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Sept. 27, 1951 - Aug. 2, 2013
J. F. Rick Ernst, 61, passed away unexpectedly Friday afternoon in a local hospital. He was born in Dallas, Texas and has lived in Benicia since 1991.
Rick spent many years in Real Estate and developed his uncanny sense of knowing how to locate any place. Rick also spent several years years with Mechanical Contractor Associations and then the United Associates Local 343, Plumbers and Pipefitters. He became a watchdog for local issues where he thought he could make a positive difference.
He was a member of the Solano County Fair Board and was a volunteer with C.A.S.A., an organization that helps local foster children, and the Avon
Walk. Rick also was recently appointed to the Solano County Grand Jury. Rick was an avid supporter, volunteer, performer, former Board Member and Past President of the Benicia Old Town Theater.
Rick is survived by his wife, Donna; daughter, Elizabeth (Brad) Normand; son, David (Elaine) Ernst; stepdaughters, Amy Rigsby and Audrey (David) Fry; his parents Fred and Jamie Ernst; his beloved grandchildren, Morgan and Wyatt Fry and Cooper Ernst; sisters, Nancy Fann, Joann Ernst and Toni Wardell; brother, Joseph Ernst and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Peter and Jerry Ernst.
Memorial services will be held 4 p.m., Wednesday at Passalacqua Funeral Chapel with Pastor Paul Yeager officiating. Family prefers donations in Rick's name be made to the Benicia Old Town Theater Group, P.O. Box 602, Benicia, CA 94510. Please visit the online tribute at
Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, 707-745-3130,
Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Aug. 6, 2013
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