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Rockabilly Wake

“When was the last time you hung out with Richard?”

That question resonated through Albany club Savannah’s on Monday night (June 3), as friends and coworkers of former Times Union graphic artist Richard Stoddard gathered in his memory. Stoddard, 46, died suddenly on May 1. He had been living at his mother’s home in Gloversville.

Stoddard was known not only as a talented graphic designer who spent nearly 14 years at the TU; he was also a well-known Lark Street face. He worked periodically at Lark Street Tattoo, and his silvery-gray, ’50s ’do, trademark Buddy Holly glasses and wry smile were a regular presence at many of the neighborhood establishments.

On Monday night, local musicians including Rocky Velvet, Scotty Mac and Mark Gamsjager, gave Stoddard an appropriate rockabilly sendoff.

“Richard would have loved the party—he would have been here till 4 in the morning,” one guest observed.

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