By Melissa Klein Aguilar

We all experience those moments in life when we realize that a lot of the things that we spend our time worrying over aren't all that important. The type of moments that make us realize that we should focus our energy on the things that are important to us and that bring us joy.

Unfortunately, our staff experienced one those moments this week, when one of our colleagues was suddenly taken from us.

Our dear friend and co-worker Richard McCausland, senior editor on Accounting Technology magazine, died suddenly July 10 while on assignment in Toronto.

He was 52.

McCausland's journalism career began in 1979 at Fairchild Publications, where he covered the computer industry for the company’s Electronic News publication. He joined our staff in October 1998.

Those who had the pleasure of working with Rich knew him not only as a consummate professional, but also as a man of many interests. Rich was an avid traveler (recent destinations included Egypt, Russia and Germany). He had seen every movie and visited museums in every city (art museums in particular). We'll fondly remember how he started every day -- with two large coffees and four newspapers, making him an office resource for the goings-on in the city.

He will be greatly missed.

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