Celebrating the life of Rick Sappington
Vero Beach, Florida
A man of INTEGRITY, COURAGE AND LOVE
Our personal HERO, now lives in Heaven above.
On November 23, 2019 at the young age of 52, Rick was called home to be with the Lord. After 11 days of fighting to hang on for his family….
his wife whispered to him, if you see Jesus, run to him.
He passed 10 mins later, as we are sure, he fell into Jesus arms.
He fought brain cancer for over 4 1/2 years and through it all his spirit, faith and sweetness was never broken…as well as his unfailing love and devotion to his family.
Rick was born in Virginia and early in life lived in D.C. where he loved spending time with his family. He had great memories of snow skiing, scuba diving, visiting the Space museum and spending summers at the family beach house. Rick loved everything about the ocean.
Rick attended George Town Prep and then Virginia Tech where he received a bachelors degree. After college Rick pursued his dream of becoming a commercial pilot. Which brought him to Florida.
This is where FATE took root and GOD’S PLAN unfolded. Rick met and then married the love of his life Lorrie. They have had 17 years filled with more love than most people get in a life time. This saying hangs above their bed “Once in a while, Right in the Middle of an Ordinary Life, LOVE GIVE YOU A FAIRYTALE” They both knew their love was a blessing from God and will be forever cherished.
Not only did Rick fall in love with Lorrie but also her 5 year old twin boys Chase and Cody. From the start he was an amazing and devoted dad. He was never a step down from just being their dad. He loved the boys whole heartedly. He never missed a sport they played or a school function. About a year and a half later we were blessed with a sweet baby girl Cali. Now our family was complete. Cali was Rick’s little princess and he always wanted to show her how special she was. Daddy-daughter dances and picnics were some of their favorite things. He always wanted to show her how a man should treat a lady and to never settle for less. He was her protector, her hero. He never missed watching her cheer in competitions and then at VBHS under Friday night lights. Rick loved Chase, Cody and Cali will all his heart.
Rick had a quite and calm presence about him. He loved God and he loved and protected his family. He was devoted to his wife Lorrie and his kids Chase, Cody and Cali. He enjoyed his job as a commercial air cargo pilot. He enjoyed driving his super charged red corvette, scuba diving with Lorrie, the beach and traveling with his family. The family has been blessed to have so many beautiful memories to hold close.
Rick will be greatly missed but forever loved and honored by his wife Lorrie of 16 years. His loving children Chase, Cody and Cali. His cherished parents Richard “Frank”and Nancy Sappington. His cherished brother and sister Rob and Virginia and their sweet families. His Amazing Father in law- Jeff, Sister in law-Kim and Brother in law- Steve. As well as all of his other loving Aunt and Uncles. Each person he loved and cared for dearly.
Rick’s legacy would be his incredibly loving bond with his family and this quote to sum up the great life he lived.” The best things in life are the people we LOVE, the places we’ve been, and the MEMORIES we’ve made along the way”.
Until we see you again! We love you so very much!
Family and friends will be overlooking the ocean (that Rick loved so much) in celebrating Rick’s life on Saturday November 30th at Vero Beach Hotel and Spa, 3500 Ocean Drive-Vero Beach.
Arrangements are under the direction of Millennium Cremation Service, Vero Beach. Condolences may be shared online at www.millenniumcremationservice.com
The service from Millennium was outstanding. Rachel was sweet, personable and very comforting. It was important to me that my dad was kept locally where I knew where he would be. Very nice facility, state of the art and quality of my fathers remains were so refined compared to my mothers years ago. I highly recommend this place for an affordable choice for your loved one. Thank you for making an already stressful event easy. With high regards, the Esposito and Keith Family.
Millennium Cremation provided a fantastic service to our family at a difficult time. Our beloved mother passed away in Vero Beach and the rest of the family was in other parts of the country. Due to the Covid health crisis, none of us could get to Vero Beach in person. That's where Millennium took over. They helped us manage everything, coordinated with a cemetery in Maine, managed the obituaries, expedited all the paperwork, and even delivered an important document locally that saved us days. Funeral director Rachel was a godsend, and she made it clear what she was going to do, and what we needed to do. If you know what you want, Millennium is highly recommended, and the savings versus the full service mortuaries is significant.