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February 17, 1949 ~ November 4, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7
Henry Ricardo Baldacci, known to all as Rick, crossed over from life into Life on November 4th, 2023, at the age of 74, in Westminster, Colorado. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Rick's life was a tapestry woven with stories, laughter, and an unwavering love for people.
The youngest son of Teddy and Marguerite Baldacci, Rick's childhood was a symphony of family gatherings, melodies, and tales that seemed to stretch the limits of possibility. Rick grew up in Richmond, graduating from Hermitage High School, and pursued his college education at the University of Richmond where he met the love of his life, Ellen (Maley) Baldacci. Together, they created a life in Colorado (Evergreen, Arvada, and Westminster), painting each chapter with laughter, love, and adventure.
Rick's professional journey was a testament to his passion for nurturing others. His career in Personnel and Human Resources spanned numerous companies, and his entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish HR Baldacci & Associates and RNL Solutions, where he mentored, nurtured leaders, and breathed life into organizations through the power of connection.
Grounded in faith, family, and friendships that traversed continents, Rick's love knew no bounds. His infectious smile and welcoming countenance were his trademarks, alongside his trusty guitar, strumming tunes or leading heartfelt worship sessions.
A storyteller extraordinaire, Rick's tales painted vivid pictures, but his true magic lay in his writing. With poetic finesse, he penned verses that touched hearts, writing numerous poems and publishing three books—The Heart of the Matter, The Secrets of Havenwood, and Corporate Complicity—each offering insights to the person he was.
Rick is survived by his eternal love of 55 years, Ellen; their son Drew and daughter-in-law Gina; daughter Nina and son-in-law Tim (Sloan); five most precious grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a cherished brother, sister-in-law, and a myriad of cousins (and their families!).
May we carry forward his laughter, compassion, and love, ensuring his spirit lives on in the countless lives he touched. Rick’s Celebration of Life has been scheduled for Saturday, February 17th at 1:00pm at Arvada Covenant Church - 5555 Ward Rd, Arvada, CO 80002.
Memorial contributions, instead of flowers, can be made in Rick’s honor to the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s. When giving online, a memorial gift for Rick Baldacci can be indicated. If preferred, checks can be mailed to the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s, 357 McCaslin Blvd., Suite 105, Louisville, CO 80027, with Rick Baldacci memorial in the memo line.