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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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