"God made us for joy." -Pope John Paul II
  • 56 years old
  • Born on April 1, 1960 .
  • Passed away on August 2, 2016 .

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Fr. Richard Hoynes, 56, born on April 1, 1960 and passed away on August 2, 2016. We will remember him forever.

  PLEASE share a  STORY or a TRIBUTE to keep his memory alive for his nephews and niece  that he loved so much! 

 In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to St. John’s Seminary. A Special fund has been set up in his name.

Please make your checks to St John's Seminary and indicate that this is in honor of Fr. Richard Hoynes on the memo line.


St John's Seminary
Attn. Julia  
5012 Seminary Rd.
Camarillo, CA 93012



choose “one-time donation”

choose “make a contribution”

  choose “memorial” in the designation line

Any questions please call Julia @ 213-354–2608.


Posted by Thomas Purcell on 2nd August 2018
Rick, Chuck and Mike Hoynes used to play football with my family back when we were kids together. One afternoon, while playing a game where Rick was the quarterback he must have connected with me 4 or 5 times in a row and gave me name that stuck with me forever-- he called me 'Sticky Fingers' and it stuck. Every time we played together, he referred to me as 'Sticky fingers'. He always had a smile on his face, as well as his heart. One of the few people I've passed in life that I can honestly say was a good man. His passing was such a loss.
Posted by Anna Sobarzo on 3rd August 2018
Fr Richard I believe & know that you are still present in my life. Two years have gone by so fast but it doesn’t matter because you will always be with me. I love & pray for you, God chose you & now it’s official you are an Angel ❤️
Posted by Becky Cooper on 2nd August 2018
Every day we wish you were still here even now more than ever after the birth of our daughter, Diana. We know you're smiling down on us and her, and you're constantly showering us with your blessings. As much as we wish she could grow up with you in her life teaching her all about Disney and Star Wars, she will know all about you through the wonderful memories and stories we have of you. We love you, and may the force always be with you Uncle Fr. Rich! Love, Justin, Becky and Diana Cooper
Posted by Kathy Hoynes on 2nd August 2018
Another year and still not any easier. So many memories and so many reminders keep his spirit alive, but also keeps the heartache of losing my brother. Rich, I am pressing on with your hope of making the CHOC Walk our annual tradition to preserve our future generation. I will be there again this year and I know you'll be there with me too! I love you and miss you dearly!
Posted by Stuart Schafer on 2nd August 2018
In two weeks Lisa and I will be married after walking a very long road that Fr. Richard opened up. I'm sure that in spirit he will be present!
Posted by Bill Gamble on 2nd August 2017
It's not the same without you here. You are very missed. Rest In Peace my friend.
Posted by Stuart Schafer on 2nd August 2017
We still miss him, and remember his continued guidance through the annulment process which finally concluded successfully. We sure wish he would be here to celebrate our wedding. Requiescat in pacem!
Posted by Edmund Purcell on 3rd April 2017
Happy Birthday Rick...
Posted by Vicki Boehnke on 2nd April 2017
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Father Rick!
Posted by William Cordero on 1st April 2017
Happy birthday my friend, miss you dearly.
Posted by Stuart Schafer on 18th September 2016
Fr. Richard was a dear friend for some 20 years and my spiritual director. He knew both me and my fiancee well. We used to have a men's group and we would all pray for each other. Some priests seem uncomfortable about receiving, but Fr. Richard was glad to receive support, encouragement, and prayer. I remember when he was assigned to a Hispanic parish - being one of very few Japanese speaking priests, and later when he was assigned to the Japanese mission, it was not simple to switch gears from Spanish, so I used to kid him with "mucho arigato" and "domo gracias." I remember, small thing though it may seem, how one of the last times I got to have dinner with him at a Japanese restaurant and, even though it was pretty difficult for him, he honored the Japanese way of pouring sake for me. That really touched me, and that's the kind of man of God he was - like Jesus. I think it was rough on him the last several months because he liked to get around and minister to people (which he still did, of course, at St. John of God), but he always showed a positive tone of helping where he could. To my old friend I can say, no more illness and constraints; you're in God's hands now; and most definitely, MUCHO ARIGATO! In Christ, Stuart Schafer
Posted by Chance Chanc.e on 1st September 2016
"There's going to be a resurrection ". Acts 24:15.I Hope the promise to see your dear loved one again comforts you.My sympathy for each of you.
Posted by Philip Herbst on 24th August 2016
Fr. Richard invited my son into the faith in March of 2014. In so doing, he also brought me back in. His warmth, humility, and cheer were the very embodiment of all this is good with the Faith. I can think of none better to have introduced my child to the Church. His acts, indeed his life, have set so much Glory into motion. My heart, the heart of my family will always be deeply in Fr. Richard's debt.
Posted by Anna Sobarzo on 22nd August 2016
Fr. Richard chosen by God to be His Good Shepard to tend his flock here on earth. Fr Richard did it with Love, Kindness & his devotion to Our Lord which he graciously shared with us all. We all miss you & it is with heavy hearts we say good by Good Shepard, Good Friend from the Sobarzo Family. We will Always have you in Our Hearts We Love You. Our Deepest Condolence to the Hoynes Family
Posted by Mary Cordero on 21st August 2016
My love and gratitude for Fr. Richard is very deep because of his good example of his tender love of Jesus and Mary Our Lady of Lourdes. I'm thankful for the spiritual guidance he gave me in the time that I knew him. With love, your sister in Christ, Sr. Mary Lopez. Friend @.SJOG
Posted by Mary Cordero on 20th August 2016
My Dear Friend Fr. Richard , a very faithful servant of God and beloved son of our Blessed Mother Mary. He was a wonderful priest and beautiful friend, I miss you already. In my heart, prayers and thoughts always.
Posted by Rebecca Woolery on 13th August 2016
Fr. Richard was such a good friend to my brother Richard. He was also so kind to our family. He was generous with his time by blessing our homes and offering support when my sister-in-law Florence was ill. Fr. Richard was co-celebrant at Florence's funeral Mass which gave us great comfort. May our Lord bless Fr. Richard and give comfort and peace to his family and friends. With love, Becky Woolery-Fredrickson and family. xoxo
Posted by Edmund Purcell on 12th August 2016
I spent a lot of time in the Hoynes' house as a boy as we were neighbors and my brother and I were good friends with Mike and Chuck. Rick was always so kind to us and I was struck by his maturity and sense of purpose, whether helping at OLPH or volunteering to fight fires in the California foothills. Such a good spirit, he will be missed. God bless you Rick...
Posted by Pat Purcell on 12th August 2016
I remember Rick as a child...kind, gentle soul...as was his Mom, Sadie....we were neighbors and my sons and Rick, along with Chuck were friends...RIP
Posted by Heather & Chuck Hoynes on 12th August 2016
I remember meeting Fr Richard at the fair. He had his own little personal air conditioner around his neck, from like Sharper Image or someplace like that. He was doing the fair in comfort and style! Praying for your family. From my friend Missy
Posted by Geri Zainhofsky on 12th August 2016
Rest in peace, Father Ricky. We love you.

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