Rodrick S. Lamka

Date of Passing:

March 23, 2022

Rodrick “Rick” Steven Lamka, 70, of Riverside passed away on March 23, 2022 after a brief illness. Born in Norfolk, Virginia, he was the son of Commander Raymond Walter Lamka and Martha Georgina Clark.

Rick was a graduate of Barrington High School and attended Roger Williams College. He worked as a painting contractor for over 40 years.

Rick lived in Italy and Japan as a child and travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. He was a fun-loving, carefree and adventurous man. An avid music lover, Rick attended Woodstock in 1969 and spent time following the Grateful Dead.

For many years, Rick played on competitive softball teams. He enjoyed golf, watching the Red Sox and doing outdoor activities. What he loved most was spending time with his family, especially his great niece Eleanor, whom he affectionately nicknamed, “Squirt.” He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his family and friends.

Rick is survived by his sister Martha “Sue” DeAngelis and her husband Peter, nieces Jodi DeAngelis and Courtney Thiele and her husband Kevin and great niece Eleanor Thiele.

His Funeral service will be private. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted.

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  1. I know I am late to the party but Rick Lambka and his enormous heart has lived with me since we first met in West Barrington a lifetime ago. He was nice and kind to everyone he met. It was an honor calling you my friend. Love you Ricky boy.
    Peace, Stephen Hanrahan

  2. Dear Sue, I am so, so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was my first true love and I have many, many wonderful memories of our years together. He was such a free spirit and I hope he is soaring now. All my love.

  3. Dear brother Rick,
    We were closer than any two siblings I know. You shared many stories with me about our lives together as children, both the sorrowful and happy memories. As adults, we had many wonderful times playing golf, going to cookouts, celebrating birthdays and enjoying special holidays. Your family misses you everyday and there is a void that can never be filled. We all hope you knew how much you were loved and the positive impact you had on our lives. Even now thoughts of you bring smiles to our faces. May your beautiful soul Rest In Peace.
    Your favorite sister and friend,
    Sue ❤️

  4. So sorry to hear the sad news of Ricks passing. We spent many years as housemates in Narragansett and had so many great times together. I’ll always remember Rick for his great personality and fun loving in peace Ricky Boy!

  5. Dear Sue and Pete, we were saddened to hear about the passing of your brother. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
    John and Judy LaCross

  6. Dear Sue, Peter, Jodi, Courtney and family – I’m so sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. My condolences to you on the loss of your brother, brother-in-law and uncle. May he Rest In Peace???

  7. Easy going. Rick was a fun loving, humble guy. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was truly a man with a big heart.

    Rick was a terrific athlete and I enjoyed playing a couple of different sports with him. He will be missed and remembered fondly and often.

  8. My thoughts reflect those of Pete and Joel with the addition of you being my stepbrother which made us closer than just friends. Your irresistible smile and good nature made everybody feel at ease . Rest in Peace “Ricky Boy” and hit another one so far that we can’t see where it lands. Love Dave

  9. Rest in peace my dear friend. I always enjoyed our conversations. Soar with the Angels.

    Scott & Tiff DeAngelis

  10. There are very few that are as kind and caring as you. And now there is one less. “Swing easy when it’s breezy.” God speed and Rest In Peace.
    Bonnie & Jim

  11. Rick was a good friend and a great athlete. We played many years of softball together and I will always remember his towering home runs and his strong throwing arm. Our time spent together was hanging out, going to see bands, and spending time on the Barrington River and Newport Beaches. Great times, Great Memories

  12. It was a pleasure to be friends with Rick over the past five years. We will miss him, his sense of humor and his kindness. He always ended his phone conversations with “love you guys.” We love you too, Rick. Rest In Peace, friend.

  13. Bon voyage , Rick !! Gone too early , my friend… you made a wonderful change in my life , and in our teenage bunch by moving into the neighborhood in the mid 60’s , and maybe just in time …your easygoing nature tamed me down some and you were always steady and smiling!! I have super memories of our time together ; you were a friend when we’ve been apart !!! Rest In Peace

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