G. Richard “Rick” Case, 66, of Shortsville, N.Y., on Monday, (November 20, 2017), following a seven-month struggle with malignant melanoma.
At Rick’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Colony Caregivers, Lollypop Farm, Clifton Springs Hospital (earmarked for hospice care), or to one’s favorite charity.
Arrangements are by Cremation Service of Rochester, Victor, N.Y.
Rick graduated from Pal-Mac High School in 1969, and attended college in Tusculum, Tenn. With his wife, he operated Pal-O-Mine Kennels in Palmyra during the 1980s. He spent the next thirty years as a meat cutter, variously employed by Wegmans, Big M, BJ’s, and Tops. He retired from Tops in 2015, but continued working part-time at Sauder’s Country Store in Seneca Falls until illness compelled him to stop this summer. He also had a long list of satisfied customers who returned yearly during deer hunting season. “This is the last year I’ll be doing this,” was a long-standing joke.
Rick loved treasure hunting at antique and thrift shops with his wife, fishing with his dad, spending glorious afternoons on the Erie Canal with his ‘oarsmen’ in the rowboat ‘USS Trump’, the monthly ‘Meeting of the Minds’ get-togethers with old schoolmates, and spending precious time with his family.
He was a lifelong lover and benefactor of countless beasts that purred or barked. He never forgot a dog he trained, boarded, or groomed. He will be missed by his dogs Huey and Chlöe, and a grateful gang of freeloading feral cats.
He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret R. Sidler, in 1998.
Rick is survived by Donna Case, his loving wife; father, Edward Sidler, of Macedon; sisters Debbie Lyke of Newark, Cheryl (Doug) Miller of Palmyra and brother, Stew (Peggy), of Newark; sons Justin (Cristal) Case of Washington, D.C., and Brandon Case (Kelly Bell) of Greece, N.Y.; daughter, Jordan (Justin) Hegyi of Orchard Park and grandchildren Jaxon and Naya Case of Washington, D.C., Mara Hegyi of Orchard Park and Jaina Bell of Greece.
Additionally, he leaves half-siblings Ed (Mary) Case of Oro Valley, Ariz., Lynda McCann, Walt Case, Carol Scott and Jeff Case of Waterloo, Cheryl (John) Stone and Terry (Roger) Vanderlike of Phelps, and Brenda (Bob) Hamilton of Longmont, Colo.
He is also survived by in-laws Bob and Kathy Henderson of Williamson and Jim and Jessica Henderson of Fairport; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many treasured friends.
Heartfelt thanks to Rick’s health care team at Rochester General Hospital and Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic and especially to Dr. Bruce Yirinek and the hospice care nurses at Clifton Springs.