Rick Nash(1952 - 2014)

Rick G. Nash passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Martin United Methodist Church in Bedford. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Bedford Fire Department. Rick was born Oct. 25, 1952, in Fort Worth to Bob and Wanda Ward Nash. He began his career in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 15. Upon graduating from L.D. Bell High School in 1971, he enrolled at TCJC and graduated with an associate's degree in fire science. It was there where he met Mary Lou Mason and they were married Jan. 10, 1976. Rick was the epitome of a loving father, husband, all-around family man and community servant. He was the third paid member of the Bedford Fire Department, and he retired after 36 years of service there. Most recently, Rick enjoyed working at Donna Park Elementary as well as owning Rick's Knife Shop, an online retail store. Rick was a longtime member of Martin United Methodist Church where for years he manned the barbecue smoker at the Lord's Acre Fall Festival and was a member of The Journey Class. Rick served as a mentor to the Boy Scouts, helping them earn their fire-related badges and was one of the founding members of the Citizens Fire Academy and CERT. He participated in Amateur Radio (W5AWQ) and Santa USA, and was active in local political campaigns. He loved his furry companions, Annie, Macy, Holly, Biddy and especially his best buddy, Belle, who lived for rides in "their" beloved truck. Rick also enjoyed classic movies and TV and collecting and playing ukuleles and trumpets. Survivors: His loving wife, Mary Lou; daughters, Niki Nash of Austin and Angie Nash of Hurst; father, Bob Nash of Keller; brothers, Randy Nash of Fort Worth and Tim Nash of Euless; sisters, Connie Fleming of Keller and Kelly Maddox of Arlington; and mother-in-law, Mary Mason of Hurst.

Published in Star-Telegram on Apr. 10, 2014