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RIP Rick Stewart
John H. Reid III, Photographer
Gates Mills | OH | USA | Posted: 1:46 PM on 06.27.14
->> Very sad news to report in case some may not have heard yet. Rick Stewart, a long time sports photographer has passed away. Rick was a truly great shooter and an even better person. Many of you might not recognize the name, but Rick was one of the best. It's a really sad day.
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Michael Johnson, Photographer, Photo Editor
Geneseo | NY | USA | Posted: 2:28 PM on 06.27.14
->> I was shocked this morning when I got the news. The Ralph will never be the same. He was a great shooter and a great person to talk with in the photo room. He will be missed.
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Peter Read Miller, Photographer
Manhattan Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 5:25 PM on 06.27.14
->> Rick started assisting me in the early 1980's when he was still at Art Center. In addition to going to school and working with me, Rick had a newspaper route that got him up every day at 3:00 AM. That's dedication!
Rick was great person, a talented shooter and an old friend. Our profession has suffered a great loss.
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Gene Boyars, Photographer
Manalapan | NJ | United States | Posted: 8:24 PM on 06.27.14
->> Peter Read Miller said it all, Rick was all of that and more. Our world is diminished by his loss.
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Keith Birmingham, Photographer
Pasadena | CA | USA | Posted: 1:52 PM on 06.28.14
->> Sorry to hear the news. God Bless him and his family.
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Robert Seale, Photographer
Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 7:52 PM on 06.28.14
->> Crossed paths with him several times over the years and Rick was always a humble, sweet, nice guy, and a helluva shooter. So sorry to hear this.
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Robert Beck, Photographer
Carlsbad | CA | USA | Posted: 8:51 PM on 06.28.14
->> I met Rick back in the mid eighties when I approached Focus West for some work. They had a little stock shop down in San Diego run by Don Weiner. Big Rick was the hired gun. Stevie Ray Dunn, Kirk Schlea and Holly Stein ran through there as well as Richard Mackson and, I think, Inspector Klutho. Anyway, I wanted to shoot big time sports. The agency had lights up in the Forum and Rick showed me the ropes up there. I can still remember driving home after one of my first hockey games...."Rick, how do you shoot that game? It's just a fire drill!" He told me I'd get the hang of it, that there were plays and designed choreography just like any other sport. I learned a bucket load from that guy. Hockey, Football, basketball and baseball. He was a fair critic. He was giving with his expertise. He had a sly laugh and smile and didn't take any shit (ask the TV guy who wouldn't get out of the way at an NFL game in Buffalo...Rick took an ejection for slashing). I rarely saw him during the past decade. My loss. He was 'Big Stew'. Not just physically.....but with his heart too. And he could flat out shoot....anything. Film and manual focus boys and girls. He really could. He didn't miss a thing. And now we'll all miss him. See ya Stewy.....
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Craig Melvin, Photographer
Olean | NY | US | Posted: 3:57 PM on 06.29.14
->> All of the fondest memories involve humor...recalling the early 80's at Pirates games in Three Rivers Stadium. We were in the photo pit trying to concentrate through our laughter about the banter from the 3 Rivers ground crew...they would share the photo pit, man was it hard to work there.

The incredibly tight NHL photo positions we shared at the old Aud in Buffalo.

Listening to Rick imitate Pittsburgh Steelers announcer Myron Cope on the drive to and from Steelers games!

15 years of laughs at St Pete Beach during MLB Spring training.

Editing thousands and thousand of color slides at Pinnacle Brands.

All the amazing Buffalo Bills playoff games (but only two Superbowls with Rick) and a few blizzards!

Your Thanksgiving eve drive home from a Sabres game!

A few Stanley Cup Finals!

Rick's humility masked his brilliance and he always made it a point to interface with even the common man, or uncomfortable photographer.
Not only a dear friend, but a true proponent for our industry. Rick would always stand up for our rights and the injustices in our industry. His backbone was unmatched! He could back up every fight with fact, and common sense as well as any great litigator. God help the TV cameraman who was in a still photo spot! Or the PR person who eliminated a shooting position.

He educated so many of us about so many nuances in our genre.

I'll cherish all our annual late Fall fishing outings on Canandaigua Lake. Rick and I would be the only two people on the water those days..some wild weather, and did we catch fish!

You would have LOVED the new photographers room at Ralph Wilson Stadium and I'm lobbying to put your name and photo on it!

You will be truly missed.

PS: Rico tell Dottie I said hello...
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Craig Melvin, Photographer
Olean | NY | US | Posted: 4:13 PM on 06.29.14
->> FYI

Richard Bangs Stewart

1959 - 2014 | Obituary | Condolences

Richard "Rick" Bangs Stewart Richard "Rick" Bangs Stewart, 55, a Canandaigua resident, died on June 26, 2014. Rick was born on Jan. 1, 1959, in LeRoy, N.Y. to the late Thomas M. Stewart and Elizabeth (Henry) Stewart of Canandaigua. He is survived by his sisters, Lynne Stewart, Ann (Stewart) Hovey and Amy Stewart; nephew, Matthew Hovey; and niece, Megan Hovey, all of Canandaigua. Rick was a professional sports photographer for Getty Images and also worked for CoCard Anderson as a sales representative. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Fuller Funeral Home, 190 Buffalo St., Canandaigua. Rick's life will be celebrated on Thursday, July 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Canandaigua Country Club. Donations may be made to the Canandaigua Emergency Squad.
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Ed Wolfstein, Photographer, Assistant
Burlington | VT | USA | Posted: 8:29 PM on 06.29.14
->> Rest in Peace, big guy. We'll miss you.
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Albert McCracken, Photographer
Lockport | NY | USA | Posted: 9:42 PM on 06.29.14
->> Rick,is the type of person that you could never forget. I ran into him at the Buffalo Bills games, Saber games and the World University Games. A nice guy that you could talk to about photography and sports photography. He will be missed....
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Rich Pilling, Photographer
Jackson | NJ | U.S.A. | Posted: 9:12 AM on 06.30.14
->> Rick was one of the finest people ever to work in our profession. Beck and Melvin said it best, capturing the spirt of the man. Since we lived miles apart, we didn't see each other very often, and this makes me very sad now.

I remember being with Rick, Ron Vesely and Craig Melvin at the condo they shared in St. Pete Beach during spring training. Rick, Ron and I were into The Simpsons, very heavily. The three of us were doing our best imitation of Itchy and Scratchy voices. A smile comes to my face now thinking of those days. RIP Big Man. You will be missed by many.
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Tom Szczerbowski, Photographer
London | ON | Canada | Posted: 4:46 PM on 06.30.14
->> Rick's a unique dude: funny with an easy manner and simultaneously demanding approach to things, but without any of the rancour or attitude you see on display too frequently from people who deem themselves larger than the games they shoot. I doubt I've ever encountered a person who is easier to get along with than Rick.

He wouldn't be rolled easily either: he stood up to Reggie Jackson(Angels) and Jim Kelly whose imperious tones he resented when it came to coveting his photos. When he found their requests for photos too inappreciative and their offers unworthy, he would tell them to hit the bricks.

When I was in high school I had posters of a two Blue Jays players, but I wouldn't find out until a couple of decades later that the auteur of these photos was none other than Ricardo. When I told him, he chuckled.

When he would occasionally throw a compliment my way, it would make me feel like I was part of some rarefied club. I dug everything about him. The more we talked, the cooler he got. Nobody detested Piers Morgan more than Rick and I drew succor from that.

That Irish visor is on a pneumatic tube to heaven.
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Jonathan Daniel, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 5:22 PM on 06.30.14
->> Like Robert Beck, I met Rick through the old Focus West agency run by Don Weiner. When Allsport bought Focus West, Rick, Otto Gruele and myself (along with a few others) became contract photographers. Rick was a good friend and we worked long and hard together on our relationships with Allsport and then Getty. We fought for better day rates, travel days and respect from the Brits. We had not been as close the last few years and I too, like others on this board, am sad about that. Everything that Robert and Craig mentioned in the post is the truth. He was indeed a man who loved to have fun and he was an incredible photographer. One year, the Allsport Super Bowl crew was Rick, myself and Steve Dunn. We killed it. And we had to share a room in an Atlanta hotel. Quite an experience. It's times like that you sometimes hate, but produce wonderful memories. Tanks for everything Reeks.
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Ron Scheffler, Photographer
Hamilton (Toronto area) | Ontario | Canada | Posted: 1:30 AM on 07.02.14
->> It's very interesting to read the above stories about Rick.

I'm a relative late comer and first remember meeting Rick at a few Jays games back in the mid 90s. He had a very unique way of taping up his camera straps... and the huge eyecups... But I mostly know Rick from Bills games.

I'm a pretty introverted, keep-to-myself type person and appreciate that Rick made the effort to strike up conversations with me in the trailer at Bills games. I guess he figured out pretty quickly I'm a gearhead, so that's often what we talked about... what's new, reminiscing about old, favorite, gear... shooting film! I also enjoyed listening to the occasional tale about his various sports photography experiences. Wish I could have been around for more of those.

Craig: that's a great idea and I hope the Bills agree!
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Patrick Murphy-Racey, Photographer
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 11:00 PM on 07.12.14
->> Been on a motorcycle trip in CA and OR... Just found out about Rick's passing. Bummer drag--he was one of the good guys. Like Rick, I got my start through Peter Read Miller who connected me to David Boss at NFL Properties, VJ Lovero at Upper Deck and eventually at SI. I started shooting NFL assignments for VJ and got sent all over the place. Anytime I got into Rick's neighborhood, he was all smiles, offered funny stories, and always availed me of his very quick sense of humor. Rick was a committed Canon dude who never went Nikon that I was aware of. He was an FD shooter long before it was fashionable to use white lenses. he would come down to Knoxville at least once a season when he was with Allsport. I always looked forward to him showing up at Neyland Stadium.

I'll miss seeing Rick on the sidelines. My condolences to Rick's family and friends that were much closer to him than I was... RIP
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