Theodore H. Rickard
June 17, 1930 – June 21, 2020
Yarmouth Port- Theodore(Ted) Rickard died at the Cape Cod Hospital surrounded by the love and support of his family. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday. He was born in Evanston, IL the youngest son of the late Garrett E. Rickard and Elizabeth Rorke Rickard on June 17, 1930. He was Jesuit educated at Loyola Academy and Loyola University of Chicago, Class of 1952. Ted received a commission in the U.S. Army. He fought in the Korean Conflict U.S. Special Forces, Airborne Infantry. He received The Korean presidential citation, Korean service medal with two bronze stars and a Bronze Star Medal.
Rickard was a magazine writer, trade journal editor, and publisher over a forty-year career in Chicago, IL. In retirement he wrote humorous essays on family life with work appearing in publications as diverse as The American Legion Magazine and The Washington Post. He retired in Yarmouth Port in 2000. He continued to write essays and wrote plays which won many awards.
He is survived by his loving wife Audrey Kendrick Rickard. Proud father of; Drew Ann Green(Bruce)IN, Theodore(Ted) Rickard Jr.(Susan) IL, James Rickard(Nicole) MN, and stepchildren; John W. Rutherford Jr.(Deidre) OR, Sue Rutherford AZ, Julie R. Dwyer(Kevin) GA, Polly R. Ziolkowski(Joe)CA, Sally R. Trollinger(Daniel)CA. He was preceded in death by his daughter Jean Donnelly, his son Mark Rickard and step-son Mark Rutherford. He was very proud of his 19 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Ted was a man of great intelligence, humility, integrity and humor. His kindness and selflessness made a lasting impression on all who had the privilege of meeting him. He was an avid golfer and transitioned to croquet in his latter years which he loved. He was a friend of Bill W. His family and friends loved him dearly and will tell stories of him for years to come.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am Tuesday, June 30th at Our Lady of the Cape Church 468 Stony Brook Road, Brewster MA. Interment will be private at Bourne Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Our Lady Of The Cape.
- Garrett E. Rickard and Elizabeth Rorke Rickard, parents (deceased)
- Audrey Kendrick Rickard, Wife
- Drew Ann Green (Bruce), Daughter
- Theodore(Ted) Rickard Jr. (Susan), Son
- James Rickard (Nicole), Son
- John W. Rutherford Jr. (Deidre), Step Son
- Sue Rutherford, Step Daughter
- Julie R. Dwyer (Kevin), Step Daughter
- Polly R. Ziolkowski (Joe), Step Daughter
- Sally R. Trollinger (Daniel), Step Daughter
- Jean Donnelly, Daughter (deceased)
- Mark Rickard, Son (deceased)
- Mark Rutherford, Step Son (deceased)
- He was very proud of his 19 grandchildren,nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Theodore H. Rickard
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Pegi Flanagan Frostholm
July 2, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of Ted's passing. He and Audrey were such dear friends of my mom, Beth Flanagan, and she always spoke so fondly of both of them. Audrey, my prayers are with you and your family as you make your way through this very difficult time.
Grace and Bill Day
June 28, 2020
Ted’s presence will be sorely missed. We will always remember him as a kind, thoughtful, intelligent “young” man. His sharpe wit and warm sense of humor will forever bring a quiet chuckle and broad smile to our face. Sincere condolences to Audrey and his family.