Richard “Ricky” Gregory Haller, 69 years old, died peacefully on Feb. 14, 2018, in Brewster after a short illness. Rick had spent the past 20 years living in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic doing what he loved to do — sail, surf, and be with friends.
Rick was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on August 8, 1948, and grew up in Ponca City, Okla. He graduated from Ponca High School and attended Oklahoma State University. He lived on Martha’s Vineyard for 25 years. He started out working for Frank Brunelle in his store, the Wilson House Shops, a specialty retail store much like his father’s store, Harter’s Ready-to-Wear in Ponca City. Rick bought the store from Frank, and they remained partners and great friends for many years.
Rick always enjoyed being on the water; windsurfing was his passion. Later, he became friends with the Douglas family, owners of the Black Dog, and worked for them. He followed his heart to Cometa Copal, Costa Rica, where he lived. He also lived in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, living the the life he dreamed of, always a free spirit.
Rick is preceded in death by his father, Ernest O. Haller Jr., his mother, N. Maxine Haller, and his youngest sister, Karen Haller-White. He is survived by his sister, Nancy A. Haller of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., his oldest son, Aaron Breckenridge-Haller, of Tulsa, Okla., and his youngest son, David Haller. Rick has several cousins, nieces, nephews, a great-niece, and a great-nephew.
There have been condolences from around the world, and one friend summed up the feelings best: Fly free, Richard G. Haller. You certainly lived life to the fullest. You have also inspired so many people and touched so many lives. Thank you for the love you have given all of us, and all our memories that we shared together. We have learned so much from you, more than you will ever know. Rest in paradise, and see you on the shores of heaven.