John J. Ricci M.D.
1920 – 2017
RICCI – John J., MD passed away on June 4 in Ellsworth ME.
Born December 5, 1920 in Parma, Italy, son of Silvio and Serafina (Gigliotti). Dr. Ricci was a devoted and beloved General Practitioner in Huntington Station for 65 years, retiring at the age of 85.
He was a skilled painter, sculptor, and founding member of the Huntington Township Art League. He loved his family, fishing, sailing, flying, cooking, dancing, music, and the Giants.
He never tired of learning new things: languages, medical care, and anything that piqued his interest. He received his pilots license at the age of 75 and was very proud to be a member of the UFO’s (United Flying Octogenarians).
John grew up in Astoria, Queens. Graduated from Manhattan College and St. Louis University with honors.
Captain Ricci served his country in WWII and Korea as a US Army surgeon from which he was honorably discharged in 1952. John and his beloved wife, Winifred (Terkanian) dated for 7 years and married in 1944. They had just celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.
Dr. Ricci is survived by his wife Winifred, his daughter Adrienne, and pre-deceased by daughter April W. Shaynak, dear niece Geraldine Petitt and partner Kenneth Reilly. Loving grandchildren Craig R. Shaynak, Sean M. Shaynak, Ariel H. Shaynak, Seth T. Bassler, Daniel C. Bassler. Great grandchildren Sophia Shaynak, Maeve E. Bassler, and Isla W. Bassler.
Dr. Ricci requested no service or memorials. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice . Many thanks to Hancock Country Hospice & Seaport Skilled Nursing Care for their caring, compassionate care in his final days.
Published in Newsday on June 10, 2017
Ricci, John J. [MC???? RIP]
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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.
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I believe that John is a member of the class of 1942.
May He Rest In Peace
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Ricci, John J. [MC1942 RIP]
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Message from Adrienne Ricci
To Manhattan College,
Thank you for your acknowledgement and respectful commentary regarding my father, John J. Ricci MD. He was very proud to be an Alumni of Manhattan College and had many memorable life events while attending. He went on to St. Louis University, graduating with and earning a medical degree. He was swiftly usurped by Uncle Sam for WWI and then Korea.He established his practice in Huntington Station, NY, as a beloved GP for 65 years,retiring at age 85.
While at Manhattan, John created color images for his class yearbook, after researching, through patent offices, the color printing process. A first at Manhattan!
He intricately illustrated medical manuals, published by Prof. Acconci, while attending Manhattan. His artistic talents were unsurpassed.
Dr. Ricci was adored by his patients, generations of patients, half of whom he delivered. He was a dedicated and devoted physician, Husband, Father, an ardent award winning artist who was one of the founders of the Huntington Township Art League, multilinguist, a member of the United Flying Octegenarians ( UFO’s) having earned his pilots licence at the age of 75, sailor, boatbuilder, fisherman, sculptor, gourmet chef and all around remarkable man.
He did not go into medicine for the income potential. He genuinely cared for people first. His patients would often pay him with home-grown produce tucked into the back seat of his beloved Corvair. The car, with 4 studded tires, that enabled him to make house calls, regardless of how snowy the roads were. A Cadillac was not his style. His devotion was to his patients, not his income. He gave his all…and everyone knew and appreciated that.
Your college graduated a phenomenal man. You should be proud.
Adrienne C. Ricci
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