Born Jan. 6, 1952, Rick peacefully began his new journey on July 11, 2012, surrounded by loved ones. Born in Westchester, NY, he moved with his family from Larchmont, NY, to Miami Beach in 1967. He attended Mamaroneck High School, Arch Bishop Curley High School, and the University of Miami. Rick's love of the water began at a very early age spending summers at Larchmont Yacht Club, from learning to sail to getting his first Whaler. He became a national champion boat racer in 1976 in addition to racing cars. He was also a competitive kart racer, a licensed pilot, scuba diver, and an avid saltwater angler. Rick was a member of the Coral Reef Yacht Club and the Marine Industry Association of the Treasure Coast, past president and member of the Marine Industry Association of South Florida and the South Florida Outboard Club, and he produced the Stuart Boat Show. In the short time Rick was with us he moved fast and enjoyed life to the fullest. He is survived by his father, Skip Allen, and stepmother, Helen Allen (preceded in death by his mother, Joanne Allen); his brothers, Skip (Michele) and George; his sisters, Cathryn Allen-Zubizarreta, Jody (Steve) Lewis and Paige (Tom) Conlan; his nieces, Charlotte Allen-Zubizarreta, Alexandra Allen, Ashley Allen, Christina Lewis, and Calli Lewis; his nephews, Corey Lewis and Michael Allen; and countless friends and colleagues. A memorial service will be held at 3PM Thursday, July 19, at Church by the Sea in Ft. Lauderdale, followed by a celebration of Rick's life at the Lauderdale Yacht Club.
Published in Miami Herald on July 17, 2012