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Goodbye to a smiling face

This past Wednesday, March 27, not long after the latest edition of the Detroit Lakes Tribune had gone to press, the community lost one of its brightest lights.

Local realtor, Shriner, Mason and all around “nice guy” Richard “Dick” Carr passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, at the age of 73.

“The black camel has visited,” wrote one of Carr’s fellow realtors and longtime friends, Coldwell Banker Realty owner Steve Larson, in an e-mail to his fellow Shriners and Masons on Thursday morning, announcing Carr’s passing.

“I considered Dick a very good friend,” Larson said later. “I’ve known him through the real estate business for many years, and I enjoyed the chance to work with him.

“He was just one of those guys who always had a smile on his face, and a little bit of sarcasm that made it fun to visit with him … he was always teasing me about owning ‘Coldwell Bunkers.’

“He was always very kind, and I just found him to be a wonderful person,” Larson added. “I’m going to miss having him around.”

Local attorney Paul Thorwaldsen expressed similar sentiments, noting, “I always thought Dick was a very good person, somebody that was fun to be around.”

“I’ve known him for 40 years at least, and he’s been a good friend for a long time,” Thorwaldsen added. “We shared an interest in hunting and collecting various sporting items, and we hunted and fished together for many years.

“He was a really good guy, a caring father and just a pleasant person to be around,” Thorwaldsen added.

“Dick was active with the Shrine and the Masons well before I became involved,” Larson said. “It seems like every story I hear about a fun event or a project that was successful (for the Shriners and/or Masons) Dick’s name appeared in that conversation.  He was a tremendous asset to both organizations, and he certainly will be missed.”

Pretty much every morning, Carr could be found having coffee with his friends at the Main Street Restaurant in downtown Detroit Lakes, Larson said.

He was particularly well known for organizing the annual Coffee Club Ice-Out Contest, which gave an award to the person who most closely predicted when the ice would be completely melted off Detroit Lake each spring.

Carr was also known for his work with the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited, and as an active member of Holy Rosary Church.

In addition to his volunteer work in the community, Carr was also well respected by his peers for his professional talents; in 2012, he was presented with the Realtor of the Year Award by the Lakes Country Association of Realtors.

“The Realtor of the Year Award is given to the member who best exemplifies the association’s dedication to professionalism, volunteerism, and involvement in the community,” said the 2012 press release from Lakes Country Association of Realtors.

Funeral services for Dick Carr will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 in Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes, with Monsignor Timothy McGee officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Look for Carr’s full obituary in this Wednesday’s edition of the Detroit Lakes Tribune.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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