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John Phillip Rickicki
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John P. Rickicki, age 69, of Smyrna, GA, passed away in the early morning hours of December 1, 2017 at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a long battle with esophageal cancer. John was born in 1948 in Olean, New York, the oldest of three children to Virginia and John Rickicki. He excelled in sports and academics, with a wicked sense of humor. John received his Bachelors from SUC at Buffalo (where he met his lovely bride of 47 years, Betty), his Masters from Wisconsin University at Stout (where the young married couple learned to polka and had their first child, Joseph), and his Doctorate at Auburn University (where they had their second child, Gina). He had a long career in Vocational Education and Juvenile Justice, eventually serving as Interim Director of Alabama Youth Services and as an Educational Consultant to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. He was a beloved teacher of Juvenile Justice at Georgia State, caring deeply for his students. John was an excellent cook and avid fan of history and jokes, humming under his breath, and dressing with panache. He was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he was a tireless, devoted officer in their chapter of the Knights of Columbus. John is survived by wife, Betty; son, Joseph and grandson Emilio of San Diego, CA, daughter, Gina and son-in-law Parker Davidson of Atlanta, GA and cats, Miss Kitty, Socks, Frida, and Jackie. John’s loved ones will miss his crooked smile, his laughter, his pasta sauce, his devotion. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, December 7 at 10 a.m. at St Joseph Catholic Church in Marietta with Msgr. John Walsh, celebrant. The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 6 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Carmichael Funeral Home in Marietta where the Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Arrangements by Carmichael Funeral Home, 1130 Whitlock Ave. Marietta, GA 30064 (770) 424-4924 www.carmichaelcares.com


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Visitation

Wednesday

6

Dec

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Carmichael Funeral Home Marietta

1130 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

A Rosary Service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Service

Thursday

7

Dec

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church

87 Lacy Street NW
Marietta, GA 30060

A reception will follow the Mass in the church parish hall.


Memorial Contribution

American Cancer Society

1825 Barrett Lakes Blvd.
Suite 280
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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