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Rick Tarrish Giannola (1966 - 2014)

Obituary
  • "May your life be remembered as one filled with adventure,..."

RICK TARRISH GIANNOLA 1966-2014 Rick passed away on May 18, 2014, in Chico, California, at the age of 48. He had been in poor health for some time before his passing due to the residual effects of a medical incident in Oct. of 2008. He had an allergic reaction to a medication resulting in a long term medica1ly induced coma. Even though the fallout from this situation made life a struggle, he continued to stay positive and to meet his challenges with courage and tenacity. Rick was born in Chico on March 3, 1966, to Adriana and Bob Giannola, Rick was always on a quest to learn something. He had four AAs that we know of from Butte Jr. College (also writer and editor of the college's For Your Information newspaper) and several AAs from Shasta Jr. (staff writer for the Shasta College Lance), a BA in English in 1998 from Chico State and a start on his Masters in English. Over the years he had numerous and varied types of employment - many involved computer work - in the 90's setting up MAC and PC based platforms and shared networks, managing a large CSUC computer lab and employees as a faculty member, building nearly 100 separate media rich web pages using html and/or java-based builders. As a Jr. High teacher for a time of at-risk kids he brought technology into the classroom through the use of an on-line computer lab area, a school newspaper and a class website project. In Oregon he worked for Rogue Rods in White City, Safeway in Medford, Chevron in Shady Cove. Other endeavors in California include fireman, EMT training, and many counter jobs in gas stations and convenience/liquor stores, and Office Manager for the Family Violence Education program here in Chico for two years - you name it, he did it. And then there is the night shift taxi driver job. It's 1998, he has just graduated from CSUC with his BA in English and a 3.8 GPA. With diploma in hand he tells his family "the next job I want is to drive a taxi at night to get info for a novel I might want to write" - and he did - for two years in Chico. The key fact we had to remember is that he always did things the "Rick" way no matter the activity. Wherever he lived, he would put up a note "see me if you need help learning to read, filling out forms, understanding history or math, etc., FREE." He wrote many poems, stories and long novels - but he was so unorganized that unfortunately not many survive him! Folks who knew him never wanted to argue with him because he could "out-logic" anyone. Rick was loud and boisterous, generous and compassionate, and a presence in the room. He loved people of all kinds, shapes and colors and tried to learn from them. He was fascinated by the cosmos and almost everything else he encountered - he was on a lifelong learning journey. He is survived by his mother Adriana Hills Giannola who resides in Chico and his father Bob and wife Alee Giannola who reside in Oregon. He leaves behind his sister Robin Giannola Johnson and her children Alyssa and Anthony; his brother Joe Giannola and wife Jesica and their girls Elizabeth, Emily and Eliana, all of Chico. He is survived by daughter Brittney L. Giannola and her mother & step-father Michelle Giannola and Mike Aliano who all reside in Gerber, CA. Survived also by his second wife Barbara Copeland Giannola and her children Tiara, Priscilla, Mickael and Kevin all of Shady Cove, Oregon. On his mother's side he is survived by his Aunt Charlotte and her husband Jim Bohannon of Chico, Charlotte's sons Neil and Jason Morgan; Aunt & Uncle Don and Diane Hills of Sacramento and their sons Matthew and Christopher Hills. Also survived by his special grandmother Joyce Hills of Orland. Predeceased one week prior on May 11, 2014 by brother-in-law R. Doug Copeland; in 2003 by brother-in-law Brett W. Johnson; in 2012 by his grandfather Arnold H. Hills of Orland and his uncle Steve Morgan of Medford, and much earlier his grandparents Marva & Paul Giannola of Carson City, NV. We know he is at peace now and still going to school in a new place. Perhaps since Rick and his Grandpa Hills had the same brainy minds, the two of them are together somewhere working on an outlandish invention! The family plans to have a Celebration of Life for Rick in late September. A notice in this newspaper will be published at that time.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on June 3, 2014
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