I have known Richard Norby for almost 50 years. He and I met as young missionaries when we served for the LDS Church in the Franco-Belgian Mission. Our mission home was in Brussels, Belgium.
How shocked I was to learn that Richard had been seriously injured in the savage attack on innocent people in the Brussels airport, the same airport he and I both used in going to and returning from our missions.
Richard moved to Tooele to teach seminary for the church after I had moved here with my young family. We were able to renew our missionary acquaintance and see each other more often. When he and Pam were called to preside over the Ivory Coast mission in Africa several years ago, I bought the car they needed to sell before they left. I still own and drive that Nissan Pathfinder. As I drove it today, I couldn’t help but think of Richard and my many years of association with him.
Richard is one of the kindest people I have ever met. He was always smiling and happy. Following the death of President Boyd K. Packer, the Deseret News ran a photo of President Packer sitting next to Richard at a church meeting. As expected, Richard was smiling in the picture.
My prayers and thoughts go out to Richard and Pam and their family. What a great and wonderful man Richard Norby is and I know will continue to be.
Richard, please know I am praying for you. Je t’aime mon frere.