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For more detail, a high-resolution version of this image (about 5 times wider than shown above) is available for download here. Broadband is recommended - file is big (9.5 Mb).
This panel forms part of Block 2 of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
From the stories folder that accompanies The Quilt to displays
Rick was a New Zealand man, who had travelled extensively overseas, opened many restaurants and was a fabulous chef and maitre de.
He never made a “deal” about being gay so I wanted the Quilt to reflect more his energy, sparkle, and tremendous sense of style, rather than aspects of his life that always remained obscure to me.
Rick came to terms with his gayness and his AIDS diagnosis all at once, and it was initially a tremendous struggle. A week before he died, his lover and friends hired a stretch limo and transported him to Piha, and had champagne and pate. He died at home amidst his friends and family.
If you knew Rick and wish to add your memories to this page, or wish to remember a loved one with a strong connection to New Zealand who has been lost to AIDS, you may do so on this page.
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