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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Yes, so sorry to hear about Louie. He was my best friend in high school. Also, a teammate over our years of playing baseball. Many of good memories, not to mention excellent spaghetti dinners at 110 Woodland Road. We kept in contact while he attended Geneva College and I was in the Navy.
Debra LLoyd (Boyer)
Yet another classmate, Lou Rick, passing is sad to hear. Lou was a Chippewa kid and I remember him as being a really nice guy. Sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed.
Donna MartinI knew Lou from grade school through high school. Handsome young man that he was he got lots of attention from a small group of us. Sending comfort and peace to his family.
Martha Dean (Hoegle)
I am sorry to learn of the death of Lou. He was nice looking and I remember him as always being pleasant and I still remember seeing him playing baseball, He was an excellent player. I also remember the house that his family lived in on Woodland Road in Chippewa. My sympathy to all of his family and friends. I know that he will be greatly missed by those that knew him.
very sad to learn of the passing of Lou ... we were friends through sports at BFHS and we "hung out" a lot during our time at Geneva, sharing a few good times ... unfortunately, we lost touch over the years but i have plenty of positive memories from our college "experiences" and our occasional road trips ... condolences to his family ... may he rest in peace.
I was never lucky enough to hang out with Louie, as most of the people I heard called him. And what a loss I realize even more so by reading Louie's obituary (so good, so glad for the detail). Come to think of it: I can't recall seeing Louie that he didn't have that pleasant smile on his face. I miss him, and I haven't seen Louie since high school. So sorry that his family has lost his presence.
Rodger Del Iben
I grew up with Louie, ran around a lot with him and some other fun guys , played ball, football in Kemper Grimsley's field on Krepps Lane, went around on Halloween and looked for stuff you do when your young and stupid, basically fooled around through school years. I lived on Krepps lane, along with Jim Campbell, near Ed Kalivoda and John Weaver, we had some real fun. I joined the Marines after crashing a motorcycle my senior year, missed Prom, the highlight of your High school life. I didn't get along with my father and felt it better to leave. When I came home after Cuban Crisis Lou was in college, still the same great Louie. I left again overseas 64/65(Nam) wasn't able to catch up with him. Years later I heard he was in Florida, while visiting my brother in Marco Island my wife and I drove North but couldn't locate him. I finally caught up with him when they inducted Jim Campbell to the Football Hall of Fame in Beaver Falls, for a short but sweet time I enjoyed finally talking to him again.