Richard Arnold “Rick” King, age 63 passed away peacefully May 11th 2017
Beloved father, grandfather and brother. Rick leaves behind a Daughter: Mary Nicole Rich (Adam), Son: Richard Collin King, Four delightful grandchildren: Ryan Paul and Nathan Collin King; Cameron Avery and Casey Adam Rich. He also leaves behind loving sisters: Maria Byrd (Ray); Bonnie King; Gloria Ryals (Wade). Rick is also survived by six aunts, one uncle, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless extraordinary friends.
Predeceased by Parents: Richard Arnold and Doris James King
Rick was born October 2, 1953 in Burlington, NC. The family moved to Merritt Island in the mid-
fifties with Rick attending school from 1st grade at Merritt Island Elementary (now MILA); Edgewood Jr High, graduating at Merritt Island High with the Class of 1971.
Rick enjoyed ,and was accomplished at, many sports, but especially loved baseball and golf.
His baseball talents were recognized when he played Merritt Island Little League and
continued to be recognized as he pitched for MIHS. On graduating, was picked up by the Pittsburg Pirates.
Construction was his chosen profession: From owning his own company, building custom homes in Texas and Florida, to Project Manager on international commercial projects in the Virgin Islands. Rick’s talents were always visible, from assuring satisfied customers, to extensive problem-solving with workers in foreign countries.
On returning to MI and starting his family, he became involved with Port St. John Little League. Some of his fondest memories were the times spent coaching Little League.
Rick’s artistic talents flowed into all aspects of his personal and professional life: sketching cartoon characters as a child -- to his career in construction. If you are one of the lucky ones visiting Disney, you experienced a part of Rick’s talent. We fondly called him “Ewok Builder”; one of many accomplishments.
Rick was always very artistic and creative in everything he did. Rick was a gentle, soft spoken, caring, fun-loving man, always a gentleman. A well-balanced Libra. He placed tremendous value on his Family and Friendships. One of his special friends wrote, appropriately:
“Your life was a blessing - Your memory a treasure
You are loved beyond words - and will be missed beyond measure.
Rest in Peace our sweet wonderful Ricky.”
Join the family for “A Celebration of Life” 3pm – 5pm, Saturday, May 27th on Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island, Florida. Rick was a laid-back man, so dress comfortable; shorts and flip flops; and be prepared to share some of your fun memories with the family.
Arrangements are by the Newcomer Cremation and Funeral Service Titusville Chapel.