OBITUARIO

Dr. Richard A. Olexa M.D.

3 noviembre , 198024 septiembre , 2020

Well folks, Rich has taken his talents to heaven. Upon arrival he was met by his mother Hilda, his grandparents, cousins, some aunts and uncles, and several dogs. He quickly made himself at home and began teasing them while playing random songs he thought applied to the moment on the most badass IPhone ever!

While still here Rich became a professor. He used his wit and humor to teach future health professionals, many of whom are currently on the frontlines of the Covid pandemic. He took great pride in his work and great joy in his students.

Rich was also an amazing friend. He always wanted the best for those around him. He expected great things but helped you achieve those goals. He did have a way to call you on your B.S. but he made sure you knew you were loved.

For someone who hated to travel he sure lived in a ton of places! 6 cities and 2 countries to be exact. No matter where he went, nothing made him happier than to be in Florida with his family and friends.

Ever the proud Cuban, and adopted Columbian, he loved sharing with others the culture, tastes and sounds of the island and country he never saw. One of the best things he did was to fling his dance partners around the dance floor to the sounds of Celia Cruz, Wilfrido Vargas, Fonseca and many others. If you were lucky enough to be one of those dance partners, he’d make you look like an expert while your feet never touched the ground.

The last 8 years Rich called Cortez, FL home. A little slice of Old Florida. He found a quirky little street on an even quirkier little island and fell in love. He’d often call just to say, “Where do I live?” in amazement of a particularly beautiful sunset or a kind gesture from a friend. He truly considered himself blessed.

He leaves behind his father, sister, brother in law, and countless framily (who were just as important to him as any of us). I’m sure he has a lot of opinions about how things should run up there and is giving the Big Man a run for his money.

Servicios

  • Funeral Service

    viernes, 2 octubre , 2020

  • Visitation

    viernes, 2 octubre , 2020

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Dr. Richard A. Olexa M.D.

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Laura Heath

octubre 6, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Olexa family, and all others who had a bit more laughter and love in their life because of Rich.

Rich and I attended PCOM together, and while I haven't seen him since then, I'll always think of him and smile. As he was fresh from Florida, I remember laughing till I was crying at his bewilderment with 1) warning signs on the highway that bridges freeze before road surfaces (he thought one sign at the state line really would suffice), and 2) that people actually hit deer with their car. In typical Rich style, his pantomiming was priceless. While no doubt a great professor, I think he may have missed his calling in stand-up comedy.

Rest in peace, Rich, and thank you for sharing your light with the world. You have touched many, and you will be missed.

Jennifer Knight

octubre 2, 2020

My Dear Rich,
After reading all of the heartfelt messages on this page, one thing came to my mind over and over again. You have touched many people’s lives as you did mine. Even more profound was reading from the many students you inspired during your tenure as a professor. The students that you inspired will go on to help countless others. I couldn’t be more proud of you. Kindness and laughter are contagious and you have given the world a hefty dose of them to spread around.
I will cherish our friendship always and forever.
Show them up there that it’s always appropriate to wear a collared shirt, no matter how casual the occasion. And make sure you keep going for bullseye.
I love you,
‘J’

Jennifer Elliott

octubre 2, 2020

Words mean so little when trying to express what Rich meant to not only myself, but to so many Nursing Students and Health Professions Students at The State College of Florida. Dr. Olexa shared his knowledge and passion with his students and made a difference in many, many lives. He adored his family - always holding them close to him. He treasured his friends and their friendships, as we treasured his. He will be deeply missed as a Professor, as a son, as a brother, as a doggy dad, and as a friend.
He was and remains a beautiful soul and will always be in our hearts. All our love,
Jen Elliott

Linette Gallo

octubre 2, 2020

Hey Uncle Rich,
Well, I refuse to say goodbye... because I know you’re going to be around, probably where the party is, but always watching over the people you love. That’s what you always did. You were like a brother to my husband, and you quickly became part of my family...First as Logan’s attorney, then Uncle Rich to my children... you were the life of the party, I have never heard my dad laugh so hard at your jokes and stories. Every time I see a box of pastelitos I will think of you trying to smuggle them home. You were someone who I could always count on.. you guided me through tough times.. you were there for me whenever I needed to talk. You always had a way to help people move forward and never give up... Any tearful conversation always ended up in a laugh. I will thank you forever for being there for us always.. and I know you will continue to be, Uncle Rich :)
Huge hug-Linette

Jeff Laborda

octubre 1, 2020

I don't remember exactly when Rich & I started working together at SCF, but I will always remember the friendship, ideas, challenges, and expertise that he freely gave me regularly. While he was truly an awesome colleague in so many ways, the thing that I appreciate and love most was the friendship, advice and empathy that he genuinely gave during my whole "Coming OUT" saga in my late 40's. It was really important for me to have people that I could share my thoughts with and try to be more open with. Rich was one of those friends. I will never forget him, and will always love and miss him. Rest in Peace my friend.

Ophelia Hernandez

octubre 1, 2020

John and Cary, I would like to share a memory of Richy... If you can remember, when Stevie moved to Chicago from Florida, Richy helped him drive a truck with all of their belongings... This happened in December, during a deep freeze.... I can remember the day they arrived and Richy walked into our house. He was all bundled up with layers of sweaters, scarves, knitted hat and a heavy coat... You could barely see his eyes... The first words that came out of his mouth was.... “What the hell are you people doing living here in this freezing cold tundra”... well, if you know Richy, you know that those weren’t his exact words...LOL ... I just cracked up laughing...
That was Richy, always making people laugh... The Hernandez family will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers... Richy, you will be missed... ❤️🙏🏼❤️

Linette Gallo

octubre 1, 2020

Hey Uncle Rich,
Well, I refuse to say goodbye... because I know you’re going to be around, probably where the party is, but always watching over the people you love. That’s what you always did. You were like a brother to my husband, and you quickly became part of my family...First as Logan’s attorney, then Uncle Rich to my children... you were the life of the party, I have never heard my dad laugh so hard at your jokes and stories. Every time I see a box of pastelitos I will think of you trying to smuggle them home. You were someone who I could always count on.. you guided me through tough times.. you were there for me whenever I needed to talk. You always had a way to help people move forward and never give up... Any tearful conversation always ended up in a laugh. I will thank you forever for being there for us always.. and I know you will continue to be, Uncle Rich :)
Huge hug-Linette

Rhonda Kichens

octubre 1, 2020

No words.

Which, you may have appreciated.

Sharon Bell

octubre 1, 2020

Rich was one of the kindest funniest most genuine people I have had the pleasure of being friends with in my life. He helped me so much with the passing of my father and moving to a new place and new community. He was a champion. He was incredible. I can not believe he is gone this soon. It just doesn't seem right.

Gabrielle OBrien

octubre 1, 2020

On behalf of the Florida State University Medical Response Unit, our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends for the loss of Richard Olexa. We are reminded of his legacy everyday through the opportunities afforded to us by Medical Response Unit. Richard founded our organization almost 18 years ago under its original name, the First Responder Unit, during his time as an undergraduate student here at FSU. His vision for a collegiate Emergency Medical Services (EMS) volunteer organization started as a student volunteer & involvement club has now grown into its own department at FSU’s University Health Services with roughly 100 student responder members who continue to carry out his idea of training students to serve other students and members of the FSU community. This organization has provided countless opportunities for hundreds of students over the years that wouldn’t have been possible without his idea, passion, & ambition. We are beyond grateful for the legacy Richard Olexa has left here at Florida State University and we will continue to recognize his impact and honor his memory in the years to come.
May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Respectfully,

Gabrielle OBrien
Executive Director
Medical Response Unit
Florida State University

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