Today marks the four year anniversary of the death of Richard Liffridge, who died during a vacation cruise on March 23, 2006 when the cruise ship caught fire.
Mr. Liffridge was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. After 20 years of honorable military service, he retired from the United States Air Force. His Air Force career allowed him to travel to places he might not have otherwise seen such as France, Germany and England. He proudly served his country in the Vietnam and Korean wars. After retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Liffridge worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a number years. He subsequently retired and relocated to Locust Grove, GA, to realize his life long dream of retiring and enjoying the company of his family and friends. Mr. Liffridge was a dedicated and committed member of the Masons - the oldest and largest world wide fraternity dedicated to the brotherhood of man.
We represented Mr. Liffridge's children in litigation against the cruise line. We mentioned the tragedy in a prior article: Ten Years of Cruise Ship Fires - Has the Cruise Industry Learned Anything?
Below is a collage of Mr. Liffridge growing up as a child, in the service, and married with kids. His loved ones should remember him in happier times, with his family and the friends whose lives he enriched over the years.