OBITUARY

Richard Lawrence PASKAY

February 11, 1952November 6, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Rick Paskay of Tampa Florida. Rick lost a four year battle with cancer on November 6th, 2019 at the age of 67. Rick was the most honest, ethical, kindest, most empathetic man we ever met. Rick was a loving son, loving brother and loyal friend. Rick was a voracious reader and lover of all animals, especially cats and horses. Although Rick was a very private man he was always there for anyone with a kind word or deed, or book he thought you’d like to have. Rick was a professional singer in the 70’s with his band, Ricky Rocket and the Cast of Easy Tricks. He earned his living in NY and LA as a casting director, publicist, writer, filmmaker, and owner of the skateboard shop Shut Up and Skate, in Hollywood. Rick leaves behind his mother, Rose Paskay, brother Steve, sister-in-law Licia and hundreds of friends, and animals, whose lives he touched.

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Jerry Goldberg

November 18, 2019

Rick and I were great friends for over 30 years and his passing has left a big hole in my heart and a big hole in my life. He was the most ethical and conscientious person I know and most of all, Rick cared and helped. He cared about the quality of his work and about the lives and feelings of those around him, including his neighborhood animals that he fed and shared much time with in the later years of his life.

Rick lived an unconventional life on own his terms and accomplished things many people only dream about doing. In Los Angeles, we’d hang out and talk over a slice of pizza at Venice Beach, Pad Thai noodles at Toi on Sunset, or a bowl of pasta at Louisa’s. Rick’s clever sense of humor with his dry delivery of witty lines always caught me off-guard. He loved to read and gave me books for Christmas or my birthday. Still on my shelves, each is a reminder of him.

We shared a passion for filmmaking and collaborated together. I produced a project for him, he wrote one for me. He even was a make-up artist on a few of mine. About a year or so ago, Rick inspired me to read a book he thought might make a good movie. After reading it, I agreed with him and I’m very close to obtaining the film rights. If I ever make the movie, I will dedicate it to Rick.

The last time I saw Rick was 4 years ago in Tampa a few months after he had his major cancer treatments. Even though he was weak, he took me around to vintage tourist attractions, the auto show, his local swap meet and his favorite restaurant in his favorite booth. We both knew this would be the last time we would see each other. I’m grateful we had another 4 years to laugh and talk for hours on the phone together. Goodbye, Rick. I love you.

Sharon Bingle

November 8, 2019

I met Rick back in the late 70s when he was playing in a club in Tampa and it was instant friendship. We kept in touch over the years and always visited when possible. When I made my final move to Safety Harbor, I got in touch with Rick, only to find out we lived about 5 miles from each other.
Rick was always a very giving person. Back in January of this year, he asked me if I would accompany him to see Cher in Orlando! What a great night we had. It will be one of the most cherished memories I have of our friendship. I love you Rick, always in my heart~ Your friend always, Sharon

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY