Robert J. Rickard, 80, of Brewster, NY, passed on Feb. 1, 2019.
Robert was born to Joseph and Helen Rickard, Feb. 16, 1938, in Queens, NY. He graduated from Power Memorial Academy in Manhattan, NY in 1955 and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Iona College in 1959. He married Barbara Schoeller in 1961, and they lived together for over 50 years in Brewster, NY. Together they raised four children.
He is survived by his wife and children: Lynn Wooley, Patricia (Christopher) Caridi and Suzanne (Michael) Moore of the Town of Southeast, NY and Robert S. (Kimberly) Rickard of Natick, MA, as well as ten grandchildren. His children remember him as a loving father and devoted husband.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Eileen Fernandez of Fort Walton Beach, FL. He also leaves behind his brother James (Patricia) Rickard of Hopewell Junction, NY. Robert spent most of his career as an accountant at IBM until he retired from a senior level position in 1994. After his retirement, he continued his relationship with the company, consulting for three years in Singapore to lead an effort to implement new financial systems.
A wake was held Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, from 4pm-8pm at Beecher Funeral Home in Brewster, NY. A funeral mass was held on Friday Feb. 8, 2019, 10 am at St. Lawrence O’Toole Church in Brewster, NY. A reception followed at Las Mañanitas, Brewster, NY. Rev. Richard Gill officiated the ceremony. The family requests that donations be made to Toys for Tots, www.toysfortots.org/donate/ and or American Cancer Society donate3.cancer.org.