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Obituary for Richard Ridella

April 21, 1951 - June 26, 2020
Middleburg Heights, Ohio | Age 69

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend


Heavy hearts and tremendous sadness mark the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend; Richard Ridella, who passed away on June 26th. It would have been impossible to spend time with Rick and not be warmed by his twinkling blue eyes, heartfelt smile and jovial spirit. His steadfast devotion to caring for his family and pets was admirable. Rick was quick with a joke, smile, story or silly jingle and could often be heard humming or whistling a tune while he went about his daily life. He was content to spend his time gardening, restoring antiques, collecting coins, and learning about history. Rick adored walks in the woods with his dogs, vacations at the beach and visits with family. He loved to talk about his life experiences with his children and many grandchildren, captivating them with stories of great adventure, fun and a life well lived. Rick was a survivor, as he battled cancer (twice) with strength and good humor. Never did he give up hope and fought for his life with positivity until the end. Although his absence has left a void in our lives, Rick left his family with a lifetime of beautiful memories that will always bring us joy and peace. His legacy of honoring family, love and living life to its fullest will carry on. He was a rare combination of someone who had a zest for life and a firm understanding of what was important — the simplicity of living a life with those you love. His spirit will forever soar, his laughter will forever ring, and our hearts will be forever full with the love and memories that we shared with him. Rick is survived by Kathleen, his loving wife of 46 years, his devoted daughters Jenine, Melissa and Rebecca, his vibrant grandchildren Jordan, Josh, Jacob, Wyatt, Max, Emily, Samantha, Kannon, Londyn and Everett, his supportive in-laws Tom Nowacki, Tim Nowacki, and Joan Benchek, as well as numerous close friends. Memorials may be forwarded to VeloSano Cancer Research, Cleveland Clinic 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195. A celebration of Rick's life will be scheduled in the near future. Please check back for updates. 440-842-7800

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  • VeloSano Cancer Research, Cleveland Clinic
    9500 Euclid Ave
    Cleveland , OH 44195

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