Rick Allan Ahlgren passed away suddenly on April 27, 2012. Rick is survived by his three children, Ricky Ahlgren of San Diego, CA, Nina Ahlgren and Ethan Ahlgren, both of New Smyrna Beach, FL; his best friend and mother of his children Deborah Bauer Ahlgren of New Smyrna Beach, FL; his sister Laurie Ahlgren of Monroe, NY; niece Marla Cafarella of Central Valley, NY; mother-in-law Joyce Bauer of New Smyrna Beach, FL; sister-in-law Kris Bauer of Alexandria, VA; Brother-in-law Bill Bauer; and nieces and nephews, and longtime companion Mary Hughes of Panama City, FL. He was born on October 10, 1951 in Brooklyn, NY. Son of Allan and Dorothy Ahlgren, he graduated from Washingtonville High School, in Washingtonville, NY in 1969. He started his graphic design career at The Cornwall Local Newspaper in Cornwall, NY. In 1981, Rick and his wife Debbie started Bauer Typography in Beacon, NY, during which time he was an active participant in the community working with Howland Cultural Arts Center and the Garden Conservancy. In 1994 he and his family moved to New Smyrna Beach, FL where he pursued his 18 year career as a Freelance Graphic Designer. Rick was a loving and caring father, brother and friend. He loved taking his family out on boating trips on the river in New Smyrna Beach and spending time with his kids at their home. Rick was an accomplished musician who played guitar and harmonica. He loved performing and singing the songs of Neil Young. Rick will always be a beloved member of the Neil Young Rust List and has played with his dear rusted friends all over the United States. He regularly performed at coffee houses and open mics throughout the East Volusia area and was an integral part of those families. He was also an avid boater who loved the water and walks on the beach alone or with good friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests for donations to be made to The Bridge School, founded by Neil Young and his wife, 545 Eucalyptus Ave, Hillsborough, CA 94010. Life Celebration will be from 6 to 8 PM Wednesday, May 2 at Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place, 1 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach. Send a condolence to the family at www.BaldwinCremation.com.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on May 2, 2012