WARREN, Ohio – Richard “Rick” E. Novicky, Jr., 53, of Niles, Ohio, went home during the early evening hours of Thursday, June 29, 2017, while at home and surrounded by the love of his family following a brave fight with cancer.
Rick was born in Youngstown, Ohio on July 1, 1963, a son to Richard E. and Norma Jean (Schoenfelt) Novicky, Sr.
A 1981 graduate from Hubbard High School, he furthered his education by obtaining his bachelor’s in education from Youngstown State University in 2002.
Teaching was his passion. He loved working with his first grade students at Newton Falls Elementary School, a position that he held for the past eight years. He had also previously taught at Legacy Academy for four years, as well as, being a substitute teacher for several of the area school districts.
He was a member of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Parish, Warren, Ohio, formerly known as St. James Catholic Church.
In his spare time, he enjoyed kayaking, spending time with his beloved dogs, “Brandy” and “Sydney”, landscaping and making creative concrete frog statues.
He was ornery by default and was known for his great sense of humor.
In addition, along with his brother, Jeff, they never missed attending a Hubbard High School varsity football game, no matter how inclement the weather was. However, nothing pleased him more than to watch his Pittsburgh Penguins hoist Lord Stanley one more time.
Survivors include his bride of 26 years, Kimberly Ann (Bailey) Novicky, whom he married on September 15, 1990; his mother, Norma Jean, Hubbard, Ohio; his siblings, Jeff Novicky, Hubbard, Chris Novicky, Willoughby Heights, Ohio, Tim Novicky and his wife, Carla, Vienna, Mike Novicky, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Christine Novicky and her companion, Jeff Ford, Vienna, Ohio and Natalie Novicky, Warren; his in-laws, Judy Bailey and her husband, Jack and Jim Bailey and his wife, Chris; his sister-in-law, Kelli Carlson and her husband, Gary; his brother-in-law, Tim Bailey and his wife, Danielle; his nieces and nephews, Cody, Shayne, Kayla, Brooke, Taylor, Kalyn, as well as, his many extended family members too.
He was preceded in death by his father and by his stepmother, Darla (Bayer) Novicky.
A time of gathering to honor Rick will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in his church, St. James Worship Site, 2532 Burton Street, SE, Warren, Ohio 44484.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered beginning at 2:00 p.m.
He will be laid to rest in Pineview Memorial Park, Warren.
As suggested by his family, memorial contributions can be made to the church.
Expressions of sympathy can be left for his family at Briceland Funeral Services.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, July 4 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.