NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 18, 2013

Richard A. Horsman


Amesbury, MA — Richard A. Horsman of Amesbury. passed away at his home on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

Born in Newburyport on October 18, 1947, he was the son of the late Albert and Lillian (Crockett) Horsman. He grew up in Ipswich, graduating from Ipswich High School.

Rick's keen interest in cycling led to a life filled with many wonderful cycling achievements. His ability to create and build bicycles earned him the nickname of “The Bike Whisperer,” given to him by close friends. If you had a question about anything to do with cycling, he was your “go to guy.” His role of cycle master led him to jobs working in numerous sports shops throughout the New England area. At the time of his death, he was head of the bicycle department for Dick’s Sporting Goods at Square One Mall in Saugus.

His passion for cycling led him across New Zealand and across Australia, passing through the Australian Desert. A daily ride might find him cycling from Amesbury to North Conway, N.H., and back. He also cycled to the top of Mt. Washington many, many times. As a young man, he qualified for the U.S. Nationals by cycling 25 miles in under one hour, all done in pouring rain. Throughout his travels, he made many friends who have remained close through the years. On his journey through Australia, he became acquainted with Buddhist Monks traveling his way, became a student of Zen, and observed a casual relationship with its doctrines.

His love of photography began as a young man, and as he served our country in the Vietnam War, his camera was always with him, capturing his personal war experience. He was proud of his military service and his uniform displayed many well deserved medals.

His admiration of the works of Ansel Adams inspired him to become quite a talented photographer in his own right. The walls of his home display his framed photos alongside those of his idol, Ansel Adams. The styles are the same, and an untrained eye would have difficulty determining which photographer had taken them.

Rick leaves behind a sister, Gail (Horsman) Lull of Newbury; two nieces and two nephews, Timothy, Heather, Kelsey, and Christopher, and their families; dear friends, Phil Cole of Amesbury, and Jamie Stier of Littleton; as well as his local friends and neighbors and his global friends. An amazing light is truly gone from our lives.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, November 23, at 5 p.m., at the Amesbury Skate & Sports Shop, 77 Macy Street, Route 110, Amesbury. Donations in his memory may be made by calling Phil Cole at 978-467-6438. Arrangements are by Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, Amesbury.