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Richard “Bomer” Manzullo 1967-2005


by Sharron Rose

RichardManzullo_bomer.jpgProfessionally and lovingly known as Bomer to his many friends, family, and fans throughout the world, Bomer was well-recognized for his many talents. He was put ahead in school at an early age and it was predicted he would become a great mathematician. Yet, his amazing abilities as a self-taught musician and songwriter led to his destiny to cocreate with Jason Sears and others the legendary punk rock band RKL in the early ’80s.

Considering both Santa Barbara and San Francisco his home, he lived a free-spirited and eclectic life, traveling the world and bringing his uniqueness and love to thousands of people. He later left RKL to begin The Other — creating nearly all the music and lyrics as his group toured the world. He was a poet, a humanitarian, and a handsome and loving soul who would complete his amazing life in Summerland. Here, he turned to visual art and classical piano, desiring to attend the Music Academy of the West. His paintings are extraordinary and will ultimately be exhibited by his mother, Sharron Rose, along with his early art and other memorabilia.

Bomer/Richard was deeply spiritual, reverent, generous, and kind. He understood the difficulties that often accompany great talent and intelligence and was able to assist many aspiring artists and musicians as well as others less fortunate than himself as he lived out the remainder of his life in great comfort and beauty in Summerland, California, overlooking the magnificent ocean he so loved. He never failed to captivate a crowd with his charismatic personality, humor, wit, and charm.

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