Dr. James Edward Ricciardi
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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home
5100 PONTCHARTRAIN BLVD
New Orleans, LA
Dr. James Edward Ricciardi died on November 22 under the loving care of Poydras Home and Notre Dame Hospice. He was 75 years old. He is now at peace after a long battle against Lewy Body Dementia. He was born on April 28, 1942 to Dr. and Mrs. Ignatius Ricciardi in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife Pamela, children Andrea and Daniel, and grandchildren Evan, Nathaniel, Grace, Jameson and Lillie. He is also survived by his siblings, Joanne, Carl, and John. Dr. Ricciardi graduated from the University of Wisconsin and Marquette University Medical School. He completed his surgical internship at the University of Michigan before serving in the US Army where he rose to the rank of Captain. He then returned to the University of Michigan to complete his Orthopedic Residency. He went into practice with an Army colleague as a partner with the Maryville Orthopedic clinic in Maryville, Tennessee where they raised their children. At age 50, Dr. Ricciardi pursued a fellowship in Spine Surgery with a desire to enter academic medicine. Upon completing his fellowship at Tulane Medical Center, he joined their faculty. He enjoyed teaching, doing spine surgery, and lecturing internationally. After the death of Dr. Thomas Whitecloud, his Chief of Orthopedics, mentor, and dear friend, Dr. Ricciardi accepted a position on the faculty of LSU Medical Center where he retired in 2009. The funeral will be held at Christ Church Cathedral at 11 a.m. on December 8 with visitation from 10-11 a.m. Following the service there will be a private service for the Interment of The Ashes. The family requests memorials be designated to the Music Program at Christ Church Cathedral and the Lewy Body Dementia Association.
Published by The New Orleans Advocate from Nov. 24 to Dec. 8, 2017.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Dec
8
Visitation
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
LA
Dec
8
Funeral
11:00a.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
LA
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We have planted a dogwood in Jim's memory
Robert Haralson
Coworker
November 18, 2020
We were so moved to read the wonderful account of Dr. Ricciardi's life, and so grateful that he was part of our Episcopal Church family. What a wonderful man! Our prayers and love go out to all his family and friends, who must be feeling his loss so very deeply. But what an inspiration his life was to the world! Have faith in God, the power, the light, and the world to come. May the power of the Holy Spirit bring you comfort in your sorrow, and hope.
Sarah Whalen
November 29, 2017
I am so sorry about Dr. Ricciardi's passing. I was privileged to have worked with him at Tulane Medical Center as his nurse. He was a great surgeon, as well as a fine doctor. He had a wonderful sense of humor that had me laughing every morning with his jokes. I also respected him professionally and have the fondest of memories of him. My thoughts and prayers for peace and consolation for his family.
Shirley Fontana
November 29, 2017
So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with him. He was so compassionate and I always considered him a friend as well as my employer.
Blondell Avery
November 28, 2017
We have such wonderful memories of Jim while we were in NOLA. He and Pam were consummate hosts and no one could match his infectious smile! Please know our thoughts are with you all . Sending much love and support. Sue and Baxter Willis Ottawa, Canada
Sue WIllis
November 27, 2017
A great friend and partner and a great surgeon. We were saddened when he left our practice but he was always the most academic of all of us so we were not surprised that he chose academia. The world will miss him.
Bob Haralson
November 27, 2017
Jim, was my baby brother; we roomed together, we hunted, fished, took science courses together, which helped him get into medical school, we shared many common friends. I spent many Christmases with him in New Orleans shooting ducks on the marshes,eating oysters and telling each other jokes that would be considered politically incorrect today, but hell they were funny......Jim could tell jokes that made folks laugh.... Organic chemistry could put him to asleep in 5 minutes...he was my best and only student....we aced the final and he became a caring doctor, which he wanted to be all his childhood.

Three weeks before he dies, we told each other how much fun we had together and how much love we had as brothers.

I will miss him, but I have no regrets as we shared this life together....he truly was my brother
November 26, 2017
We are saddened by loss of Jim. He was a wonderful man, father, and doctor. Most of all Donna and I remember Jim as part of a gracious team with Pam, his talented and loving wife. Our hearts reach out to Pam and the entire Riccardi family. May he Rest In Peace.
Nick & Donna Della Volpe
November 26, 2017
Pamela,
I have many fond memories of you both at Peristyle.
My prayers are with you.
Lee Ingold
November 25, 2017
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