Ricardo "Richard" Cremaschi
January 31, 1950 - January 18, 2021
Bradenton, Florida -
Ricardo "Richard" Cremaschi, 70, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021, in Bradenton, Florida from Covid complications. He was born in Chivilcoy, Argentina on January 31, 1950, the only child of Enzo and Marta Cremaschi. Upon Richard's graduation from the Chivilcoy High School, he enlisted and served in the Argentine Navy, where he developed his lifelong passion for being on boats and out on the open water. He found his way to the United States in the mid 1970's. He spent several years on tug boats, running up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and through the Intracoastal waterways of the eastern United States. When his stint with the tug boats ended, he worked as a boat captain and property manager for Kittredge Investments in Orlando, Florida. Shortly before Mr. Kittredge passed away, Richard started an airboat/enviro tour business in Bradenton, FL. He was always so excited to be able to show visitors and residents of Manatee County the beauty of the surrounding area and the various types of marine life that can be found in the waters around Manatee County.
After a vacation back to his hometown of Chivilcoy in Argentina in 2001, Richard became interested in continuing the family's wine business that his grandparents and uncles had started when they moved from Italy to Argentina in the early 1900's. He began a wine importing and distribution business in Florida and continued to operate that for the next 20 years, until he fell ill with this devastating Covid disease.
Richard was predeceased by his parents, Enzo and Marta. He is survived by his wife of almost 32 years, Kathy (Schmitt) Cremaschi. He also has a daughter, Fernanda Cremaschi of Argentina, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He will be remembered by all who knew him as a happy go lucky, fun loving, hard-working and kind- hearted man. An only child who met a young Midwestern lady with seven brothers, fell in love and married into a gigantic extended family. We would sit spellbound at family gatherings as he regaled us with stories from his childhood and his many boating adventures from his teenage and early adult years. He never met a stranger or an animal that he didn't instantly bond with. During his travels throughout Florida, it was very common for him to stop his van on a busy road and get out to pick up a turtle that was trying to cross and carry it to the other side of the road or shoo a family of ducks across the road so they wouldn't get hit by passing cars.
A Celebration of Richard's Life will be held 2:00PM-3:00PM with a small Catholic Service at 3:00PM Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd Street West in Bradenton, FL. Masks are requested to be worn inside the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to an animal rescue group of your choosing or the Manatee County Humane Society in honor of his lifelong passion and love for all animals. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com