HARRINGTON - Rico Tarquinio passed away September 8, 2015 at Sunrise Health Facility, Jonesport. He was born August 15, 1918 in E. Boston, Mass. to Beatrice and Anthony Tarquinio.
Rico was the first son born in America, of which he was very proud to be named after Americo Vespucci. Rico's father wanted him to play accordion, but Rico's feelings had a beat & rhythm all their own, his feet always moving to the bass drum, even on the day he died. He studied music with George Lawrence Stone at the Boston Symphony.
After graduating from E. Boston High School he worked as a tool and die maker. When WWII was declared Rico enlisted in the U.S. Army, assigned to ORDNANCE, and was a member of the 394th Army Service Force Band. Honorably discharged as Sargent in 1946. After his Army service he was lead drummer for the Harry Marshard Orchestra having numerous gigs over the years. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and moved to Harrington with his wife Roberta 31 years ago. He said he wouldn't live anywhere else, loving the area. He enjoyed cooking and made the most delicious tomato sauce you ever tasted, his Father's recipe. Rico taught hunter safety at Pleasant River Fish & Game Club, restored and customized shotguns, enjoyed target shooting, wood carving, painting, building bird houses, fishing, crossword puzzles & had many more hobbies and interests but music was his first love, playing his drums everyday to the sweet sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington & many more. But the sweetest sound of all, my beloved Rico, was the sound of your voice. Rico enjoyed many happy summers with his family at their family camp in Hampstead, NH.
Predeceased by an Angel, his parents, two brothers, and a baby sister. Rico is survived by his wife Roberta; his son John and wife Lisa and their children Tianna and Sophia of Needham, MA; a daughter Sherrill, her husband Vinny and their son Danny; many nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to the staff at Sunrise for their loving, respectful care shown to Rico and their many kindnesses shown to both Rico and Roberta during his illness, as well as to Diane and Dante from Hospice for their genuine interest & compassion, and Anthony for his loving prayers. Thanks to Ed for presenting Rico with his WWII Veterans Medallion and Plaque which he was happy to receive.
When I listen to my heart, it whispers your name, Rico, Rico ... until we are together again, your loving wife, Roberta
"WITHOUT A SONG, THE DAY WOULD NEVER END"
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