February 6, 1926 – October 21, 2019
Felix Ricci, 93 formerly of Rumford died October 21, 2019 at the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris.
He was born on February 6, 1926 to Joseph Ricci and Grace Jannace Ricci. He lived in the Rumford area most of his life.
Felix worked in the Oxford Paper Mill for a short time before he was called for service to the United States Marines Corps.. He was honorably discharged after an injury on Iwo Jima and was a recipient of the Purple Heart Award.
He returned to the Rumford area and worked for Israelson Motors, and then he joined the Town of Rumford Highway department, retiring from there in 1986.
He became a volunteer fireman in 1948 for the Rumford Fire Department. He was a Senior Captain of Company 1.
Felix suffered a brain injury in 2009 and thrived under the loving care of his daughter Lisa and her husband Robert. At the time of his injury Lisa became his appointed guardian and his other daughter Wendy was entrusted to take care of his financial affairs.
Felix will be remembered for his stubbornness and sense of humor. He was a familiar face in many of the local diners for many years. He was also the proud owner of the former Rumford Fire Departments Engine No 1, a 1961 American LaFrance. He enjoyed driving it in the parades and ringing the bell for all of the townspeople. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 24.
His survivors include Lisa (Tutlis) Arsenault and her husband Robert, Wendy (Tutlis) Martin, Debra (Tutlis) Sirois and husband Timothy, brother Dominic Ricci of California and sister Theresa McDonald of Mexico Maine. He is also survived by six grandchildren including Joe Arsenault and his wife Katie and Brian Arsenault and his fiancee Erica who also assisted in caring for him.
He was pre-deceased by his wife Gladys, his parents Joseph & Grace, siblings Frank, Michael, Mary, Lucy and Constance Tutlis, special friend and the mother of his children
Wendy & Lisa wish to thank the following for assisting us in his care: Debbie (Honey) Dolloff, Kelly Jaramello, Michelle at Victorian Villa Daycare Services and especially Amy Herrick Bigonski and Bridget Lachance at the Maine Veterans Home who took care of Felix the past three years.
If so desired contributions in Felix’s memory may be made to the Fireman’s Relief Fund Rumford Fire Department 151 Congress Street Rumford, ME 04276.
- Joseph Ricci, Father (deceased)
- Grace (Jannace) Ricci, Mother (deceased)
- Gladys ( ) Ricci, Wife (deceased)
- Lisa (Tutlis) Arsenault & Husband Robert, Daughter
- Wendy (Tutlis) Martin, Daughter
- Debra (Tutlis) Sirois & Husband Timothy, Daughter
- Dominic Ricci, Brother
- Theresa McDonald, Sister
- Joe Arsenault & Wife Katie, Grandson
- Brian Arsenault & Fiancee` Erica, Grandson
Felix was also survived by four grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Frank, Michael, Mary and Lucy; and Constance Tutlis, special friend and mother of his children.
- If so desired contributions in Felix’s memory may be made to the Fireman’s Relief Fund Rumford Fire Department 151 Congress Street Rumford, ME 04276.
- Visitation Monday, October 28, 2019
October 25, 2019
My thoughts go out to the family who worked so hard to keep him home, where he was happiest. Felix had a beautiful smile and loved to banter with the people he loved. I know he will be missed.