Richard Louis Lieberman, age 56, died peacefully at home with his family by his side on December 18, 2019 after a courageous battle against ALS. He grew up in Scarsdale, NY, and settled in Greenwich, CT.
Rich is survived by his wife Lauren McCabe, son Ryan Lieberman, daughter Lindsey Lieberman, mother Dorothy Gold, brother Paul Lieberman, sisters Jodi Moss (Matthew), Debra Gold (Charles), Amy McDonald (Dave), and Julie Gold, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless loving friends. Ryan and Lindsey were Rich’s proudest accomplishment; he adored them and was a dedicated and loving father.
Rich graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1981 and was the founder of the very successful “Growing up in the 70’s & 80’s” Facebook page. He held a long and successful career at AT&T and Apple. He was passionate about music and was a self-taught guitarist. He loved jamming with his friends and family and attended countless concerts beginning at a young age. A talented writer, Rich blogged about live shows, wrote concert reviews and loved interviewing his favorite artists backstage. He truly believed in the healing power of music and was considered a rock star by all who knew him.
Since his diagnosis in 2016, Rich was a dedicated ALS warrior and devoted his time to helping other patients and advocating for research and patient rights. He lived with ALS in a dignified way with a positive attitude. He helped in the fight through his blog and fundraising activities and he spoke to classrooms of occupational therapy and social work students. Rich actively participated in various ALS support groups, compassionately helping other patients manage this debilitating disease. Rich was awarded the 2018 Beacon of Light award “In recognition of efforts in advocacy and the pursuit of a world without ALS” by his beloved ALS Association Connecticut Chapter. He was also passionate about his friendships with Compassionate Care ALS. Both organizations helped him and his family navigate the ever-changing needs of living with ALS.
An excerpt from Rich’s blog shortly after diagnosis: “ALS may limit my activity but it can never take away the love of my family and friends. My life has taken an unexpected turn but I am still me. ALS is now part of my life but it does not define me. There’s a lot of awesomeness to be had in life. I’m ready now to let others in. To be an advocate, to help others, and to help drive the movement to find a cure.”