Richard Manning Laidlaw, 59, died at his home in
His father, a civil engineer, died in 1974. His mother, a teacher, died in 2006.
Rick was a graduate of
For several years, Richard
and his wife Suzanne owned and operated the Cross Keys Inn Bed and Breakfast in
Since childhood, Rick was an ardent and meticulous student of the American Civil War, visiting many of its battle sites and points of historic significance. Through the years, he acquired a remarkable knowledge of the war’s battles, its leaders, soldiers, and the civilians who were often swept into the conflict.
Forever the educator, Rick relished teaching others about both the well-known and the arcane aspects of the war. His study led him to a deep respect for Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.
Richard is survived by his brother, J. Michael Laidlaw and his wife Wendy, of Portland, Maine; his sister, Leslie L. Laidlaw, of Petersburg; nephews Michael E. Laidlaw and his wife Tammy of Newnan, Ga.; and Jon-Christopher D. Laidlaw and his wife Melanie of Evansville; great-nieces Gabrielle, Hayley, Hannah Jean, and Ciara; great-nephews Justin, Jackson, Caden, and Donovan; and cousins Ann Ricker, Margaret Jean Hoxley, Brian Miller, and Kelli Granade.
Rick’s former wife, Suzanne, also survives him and remained a close friend and involved in his care until his death. A person of warmth and sensitivity, Rick will be remembered for his “amazing wit,” intelligence, love of animals, and abiding affinity for the study of history.
At his request, there will be
no memorial services; however, Rick’s ashes will be scattered at the