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Farewell to a Beloved Customer, Mentor, and Friend

richard_dWith the recent passing of Richard Didier, Klockit lost a truly special customer and many of us, as employees of Klockit, lost a mentor and valued friend.

Rich loved building beautiful clocks and furniture items from Klockit plans and kits, as well as creating his own unique designs.

Many of Rich’s beautiful clocks and furnishings graced his home and many more of his beautiful pieces were given as treasured gifts to family and friends.

Here’s the perfect example: Rich built four 40th Anniversary mantel clocks for his friends and family for Christmas this past year. His family members are pictured below, holding handcrafted heirlooms that will be treasured for years to come.

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Invaluable Advice

Although the craftsmanship of his work was always as close to perfect as one could ever want to see, Rich was extremely humble about his work and he strived for perfection on each project he tackled.

Countless times, over many years, Rich offered up invaluable advice on ways we could design better kit and plan products.

We have enjoyed working with Rich on numerous woodworking projects, dating back to when we first wanted to incorporate information for creating “Hard-To-Make” parts like crown moldings and split columns for the Churchill Grandfather Clock plans. Rich was instrumental in confirming that our ‘Step-By-Step” plan information was accurate by actually making the parts in his shop from our drawings.

Rich completed more than 25 projects over the years, the most notable include building a Cooper Collection grandfather clock, and designing and building the Mora Grandfather Clock – which he later helped Klockit develop into a woodworking plan product. Rich also built various photography models from Klockit’s exclusive furniture plans that were used in the Klockit catalog and website.

Missed, But Always Remembered

I personally have had the honor of working with many Klockit customers, and to learn so much from them that has made me a better kit and plan designer over the past 30 plus years. It is safe to say, however, that no one has done more to help me develop my woodworking knowledge than Richard Didier. More important, however, is that I have had the privilege of having him as a dear friend.

Goodbye Rich. You will be missed but you will always be remembered.

Written by: John Cooper

John spent the better part of the 28 years he was employed by Klockit, designing hundreds of clock and furniture kits and plans and has continued with product design since his retirement in 2008. John’s love of clocks, his passion for creating furniture for his own home as well as for family, and his great appreciation for the beautiful finished pieces Klockit customers make from our kits and plans inspire him to continue to create still more new clock and furniture designs.

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One comment on “Farewell to a Beloved Customer, Mentor, and Friend

  1. Sharon Jaegers (Richard Didier's niece)
    October 8, 2014

    John,
    Thank you for writing such a lovely tribute about Richard Didier, my beloved uncle. He was indeed a special man with such a special talent and is sorely missed. He valued his friendship with you all at Klockit and thank you again for remembering him so fondly.

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