Frederick Rica passed away quietly and with dignity - the same way he lived his life - in the loving embrace of his family at the Center for Hope Hospice in Scotch Plains New Jersey on May 28th 2019. Fred was a resident of Westfield for over 30 years.
Born in Elizabeth to Frank and Anna Rica, Fred grew up in Kenilworth NJ.
A graduate of Jonathan Dayton High School and Upsala College he earned his Maters Degree from Kean University. Fred began his career as a Sixth Grade Teacher at Harding Elementary School in Kenilworth. Later in his career he focused on education for children with learning disabilities and became Director of Special Services. He continued his focus on school administration eventually becoming the long serving Principal of Harding School where among other notable achievements he developed innovative and leading edge programs in Math Education.
Fred loved and was committed to his hometown serving for years as a volunteer Fire Fighter and Rescue Squad member, Little League coach and an adult leader and volunteer for Boy Scout Troop 83.
A teacher as well as a student his entire life, Fred’s lifelong love of reading and learning never diminished and his love for his family was unsurpassed. A family man in the truest sense, his wife, his children and his grandchildren were the things that mattered most to him.
He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-seven years Rosemarie along with his two sons Fred (and his wife Maria) and Jeff along with his daughter Annemarie Cronin (and her husband Ron). He has four beautiful grandchildren, Brittany Marie Rica, Abigail Rose Rica, Katie Rose Cronin, and Ronald Frederick Cronin. He is also survived by his brother, Carmen Rica.
Friends and family will gather between 4 and 8pm on Tuesday June 4th at the Dooley Colonial Funeral Home located at 556 Westfield Ave. Westfield. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday June 5th at 10:30AM at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church located at the corner of 1st St and Westfield Ave. in Westfield. Interment will be private.
“Love is the greatest gift one generation can give to another.”