Richard Eugene Junsch
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Richard Eugene Junsch
April 21, 1944 - June 12, 2020
A chapter in our collective lives has closed: our great husband, father and friend Rick, has passed from the skin of this beautiful blue gem we call home.
The amount of lives this gentle soul touched and affected are too numerous to list.
Husband, Dad, Grandfather, brother, friend, cable car grip, Vietnam veteran (1967-68), carpenter, waiter, softball pitcher and umpire. No better man ever! Wearing many hats, Rick discharged every responsibility attached to each with pride, diligence, dignity and ever-present smile.
Though Rick was born in D.C and spent his early years in Connecticut, Rick was a New Yorker, and more specifically a guy from Brooklyn from the time he moved there at age 11. Rick was funny, quick to laugh, had a smile that engaged all who saw it and brought an intense loyalty to those that he loved.
And then Rick came to San Francisco, with many of his fellow Brooklyn and New York friends following him out here. He was always there to greet them, take care of them and make them feel welcome as they established themselves here. And when friends and family came to visit San Francisco, "Ricky, Ricko, Rick" was there to show them a good time.
Though he had several jobs in his time in San Francisco, he was really a cable car gripman. For 27 years Rick had the pleasure of doing what he called the best job in the world. He had untold stories to tell, even writing a book of some of them.
And above all else, Rick was a father, husband, brother and friend to all. In addition to being a wonderful father to Owen, loving husband and partner to Stephanie and doting grandfather to Apollo, Rick was a brother to so many, even though he had lost his only brother and parents at the age of 11. His cousins, in-laws and many friends called him brother. He will be missed by so many but will continue to live on in all the memories and lessons he has given to us.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Jun. 26 to Jun. 29, 2020.
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July 11, 2020
I remember Rick well at the cable car division my condolences to his family and friends
Chris Hill
Coworker
July 11, 2020
Great guy and a superior gripman
Dan burns
Coworker
July 11, 2020
Dear friend always upbeat and easy to be around I will miss him R.I.P. my brother
Al Quintana
Coworker
July 5, 2020
Good guy. Enjoyed mentoring his son, Owen, while he attended the Salesian Boys and Girls Club. Greatly appreciated the support we received from both Rick and Stephanie at the Club over the years. Rick had an infectious smile and was liked by all. My deepest condolences to the family.

Russell Gumina
Russell Gumina
Friend
July 4, 2020
We will miss you terribly, Rick. But we had a SUPER time running the Cable Cars Softball Team. Came close to Championships several times. But our red, black & white uniforms were standouts on the field. Oran and I enjoyed our Wednesdays with you at our Diamond St place before our weekly softball games. Our partnership in Waller Street propelled us into the future, and for that, I thank you.
Bob Salopek
Coworker
July 4, 2020
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Maria J. Vermiglio
June 29, 2020
Rest easy Rick, my tat buddy.
Oran
Oran
Friend
June 29, 2020
The good guys die young.... you were one of those! You have been taken from us way too early. You were always there with your beautiful smile and so full of energy. Always wanting to make sure everyone was having a great time. I will miss you. God bless you and your family in this difficult time.
Sandy Hom
Friend
June 28, 2020
When Rick came to New York to visit his brother mike I met him what a nice guy me and mike was working at poly prep at the day camp and we cut our day short mike had yankee tickets to an after noon game we pulled up to the the gate to go in and mike gave the guy the tickets and simply said sir u have the wrong day lol that's mike for rick turn to mike a said are u serious lol and then mike went to buy tickets and what came with the tickets was 4 folding chairs rick turn to the guy and said with is for the guy said in left field theres a box outline in a white line that's were u sit lol that was the best time we had Rick rest in peace and to the whole Junsch family my sincere condolences love always The Rispoli Family
Michael Rispoli
Friend
June 28, 2020
he was a wonderful supporter of the Salesian Boys and Girls Club. Rick will be missed.
My condolences Owen and Stephanie.
Joselyn
Friend
June 27, 2020
Rick was always there for a laugh and a great smile. never critical but always supportive. He was a great listener and a better human being. that smile says it all. Asta Luego Amigo!
Rafael Nunez
Friend
June 27, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Robin Wilson
Friend
June 27, 2020
I work with Rick at muni At cable car in 2001 up until he retired he was a great Man ,,May God hold him in his hands and God bless his family Rick was Rich in life and was alway positive guy
Charles jones
Coworker
June 27, 2020
I frist meet Rick at cable car 2001 when, I got hired for muni, He was one of kind of guy and a true friend he all was smiles and welcome you he retired and from time to time ,I would see him at Bottom Lombard Walking around and Would talk with him He was short but very tall in life and respectful and alway positive ,,,God bless my cable brother And May God hold him
Charles jones
Coworker
June 27, 2020
He was a great guy, very fun to work with and I am very saddened by this news.
Norbert Feyling
Coworker
June 27, 2020
Rick was a great soul. He had a great sense of optimism. It was a great pleasure to know him and work with him at Cable Cars. He surely touched all of us in a positive way. I am sending him my prayers.
Freeman Chee
Coworker
June 27, 2020
Al Quintana
Friend
June 27, 2020
Mr Rick Junsch was an amazing man. He was always very positive and always had something to say to lift your spirits.He organized and was a coach/player for the Cable Car softball team. I will miss our meetings at the coffeeshop at Lombard and Columbus St. My condolences to the Junsch family .In loving memory ,rest in peace.
Derrick Johnson
Coworker
June 27, 2020
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Christina Rimmer
June 27, 2020
Rick and I knew each other for many years. We would not see each other for years and when our lives pass he was always with a quick hello and a warm smile even if we were play against each other. A class act I will miss him.
Joe Tang
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Joseph Tang
Friend
June 27, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Charles Lok
Coworker
June 27, 2020
First time I meet Rick he was my conductor on the training cable car. Just before I was to take the car down hill, Rick had me stop put his hand on my shoulder and said Take your time ill give you lots of brake I got you. That was Rick a friend, teacher/trainer, one who had your back.
We will miss him.

Carl Anderson
Coworker
June 27, 2020
As stated so consistently throughout the messages below Rick was and is a great guy. Rick was an excellent Gripman, was always positive, personable and happy. You could tell it was how he conducted his life throughout.
Wesley Valaris
June 27, 2020
He was a grand friend! We worked together, played ball together And laughed together. Farewell!!
Raher Tom
Friend
June 27, 2020
Rick was always a pleasure
Peter Kohlenberg
Coworker
June 27, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. RIP my brother!!
Tommy Szeto
Coworker
June 27, 2020
Besides that Rick taught me how to drive the cable car, I will never forget his patience, kindness and good sense of humor! God is my witness Rick was always one of my favorite coworkers and after his retirement I always expected to see him at the Lombard and Columbus street cafe I hope some day I can be like him.
RIck was really a amazing person!
The Bible says on:
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Im really sorry for your loss.
Carlos gutierrez
Coworker
June 26, 2020
What a great guy to work with.
I think of him and smile.
David Hooper
Coworker
June 26, 2020
...I am so sorry to hear of Rick Junsch passing. My condolences to Rick's family and loved ones.
We both had the privilege of working at the cable car Division, the majority of the time working nights.
We also played softball together on the cable car team. The world has truly lost a beautiful soul.
2 bells my Muni brother!!!
Walter Scott III
Coworker
June 26, 2020
Being a Cable Car gripman myself, I had the pleasure of having Rick as my Conductor occasionally before his retirement. May you Rest In Peace my friend. You always brightened everyones day.
Gordon Miller
Coworker
June 26, 2020
Rick is a great guy and a friend, we play softball together for the Cable Cars team, it was always great getting together.
Ken Lunardi
Coworker
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