Roy Jacob De Ricco
1929 - 2020
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Roy Jacob De Ricco

Sparks - It is with great sorrow that we share the passing of Sparks native and life long resident, Roy Jacob DeRicco. Roy went home to God on Friday Dec 18, 2020 passing peacefully at Renown Regional Medical Center with his children by his side. Roy was born September 20, 1929 the youngest of four children born to Guerino & Toniette DeRicco. He attended Mary Lee Nichols Elementary School, Robert Mitchell Grammar School, Sparks Junior High and Sparks High School, graduating in 1947.

Roy served in the United States Air Force and the Air National Guard, managed Stampfli's Record Room in downtown Reno and retired from the Washoe County Health Department where he was an environmental health inspector.

Roy met Maureen Sadler at the Record Room and the rest as they say is history. Roy and Maureen had 45 loving years together before Maureen's passing in 2002. He was quite the dancer and never lacked for dance partners at the many functions he and Maureen attended, even teaching dance for a time. He participated in the early days of Sheep Dip and worked on productions at Reno Little Theater. Roy and Maureen loved attending their children and grandchildren's many activities and spent countless hours cheering them on in their various endeavors.

Roy was preceded in death by his wife Maureen, his parents, brothers Ernie and Leo and sister Tosca Carolo. He is survived by daughters Lisa DeRicco Redmon-Gay, her husband Dave, Julie DeRicco Macaluso, and son David all of Sparks, cherished granddaughters, Hayley Gorbet and Amanda Macaluso of Sparks, Hannah Gourley and her husband Nick of Eagle, Idaho and Natalie Gay of Los Angeles. Also survived by his beloved great grandchildren Lilli Jo Ann, Kaeleb Philip Scott and Gaven Adam Huck of Sparks and new born twins Rex John and Gus Roy of Eagle Idaho. Roy was thrilled to have a new little namesake. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Roy's nurses and doctors at Renown who so respectfully cared for him in his final days. He will be greatly missed and as one dear friend put it- One of the Greats has passed.

Due to the current pandemic situation, a private family mass and burial will take place in January with a celebration of life to be held later when it is safe to do so. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nevada Humane Society 2825 Longley Ln B, Reno NV 89502 in Roy's memory. Arrangements are under the direction of Waltons in Sparks on Sullivan Lane. We will miss Dad's unconditional love, sparkling eyes and witty personality. Credo, Spero, Amo.

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Published in the Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News from Dec. 28, 2020 to Jan. 3, 2021.
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January 12, 2021
Glendora Court Gang!
Our condolences to all!
Roy was the light of Glendora Court and our lives. When we would have functions in the Court, Roy was always the star! He made us laugh, he was a character. Rather he called you "Doll" or "Tag", you were loved by Roy.
I last visited with Roy the day after Thanksgiving. The first thing he said was "Come in Doll!" He said I needed a better name than "Doll" he said he was going to call me "Lover" like I said a real character! He then asked me if I noticed he had parked on the curb/sidewalk - We all laughed (well all by Lisa). He told me he was going to give up his driver's license, but not until June. More laughter! Lisa was trying to send him home with me and I would have gladly taken him. I had a great visit and so glad I did, great memories!
He will be dearly missed by Dan (Tag) and myself (Lover). Until we meet again.
Dan N Leslie Mondragon
January 2, 2021
My uncle Roy was the coolest guy I ever met.

He always had time for us and he raised a great family...
Rest in peace ...
January 2, 2021
My condolences to Roy’s family. My memories are many...always with fun and a smile. When I saw him he always shared his effervescent personality and smile. Saddened to learn of his passing. My prayers are for all. Roy will share all of his happiness in heaven with Maureen
Robyn Lightner
January 2, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Karla Sadler
January 2, 2021
To the DeRicco family
I have so many fond memories of my dad Weldon and Roy hanging out together and going to the movies. My dad ,mom, Roy and Maureen went on several cruises together and came home went raving about the good times they had. Roy had a wonderful outgoing personality and loved dancing.I remember being in several dance productions as a child that my cousin Jan Savage produced and Roy helped with.I know he is in heaven with Maureen now and my dad talking about all the good times.
Diana Upton Wideman
January 1, 2021
To the De Ricco family...
I have such wonderful memories of Roy and Maureen. I loved watching Roy dance in my mom's productions for the YWCA and Elks Club. My mom, Jan Savage, passed in 2011, but she always said that Roy was the best dance partner she ever had. She would choreograph a song and Roy would nail it every time. I just now realized that I have known Roy for 58 years, and out of all the people that were part of the many shows that my mom produced, directed, choreographed, and did the music for, Roy stands alone. His wit, sense of humor, and his laughter will always be etched in my memory banks and heart. My deepest condolences to Roy's children, grandchildren, and life long friends. We truly have lost one of the Greats... Tony Savage
Tony Savage
December 30, 2020
One of my favorite people has gone to be with Maureen in Heaven. Will never forget your smiles, sweet temperament, and gentle disposition, Roy. God bless you.
Thurma Livingston
December 29, 2020
Uncle you will be missed greatly. I will always be your princess. We will cherish the memories made over the years of the family holidays and the Sunday dinners at nonna and nonnos house with the siblings and their families. You will be in our hearts forever.
Stephanie, John and Ashley
Stephanie Billingsley
December 29, 2020
Uncle you will be greatly missed, I will always be your princess. We will cherish the memories of all the gathering on holidays and Sunday dinners with all of the family members and siblings . We loved you very much. My heart is sad but I know you are with your brothers, sister, nonno and nonna.
Love Stephanie, John and Ashley
Stephanie Billingsley
December 29, 2020
Roy was my sister's boss for awhile. He was so pleasant and had a great sense of humor. May God rest him. Sis passed two years ago today. Maybe they'll get to say 'hi' up there.
Maddalena Colautti
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