We are sad to announce that Louis M. Ricci passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at the age of 77, following a brief illness. He was a resident of Adams Township, Pennsylvania.
Lou, "Mike" as he was known during his youth by his family and childhood friends, is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Lee (Herniman) Ricci; son Mike Ricci (Joanne); and daughters Kristen Ross (Lance) and Leslie Mularski (Keith).
Lou is the proud grandfather (Pup-Pup) to Halie (Kris), Alexa (Brad), Nina, Patrick, Matthew, and Lauren; brother of Bob Ricci, a 1969 B.F. graduate (Debbie) and Jeanne Robertson (Carl); nieces Kelly Mann (Brett) and Katy Pisick (Eric) and uncle to the late Rob Herniman. Lou is also survived by his loving relatives and countless friends.
Lou was born on Monday, February 7, 1944, to the late Lou and Garnette (Keener) Ricci. Lou grew up in Beaver Falls and graduated from Beaver Falls High School in 1961. He will be remembered by many as perhaps the best center fielder in Highland Legion history. At a clinic held at Ewing Park in Ellwood City, Pa. by pro scouts, a young Tommy Lasorda reported that Ricci's throwing arm was the closest he had ever seen to Roberto Clemente's arm.
Foregoing a potential career in professional baseball to follow his parent's dream, Lou became the first member of his family to graduate from college. He attended Geneva College on an academic and athletic scholarship. Lou had an outstanding baseball career at Geneva College, earning all-conference honors his sophomore year.
Lou was a huge fan of Daffy Duck and Tabasco sauce. He spent his professional career as a computer programmer and retired with his wife to St. Augustine, Florida. They spent many happy years at the beach before recently moving back to Adams Township, Pa. to be closer to their family.
Lou was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who absolutely loved life. He was so very proud of his children and grandchildren who all love him dearly.
In lieu of visitation and services, a Celebration of Life party was held on Friday, June 4 for his family. Donations in Lou's name can be made to S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue of St. Augustine, Florida.
Professional arrangements were entrusted to Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, Pa.
Lou will not be forgotten by those who knew him. Rest in peace, dear friend.
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