On Saturday, August 22 the Benefit Vendor and Craft Show in memory of Rick Coherd will be held at the Reformation Lutheran Church, located at 613 Lakeview Ave in Milford, DE. Recently passing away from complications due to colon cancer, Rick was know throughout the Milford community as a historian and paranormal investigator. The event will raise money for colon cancer research and remember Mr. Coherd and his struggle with the disease.
Richard W. Coherd, 64, CEO of Delmarva Historic Haunts, passed away peacefully Monday, June 15, 2015, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, DE. Richard was born in Bethesda, MD. He worked at the White House as a florist for President Richard Nixon, President Gerald Ford and President Jimmy Carter. He then worked as an HVAC technician in building services for the Montgomery County School District. He was the CEO of Delmarva Historic Haunts, leading tours throughout the Delmarva Peninsula, volunteered at Fort Delaware as an interpreter, and was a park ranger at Little Bennett Park, Clarksburg, MD.
“Rick Coherd was a remarkable man. He had such a passion for history and worked very hard to pass that information on to anyone and everyone,” said event organizer Jennifer Parnell. “He created Delmarva Historic Haunts a paranormal investigation team, to help bring forgotten people, forgotten stories and forgotten history alive with true research and paranormal investigating to give legitimacy to those who have gone before us. Rick was always quick with a story, a bit of advice and always wanted to know how you felt. He touched my life in a very significant way and I will never forget him.”
Having the opportunity to experience history in the making himself, Rick worked as a florist at the White House during the Administrations of Nixon, Ford and Carter. He experienced two paranormal episodes during his tenure, one in the Lincoln bedroom and another in the East Room. Both occurrences he experienced an image of a woman wearing a black shawl in the room with him. Out of those experiences and love of history, Rick developed Delmarva Historical Haunts to focus on not only the investigation of paranormal activity but to help local organizations like the Milford Historical Society raise funds for rehabilitation and preservation of historical sites. Among many locations throughout Delmarva, Milford sites such as the Parson Thorne Mansion, Sunnybrae Mansion, the Milford Museum and the Milford Skating Rink were all investigated by his team over the past four years.
In Spring of 2013, Rick Coherd was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. He underwent surgery, chemo and radiation. He endured all of it and was proclaimed cancer free, but two years later, the cancer came back with a vengeance. Rick lost his battle on June 15, 2015. He left behind a wife, three grown children, family, friends, and a loyal team of paranormal investigators that he had assembled.
“When I heard of Rick’s reoccurrence of cancer it destroyed me. I had been wanting to do something to help. Knowing that his cancer and his life was in God’s hands I searched for something else to give back to him, to honor this man who touched my life and the lives of so many others,” said Parnell. “Reformation Lutheran Church is Rick’s home church and I thought where better to hold an event then in his church. It all came together in speaking with several of the ladies in Delmarva Historic Haunts and Rick’s wife Jeanne. I’m hoping we can raise a good bit of money and make a worthy donation to this cause in his honor.”
Delmarva Historic Haunts has set up a fund through Colon Cancer Alliance, named Coherd’s Crusaders in an effort to “continue his dream of pursuing history, and raise money in his memory to support the eradication of colon cancer forever.” More information on the Coherd’s Crusaders can be found at http://delmarvahistorichaunts.com/fund/.
During the event on Saturday, August 22 several local vendors and crafters will be selling their wares to raise money for colon cancer research. There will also be lunch available for purchase made by the church’s ladies group. The first 50 customers through the doors will receive a free swag bag full of goodies from the vendors and with their $1 admission fee everyone will get a ticket for a door prize. More information about the event can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1134960763185077/ or by contacting Jennifer Parnell at 302-632-6943 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Rick lost his battle with colon cancer last month. It’s an extremely aggressive cancer and one that takes many lives every year but with annual screenings many times it can be found before it’s an issue,” said Parnell. “Everyone who has a family history should be checked and tested. Unfortunately Rick’s cancer reoccurred and it was very aggressive. Research is vital and we need to fund it to find a cure before it takes anyone else.”