Ricardo “Rick” Aguilar was a man that everyone loved. On April 22nd, at the age of 78, he passed away but left behind his mark on many people’s hearts. Rick was born on February 6th, 1941 in Tapalpa, Jalisco, Mexico. At the age of eight, his family moved to the Mission District in San Francisco. Rick attended St. Peter’s Grammar School, Riordan High School and City College of San Francisco. During his school years and while living in the Mission District, Rick built lifelong friendships and many wonderful memories.
In 1965 He was drafted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Polk, LA. In 1970 Rick married the love of his life, Corinne. They both grew up in the Mission District and shared very dear friends. Corinne and Rick moved to Livermore in 1971. They remained in Livermore, happily devoted to each other for 49 years. Their love and commitment for each other is inspiring. Together they raised three children, Tony, Andrew and, Anne and went on to become grandparents.
In 1971 Rick became a United States citizen. In 1976, he started his own Trucking Company, CARA Transportation out of Oakland. He ran an honest and successful business for 30 years, and retired in 2003. Rick made friends everywhere he went, so of course, he built new and lasting friendships with those he worked with.
Rick exuded joy and laughter. He was often gently poking fun, to a point where a person could not tell if he was kidding or being serious. He would give himself away by giving a smirk and a chuckle, knowing he had fooled you. Rick was the epitome of a dad joke, an overall funny guy. Rick came from a very musically talented family. He was taught to play the piano at a young age. He also loved to sing.
In his recent stay in the hospital, Rick was unable to speak for several months. The first time he was given a voice value to help him talk, the first thing he did was belt out, with arms spread in the air, “The hills are alive with the sound of music.” He filled the room with smiles, laughter and tears of joy. That was who Rick was.
Rick was a huge sports fan. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends and family. He coached his sons' little league teams. Rick was also a 49er faithful and season ticket holder. He would cover his house and himself in anything and everything he owned that said 49ers on it during the big games.
Not only was Rick a loving husband, a caring father, a silly grandpa, a devoted friend, but he also was a wonderful human. He would take the time to talk with you and ask how you were doing, and he meant it. Often times, Rick could be found sitting at the kitchen table making phone calls to his friends and family, this was part of his every day routine. Over the years, a recurring phrase has been used by those who knew him, “Everybody loves Rick.”
Rick is survived by his wife, Corinne, children, Tony, Andrew (Candy), and Anne, his grandchildren, Malia, Isaac, Anthony and Adam, his brothers, Carlos and Francisco "Gil", nieces, nephews and godchildren. A mass and celebration of life will be held on May 23rd at 11am, St. Charles Borromeo, 1315 Lomitas Ave. in Livermore California.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Aguilar family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.