Ronald Ricciardo

Ronald James Ricciardo

Friday, January 25th, 1957 - Sunday, October 25th, 2020
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Ronald James Ricciardo, 63, of Painesville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, at his residence.
Born Jan. 25, 1957, in Euclid, he had been a lifelong Lake County resident.
He was an avid Cleveland sports fan and enjoyed all types of music. Ron was more than a music lover. Music was his passion. He was an expert on several bands and everything involving music. Our hearts are broken, and we will miss being with him to cheer his favorite sport teams and learn something new about our favorite bands. Ron couldn't be happier than when he was inducted as a honorary member of the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame.
As a seasoned Information Technology professional, Ron was a significant contributor in establishing the technology infrastructure for the Cleveland Science Center and Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame. Ron was always happy and available to help us with our computer and technology problems. He was our personal, “Help Desk.”
Ron loved to travel. He visited every state in the United States except Hawaii and Alaska. Ron was such a wonderful, sweet, and caring person. “He always supported his family and friends and will forever be in our hearts.”
He was the loving father of Bryan M. (Kimberly) Ricciardo; brother of Theresa M. (James) Silva, Halle L. Ricciardo Jr., and Randall L. (Pamela) Ricciardo; and uncle of Marisa Silva and Justin Silva.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Halle L. Sr. and Norma (nee Bishop) Ricciardo.
Private family services were held.
Arrangements are entrusted to McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Homes in Willoughby and Mentor.
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Stan M. Zitello

Posted at 12:44pm
My first impression of Ron, was that this was a person unlike any other I had ever met. First impressions are not necessarily correct, however this one would turn out to be, over the decades that followed, spot on. Prior to my graduation from college and subsequent relocation out west, we would spend much of our time together. Ron took great pride in regaling friends, family and even complete strangers with tales of these times, and with each telling the tales became more and more legendary. Something that I always considered legendary about Ron was his ability to know exactly where we were no matter where our adventures together would take us. It was as though he could be dropped off anywhere and still find his way back to wherever he needed to be, and with the least amount of effort.

As a friend, Ron was as good as gold. There was never a doubt in my mind that if I needed Ron, he would be there for me. We have all seen and heard the Ads that tout "One Call Thats All", but these are mere slogans, empty promises without form or substance. With Ron, the opposite was true, and I can think of no more admirable trait in a friend than to be 100% reliable in a time of need.

It is difficult for me to speak of Ron, without speaking of my own life, such was the nature of our bond of friendship. His love of music is my love of music. We never spoke without discussing the latest music we had been exploring, and what new equipment we might have purchased. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was often a subject of our conversations during voting time and we both recently wondered just why on earth Pat Benatar is not yet in Hall. My love of photography was directly caused by Rons introducing me to quality equipment and teaching me how to operate a darkroom. It is he who is to blame for the tens of thousands of pictures I took of everything, looking for that one great shot. Our careers have also intertwined in many ways, and when I decided to start my own company, Ron was directly responsible for some of my early success. This success enabled me to pursue some of the most complex and creative work I have ever done, and I will be forever thankful.

It has been my privilege and honor for these many year to have known Ron and his wonderful family and to be able to call them my friends. His passing will forever leave a void in my life and a hole in my heart.

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