In Memory

Richard Barry Appelbaum

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05/23/16 04:30 AM #1    

Michal (Michelle) Weinstein

Richard Barry Appelbaum, born February 1, 1950 passed away from cancer on May 2nd surrounded by loving family. He is the son of Ralph and Rita Appelbaum of Cleveland Ohio. He is survived by his wife, best friend and soulmate Madeline Covert Appelbaum. He also left behind his daughters, Jennifer and Carrie and son Bill along with 6 beautiful granddaughters, Noa, Ellie, Ari, Lia, Mia, and Zoe.  His brothers Stuart and Kenneth, and sister, Terry. Nieces and nephews, Moishe, Saul, Josh, Anna, Gabrielle, Shaina and Rosie Pearl and their children. Numerous cousins and their children along with their wives and families. He is a graduate of UC Irvine and Barry University. He worked in the field of Addiction and helped many people get on the path of sobriety.

05/23/16 11:23 AM #2    

Nancy Udelson

Ricky was a big part of my Wiley years.  A really good guy.  So, so sad to hear of his passing.  Thank you, Michelle, for posting

05/23/16 12:49 PM #3    

Judith Waxler (Mintz)

Richard aka Ricky, was my first boyfriend at Wiley Jr. High. We had so many fun times together and he was so kind and generous. I remember he gave me a beautiful charm bracelet for confirmation from The Temple. He was always so polite and sweet to my parents and family. He lived in the most beautiful home on Churchill road and all the kids used to love going there . He married Michal aka Michelle my best friend then and now and had two beautiful daughters. My heart goes out to his family and dear friends.  Much too young to be gone.  RIP Ricky.




05/23/16 06:18 PM #4    

Joel Saltzman

My sincere condolences to Rick's family. Ricky & I met the first week we started at Wiley. He was always funny, witty, kind, considerate, and  good-natured competitive in sports . We were paired off as wrestling partners of the same weight class in gym, and always seemed to be facing each other as receiver/defensive back in school touch football games. I have fond memories of Ricky, especially from those wonderful Wiley years.

05/23/16 10:20 PM #5    

Gary Glazer

I knew Ricky from at least the 6th grade at Belvoir Elementary School but my father, Ricky's father Ralph  and Ricky's uncles Lou and Irv were friends from the 1930's.His grandfather Morris used to play poker weekly with my father on Thursday nights. Our home was thick with cigar smoke and the aroma of pastrami, corned beef and sour pickles. Ricky was a great guy and incredibly funny.  I remember bowling with him at Northfield Lanes on Saturday afternoons in the 60's.  Although we lost touch with one another when we left Heights High, our families continued as friends through the years. I know Ricky lived in Florida. The death of classmates whom we knew in our youth is a truly humbling experience-we live wholly different lives for many years without contact and yet ultimately we are united by a bond forged by shared childhood experiences. I have been deeply touched by the passing of our classmates, most recently Ricky Appelbaum. May he rest in eternal peace in the hearts of his family and friends.

05/23/16 11:47 PM #6    

Laurie Mandel (Buxbaum)

I knew Ricky at Belvoir Elementary School. He and I were "crossing guards" in 5th or 6th grade. I remember once he took my homework from my notebook without asking me, and I had to call him and ask him to return it. That was ok, since I had a crush on him. So sorry to hear of his death.



05/24/16 12:48 PM #7    

Ronald Schwartz

So sorry to hear the sad news. My condolences to Ricky's family and friends. 

05/24/16 03:09 PM #8    

Jody Munstein (Heckenbach)

I've known Ricky since 1st grade, had a crush on him throughout grade school... as teenagers, we would hang out in Miami Beach at our grandparents condos... an intelligent, charming boy he was, definitely a memorable person...sad to hear this news...



05/24/16 07:52 PM #9    

David Skoke

I didn't get to know Ricky until the last few months of senior year at Heights. The one day I'll never forget and still makes me smile was when he was hosting a casino night at his house on Churchill, complete with a craps and poker table. He made me feel like I was a part of it and I was pumped.  The afternoon of the casino night, we went to Elsners for a schvitz and a steak. We talked about how the mafia would go through the same ritual before a big night. We felt very cool. I lost touch with Ricky after graduation. I didn't know him long but I'm  happy I'll always have the memories.


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