Tribute to the Late
Joseph V Riccardelli
September 12, 1936 - May 5, 2006
Joe was a friend's friend. He had a kind, loving spirit. By trade Joe was a construction superintendent at Bailey Elliott Construction for many years. He had recently retired and was planning his big getaway to go prospecting in Stanton, Arizona with Nugget his little dog. Joe never met a stranger and was accepting of all he came in contact with. His hobbies included hunting with his friends from Bailey Elliott and attending their annual fishing trip to the coast. He was an avid wood worker and gave away more items than he ever sold.
Joe had a gift of communicating. He loved to socialize and loved talking of his family. He was very family oriented and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. Out at "Joe's Place" was some of the finest blackberry picking in Central Texas. He would let his friends come pick until they were purple in the face. He always knew where the biggest of the berries would be and would cut a path through the briars so the kids would have a safe path to walk. He treated the kids like they were his own. Joe was an avid gardener. He grew tomatoes, okra, peas, beans, and anything else he could plant. I wish there were more people in the world like Ole Joe. He was old school in his ways. He loved life and people. He wanted to find a big nugget and strike it rich.
Well I'm sure Jesus had a claim staked for Joe and now he is richer than any of us could ever dream. I
hope he holds me a spot. Just one more day is all I would ask so I could tell him how much we loved him. He will be greatly missed and
always remembered. Keep his family in your thoughts and prayers and try
to live life like Joe did. Loving one day at a time. We love you Joe and will always remember that smile and the kindness you showed to all