Richard Direnzo Jr.
1968 - 2016
BORN
1968
DIED
2016
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Richard "Ricky" Direnzo, Jr. 48

Worcester - Richard C. "Ricky" Direnzo, Jr. 48, of Worcester passed away unexpectedly in Worcester.

Ricky was born in Worcester on February 12, 1968. His father was the late, Richard C. Direnzo, Sr. He grew up and attended North High School. As a young man, Ricky worked for the family business, Direnzo Brothers Sand & Gravel. He then accepted a position with the Laborers Union Local 4, working for several area contractors over several years. Most recently Ricky has been house manager for Jeremiah's Inn in Worcester helping those less fortunate overcome life's challenges.

Richard is survived by his mother Paula (Devlin) Direnzo-Fenuccio and stepfather Joseph Fenuccio with whom he lived; his sister, Kimberly DiGioia and her husband Gino of Worcester, Brother Joseph Direnzo and his wife Kim of Stafford Springs CT; eight nieces and nephews; many other Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

Ricky was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and taking pictures in the woods with his brother and father. He was an accomplished artist, enjoying just sitting and drawing for hours on end. Gardening, music, and the beach were also special. Ricky was a fun loving individual who loved to be around his cousins and family always clowning around and joking to put a smile on their faces. He will be missed.

Ricky's funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, January 4th at 11 am in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1290 Grafton St. Burial will follow in St John Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial remembrances in his name can be made to Jeremiah's Inn, 1059 Main St, Worcester, MA 01603. The MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements.

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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Dec. 29, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017.
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I was looking for my old friend, I am sorry I found him here.

To the Direnzo family I am truly sorry for your loss. Ritchie was like a brother to me a long time ago and will be missed

Darrian Plasse
November 12, 2018
Thinking of Ricky today on his birthday and saying special prayers for his mom and entire family. May he rest in perpetual peace and be in eternal bliss.
A friend Who was helped by Ricky
February 12, 2017
RIP you will be missed
S Mccarthy
January 12, 2017
Very Sorry For The loss of Richard.....He Helped so Many People( Homeless) as he moved forward in his Journey. He was Called Home too soon. May He Rest in Peace and Be Remembered for his infectious smile..and Helping the sick and suffering....Most recently at Jeremiahs Inn .With Deepest Sympathy...Our Thoughts and Prayers our with Ricky and his Family.....
Peter Zekos and Family
January 7, 2017
Paula and Family,

So sorry for the loss or Ricky. I have many good memories of him and will keep you wall in my thoughts and prayers. Love to you all!

Mary
Mary Bombard
January 4, 2017
Prayers for Ricky and family God Bless
Joe Mag
January 3, 2017
Paula and Family, I am so saddened to hear of your loss. I know how much he was loved and how special he was to all of you. May your loss be eased by the beautiful memories you'll have forever. God Bless
Marian McGovern
January 2, 2017
PRAYERS FOR RICHARD
CARL GENTILE
January 2, 2017
I will always remember and never forget all the Fun times playing in our back yards, running all around, jumping the fence when we were little kids, we were great friends even in High School. I will hold all these memories in my heart forever! I'm am sorry for your loss and thinking of All of you at this hard time.
Tracy Cozzolino
January 2, 2017
Paula, words cannot express the sympathy I feel for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time in your lives. May God be with you all.
Sandra Penny
January 1, 2017
My prayers to all whom loved Ricky (and extra hugs to Aunt Paula). May faith, family and friends bring you moments of peace.
Laura Pauplis
January 1, 2017
To the Direnzo Family,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Ricky.

Kim's aunt--Betty-Ann Fortin
Betty-ann Fortin
December 31, 2016
No words can express how sorry I am for your loss. Simply know that you are in my every thought & prayer at this most difficult time.
Terri Cassanelli
December 31, 2016
Paula and family. So sorry for your loss.
RIP Rick.
Jim and Barb Johnson
December 31, 2016
Paula and Family: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It's so sad and heart-breaking to lose a loved one. I hope fond memories of him help you in your sorrow. My prayers are for him and his family. Joyce Greene-Hardy
Jpyce Greene-Hardy
December 31, 2016
So sorry
December 31, 2016
Ricky,
You will always live in my heart, my brother. Such fond childhood memories I have of the 70s are because of your friendship. Whether it's the fun times we had as close friends growing up in faith, (catechism classes, 1st communion, confirmation), or in education at Rice Square school, Worcester East Middle,, or just hanging out at the stretch, even sharing the same friendships with kids all over the east side,, or playing little rascal style hockey games at the air plane field in winter time,, or eating autumn time crunchy apples at your house plus homemade cookies. All these are great examples of simple things from back then that we enjoyed together as friends I will never forget.

My thoughts and prayers are with Paula, Kim, Joe, extended family members and friends.
Francis X (Chipper) Sena Jr
December 30, 2016
Paula and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Lenny & Rose Busha
December 30, 2016
Ricky and I ruled the dance floor in kindergarten at Blithewood School. He knew how to dosie doe and was the John Travolta of our class in 1975 for square dancing. The simple days of learning to read then reading to learn, recess, classroom plays, Christmas pageants, being able to play into the dark without parents hovering. In a blink of an eye Rice Square, East Middle..adulthood48.
Son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle, friendwith heartfelt sympathy for your loss and assurance of continued prayers. As we from Worcester bluntly sayhis loss SUCKS! Rest in perpetual peace Ricky.
Lori (Bonczyk) Richardson
December 30, 2016
Paula and Family, I am so, so sorry to hear of your loss!! May Richie rest in peace and know that he will be so missed! He did so many great things for the homeless. God will reward him in heaven! My sincere condolences and if there's anything i can do please call me!!!! Laura Elia
Laura Elia
December 30, 2016
rip my friend god bless the family you will truly be missied
stevieray pierce
December 30, 2016
Paula,
My heart breaks for you. I know God will keep you in His loving arms and protect you through your pain. Y'all will be in my prayers. Love you always! Hugs
Gail Mitchell (Masiello)
December 30, 2016
Ricky,may you rest in peace knowing you touched so many people and hearts. My memories of you is the love you always had for me and the love I always had for you, things didn't work out for us, but we always stayed best of friends, we talked often, saw eacother whenever possible we had many laughs with me and my kids. They grew up lucky enough to have you in there lives. The loved you as much as I did. You had real life conversation with Matt about your struggles and made him promise to follow the straight road. I love you for all that you ment in our lives, my heart breaks knowing I'll never get a bear hug from you or you still trying for us again. You will live in my heart forever till we meet again. My heart and prayers go out to your family and am so grateful that you made them my family too...for I love them all as much as you did. Know matter where I go I will always have morning glories planted just as you always planted for me.
I love you and will miss you forever.
Love you always "J"
Janet Lawrence
December 30, 2016
So sad to hear about Ricky's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. Rest in peace Ricky.
Carla Simone-DeSantis
December 30, 2016
To the whole family, my heart aches for you all. My prayers are with you all at this time. Cheryl
Cheryl Bombard
December 30, 2016
Paula, Joey and Kim I am saddened to hear of the loss of Ricky. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow. My wish for him is God Speed!

Rich Nevalsky
Rich Nevalsky
December 30, 2016
Kim and family.....I am so very sorry for the loss of your brother. May all your wonderful memories get you through this difficult time! xoxox Kelly Donaghy
Kelly Donaghy
December 30, 2016
Joe and Kim,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry.
Lynda and Mike McCart
Lynda McCart
December 30, 2016
Paula and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Artie
Arthur Verdini
December 30, 2016
Kim, my heart breaks for you and your family. Knowing you and your mother, I know he was a gentle, kind soul. May fond memories of him help you heal.
Sharon Woodbury
December 30, 2016
Joe & Kim My deepest sympathy in the loss of your brother. May he rest in peace.
Mark Skiesto
December 30, 2016
Joe & Kim our deepest sympathy in the loss of your brother. May he rest in peace.
Rich & Roxanne Polli
December 30, 2016
Ricky, I will miss you so much. I enjoyed our times at the movies, talking about Motorcycles...Canary yellow was your color...We had so many laughs and could talk about anything. Painting the living room, the cement work you did for me. I will always see you when I look at the cement platform. You did a great job. I wish I had pushed you more to start our business repairs under one roof. Rest in peace my dear friend. I cannot believe this...All my love Ricky, Maria Caricchio
December 30, 2016
My heart and prayers go out to you and your family . I will miss the good times we had but will never forget the great memories that will last forever my friend . The plaza days and guns and roses !!! R.I.P. Bro. TONY M.
Tony Misale
December 30, 2016
Ricky I met you when we were in 3rd grade, we become such good friends through elementary school, East Middle and North High. I have such memories of you I can't believe you're gone. You were so much fun. My hearts breaks for your family. I hope you can rest in peace and watch over all of us. Good bye my friend, Love ya
Moe
Maureen Generelli - Dupre
December 30, 2016
Paula, Kim and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and sympathy to you all.
Jody Kennedy Valade
December 30, 2016
Rick we had a long tight friendship that I dearly missed, many many great times and stories together and so many memories I will cherish for life. I loved you then and will always love you. Peace be with you my friend and may God hold you in the palm of his hand forever. My deepest sympathies to the family. My prayers and thoughts will be with you all forever.
Athena Ziogas-Splaine
December 30, 2016
Our sincere condolences and prayers to Paula, Joe, Kim and all the Direnzo's. Let your hearts rest knowing Ricky is now in God's Loving Arms. May he rest in Peace.
Jimmy and Pam Riley and Family
December 30, 2016
It is difficult for me to read and comprehend this, knowing how devastating it is for the family.
My sincere sympathy to all,
Giulio Fusaro
Giulio Fusaro
December 30, 2016
It is difficult for me to read and comprehend this, knowing how devastating it is to a great family.
In sympathy and sincerely,
Giulio Fusaro
Giulio Fusaro
December 30, 2016
Rest in peace my friend, you will be truly missed
Ronald Jewett
December 29, 2016
Its been years. Good Bye old friend. Too soon.
Bill McNeil
December 29, 2016
May he now be at peace while living on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. I never met Ricky, but know of him through his cousin. I know he touched many lives. His light will shine on.
Missy Doyle
December 29, 2016
You were one of my good friends hanging out drinking beer at airplane field when we young and dumb with Jerry , Joey and big John .
God bless you ,see you when I get there !
Chanch
Mike Chionchio
December 29, 2016
I am so saddened by this tragic loss. Richie helped this alcoholic work through the 12 steps in AA. He helped explaining things by sharing his experiences. He was instrumental in my recovery. I will never forget the memories and lessons we shared. My thoughts and prayers to Richie's family and friends.
Sean Kincaid
December 29, 2016
I am so very sorry and will pray for Ricky's soul he was a longtime friend who always put a smile on my face. May he rest in peace and may God bring you peace knowing he is with the lord . You will all be in my prayers.
Dawn Gentile
December 29, 2016
I am so very sorry and will pray for Ricky's soul he was a longtime friend who always put a smile on my face. May he rest in peace and may God bring you peace knowing he is with the lord . You will all be in my prayers.
Dawn Gentile
December 29, 2016
My heart breaks for your loss. Sincerest sympathy for you and your family. Kim, so very sorry.Sending you love.
Diane Meservey-Guertin
December 29, 2016
Wow, so sorry Kim for you and your family! Mary and John Pichierrri
Mary Pichierrri
December 29, 2016
You will be missed old friend, God bless.
David Girard
December 29, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.❤
Marianne Trapasso
December 29, 2016
Paula, My heart is broken for you and your family, I am so sorry for your loss. God bless..
Sue Westerman
December 29, 2016
I'm so sorry for your loss, my heart is broken for youI will pray for you and your family.
Michelle Pilling
December 29, 2016
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