I was sitting in my car early this morning after driving my daughter to school and she sends me your beautiful letter in a text. I in turn sent it to my brothers and sisters. It is such a wonderful feeling to know even after my father is gone over 2 years that people still remember the man he was. He adored people and entertaining. He was an old fashioned thinking kind of man and loved life. I thank you
John and Laurie Starace for such kind words. As my father would say, put on his CD, have a glass of wine, and remember the good times. God Bless you <3 You made all of us smile. Love, Riccardos family
To Riccardo's Family,
We are so sorry this is so late and so sad for the loss of Riccardo.
We fell in love with Riccardo 10 years ago when he was singing at Luna Rosa in Seaside Heights. He knew how much I loved when he sang the song from THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (All I Ask Of You). When he saw us come into the restaurant he would say this is for my good friend Laurie and sing it for me. Of course he would melt my heart.
Riccardo alway sent us a Christmas card and a CD. He would write a letter once in a while to let us know what he was up to. I believe the last letter I got was about his retirement party. We was so happy about the party. I really enjoyed his letters and would write back to him. He was the only person I knew that still wrote handwritten letters. I remember the paper he would write on, it was a photocopied white paper with black lines and his Logo.
The world has lost an incredible sweet and kind man. We will miss him and he will always hold a place in our hearts.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. From a Headstone in Ireland
John and Laurie Starace
Today is 2 years you left us to live in heaven. I woke up to the same eerie quiet I felt the first morning you were gone. Some things you just don't get used to. We are all ok but things sure have changed. We always talk about our times and smile and laugh. Victor told me he thinks of you often he really misses you. Your pal is doing great you would be proud. I love you dad, see you sometime. PS how's the food up there?
Happy birthday Dad. What an amazing life you had. What a happy person you are. All the laughter and love we shared is so cherished in my heart. Nick is such a good man you had such an important part in that. I do always remember and smile and I will love you forever! Here's looking to 85,
Happy Birthday Daddy! The gravy is cooking and we will all be here celebrating your birthday! Your chair will be empty waiting for you! Love you so much Poppa??
Our second Christmas without you. You would be proud of us loving each other despite our "pimples". Me, I miss you in away words can't describe. I love you Dad and I always remember. Love, tony the pony xoxo
You will never be forgotten Poppy. I miss you everyday more and more. I love you so much. I wish you were here with me, seeing everything I'm accomplishing in cosmetology school. I know you're here in my heart! I LOVE YOU!
Pop, it is our second Father's Day without you. How I wish you were here. You would be so proud of your pal and the man he has become because of your influence on him. I miss our lunches and pool time. I still can see you sitting in your chair by the pool. And you are still entertaining for I play all your music to my patients at work. They say you must be proud of your dad. I tell them you were amazing. I love you dad, I still remember. Happy Father's Day. Love, tony the pony
My football buddy! I can't tell you how much I've missed you. On the anniversary of your passing I remembered how we used to cheer each other up. I will always love you!! Jimmy
Hey Pop!!!! Gina is on her way to the hair show in NY!!! I know you are right there with her! I know you are sooo proud of both her and Alice! Miss you so much! Thanks for the songs yesterday!!!
Put an anniversary piece in the tribune and sent a subscription to Vic. He loved having the paper. He misses you like we do. I hug your robe because it still smells like you, and the three of us went to dinner in your honor that night. It is hard for me to put into words how life has changed, only to say it will never be as complete as it was. Remember I would tell you I wish we could freeze life cause it was so perfect? I love you Dad, and yes I will always remember and smile xoxo always. Tony the pony
Happy birthday Pop. We miss you and love you forever. I will always remember
Falling asleep, so happy birthday in 1.5 hours Pop!!!! I miss you I love you. Buttercup
Hey Pop,christmas just wont be the same without you sitting in your chair opening presents. We love you so much!!! Wait till nick sees what you got him! Merry Christmas Daddy.
There is not one person on this earth that took better care of Poppy than you. He would tell me all the time that he didn't know what he would ever do without you and he would say how cute you were coming in to his apt all the time. You know you were always his favorite and if he is anywhere its with you and Mike and Nick. I know its so hard without him. Some days so much more than others. But he wouldn't want us sad or to cry. Every time I make gravy I talk to him and dunk a piece if bread for him. Even making my gravy means nothing anymore cause there's nobody to enjoy it like Pop did. We are going to get through Thanksgiving and Christmas and we will be sad and cry but he will be here with us.
"nothing like family" and remember last year how he got upset cause I cooked the turkey different and it wasn't as brown and he said " I only like an Italian turkey" haha! I love you. Please don't be sad. Close your eyes and you will see him sitting in his chair waiting for you to come in .
This is our first Thanksgiving without you. I was in shoprite and could not stop thinking abot ho you would sit in the kitchn while I was cooking. The holidays were so important to you and "La Familia". No words could ever say how I miss you. You were a part of every day and night of my life. I love you so very much and hope some day I get to put cream on your legs again!! You are always in our thoughts, you are always remembered and loved. Love, Laura
Gina your Poppy is so proud of you and he sees all that you are doing. If you close your eyes you can hear him because as I always taught you we are never apart because we are always together in our hearts. He will never ever leave you. I know some days are so much harder than others to be without him.Listen to the beautiful message that he left you. I am so sure that he made sure that he said all he did so you would treasure it and have it to look back on. He loves you more than anything and you know that. Please dont be sad. Poppy would want you to always smile and think of him. Not to cry. Just remember you are so beautiful and you are going to be a movie star : ) Memories are such a beautiful thing my angel. We are so lucky to have them of Pop! I love you my angel. I miss him so very much too
Poppy, here I am again thinking of you in the deepest hours of the night. I can't sleep and I would do anything to just have you call the house thinking it was time for lunch or breakfast. I really could use your phone calls lately telling me how beautiful I am and how much I'm worth. I'll miss you until I see you again. There is never a day that you don't cross my mind. I wish you could see all that I am doing lately, you would be so proud of me. I got put onto Honor Roll for school and cosmetology school starts September! Mom and I were in the pool and she started singing Meet Me In St. Louis and I started crying so much. I love you the mostest, you are the best poppa in the whole world.
Well the football player are in their mini camps now and it won't be long before training camps start in July. I know in my heart you'll be watching every game! Love, Jimmy
We sat out by the pool yesterday ater planting flowers and played your best CD so all the neighborhood couldhear. Mike said he culd see you sitting on your stool behind the bar entertaining. We miss you so much, there were three losts souls shedding tears. xoxo Love, Laura, Mike, and Nick
Hi poppy....I miss you. I have been wanting to call you lately. I hope you are breathing easy now. Gina got accepted to cosmetology school. I know you would be so happy. I love you and I wish I could hug you one more time.
Dear Pop We still have you with us each day. You haven't gone too far only to heaven! Love Laura
My football buddy, I miss your uplifting calls! Forever in my heart. Jimmy
miss you very much today Daddy
Today is two weeks since we all were together. I wish we could go back in time. I miss you so much. I keep listening to your voice mails. You were very loved. I am still receiving cards and gifts from people from all over. I hope Mommy is making you a pot of gravy today. Love you Mich
Deepest sympathy to the Bernabe family
We miss you Ric,you always had a smile on your face!
The Ellis',Stephen & Ursula
Pop we miss you so very much. The house is to quite without hearing "hello hello". Thanks for a lifetime of love and laughter. Love your tony the pony
To my dad in heaven. I wake up every morning and listen for you. Each time the phone rings I still expect it to be you. The morning newspaper is lost without you. I miss your voice and laughter but most of all you love. All three of us are still so lost. We are trying to hold strong but are ring leader is missing. Love. Me, tony the pony
Laura, Mike & Nick, we will truly miss "Pop" his was a wonderful man and always very pleasant and nice to us. We will miss him when we come over, he always came out to talk to us. Our deepest sympathies, your friends Roman and Amelia Hewko
To Michelle and the Bernabe Family,
My condolences upon losing your dad, who was such a wonderful and talented man.
He raised a wonderful daughter. I grew up with Michelle and she lights up a room, much like her father did. He can be proud of the lives he touched by being on earth.
To the Bernabe family..
Ric will always be in our hearts..He always added light and laughter to a room.You will be missed my friend..Our "hair" days of fashion and fun will be remembered.Heaven has a stylist and comedian..God Bless You..
Farewell,sweet man - go and be with your true love, Alice. You always made us smile and laugh! A true joy to be friends with you - forever in our hearts, thank you for the beautiful music,
Lenore, Mark and Mia Millan
We know he will be missed by all..especially Nick. Loosing someone you love so much is beyond measure. God bless all of you. Sharon & George Rose
Dearest Michelle and Family Carol and I are so sorry we can't be with you all to celebrate you fathers life with you but know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all and will will see you soon. Your father was one of a kind and will be missed He always made EVERYONE feel. Like FAMILY And was loved by all who knew him. Love and peace to you all Jim and Carol Cuccia
Weren't many like Uncle Ric; few like him to come. He was a blessing in many ways to many people and God is blessed with him now! His light will live through the family - blood & beyond - that he endeared by his love, spirit, music,...LIFE. Uncle Ric, you're performing with the best now!
Sing in peace.
Riccardo is and will always be the most treasured and cherished member of the Scocozza family. He was filled with love, warmth and happiness. He always sang the best of music to the family and we were always amased at how really talented he was. Rick had the finest value. Rick was Gold! Rick was the very best of life.
We met Riccardo and Nick at the Luna Rosa in Seaside. We were the last table, he came and sat with us and serenaded us with our favorite Sinatra song "Summer Wind", we became instant friends. As we have read in almost all the comments here he was truly a Gentleman and a great friend. His joy for life was infectous,and always filled the room. He is the kind of person we should all aspire to be, we will miss him.
To the entire Bernabe family,
I met Riccardo when he used to perform at The Ramada Hotel in Toms River when I was a bartender there. He was the nicest and kindest gentleman I have ever met. That was in 1994. Up until just a few months ago we STILL exchanged Christmas cards and spoke on the phone once in awhile. His outlook on life was an ispiration I will remember forever! I've never met any of you, but please know Riccardo touched more hearts than you will ever know. I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Thoughts and parayers......Palma
Dearest Michelle and family Im so sorry to hear about your Father. My heart goes out to all of you. My happiest memories of Riccardo was the salon and him singing and him calling me Kim Basinger!!He was a wonderful and fun person he will be missed. Love and fond memories for your Family, Love Lori & Family
to my cousins, my deepest sympathies for the loss of your father and my uncle. i regret that i can not attend the service but rejoice in the fact that uncle ric is once again reunited with his wife and your mom and my great aunt singing to her for eternity. all my love lori-ann
Your voice will always be with us. Happy that I was able to hear you sing in Sea Side Heights and LBI. May God keep you and Alice in his arms.
I remember going to Riccardo's in high school to get my hair done and it was just such a special place because of the way you were treated - like you were the most beautiful person in the world. He was such kind, sweet, and charming man who raised a wonderful family. He will be missed.
OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH OUR LOVING COUSINS' AND THEIR FAMILIES AT THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME. UNCLE RIC WAS A LOVING FATHER, GRANDFATHER, UNCLE, AND TRUE GENTLEMAN. HE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR EVERYONE ELSE WITHOUT QUESTION. HE HAS A HEART OF GOLD . WHEN YOU WERE DOWN HE ALWAY'S HAD A SMILE OR A JOKE TO MAKE YOU LAUGH AND FORGET YOUR PROBLEMS' UNCLE RIC WAS MY GODFATHER WHOM I WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND WILL CHERISH THE CONVERSATION'S WE HAD. BE HAPPY KNOWING THAT HE IS IN HEAVEN SINGING AGAIN TO HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE AUNT ALICE AND THE RELATIVES' ALL OUR LOVE COUSINS' MIKE, BETTY, RICKY, AND LORI-ANN XXXOOO
Oh I have loved him always..... I remember him cutting my hair with all his colleagues from the board. I think I was 13. GOD HE WAS AWESOME!!!! My thoughts and prayers are sent.
I miss you already Daddy. I love you.
The light and the joy that Ricardo brought to everyone will continue to shine. He was a legend in the tales told by Dad of boyhood escapades. Those stories will live on as will the music and laughter that became his brand. We so miss you, Ricardo. Please sing to Mom when you meet up with her.
Nick, Laura and family, you have my condolences during this difficult time of loss. I pray for peace in your hearts and may all your great memories comfort you. Although I have never met your Grandpa/Father, he sure sounds like he was a wonderful man. Take Care.
To All of the Bernabe Family,
God will definitely show you the way to smiling again. I know this experience will change you forever. Just remember all the good times you shared with your father and all the love he gave you throughout the years. He is not gone. He did it his way! He will live in your hearts forever.
Rest in peace Ricardo. As you always said "to my beautiful friend" Surely Heaven will be serenaded by your beautiful voice.
Our sincere condolences to the Bernabe family.
Poppy, you will forever remain in the hearts of so many people. I love you so much always so special. Love Buttercup
Poppy, no words will ever fill the void in my heart. I love you so much and I will miss you forever. Although none of us were ready to say goodbye, you were ready. I am so glad that I saw you that night and was able to tell you everything one last time. I can't believe you're gone. I could sit here and write a whole novel on how much you helped me through life and how much you taught me, but nobody will ever understand but the two of us. I love you so much, Poppy. I know you're singing Sinatra up there in Paradise.
My name is Jimmy Scagliozzi and I am not a man of many words but if I could discribe uncle Ric that word would be "perfect". He was thought and kind to everyone but especially to me. I truly loved when we spoke about sports and life in general.I am deeply saddened by his passing, but I know he missed his wife terribly now they are together. Goodbye my football buddy. I will never forget you. Jimmy
my sympathies to ric's family. He was a wonderful person. dr. robert gialanella
Hi Nick...so sorry to hear of your Graandfathers passing....he sounds as if he was a joy to know. My thoughts & prayers are with you until I see you at the Fort Armstrong Rodeo in PA.
In times of sorrow we can rely on God to help us through. John5:29-29
We loved coming to hear him sing!! Such a loving spirit that radiated from him!!! A smile so bright would light up his face, it was so infectious you couldn't help to smile !!! Rest in peace , you were well loved and will be missed!! <3.
My condolences to the Bernabe family. May your hearts be warmed as you recall memories of times spent with Ricardo. Lean on God for comfort in this time of sorrow and the hope he gives of seeing our passed loved ones again.
Goodbye Riccardo...you will surely be missed! XOXO Love Deanna, Bill, Hunter & Luke.
My deepest condolences to the Bernabe family. May you find comfort from God's Word that soon He will "wipe the tears from your eyes...and death will be no more." This promise is sure to come true in the near future.
So sorry to hear. Years of Beaver Dam visits way back when...such fun being around all of you. I think Riccardo designed "Jersey Big Hair"...thoughts and prayers are sent your way...
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.