ForeverMissed
A chapter in our collective lives has closed: our great husband, father and friend Rick, has passed from the skin of this beautiful blue gem we call home.
The amount of lives this gentle soul touched and affected are too numerous to list.
Husband, Dad, Grandfather, brother, friend, cable car grip, Vietnam veteran (1967-68), carpenter, waiter, softball pitcher and umpire. No better man ever! Wearing many hats, Rick discharged every responsibility attached to each with pride, diligence, dignity and ever-present smile.
Though Rick was born in D.C and spent his early years in Connecticut, Rick was a New Yorker, and more specifically a guy from Brooklyn from the time he moved there at age 11. Rick was funny, quick to laugh, had a smile that engaged all who saw it and brought an intense loyalty to those that he loved.
And then Rick came to San Francisco, with many of his fellow Brooklyn and New York friends following him out here. He was always there to greet them, take care of them and make them feel welcome as they established themselves here. And when friends and family came to visit San Francisco, "Ricky, Ricko, Rick" was there to show them a good time.
Though he had several jobs in his time in San Francisco, he was really a cable car gripman. For 27 years Rick had the pleasure of doing what he called the best job in the world. He had untold stories to tell, even writing a book of some of them.
And above all else, Rick was a father, husband, brother and friend to all. In addition to being a wonderful father to Owen, loving husband and partner to Stephanie and doting grandfather to Apollo, Rick was a brother to so many, even though he had lost his only brother and parents at the age of 11. His cousins, in-laws and many friends called him brother. He will be missed by so many but will continue to live on in all the memories and lessons he has given to us.
Posted by Stephen Stone on July 3, 2020
After reading all these tributes from friends and family they say it all about this loving human that gave so much of himself in his life to others. Led his life to the fullness in what ever he would do.
Met Rick threw Bill Phillips in the mid '80s when they had a house in Linda Mar. They had a ton of projects together and then all the sports especially baseball and his love for the sport. Feel blessed to have known him and have had so many adventures with him. 
He sure was blessed with having Stephanie and Owen and all these friends and family. My condolences to all who are grieving. 
Posted by Andrew Sciria on July 2, 2020
hello everyone i have been staying in touch with bill phillips and just read many posts from those i knew from bay ridge, the ox head and california. i always considered rick one of my best friends. we once bought some land together way back in l970 in ellenberg, new york. over the last thirty years i only visited san francisco two times. as usual rick was just incredibly gracious, kind, generous and always was so pleasant. one of my favorite things about rick was he tended to be quiet which to me is a beautiful trait.
  i was always so prone to want to be near his company as i felt very accepted and relaxed. i recently lost a close friend here in new england who i was married to some time ago. i also have been thinking about these names; alfred attara, jon trois, mike herzog and george ronaldson people who were in the group at the ox head and neighborhood.  rick was just a wonderful person who helped many people. i believe he sent me a copy of halfway to the stars his book on the cable car. he encouraged me to write a book also. i wish i had the chance to see rick one more time. the last time i saw him i was parting from san francisco we said goodbye and he was walking down a very narrow street downhill and i just stood and looked as he walked on. he loved doing those dipsea steps and walking with him was fantastic.
   rick also drove a bus before the cable cars and also worked with bill on many projects. lots of memories of touch football, softball and the ox head. rick once also was part owner of the organic hair care center in mill valley. many of us are just lucky to have known him. hope i get a chance to visit with some of you. love to all of you. drew sciria
Posted by Tarek Hararah on June 27, 2020
From the 1st day he stepped into my life, Rick left an impact on me that would last throughout the course of our 19 year relationship and, I’m certain, much longer. I had the pleasure of spending hundreds, if not thousands, of mornings and afternoons with him. We drank coffee and watched the world unfold from a wobbly corner table. We watched empty lots rise into buildings. We witnessed babies grow into adults. We watched cars go by, parades go by, muni go by, protests go by, nude cyclists go by, and Rick’s favorite: the cable car go by. On days that Rick worked, he would drop by while on his trip “halfway to the stars.” On the days that he didn’t we sat for hours and laughed a lot, told stories, and made countless friends and memories over macchiatos and almond biscotti. The time I spent with Rick shaped me and over time he became my brother and one of the most influential people in my life. Rick’s loyalty was fierce; his family and closest friends were the center of his life. He was a man of such unique and genuine character because he lived a unique life and rose above countless challenges. I’m honored to have been a witness to Rick’s grace and his generosity. While I’m deeply saddened by his passing, I will take some comfort in knowing that he has finally made it all the way to the stars. Rick, your friendship was priceless and I’m fortunate that you became a part of our family over the past two decades.
Posted by John Macey on June 16, 2020
Rick and I met in our early 20ies, at our favorite watering whole in Brooklyn, the Oxhead. We became fast friends.
I heard a few days ago that Rick was coming to the end of this adventure so I texted Stephanie asking her to tell Rick how I felt about my old friend, feelings we would never have expressed in our twenties.
I told Rick how I alway loved and admired him, his charisma, wit and sardonic sense of humor. I imagined him responding with: “Sure pally now you tell me.”
Love you Rick.
Posted by Theodore Junscb on June 16, 2020
My favorite cousin Rick if we were jogging in the marina running the gypsy steps or doing some sort of physical activity he was such a inspiration for me a war hero great athlete I’ll always remember Ricky never a bad word to say about anyone always up ....Gone but not forgotten I miss him dearly
Posted by Robert Junsch on June 16, 2020
Rick's way of enriching my life will continue, as a gift to me, and to all that knew him. His countless attributes made his presence flawless and always very special for me. He was the ultimate role model. I still strive to be like my cousin, the coolest guy on the block. Smooth sailing Rick.
Posted by Maryanne Jensen on June 15, 2020
There is nothing so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength!
To me, Rick epitomized this. He was a kind, fun-living, unassuming gentle man that possessed a quiet strength you knew you could always count on.
He brought love, stability and strong family bonds to Stephanie and Owen. He fit right into our large, loud family, becoming more a brother than an in-law, touching our lives with his easy smile and sense of humor!
While Rick left us far too soon, I take solace in knowing he is pain-free and at rest!
You are missed Rick❤️
Love and hugs to Steffi and Owen❤️
Posted by William LeDone on June 14, 2020
Rick was one of a kind. He was personable, genuine, warm and had a contagious smile. I met Rick in 1956 after being introduced to him by our close friend, Jim Savage. Rick touched the lives of many people just by his warmth and presence.

I will miss him and will always remember him as a true and caring friend. May he Rest In Peace.

Condolences to Stephanie, Owen and his extended family.

Love,

Bill LeDone


Posted by Bill Phillips on June 14, 2020
Everyone must leave something behind when he dies,my grandfather said.a child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made .Or a garden planted.Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die,and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted,you’re there.......It doesn’t matter matter what you do,he said,so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.The difference between a man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching,he said.the lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime......Ray Bradbury ,Fahrenheit 451
Posted by Sandy Weil on June 14, 2020
Dear Stephanie and Owen, and all of Rick's family:
I've had the pleasure of hanging with Rick (and family) on holidays at the Junsch house on 28th Ave, being a neighbor for years. His smile alone says everything about him. What a gift he has been to everyone's path he crossed with his great energy. He will be missed by so many.
Holding you all in my heart,
Sandy
Posted by Richard Sheehan on June 14, 2020
About 31 years ago, my family and I went to California on vacation. While we were in San Francisco...of course we took a ride on a Cable Car. As fate would have it my friend from Brooklyn, Rick, was our Brakeman and I said I was going to say hi. My daughter Carrie was 15 at the time and prone to embarrassment by many things...especially her father...
she told me that I didn’t know the guy on the cable car and she told me not to say hello to him...

Well it was Rick and we all said hello and had a good laugh...

A few years later my daughter entered college at Cal Berkeley. Prior to her graduation, I called Rick and asked him for a good Italian Restaurant in San Francisco to celebrate after the graduation. Rick recommended FIOR d’ ITALIA...of course it was great...

This story about the Cable Car has become part of our family lore.

Rick was a terrific guy. What I remember best about Rick was his great smile.

Thanks for the memories and our most sincere condolences to the family,

Dick Sheehan
Posted by Marie Savage on June 14, 2020
I am so sad to learn about Rick. I met him through my husband, Jim Savage, a life-long friend of his. Rick was always very pleasant and polite, and had a good sense of humor.
I saw Rick whenever he came to NYC. After hurricane Sandy, he was stuck in Manhattan. Jim and I picked him up and we kept each other company for 2 days until he could return home. We enjoyed every minute of our time together. 
We'll miss Rick. My thoughts and prayers are with Stephanie and Owen, and all those who loved him.
Posted by Jim Savage on June 14, 2020
The term had already started when Sister Georgina told our class at St. Patrick’s that a new boy would be joining us that day, and to make him feel welcome. A short while later the boy was delivered to our classroom. He was a nice-looking boy. He sat down, put on his glasses and looked straight ahead unsmiling, and he never uttered a sound. That afternoon when the class was dismissed I saw him walking alone on 95th Street. I caught up to him and said hello. He said his name was Ricky and that he just moved to Brooklyn from Connecticut. That was in early 1956 — January I think — we were 11 years old. We have been very close friends since that day. Over the years we shared many experiences along with our childhood friend Bill LeDone. I loved Rick. He had that way about him. It was easy to love Rick. I loved to make him laugh. I spoke to him a few days before he passed. Stephanie told be he responded with a smile. I wept.
Posted by Michael Junsch on June 14, 2020

To my big brother Rick, you were always there for me and always had time for me. You taught me the facts of life when I was 8 after I asked my mother how do you make a baby and got slapped in the face, we played stickball and softball together with your friends , you took me to Jet games(when they were good) and basketball games, you taught me how to drive your triumph and I blew the water hose, but my fondest memory is when I would sit in our room while you were doing schoolwork and just talk. I never heard you say a bad word about anybody. You were a great husband , father, and a new grandfather. You were a loyal friend to many. You left this world a better place. You passed in peace. I will cherish the good times we had together and I was blessed to call my brother.

Love Mike
Posted by Stanley Fukuda on June 13, 2020
I don't know how long I knew Rick. Seems like I've always known him. He was an opponent, a teammate and friend. Always positive, always rooting for you. What I call a "stand up guy". I'll miss him dearly. R.I.P.Ricky J.
Posted by Elsie Del Monaco on June 13, 2020
Whenever Rick's name is mentioned only positive images appear. Happy, funny, thoughtful, loving, clever, industrious. I could go on. It was a pleasure to have known Rick for so many years and to get to meet and share good times with his beautiful family. Rick was a positive force in this world and I'm grateful for him. Rest in peace dear Rick.

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Posted by Stephen Stone on July 3, 2020
After reading all these tributes from friends and family they say it all about this loving human that gave so much of himself in his life to others. Led his life to the fullness in what ever he would do.
Met Rick threw Bill Phillips in the mid '80s when they had a house in Linda Mar. They had a ton of projects together and then all the sports especially baseball and his love for the sport. Feel blessed to have known him and have had so many adventures with him. 
He sure was blessed with having Stephanie and Owen and all these friends and family. My condolences to all who are grieving. 
Posted by Andrew Sciria on July 2, 2020
hello everyone i have been staying in touch with bill phillips and just read many posts from those i knew from bay ridge, the ox head and california. i always considered rick one of my best friends. we once bought some land together way back in l970 in ellenberg, new york. over the last thirty years i only visited san francisco two times. as usual rick was just incredibly gracious, kind, generous and always was so pleasant. one of my favorite things about rick was he tended to be quiet which to me is a beautiful trait.
  i was always so prone to want to be near his company as i felt very accepted and relaxed. i recently lost a close friend here in new england who i was married to some time ago. i also have been thinking about these names; alfred attara, jon trois, mike herzog and george ronaldson people who were in the group at the ox head and neighborhood.  rick was just a wonderful person who helped many people. i believe he sent me a copy of halfway to the stars his book on the cable car. he encouraged me to write a book also. i wish i had the chance to see rick one more time. the last time i saw him i was parting from san francisco we said goodbye and he was walking down a very narrow street downhill and i just stood and looked as he walked on. he loved doing those dipsea steps and walking with him was fantastic.
   rick also drove a bus before the cable cars and also worked with bill on many projects. lots of memories of touch football, softball and the ox head. rick once also was part owner of the organic hair care center in mill valley. many of us are just lucky to have known him. hope i get a chance to visit with some of you. love to all of you. drew sciria
Posted by Tarek Hararah on June 27, 2020
From the 1st day he stepped into my life, Rick left an impact on me that would last throughout the course of our 19 year relationship and, I’m certain, much longer. I had the pleasure of spending hundreds, if not thousands, of mornings and afternoons with him. We drank coffee and watched the world unfold from a wobbly corner table. We watched empty lots rise into buildings. We witnessed babies grow into adults. We watched cars go by, parades go by, muni go by, protests go by, nude cyclists go by, and Rick’s favorite: the cable car go by. On days that Rick worked, he would drop by while on his trip “halfway to the stars.” On the days that he didn’t we sat for hours and laughed a lot, told stories, and made countless friends and memories over macchiatos and almond biscotti. The time I spent with Rick shaped me and over time he became my brother and one of the most influential people in my life. Rick’s loyalty was fierce; his family and closest friends were the center of his life. He was a man of such unique and genuine character because he lived a unique life and rose above countless challenges. I’m honored to have been a witness to Rick’s grace and his generosity. While I’m deeply saddened by his passing, I will take some comfort in knowing that he has finally made it all the way to the stars. Rick, your friendship was priceless and I’m fortunate that you became a part of our family over the past two decades.
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Shared by ELIZABETH LANG on June 16, 2020
Mike and I were so fortunate to know Rick as a brother-in-law, as a friend, and as a traveling partner.  When Stephanie brought Rick into the loud, boisterous, playful, and loving Jensen clan, Rick took it all in stride.  He was beloved by all of us, and rightfully so, as Rick was always gracious, quick witted, and knowledgeable on so many subjects, fitting right in.
Mike and I visited Stephanie and Rick often for the weekend.  We would go to a different restaurant each time, per their recommendation.  We would have breakfast at T's, and go for a walk in the city or in Marin County.

We had the pleasure of taking some trips with Rick and Stephanie over the years.  We went to southwest Utah, with Kathy and Trish too, to visit the beautiful state and national parks. Though some of the hikes were not Rick's thing, he played along with us or gave us the space and time to go without him while he found activities he enjoyed.  We had our first Cook-off competition while in St George and Rick took over the BBQ duties. 
Mike and our son David had the great opportunity to go to NY with Stephanie, Rick, and Owen to watch a Yankees game during the farewell season of Yankee stadium.  Rick showed the guys around, as only a native New Yorker can.  They had such a great time and still talk about that trip today.

The last trip we took with Rick and Stephanie was to beautiful Banff, Canada.  Knowing how much Mike, Stephanie, and I like to hike, Rick would join us because it gave us so much joy.  So, we climbed mountains for the beautiful vistas, we walked around stunning Lake Louise, we visited the Columbia Icefield, and walked up Johnston Canyon to see the thermal pools.  

And Rick was especially generous when he encouraged and enjoyed the trips Stephanie, Mike, and I took trekking around the world. I am forever thankful for his generosity and his willingness for us to take Stephanie away for an adventure.



He loved my sister.

Shared by Andrew Jensen on June 13, 2020
I don’t think I’ll be as eloquent as others in mourning Rick.  He was the one man who made Steph happy.  That was enough for me.