41, passed to his Lord after a long struggle with the monster of addiction. Months prior to his death Rick came to love Jesus with a passion. He related his learned wisdom with great enthusiasm, thus indicating a turnaround. An upcoming career promised a rewarding future where Rick could apply his remarkable creativity. More significantly, this new venture entailed working with his cherished best friend. Rick was a tormented soul who hid it well with his unparalleled sense of humor. His outward attitude & appearance reflected inner confidence that eluded him, in spite of his charm & wit. He was charitable, loyal & a loving son. Friendship was sacred to Rick. Though he participated in many sports activities, his first love was surfing. Rick loved the freedom of the ocean & the challenge of riding that perfect wave. On May 19th, 2016, the 'monster' won….that devious inner craving that remains after one's first exposure to heroin. RIP, son; you were deeply loved by many. Survivors are parents Richard and Susan Armstrong; daughter Taysia Rae Baronowski; stepsister Amanda Rae Armstrong; stepbrothers Larry & Barry Wester; & many loving relatives. A Celebration of Life will be announced in the future.
Published in The Bradenton Herald on June 2, 2016