Richard Ashford
ASHFORD, Richard Richard Ashford, 70, of Plano, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021, with family by his side. Although diagnosed with cancer five years ago, Rick continued to see the best in life and steadfastly moved forward with courage and a deep inner strength. Despite serious medical issues, Rick didn't complain and was his family's hero until the end. Rick was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After graduating from Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City in 1969, he attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated in 1973 with a BBA in Management. While at OU, Rick joined and was a very active member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, helping to build the OU Chapter. Rick met the love of his life, Sarah, while attending OU. After graduating, Rick served Sigma Phi Epsilon as a Regional Director based in Richmond, Virginia. In 1974, Rick returned to Oklahoma and began a highly successful 28-year career in Sales & Marketing with Campbell Soup Company. He began in Tulsa and was later assigned to Lubbock, Texas, and then in 1986, to Dallas, Texas, where he and Sarah raised their family. Rick was recognized numerous times with the Campbell Merit Award for outstanding performance. As an accomplished sales professional, he earned entrance into the Campbell Sales Company Hall of Fame. In 2003, Rick began a fun and exciting new career with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment that he enjoyed until his retirement in 2011. Rick was a lifelong Oklahoma Sooner fan. He held OU football season tickets for most of 48 years and only missed two home games during a 32-year streak. From pregame tailgates to postgame wrap-ups, he relished everything Crimson & Cream. Rick found joy in bringing other people joy. He made people feel special by remembering the details and events in their lives and by being their biggest champion. Rick was the go-to handyman, tech authority, travel agent, product researcher, fact finder, and restaurant reviewer. He was an ace on the grill, an American history buff, a travel enthusiast, and a man with an eye for style. Above all, Rick loved his family and cherished spending time with them. Rick will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 45 years, Sarah; his son, Eric, and daughter-in-law, Meredith; daughter, Erin; and grandson, Emmett Richard. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Phyllis Golden. Rick felt truly blessed to be a part of a wonderful extended family that always loved and supported him. He was grateful for the special, lifelong bonds he had with his Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers and with many close friends and colleagues. Rick will be remembered for his leadership, mentorship, and insightful counsel. He was a problem solver who brought peace to those around him with his calm, steady nature. Always willing to lend a helping hand, he touched many lives with his kind heart and ability to connect with others. He was dependable, the voice of reason, and our family's "rock". A Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, 7336 W. Britton Rd. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Recently, the alumni officers of the Oklahoma Beta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon voted to rename one of their Educational Foundational scholarships in honor/memory of Rick. In lieu of flowers, if you'd like to make a memorial gift to this fund, use this link (https://www.classy.org/give/212565/#!/donation/checkout) and select "OK Beta Direct Scholarship" from the drop-down menu. The funds will be applied to the scholarship that will soon bear Rick's name. The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, for their care and compassion.



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Published by Dallas Morning News on Jun. 13, 2021.
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A good client, a good man, a good freind. He´ll truly be missed by me
Keith Clovning `the Barber´
July 6, 2021
The Reyes family
June 18, 2021
Thank you Rick for the great memories we shared at Disney. You will always be remembered as a class act. Rest In Peace my dear friend.
Ron Allard
Coworker
June 15, 2021
Sad news reading this this morning. Rick is a good good person. I worked with Rick at Campbells for many years. I was in Atlanta and Kentucky so Rick snd I only met at Corporate functions and we immediately became friends because Rick was sooooo easy to be a friend to. I wanted to be his friend and I saw him as a nice nice guy that was knowledgeable and a voice a reason under any circumstances.
I pray for Rick and his family who will miss him so much. GOD BLESS YOU PAL.
Larry Edelen
Larry Edelen
Coworker
June 15, 2021
Richard and I were long term associates at Campbell Sales Company. He was a true professional and a pleasure to work with during our careers together. He was always a positive influence with his peers and the customers loved him
It was and honor to work with him for over 20 years.
With Deepest Sympathy
Fran DiRubbo
Mr Fran DiRubbo
Coworker
June 15, 2021
I will always remember how Rick welcomed Bruce and I with a huge hug and was a wonderful host on our OU/TX weekends. He made everyone feel comfortable and special. He will be missed greatly.
Anita Hail
Friend
June 13, 2021
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