CORTLAND – Anthony S. Ricci, 93, of Ivy Hill in Cortland, joined his Lord Jesus at 3:25 a.m. Friday, December 10, 2021, at Ohio Living Lake Vista Assisted Living.
Mr. Ricci was born on November 24, 1928 in Warren, the fifth son of Donato and Ascienzia Rossi Ricci. He graduated in 1947 from Warren G. Harding High School.
For the most part he was a businessman. He liked to say “he had been in business since he was 8 years old” selling Liberty, Colliers, Better Homes and Gardens, Life and Look magazines, as well as Cloverine Salve and Fuller Brushes door-to-door. He began caddying at Eastwood Golf Course (now Eastwood Mall) at the age of 8 – his fame is that he caddyed for Slamming Sam Snead during a show at Trumbull Country Club. In his teens, he worked at Getty’s Trailer Sales.
He enjoyed golf, swimming, biking, hiking, flying, gardening, and cooking, and he was an avid reader.
After graduating, he attended Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College (now Truman University) in Kirksville, Missouri, and Youngstown College (now Youngstown State University). He graduated from DL Moody Bible School on the Stow campus. He then built and operated the Dairy Queen store in Hubbard for five years, owned and operated the Taylor Rental Center in Champion, and Vanguard Architectural Specialties alongside. He also owned and operated Vanguard Hydraulic Sales and Service until his retirement.
He was a member of Champion Baptist Church for many years and served his Lord Jesus Christ as an administrator, mission committee member, disabled bus driver, and Sunday school teacher. He was also a trustee of Stony Glen Camp in Madison for over 35 years until his death. He enjoyed working and witnessing for his Lord Jesus, especially with the Amish people, among whom he had several friends.
He was a member of the National Packard Museum, Gideons International Christian Businessmen’s Committee, Right to Life, Life Chain and Crusade for Christ.
He is survived by one daughter, Annette Elaine Ricci Gilmour (Wm.) of Howland; one son, James Anthony Ricci of Warren; two sisters, Annamaria Ricci Mazzarick (Barry) of Cortland and Dina S. Ricci Ainsley (Brian) of Champion; four stepchildren, James Lawson (Dr. Diana) of Michigan, Cynthia L. Lawson Odom (Jimmy) of Warren, Timothy G. Lawson (Darla) of North Carolina and Rebecca M. Lawson Philpot (Rob) of Maine; brother-in-law, Tom Vesely (Lily) of Georgia; 20 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a very loving and caring church family.
He was predeceased by his faithful wife, Joan M. Ricci, whom he married on September 16, 1983 and who died on May 30, 2021; parents, Donato and Ascienzia Ricci; stepmother, Anna Victoria Rossi Ricci; Louis brothers “lou”, mario “Cups”, Orlando “Oops” and Herbert “Herbia; » sisters, Loretta Ricci Sellars and Mary S. Ricci Mazzocca; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Vesely and Edwin Vesely.
The services were held at Calvary Bible Church in Cortland, where he had been attending for a few years. Pastor Brandon Byler officiated. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Cortland.
Donations can be made to Gideons International in his memory.