Richard B. ‘Rick,’ ‘Ricky’ Sapienza, 66, ball of energy who was the life of the party

Richard B. ‘Rick,’ ‘Ricky’ Sapienza

BOLIVIA — Richard B. “Rick,” “Ricky” Sapienza, 66, went with the Lord Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, with his wife, Tami Sapienza, at his side.

Ricky was born Nov. 24, 1954, in Amarillo, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Salvatore and Wanza Lee Young Sapienza; and brother, Daniel R. Sapienza.

He is survived by his loving wife, Tami René Garner Sapienza; daughter, Joy L. Sapienza, and grandson, Evan Sapienza, of Atkinson, New Hampshire; brothers, James M. Sapienza (Betty St. Germain) of Pembroke, New Hampshire, and Stephen J. Sapienza (Lynne) of Salem, New Hampshire; mother-in-law, Debra Lewis of Bolivia; aunt, Laura Luczka (Rob) of Kettering, Ohio. He had many special nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. He had many very special cousins in Florida, Texas and New England who were a great blessing to him. He also had family and friends who supported him and who he loved and supported throughout the years. Among those, were his goddaughters, Lily and Adriana; and parents, Joey and Candice Murphy of Southport, who provided love and great comfort for him. He was loved and supported by friends of Bolivia Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church.

Rick grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He worked in Asbestos Abatement in Boston. He loved to paint, landscape and work with his hands. He also was employed at a residential treatment facility for years and made it his mission to help others better themselves and their lives. From 2005 to 2015, he worked at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point. He also worked with PMCS for a decade as a pesticide specialist. He loved his job. If you knew Rick, you know he had a great love for his fur baby cat, Fluffie; New England Patriots; Boston Red Sox; Boston Bruins; and Tom Brady.

Most of all, he was a devoted husband to his wife, Tami, for over 16 years. She was his sunshine, and he was hers. He loved his daughter, Joy, and his grandson, Evan, dearly. He loved people so much and was always a ball of energy and life of the party. He loved to make you smile and could always find the good in every situation. He loved Jesus, the beach, vacationing up and down the East Coast, music, cooking his fabulous Italian dishes that were passed down from his father and history. Now he knows the true answer to his biggest question in life, “Are there cookies and milk in heaven?”

Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at White Funeral and Cremation, Bolivia. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at Bolivia Baptist Church.

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