As president of the American Spectator Foundation since 2016, Donald Rieck was our publisher, the man who worried and acted on his worries; the man who kept our office humming and afloat in uncertain times; our all-around go-to guy.
A force to be reckoned with. Burly, direct, always busy, he was the kind of man who let you know he wanted whatever he asked for yesterday, even if he had not mentioned it to you yet, and yet you never thought he was putting pressure on you he was not putting on himself and above all, you knew, with Don, whatever the stress and strain, you were in this together, the glory of our cause and the success of our magazine.
And he could laugh, and often did.
Don was killed yesterday in an automobile accident; he was 50, he leaves a beautiful young family. We record this sorrowful event, we cannot understand it. We can only ascribe to the unfathomable designs of the creator of all things. We can only grieve, pray for his family and do our best to bring them succor.
Viewing will be held on Tuesday Jan 2, 2018 from 6-9PM at Donohue Funeral Home, 366 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA. Funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018 at Our Mother of Good Counsel, Bryn Mawr, PA, where friends will be received from 10AM until the start of the service at 11AM.
Photo credit: Amile Wilson, 50th Anniversary, The American Spectator Bartley Gala