Rick V. Diarmit

February 10, 1959June 23, 2018
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Rick V. Diarmit. Devoted father of Ruby, Kyle and Donovan. Beloved son of Patricia Snow and the late James Diarmit. Brother uncle Buddy Eggert. Loving brother of Renee (Warren) Johnson and Joan (Gregory) Landwehr. Cherished grandson of Gilbert and Elma Eggert. Dearest uncle of Kari (Richard) Rabiola, Shannon Landwehr, Nicole Johnson, Richard (Lisa) Kostrzeski and Robert Landwehr. Dear great-uncle of Briana, Richard, Vincent, Logan, Angela, Ashley, Kari and Bennett. Fond step-son of Robert Snow.

Genuine, warm-hearted, proud father, loving friend, loyal business partner and caretaker to countless individuals, both personally and professionally. Restaurateur Rick (Ricky) Diarmit chose his words carefully, but whenever he spoke, everyone took note of his wisdom and his no-nonsense attitude. Born and raised on Chicago’s Northwest side, Rick spent the last several decades of his life as a partner in One Off Hospitality Group, particularly overseeing daily operations of the West Loop institutions Blackbird and avec.

Rick loved both restaurants with everything he had, and he spent every day of his incredible career practicing his most dearly held value: “Everyone is welcome.” He was the proud father of three beautiful children, and a compassionate soul to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Always one to support and look after his loved ones, Rick is survived by his children, Kyle, Ruby, and Donovan (Finn); his Blackbird and avec families, current and former; his business partners and dear friends: Paul Kahan, Eduard Seitan, Terry Alexander, Peter Garfield, Kimberly Galban, and Donnie Madia Gianfrancisco; and his mother, Patricia Snow, who spent more than a decade alongside Rick at Blackbird, working in the pastry kitchen to make thousands upon thousands of truffles for guests to enjoy.

In lieu of flowers, Rick's children have requested for donations to be made in his honor. All donations can be made to World Relief Chicago, a non-profit organization that provides resettlement, social and legal services to refugees from across the world, including Central and South America, Mexico, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. World Relief is headquartered on the Northwest side of Chicago, blocks from where Rick grew up. He was a Chicago man through and through, and we encourage you to carry on his passion for providing opportunity to anyone seeking a home in the city he loved.


  • Visitation Thursday, June 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Interment Friday, June 29, 2018

Rick V. Diarmit

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D. F.

September 29, 2018

To the beloved family, relatives, and friends, may the God the Celestial Lights continue to heal your pain and to mend your broken hearts.

Patti Osberg Pieszko

June 30, 2018

I met Rick 20 years ago or so at a local neighborhood bar in Logan Square. We grew up in the same "hood" although I didn't know him growing up as I'm a few years older, but when I met him at the local bar we had mutual friends. When I met him, I just thought, wow, what a gentleman, so nice, kind, courteous. A real breath of fresh air! A rare find. I would see him occasionally at the bar, and have friendly conversation. Rick wasn't one of those people that you wanted to avoid. You definitely wanted to say hi.

I was so sorry to hear of his passing and would like to express my deepest condolences to his family, particularly his beautiful children. Thoughts, prayers and love go out to all.

Linda Scafidi Stoll

June 29, 2018

My prayers for Rick and his family. May he Rest in Paradise.

Lala Kujawa

June 28, 2018

Patty and family ,I was so sad to hear about Rickie. I am so sorry for your loss i will keep you in my prayers.

Ginger Sikora

June 27, 2018

There are no words that will take away this pain..but..remembering his smile & his funny little smirk when (as a kid) he thought he was getting away with something...THAT will help you get through these days ahead.

With all of my Love and Prayers
Edwina (Ginger) Sikora

Laura LaPlante

June 26, 2018

Ricky's personal attributes of kindness and loyalty, his chivalrous manners, are characteristics that so few can really lay claim to, even today. Over the last 30 years, Ricky (Donnie, too) made my trips of going back home to Chicago so much more memorable. Whether, it was dining at Avec with the girls or celebrating my 50th at Nico's, Ricky, made those experiences invaluable with his mindfulness. Gifting me with unbelievable memories of laughter and joy. Ricky, I am so grateful and honored to have been a recipient of your generosity. Grabbing a quick conversation with you as we stood out in the cold, around the corner from Avec, staring at Bumble Bee. I am grateful, for those quick moments of catching up on each other's lives as we talked about family, work and especially, you, speaking about your kids, radiating your love for them. May your spirit soar with the eagles, becoming powerful and free. May you grace your love ones with the strength of perseverance. So, that they will come to know peace and laughter once again. With love, respect, always, Laura From Minnesota. PS. The Anishinabe don't believe in goodbyes. I will see you again. PSS. I imagine there's a whole lot of gourmet restaurants where your at, just sayin'...