close friends.

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Rick was the embodiment of the true collector spirit, tirelessly helping others with his ability to divine the seemingly unknowable and to present it both professionally and with his unique humor. The sun shines less brightly now....

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Good lord, I was not aware of this until now.

Very sad news to hear. My heart goes out to his family and friends. He will certainly be missed here by all.

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Enjoy Elysium, Rick, where medal bars grow on trees and passed pets and friends wait. You are missed, here, and will not be forgotten soon. My thanks for your help on this plain.

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Rest in peace dear Rick! We are already missing you so much... You have left your mark here and you won't be replaced so easely.

My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.


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Very sad news. I didn't know him personally but I always deeply admired the extent of his knowledge as well as his endless will to share a generous help. Deepest condolences to his family.
Valter (Matjaz)

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My God.

Very sad to hear this news.

Rick will be sorely missed by all who appreciated REAL research.

Sincere condolences to his family.

RIP, old man.

The forum won't be the same without you. :(

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Rick was a true friend and mentor. I am very proud to say we were friends. Rick spent many hours helping me with the hobby and also with personal things. He was a terrific man and I liked him from the moment he first reached out to me. He knew I needed him so he offered his friendship and guidance. Charles

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Sadly taken from us, but he will not soon be fogotten. A personal thankyou for all the assistance and help you provided not only to me, but the many. many forum members.

God in his wisdom took you from us: go in peace.

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A very sad loss and will be felt by all who knew him. I have known Rick through various forum for many years and he has helped me with research on several occasions. Shocking news. RIP.

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