- Aaron David Ricker, 18, beloved son of David and Carlene Ricker, passed into the arms of his Lord Jesus Christ, on Monday, January 23, 2017, peacefully at his home after battling for seven years from a rare childhood cancer, Ewings Sarcoma. Aaron was born September 20, 1998. Aaron leaves behind his sister, Katie.
As a young boy, it wouldn't be out of the norm to find Aaron in a nerf gun war with friends, sitting at the table with a new lego set or showing off his knowledge of history to anybody that would listen. In March, 2010, after receiving his diagnoses Aaron chose not to let his illness define him and right before our very eyes we watched an innocent boy transform into an incredible young man with a unique ability to make those around him feel special in his own way. He was always making a fashion statement, trying new foods, traveling, and continuously looking for a new adventure. His love for play guns turned into a love for real guns, he became a video game enthusiast and was happiest spending time in the woods hunting and fishing. He was a senior at Old Town High School, a proud member of the swim team and active member of the Bangor YMCA Interact Club and Leader School.
His charming personality and witty sense of humor put others around him at ease. For a young boy who endured what most could not even imagine not once did he let it show. He went through each day with grace and dignity and didn't let anything stop him from getting in the way of his dreams. He impacted the lives of every single person that entered his and truthfully cared about the well-being of everybody else more than his own. He was proud of earning his driver's license, his newest addition to his gun collection, his ability to destroy anybody in a game of trivia. He loved his Dad, his Mom and older sister and wanted nothing more than to make them proud, which is exactly what he did.
He surmounted every obstacle thrown his way. He lived his life to the fullest under the most unfair circumstances. His life is truly an inspiration to all and will continue to do so as he watches down on us all. He was a soldier and fought until his very last breath, cancer didn't win, Aaron did.
Besides his parents and sister, Aaron is survived by his maternal grandparents, Donald and Mona Swett, a special Aunt and Uncle Paul and Paula Hammond as well as Aunt and Uncle Becky and Jimmy Ballanger. Cousins Paige, Bubba, Bradley, Carrie and Isaac. Close family friends Ken, Lisa, Elizabeth and Nicholas Fox who was his very best friend. As well as the overwhelming amount of extended family, Doctors and Nurses at St. Jude and RPH Children Cancer Center in Brewer that loved and supported Aaron throughout the years.
Please join us in honoring Aaron on Friday, January 27, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. at the United Baptist Church on 86 Middle St. in Old Town. There will be a reception immediately following, all are welcomed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Aaron's memory to the Old Town High School Swim Team, 203 Stillwater Ave., Old Town, ME 04468, The Bangor YMCA Leaders School, Bangor YMCA, 17 Second Street, Bangor, ME 04401 207-941-2808 or the Raisch Peavey Haskell Children's Cancer Center, EMHS Foundation, PO Box 931, Bangor, ME 04402 www.emhsfoundation.org. To honor Aaron to the fullest we ask you to wear flannel or camouflage and military personnel to come in uniform.
Published on  January 25, 2017