The Optimists Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Corps: De La Salle "Oaklands", Toronto Optimists
April 6, 1950 — April 21, 2019
Rick passed away after a brief illness with his beloved family by his side.
Rick played snare drum his entire corps career. He marched with De La Salle “Oaklands” until losing a bet with his 3 brothers (who marched with the Toronto Optimists) in 1968. Rick agreed that if the Optimists won the 1968 championship he would join his brothers. Even though it was a lost bet that got Rick to join the Optimists he fully embraced the corps. Rick was lead snare when George Kopetski joined in ‘71. George said "Rick lived and breathed the Green Machine. What a great mentor!" Rick marched with the Toronto Optimists from 1969 thru 1971. Rick was an exceptional snare drummer. (Here is a link to the story about Rick joining The Optimists.)
Rick had a wonderful sense of humour. You could always count on him for a hilarious joke from his repertoire.
Rick’s greatest joy was his family. He was a wonderful, loving father and amazing husband. Rick is missed terribly by his wife Susie, son Josh and daughter Riley. He is also missed by his sister Mary of Calgary and Lorne of Vancouver. Rick was predeceased by three of his brothers who played with the Optimists alongside him – Ray (Baritone 1967-1969), Den (Baritone 1967-1970) and Tim (Baritone 1968-1970).
We will miss the husband, father, brother and friend that Rick was to us all. We will mourn the amazing man that was taken from us too soon. We will remember Rick as the kind loving soul he was.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
Rick. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . We Remember!