Richard Noel Bozzone

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Richard Noel Bozzone
AIKEN - Richard Noel Bozzone, who was born in the Bronx, NY, December 30, 1936, unexpectedly passed away on an airplane flight on May 8, 2017, while returning from a transatlantic cruise vacation. The airplane was rerouted to Ireland, where he was cremated. His family is comforted to know that his life ended while enjoying travel with his wife, learning about World War II history, eating beautiful food, and conversing with interesting people from all walks of life. Ric, to all who knew and loved him, charged the energy of every room he entered with his charm, wit, jokes, and stories.
His varied career in law enforcement included the New York Police Department as a police officer and narcotics officer, Amtrak security, Hamilton County Tennessee Sheriff's office, Cleveland Tennessee Police Department, and the Chattanooga Tennessee S.W.A.T. Team. He managed to turn his memories as a policeman into side splitting and colorful entertainment for everyone he met. Ric moved to Aiken in 1989 and worked at the Savannah River Site in scheduling, emergency preparedness, and training. He retired from SRS in 1999.
Ric loved to travel, especially to Italy, and served as a board member of the Partners in Friendship, where he reveled in sharing stories about his Italian heritage, growing up in an Italian neighborhood in the Bronx, and being a lifetime New York Yankees fan. Ric was a proud former Marine, and a lifetime member and former paymaster of the James L. Hammons Marine Corps League in Aiken. He was gregarious, humorous and loved meeting new people and sharing a meal with friends. Ric was an active member of the Cedar Creek Church for 18 years and led a home group there for 9 years. He enjoyed studying the Bible and participating in men's prayer and discussion groups.
Ric was proud of his family and loved to share that he hit the jackpot with his sons and daughters-in-law. He is survived by and will be sorely missed by his wife, Joan Smith Bozzone; his son, Michael and his wife, Jan Hardeman Bozzone and their three children, Anna, Elena, and Olivia of Aiken; his daughter, Daniella Bozzone Pickrell and her husband, Stuart, of Signal Mountain, TN; his daughter, Suzannah Bozzone Dawnay, and her husband, George, and their three children, Gabriel, Madeleine, and Milo of Chattanooga, TN; his stepdaughter, Charlotte Collins Wiedenman, and her husband, Boyd Wiedenman, and their three children, Ben Thomas, Caroline, and Walker of Aiken; his stepson, W. Benjamin Collins, and his daughters, Lileana Baretta-Collins and Maribelle Baretta-Collins of Denver, CO. He is also survived by his sister, Carole B. Selkirk and her husband James of Chapel Hill, NC; nephews James and David Selkirk; and a step-mother, Margaret Bozzone, 98, of Aiken. He was preceded in death by his mother, Inez Raineri Abbenante, and his father, Vincent L. Bozzone.
The family takes pleasure in knowing that Heaven's gates are now guarded by a United States Marine with an epic personality, a Hollywood smile, and a great sense of humor. Honoring Ric's wishes, the U.S. Navy will conduct a burial-at-sea service. A private celebration of Ric's life will take place in June.

Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on June 3, 2017