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Rik Tanos
  • 64 years old
  • Date of birth: Nov 19, 1951
  • Date of passing: Nov 20, 2015
Let the memory of Rik be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rik Tanos, 64, born on November 19, 1951 and passed away on November 20, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Elaine Tanos on 28th May 2016

"There are so many things about Rik that I still can't seem to list all of them.  He touched so many lives. There were several friends that couldn't get into this site so I will list a few with their comments. Most of these were young adults in their twenties but loved our visits once or twice a month.  Miriam, she would never forget the mass of happy hours we all spent together. Tanja, She was like a daughter to Rik and she said it the best,"We were family." Jenny, She was so sad to hear that Rik had passed. Funny and nice, I believe our visits were always funny and nice. Teresa, She always called him Gran-Ricky. Rik was like a grandfather and the best.  Michaela, Rik had played such a important part in her life and her childhood and how he had made her a better person today.  I was the lucky one who had Rik for almost 25 years. He was a awesome husband, father (to my two Children) and Grandfather. He was always there for me during the good times and bad times. We took many wonderful vacations together but the best was taking the adventure and moving to Ecuador. He loved living in Ecuador and I am so happy that he got to have a few years of retirement there, just wished it would have been longer. I miss him every day!"

This tribute was added by Alan Boccinfuso on 27th May 2016

"Holy crap, sorry to hear about Ric, I worked at the same.place as he did in the 80's and we played hockey together in Thorold. Great guy, always looking after everyone making sure everyone was taken care of.  Sad loss to this world."

This tribute was added by Sylvia Fenton on 14th December 2015

"Peter and I were sadden to hear of Rik's passing.  It has been quite a few years since we have seen him. I will never forget when we lived on Aintree how he would knock on my kitchen window on his way out somewhere and scare the living daylights out of me. Our condolences go out to Richie and Jocelyn."

This tribute was added by Christene de Vlaming-Kot on 13th December 2015

"My deepest sympathies to the family.  I knew Rik in his younger days and my teen years.  I spent many days, evenings and nights babysitting his kids and spending many nights; cold and late nights,  score keeping for his SONAT systems hockey team.  Also appreciating rides in his RX7 - one of the first with just 300 km on his brand new car.    He loved his cars!"

This tribute was added by Valerie Rowe on 8th December 2015

"I was shocked and saddened by my cousins passing. Growing up next door gave me many memories of Rik. As a young child, Rik and I attended the Baptist Church on Franklin Ave, when the congregation began singing hymns that Rik did not know the words to, Rik loudly sang Davey Crocket. I have many wonderful memories of the Tanos family .... My thoughts are with you, Elaine."

This tribute was added by Gabrielle Lawson on 4th December 2015

"I've tried many times to write a tribute but no matter what I say will do justice to what Rik meant to my family and I and how blessed we were to have had him in our lives. Rik and Elaine were not only our neighbors for many years but they became our family as well. Rik always kept all the neighborhood kids and I busy and out of trouble. We laid sod, painted, and helped set up a hot tub to name a few. And we had a blast doing it all just because he was so much fun. Elaine and Rik made more of my track meets and basketball games then actual family members! That meant so much to me because sports were my life. Rik always had a kind word, a compliment, a smile, and was one of the most generous and caring men I have ever met. We could always count on Rik to be in the back room listening to his radio, or on the porch when I left in the morning because he was an early bird! Oh and man could he cook! Also I bet no ones house outside or inside was decorated better then theirs, especially during the holidays! When they moved to Ecuador we were so devatstaed but we knew our friendship would not end there. Mom and I had to privilege of traveling to visit them in Ecuador and had the absolute best time! I still just cannot believe Rik is gone. He was taken from this earth too soon, but what an amazing life he lived! Love you Rik, not a goodbye but a until I see you again!"

This tribute was added by Leslie Hinebaugh on 2nd December 2015

"My son and I met met Rik and Elaine 2 years ago walking to Supermaxi on Las Americas. When my husband arrived in  Cuneca 4 months later Rik cooked dinner for us and helped us get acclimated to our new city. We will  miss his Italian dinners and playing Phase Ten. Rik was always friendly and generous and funny. He will be missed. RIP, Rik."

This tribute was added by Vince Quaranto on 30th November 2015

"So Sorry for your loss looks like Rik enjoyed life to  the fullest he will always be in your hearts may God Bless him and welcome him into his arms God Bless you all"

This tribute was added by Morgan Tyler on 28th November 2015

"I am sorry for your loss Elaine but our loved ones never truly leave us..
Rip Rik"

This tribute was added by Jill Koslosky on 28th November 2015

"The Koslosky Kids were blessed with years of care by Rik and Elaine.  They learned to swim (and later became USA Swimmers (Garrett was the fastest Southeast Kansas league swimmer at 10) thanks to Mr. Rik and his swim lessons!  We loved the trophies he gave the kids as they mastered each stroke!  "He made the best spaghetti and was always smiling," said Molly.  "He had this awesome drum set and instruments that we got to play," said Garrett.  Rik shared music videos, let the kids watch "Jurassic Park", cooked the best food for the kids, and never gave away hints when the kids were playing hide-and-seek. Rik and Elaine shared a love of books and reading and the Harry Potter closet was soooo cool!  We appreciate everything Rik and Elaine have done to help us raise our kids!  Your adventurous lifestyle was inspiring!  Rik will be missed by all!"

This tribute was added by Teresa Hebblethwaiite on 28th November 2015

"So sorry for your loss. He will always be in your hearts. Hugs and prayers."

This tribute was added by Sharon Tanos on 28th November 2015

"Rik Did Have the most Wonderful Smile, you couldn't help but smile back, And the worlds best Hugs, so genuine comforting and reassuring
He will be Missed by ALL… XOX"

This tribute was added by Gary Sisk on 28th November 2015

"Rik was a fun guy to be around always happy never drank but was a good cook! Sometimes the good ones go to soon!"

This tribute was added by Beth Powell on 27th November 2015

"Rik was a special person who lived life. He didn't sit on the sidelines and watch it go by, for him life was most definitely not a spectator-sport. He was an anchor for me during my 20's. I loved our times together as a blended family in Florida, so glad I got to be part of all that! I will always remember him most on Thanksgiving, his turkeys were amazing and he loved cooking them sooo much. I always suspected that he cooked the turkeys just so he could have the turkey soup afterwards! My life is better for having known him and I will miss him."

This tribute was added by Elaine Tanos on 27th November 2015

"Rik will be missed. He always had wonderful smile. He was such a talented person! From Hockey, restoring mustangs, writing books and helping others get their books published Loved life to the fullest. We had so many wonderful times together with family & friends. Rik you will truly be missed! Love you always!"

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