Obituary: Ricardo Marcial Lomedico

Ricardo Marcial Lomedico 

September 30, 1934 – May 2, 2017

Ricardo (Dick) Lomedico was born to Florentina Oller and Francisco Lomedico in Panama City, Panama, and grew up there and in the Canal Zone, where his grandfather had a barbershop and his uncles ran a newsstand nearby. He and his brother Bob were both nicknamed Bobbie Dick, learning both English and Spanish. After a short stint in Military school in New York, he returned to Panama, graduating from Balboa High School, and went on to work in his dad’s clothing and fabric store.

In 1957 Ricardo married his first wife, Sharon, and became father to Ricardo Jr. (Rich), eventually traveling by boat to Tacoma and attending business school in Seattle. There he met and married Eileen Rowley, and together they raised two more boys, Leslie (Les), and Bruce, and daughter Regina (Gina), returning to Panama with his family in the early ‘60s. He loved warm beaches, fast cars, bowling, the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers, strong coffee, and wood-fired pizza, but above all, he loved his family.

He had special affinity and protective bond with children and taught countless kids how to drive! The late eighties found him working for the U.S. Navy, and he left Panama in 1989, transferring to Pensacola, Florida, where he lived with his dad. Eventually he made his way back to Seattle, and then came to Point Roberts to marry Kristin (Magnusson Mojica) in 1991.

After several part-time jobs here he bought the Letter Carrier, which soon became the busiest parcel pick-up location in the area. Ricardo continued working there after selling the business to his son Les, and retired a few years later.

He was a tireless worker, who never took breaks! Meanwhile grandchildren and great grandchildren kept coming, and his greatest pleasure was visiting them. At home he shopped, cooked, kept the fire going and the paperwork in order, always supporting and helping. Through his fight with bladder cancer he was brave, patient, and optimistic. Thought well of by family, friends, and community, he will be lovingly remembered and mourned.

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