Rick takes the trophy
Rick (Richard) Lichtman
  • 45 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 15, 1964
  • Place of birth:
    Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 28, 2009
  • Place of passing:
    Detroit, Michigan, United States

 "When tomorrow starts without me, and I am not there to see,

If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me,

I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today. 

While thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me, as much as I love you

And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too.

But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand

That an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand.

And said my place was ready, In heaven far above.

And that I 'd have to leave behind, all those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye.

For all my life I always thought, I didn't want to die.

I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do. 

It seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad.

I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had.

If I could relive yesterday, just even for awhile.

I'd say good bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized that this could never be.

For emptiness and memories would take the place of me.

And when I thought of worldly things, I might miss come tomorrow.

I thought of you and when I did, My heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heavens gates, I felt so much at home.

When God looked down and smiled at me, from his great golden throne.

He said, this is eternity, and all I've promised you. 

Today your life on earth is past, but here life starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last.

And since each day's the same way, there's no longing for the past. 

You have been so faithful, so trusting and so true.

Though there were times you did some things, you knew you shouldn't do.

But you have been forgiven, and now at last you are free.

So won't you come and take my hand, and share my life with me. 

So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart.

For ever time you think of me, I'm right her in your heart.

Rick was a carpenter by trade who "built" a legacy of love and giving.  He was a loving Dad to Cameron, Nicholaus and Daniel.  A Beloved son of Richard and Sharon. Ricky was a cherished brother of Michael, Kim (Wayne) Champion, Annette (Tim) Mulcahy and Angela Hensley.  Uncle Rick was adored by Britta, Maddie, Adam, Jon, Ryan, Kaitlyn and Jessica.  He was a great uncle to Sadie. 

He was blessed with a quick wit and good sense of humor.  Many remember his charm and charisma.  His desire to help anyone was a trait that weaved it's way through all those he called "friends". 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Laurisa Kapetanov on 11th September 2016

"I have very fond childhood memories of Ricky.  He was fun loving, entertaining and easy going.  Gone too soon!"

This tribute was added by Lori Lichtman on 28th July 2016

"Missing you Ricky❤️"

This tribute was added by Sharon Lichtman on 28th July 2015

"Thank you to all of you who have stopped by to reflect on Rick and the memories you may hold dear to your heart of him... Please leave a brief message just to let us know you were here...It means alot to us as his parents... We continue to trust our God for the things we don't understand...Six years ago today was as beautiful day as it is today...Blue skies, white clouds,hot as it is today,all was good... Who knows what a day may bring to change our corner of the world forever... Such a day was Tuesday July 28, 2009...For us and the many others that Rick,s life has touched. Thanks again loving him and being special to him...as he thought so much of so many... Just remembering... With loving Thoughts and Memories. Blessings to all of you,  Sharon and Richard"

This tribute was added by Debbie Muroff on 28th July 2015

"Still missed, always loved"

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 15th February 2015

"Wishing once again that I could pick up the phone to say happy birthday! We're left to continue to celebrate your life without your presence here. Happy Birthday, Rick! It's still a special day that marks a life that influenced and changed so many hearts and lives! Wishing you were here!"

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 15th February 2015

"Like a comet
Blazing 'cross the evening sky ---Gone too soon

Like a rainbow
Fading in the twinkling of an eye--Gone too soon

Shiny and sparkly--And splendidly bright
Here one day--Gone one night

Like the loss of sunlight
On a cloudy afternoon--Gone too soon

Like a castle
Built upon a sandy beach--Gone too soon

Like a perfect flower
That is just beyond your reach--Gone too soon

Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
Here one day--Gone one night

Like a sunset
Dying with the rising of the moon--Gone too soon

-Michael Jackson-
Happy Birthday Ricky"

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 29th July 2014

"Five years ago this Sunday I had no idea it was the last day I had to pick up the phone and hear Ricks voice. I didn't though. I can't live in regret what I didn't know at the time however on the day that marks his passing from this world (July 28th) I would like to think I continue to learn lessons and get better at living them out. To love deeper, forgive more quickly, don't sweat the small stuff, if someone is on your mind to call pick up the phone, cards that seem like clutter after the holidays are treasures to see someone's name written out again once they're gone , if you have a dream that seems too distant one step brings you closer to seeing it come to pass, live intentionally, love unconditionally, laugh often. Make the simple things an adventure and enjoy the journey! Be grateful and try not to take for granted those people which God brings into your path to share the journey with you!! Thank you to my brother Rick for continuing to help me remember these lessons. Your legacy lives on in those you loved."

This tribute was added by robert{uncle bob} lichtman on 16th February 2014

"Happy Birthday to our loving nephew. We miss you and think of you often, with tears in our hearts!  Love you like a son   Aunt Rita & Uncle Bob"

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 15th February 2014

"Happy 50th Rick!  I miss you every day and will continue to celebrate this day of your birth in my heart always!  Love you!!"

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 15th February 2014

"Happy 50th BIrthday Ricky
Missing you today - and every day in between
I thank God for lessening the heartache -
Until we meet again
I will always love you little brother !!"

This tribute was added by Debra Muroff on 29th July 2013

"Still missed with my entire heart, will always be my best friend and my brother. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and even have conversations with you (don't judge - he would do the same with me!)sometimes even yell at you. It still unreal that you are not here with me! We will see each other again one day"

This tribute was added by Daniel Menzies on 28th July 2013

"I love you"

This tribute was added by amy color on 28th July 2013

"Yurtzeit.
When I find myself at this time Holding on to the path as it hurls fire and brimstone at me.
Looking for the light in the darkness.
and honoring both.
In all essences.
Hugs my friend. With you I was safe."

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 28th July 2012

"This day is remembered and quietly kept,
no words needed, we will NEVER forget.
For those we love don't go away
they walk beside us everyday.
Unseen, unheard, but always near
so loud, so missed and so very dear -
Remembering and Missing you Rick"

This tribute was added by amy color on 28th July 2012

"Thinking of You.
Backgammon and laughter all night.
Thank you for your love and light."

This tribute was added by Lori Lichtman on 28th July 2012

"Thinking about you cousin and missing your presence at all the beautiful life events in the family.  Wishing you were here to help us celebrate."

This tribute was added by Debra Muroff on 9th July 2012

"As my life goes on & things change the one thing that remains the same is that I still miss Rick. He was/is the person I could always count on no matter what. We both would drop everything to help each other. Sad to say that there is no one like him in my life like that today - it truly makes me appreciate even more what good friend is.was"

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 7th July 2012

"So on my mind for a couple of weeks now, missing you soooo much.
Love you Bro !!"

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 26th February 2012

"Missing the "clown" in my life and heart.  
Forever you will be loved - Forever you will be missed !"

This tribute was added by Pat Arvant on 16th February 2012

"To live in the hearts of those we leave behind means we never die

Rick I know you are living with our Lord but you'll never be forgotten you are in so many hearts.   Love you"

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 15th February 2012

"Happy Birthday Rick!  Still seems strange not to be able to pick up the phone and tell you that (if I remember, right?).  You're in my heart and on my mind every day.  Missing you so much lately and realizing all these thoughts and memories is all I have to last me the rest of my life....til I see you again."

This tribute was added by robert{uncle bob} lichtman on 13th February 2012

"EVERY TIME RITA & I SIT DOWN AT OUR DINNER TABLE YOU ARE WITH US. YOUR SKILLS IN MAKING THAT TABLE WERE REMARKEABLE. WE MISS YOUR SMILES & YOUR GENEROUS WAYS, LOVE YOU . OUR SWEET NEPHEW ,YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. AUNT RITA & UNCLE BOB"

This tribute was added by Debra Muroff on 13th February 2012

"As Rick's birthday approaches I remember all the fun we had during his life and it reminds me more that I miss him. One day I will be able to see him and we can celebrate again. Happy Birthday my Brother, my Friend - you are missed more than you would ever have thought you would be."

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 8th February 2012

"Lord, I praise you in this storm, and I will lift my hands, for you are who you are no matter where I am.  Every tear I cry, you hold in your hand.  You never leave my side even though my heart is torn.  I will praise you in this storm!  (Casting Crowns)"

This tribute was added by Kim Champion on 29th July 2011

"Missing you... all I can say
The day you left us...my saddest day
When I am weak and tired and down...
I look at you dressed like a little clown...
and I remember"

This tribute was added by Albert and Sondra Lichtman on 29th July 2011

"What a beautiful tribute to Rick.  More outpouring of love could not be given.  With my eyes filled with tears
as I read the loving messages I reflected on my own personal love for that great guy. I hope he and his Uncle Al have found and embraced each other. Love y'all"

This tribute was added by Debra Muroff on 28th July 2011

"Two years ago today Rick was released from this world to go onto the next and I still miss him as much today as I did then."

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 28th July 2011

"Today is a tearful reminder of the most painful day of my life.  I miss you Rick!  What I wouldn't do to share just one more cup of coffee and hear your laugh again!
Love you!!!"

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 28th July 2011

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others...Pericles

Your "Rickisms" are used often and bring smiles! love ya"

This tribute was added by Steve Fogel on 28th July 2011

"Still can't believe it's been 2 years already. I'm sure you'd be proud of my life now.

I miss you, I'll never forget your friendship!

Your name and funny sayings still come up in the rooms"

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 27th July 2011

"It's been two years and you will always be "Forevermissed".  
"...Born to amuse,  to inspire, to delight,
Here one day, gone one night...Like a sunset dying
with the rising moon....Gone too soon""

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 28th July 2010

"There is a season for everything under heaven, a time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance (Ecclesiastes 3).  My thoughts of you brother brings tears of joy and sadness."

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 28th July 2010

"On the anniversary of "The Great Sadness" of our family, I choose to celebrate the life I shared with Rick and the eternal life he now experiences has been promised to me as well in God's time."

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 27th July 2010

"I miss my brother, my friend, our talks.  Hard to believe it's been a year...I still have the urge to just pick up the phone. No regrets...just a wish for more time together. ((Hugs)) love you!!"

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 27th July 2010

"Been One year already - sometimes it feels like just yesterday and sometimes it feels like forever.  Miss you tons !!!"

This tribute was added by Deana Kastoris on 15th February 2010

"Happy Birthday Rick. I love and miss you."

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 15th February 2010

"Happy Birthday Little Brother !!!"

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 28th November 2009

"I give Thanks this week for the wonderful 45 years we shared as siblings.  
Missing You !"

This tribute was added by san cass on 9th September 2009

"I loved Rick's honest, true and forthrightness.
He was who he was, whereever and with whomever he was with.  I will miss his quick smile, and loving ways."

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 9th September 2009

"Although the sun is shining - there are times my days are so "overcast". Often, I have to fight the urge to pick up the phone to call you-  Missing you my little bro"

This tribute was added by amy color on 9th September 2009

"In honor of Your Life that was lived.
Your Light guided my path.
You are forever in my heart.
And forever a part of who I am."

This tribute was added by Terri Hall on 3rd September 2009

"Rick - Cousin - Friend
I know you are in a better place and am sure you are very happy.  We, however, will miss you tremendously. Your zest for life and helping others.  We love you."

This tribute was added by Albert and Sondra Lichtman on 3rd September 2009

"Our message was concluded without naming Rick's brother Michael.  What a blessing to have loving siblings and the love from Richard and Sharon."

This tribute was added by Albert and Sondra Lichtman on 3rd September 2009

"Uncle Al & Aunt Sondra cannot express sufficiently their sorrow in the loss of Rick.
We deeply feel the sorrow of Sharon, Richard, Annette and Angie as well as Rick's sons."

This tribute was added by Debra Muroff on 31st August 2009

"Rick was, and still is, my best friend & my brother. There was not a movie line or song he didn't know, & he could throw out at you that would fit the situation. Going on without him seems impossible."

This tribute was added by robert{uncle bob} lichtman on 30th August 2009

"There are no words to express my sorrow for my brother Richard and my  and sister-inlaw  Sharon .I weep for the loss of a wonderful nephew. Rita & I pray for Annette, Michael and Angie & their kids."

This tribute was added by Lori Lichtman on 21st August 2009

"I can't believe Rick is gone.  It is so good to hear how he touched so many people's lives.  I wish that I had spent more time with him."

This tribute was added by Angie Glaspie on 21st August 2009

"I never imagined God would send such beautiful rainbows even in the MIDST of this storm!  Thank you Lord for the rainbows and for seeing us safely thru this storm!"

This tribute was added by Annette Mulcahy on 21st August 2009

"My Brother - My Friend
I can't imagine you not being in my life
I miss you and will always love you !!!"


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