August 13, 2013



 “Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
~~ Mitch Albom
Born Feb 10, 1913 -- Died Aug 13, 1984

100 years ago in Sicily Daddy was born.  His father left him in Italy with 3 old maid Aunts after his wife died to make a better life for him and his son.

 In 1927 Daddy came to America, alone, at 14 years of age with a tag on his suit that said his name. He had 7 pennies in his pocket.

In 1940 in married Anna Marie Bono. They were married 44 years before his death.

In 1984 he died at 71 years old.

The had 4 daughters, the wild and wooly Ricca girls.

He shaped my life. He has been gone 29 years now but the pain is still so fresh like it was yesterday. 

He had a love of dogs. In my heart I know he is with Fussy, my first dog, she was 19 years old when she left for the bridge, my first dachshund, Samantha. who was 14 1/2 when she died and my little fella Weenie who was 11 years old when he was stolen away from me. I know that all my babies are safe with him. 

I will always miss you Daddy.

With love......your Sarah, AKA, the Mommy



Amber DaWeenie said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad! And, yes, I know he is lovingly taking care of your furbabies until you can be with them all again.

He had a wonderful life and raised some great girls! :)

Astro & Mitzie said...

Your Dad sounds like a wonderful man. They are together as a Man's best friend is a dog.

xo Cinnamon

Unknown said...

Lovely tribute and what a wonderful man. Imagine arriving in a strange country at only 14 to make a new life. They were so adventurous and brave. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

stellaroselong said...

Thank you so much for sharing your Dad's wonderful story. I can picture all your little doxie's a sitting on his lap!
stella rose

Cupcake said...


I love the posts about your family. I remember the story about your dad eating the bananas and he didn't know to peel them. I'm glad he loved dogs. Thanks for sharing.

Love, Cupcake and Mom

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a great tribute
Benny & Lily

Molly the Airedale said...

What a wonderful tribute to your daddy, Miss Sarah ♥

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

sprinkles said...

What a lovely tribute to your dad! I know he's there taking care of all of your pets who have passed over the rainbow bridge too! He's taking care of them all until you can all be together again.

CATachresis said...

That is a beautiful tribute to your dad!