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Marino Riccardi

May 31, 1938 August 3, 2019
Marino Riccardi
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Obituary for Marino Riccardi

Marino “Babbo” Riccardi, a resident of of Milford, MI died on August 3, 2019, with his children by his side. He was 81 years old.

Even though my dad didn’t wear a cape, he wasn’t faster than a speeding bullet and he wasn’t fighting evil --- he was my hero and a hero to my siblings.

There is the comic book version of a hero and a real-life hero. That real-life hero was my dad.

A hero is defined as a person noted for a feat of courage or nobility of courage. That defines my dad -a man of courage. Looking at his life, you can call him the All-American Hero.

He was hero because he was also caring, kind, strong-willed and goal oriented.

My dad--- Marino Riccardi ---was Born on May 31, 1938 in San Marino, a small republic within Italy to Stella Maria Malpeli and Giuseppe Riccardi.

He was the youngest of three boys -- Giovanni and Pietro were his older brothers. His father died when he was only 4 years old. He worked as shoemaker and finished carpenter in Italy. When my dad was 17, he went to France and worked as a guest worker learning how to become a brick mason.

He even once played on a soccer team in France.

He was a caring son who at 23-years-old went back to San Marino where he built his mother a home—a home she lived until she was 98 years old.

My dad came to the United States in 1965 like all immigrants--- hoping for a better life; he arrived in New York and worked in a restaurant for one year. He came to this country with little money and one suitcase.

My dad eventually moved to Michigan where he started his lifelong career as a Brick mason.

His brother Giovanni passed in 1982 in tragic accident. In 1984, Peitro passed away. As all human heros, my dad was pained by the loss.

My dad never attended college but he could school anyone in business. He was a savvy and strategic businessman and he was so strong-willed. He was an immigrant who never took for granted the opportunity….he came here for a better life and worked seven days a week all hours of the day ---did what he had to do ---to provide everything for his family.

He never really retired. He did his last stone job in the spring before his 80th birthday.

A hero never gives up -quitting was never an option for my dad. He woke up every morning ready for work. In sweltering 90 degrees or freezing temperatures, he worked and worked hard.

A hero not only is a dedicated worker, he cares for his family. He met his wife in 1967 and was married in 1973. Marino and Yvonne had 5 children together and 7 grandchildren.

There was nothing more he loved than his family. He was a selfless, hardworking, and honorable man who was loved by all.

You know you are blessed when you see your dad as invincible, strong, powerful and able to do anything.

A hero finds balance in life.

When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting, Formula 1 Racing, going to the casino and tending his garden and fruit trees. One of his favorite things to do was drive around town in his 1983 Ferrari stopping at local coffee shops to mingle with friends. When he wasn’t at the coffee shops, he was visiting his grandchildren who he adored.

He was known by many names, Marino, Mario, Babbo and Nonno.
He was always in the kitchen where he would make homemade soup, sauce and pasta.

He was a member of the San Marino Social Club where he would visit once a week to have dinner and play cards with his friends. He took pride in his culture and where he came from.

Those he leaves behind, His 5 children and spouses - His son Joseph (Shelby), His daughters Nicole (Mark), Daniella, Maria Teresa (Dain) and Sophia (Andrew) His grandchildren; Marino, Marcella, Mariana, Joseph jr., Grayson, Giovanni, and Stella – will remember him always as the hero in our lives and one who will forever remain in our hearts and with the courage he leaves behind, we will move on to live our lives to make him proud.


He is survived by his five children, Joseph (Shelby) Riccardi, Nicole (Mark) Seman, Daniella Riccardi, Maria Teresa (Dain) Vettese and Sophia (Andrew) Connelly; grandchildren, Marino Seman, Marcella Seman, Mariana Seman, Joseph Marino Riccardi Jr., Grayson Jay Riccardi, Giovanni Vettese and Stella Vettese as well as many nieces, nephews dear friends and extended family members.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, from 3:00PM - 9:00PM.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows, 1955 E. Commerce Rd., Milford onThursday, August 8, 2019 at 10:30 AM, with gathering to begin at 10:00AM. The Rev. Msgr. John Budde to officiate. Burial to follow at Milford Memorial Cemetery.

For further information please phone 248-684-6645


Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

7

Aug

3:00 PM 8/7/2019 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 8/7/2019 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Thursday

8

Aug

10:30 AM 8/8/2019 10:30:00 AM
St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows

1955 E. Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381

Gathering to begin at 10 AM

St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows
1955 E. Commerce St. Milford 48381 MI
United States

Graveside

Thursday

8

Aug

12:00 PM 8/8/2019 12:00:00 PM
Milford Memorial Cemetery

Atlantic Street
Milford, MI 48381

Following Mass

Milford Memorial Cemetery
Atlantic Street Milford 48381 MI
United States
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