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Thomas Rickenback, 88, of Stuart, FL passed away on July 30, 2013. Born on December 11, 1924 in New York, he is survived by his wife of 41 years, Martha King Rickenback of Stuart, FL, children Rob (Tina) Rickenback of Middletown, CT, Don Rickenback of Riverside, CT, Ellen (Bill) Faulkenberry and Laura (Don) Todd of Ft. Myers, FL and step-children Jack (Dede) Baker of Beverly, MA and Libby (Jeff) Mattson of Stamford, CT, as well as 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
After attending New York University, where he was a member of the Delta chapter of Psi Upsilon, and graduating with an engineering degree from Columbia University, he created the B. Rickenback Sales Company with his father, Bernard, working in food sales for Wilrick and Red Cheek products and later, the Musselman brand.
A life-long sailor, he was instrumental in creating the Girl Scout mariner program in Greenwich, CT, was a member of the Essex (CT) Yacht Club, Treasurer of the Maritime & Yachting Museum of Stuart and a second-generation founder of the Crossroads Yacht Club of Stuart.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Stuart with The Rev. Dr. Todd Cederberg officiating. Private burial will be at sea.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Herreshoff Marine Museum, 1 Burnside St, Bristol, RI 02809 or Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St, Stuart, FL 34997.
Arrangements are through Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Stuart, Florida
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Martin Funeral Home and Crematory
961 South Kanner Highway Stuart, FL 34994
Published in GreenwichTime on Aug. 4, 2013