February 07, 1944 - June 01, 2021
Age 77, passed away on June 1, 2021, after a brief illness. Lou (“Mike” as he was known during his youth by family and childhood friends) is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years Lee (Herniman) Ricci; son Mike Ricci (Joanne); and daughters Kristen Ross (Lance) and Leslie Mularski (Keith). Proud grandfather (Pup-Pup) to Halie (Kris), Alexa (Brad), Nina, Patrick, Matthew, and Lauren; brother of Bob Ricci (Debbie) and Jeanne Robertson (Carl); and uncle to the late Rob Herniman, and nieces Kelly Mann (Brett) and Katy Pisick (Eric). Also survived by many other loving relatives and countless friends.
Born February 7, 1944 to the late Lou and Garnette (Keener) Ricci, Lou grew up in Beaver Falls and will be remembered by many as perhaps the best center fielder in Highland Legion history. At a clinic held at Ewing Park in Ellwood City by pro scouts, a young Tommy Lasorda reported Ricci’s throwing arm was the closest he had ever seen to Roberto Clemente’s arm. Foregoing a possible career in pro baseball, Lou was the first college graduate in his family He attended Geneva College on an academic and athletic scholarship where he enjoyed an outstanding baseball career and was an all conference player his sophomore year.
A huge fan of Daffy Duck and Tabasco sauce, Lou spent his career in computer programming and retired with his wife to Florida where they spent many happy years at the beach before recently moving back to Adams Township, PA to be closer to family.
A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Lou absolutely loved life and was so very proud of his children and grandchildren who all love him dearly. In lieu of visitation and services, a Celebration of Life party was held on June 4 which was attended by his closest family. Donations in Lou’s name can be made toS.A.F.E. Pet Rescue of St. Augustine, Florida.