It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce the passing of Richard V. Maher on Feb. 11, 2013. He was known as Rick, Ricky, Rickster, Dad, Papa, Pops, and affectionately named “Our Hero.”
Rick was born Nov. 2, 1950 in Jefferson City, Mo., to Jack and Aline Maher. After his birth, he and his parents moved to Eldon, Mo. The young family decided to move to Vallejo, Calif., for a better life. They drove west in 1951, but returned to Eldon for a brief time. Then in 1954 they drove back to Vallejo, where they settled. After moving back to California, Rick’s sister Vickie was born, and later his brother Rod.
Rick lived most of his days as a young boy and man in Vallejo. He attended Pennycook Elementary, then Ridgeview Junior High in Napa, and graduated from Hogan Senior High in 1968. He attended Sacramento State University, graduating in 1972 with a degree in government.
He loved the game of baseball, playing in East Vallejo Little League, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and fast pitch softball. He excelled in athletics. Known for his speed and as a lefty, Rick often was lead-off batter, loving to drag bunt. He continued his love of baseball, coaching others including his two sons Doug and Brad throughout the years. Most recently he loved watching all of his grandsons’ various sporting events. He was very proud of all of them.
Growing up, Rick also loved playing the trombone and listening to music, from Jimi Hendrix to various country artists. His love of music continued throughout his life; he especially enjoyed live concerts from various genres.
Starting at a young age during summer breaks, Rick worked in the family concrete business, joining the company full time after graduating college in 1972. He worked his way up from stripping and cleaning form boards in the yard to carpenter, estimator and superintendent. In 1987 his dad, Jack, retired and Rick formed his own company with his younger brother Rod. In 1997, Rick became the sole owner of R&R Maher Construction Co. Rick’s sons, Doug and Brad, joined him in the family business — Doug in 1993, and Brad in 1997. Rick’s hard work, intelligence and perseverance made him a successful businessman. He was admired and respected by many over his 40-year career, creating loyal relationships with his employees and business associates. Throughout his successes, he always remained humble and gracious.
Rick is survived by his loving partner, Nadine Fry; his sons, Doug and Brad, and daughter-in-law, Kristin; grandsons, Jobey, Bailey, Dakota, Colton and Trenton; his parents, Jack and Aline; sister, Vickie Gomez (Larry); brother, Rod (Angie); extended family, Craig Fry (Briana and Olivia) and Kelli Fry Sequest (Adam and Alana); and by numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by an infant brother named John Gregory.
The service for Rick will be Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the Tulocay Chapel, 411 Coombsville Road, Napa. Celebration of life and love to follow. Words of sympathy may be sent to the family online at TulocayCemetery.org. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.