Richard William “Rich” Penci, 49, sat down in his easy chair and allowed his heart to stop beating Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. We hope, and believe, that he saw his light come shining from the west down to the east and figured that was the day he would be released. He didn’t welcome death, but he didn’t fight it. He took the end of life, as he had taken the almost 50 years before; as it came, with acceptance and awe.
Rich, in chronological years, was 49 plus years old. But his soul was as young, innocent and exuberant as it was at his birth. That is what his friends and family will remember. He was known as the kind of person who, like a boy scout, could be counted on to do his best to help others at all times. When you were moving, he was there lifting boxes. When you were sad, he was there to cheer you on. When the man across the street needed help with his yard work, Rich was there with a rake in hand.
Rich and Trish became a couple many long years ago. Together, they traveled the hills and valleys of time as a team. Even though their dear, beautiful son, Will, no longer walks this earth, the couple will always be remembered as Will’s crazy, loving parents. He was their world.
Rich will live on in the hearts of the many people whose lives he touched with his wit, charm and genuine goodness. We will miss him mightily but forever remember his presence in our lives. He was a good man, and, most uniquely, he was forever and always a good kid, too.
Fare thee well. I love you more than words can tell.
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