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Obituary for Richard Angelo Nola Sr.
Richard passed away peacefully at the age of 87, at home with his life partner and true love Lu by his side. Richard was the most humble, sweetest, kindest gentleman one could ever know and will be forever missed by so many. Mi amoré it was an honor and a privilege to be by your side all these years.
Richard grew up on a ranch in San Jose where he lived until he attended USC, earning a baccalaureate Degree in 1956. He enlisted in the Army Air-Corp in 1957 transferring to reserve status in 1959 with an honorable discharge in 1962. He moved to Vacaville in 1960 and purchased the drying yard on Davis Street, where he began his business, Vacaville Fruit Co. which continues to thrive today with his daughter, Nicole at the helm.
You couldn't go anywhere with him without someone approaching to say hello and that they worked for Richard as their first job thanking him for all they learned from him about work ethic, morals and so much more. Richard enjoyed life to the fullest and always with a great attitude. No matter the odds, his positivity was infectious. He was a mentor to many of all ages with wisdom beyond his years, always with a joke or story to tell or kind words to lift others spirits. Richard's integrity was untouchable in business and everyday life no matter the situation; he sought a win-win situation for all. He was a true patriot and knew there was no better country then the USA!
Richard had many interests throughout his life. Hunting was one of his first loves, beginning as a child until his final days. I was never sure which he loved more, the special times spent with his dad, bonding in a duck blind or the hunting itself, another win-win for him. Ducks weren't the only thing to hunt; there were elk, deer, caribou, dove, pheasant and even dove hunting in Argentina. Every year when hunting and football began and all season long, his face was lit up like a kid on Christmas as if it was a brand new experience, which is how he lived his life: with exceptional enthusiasm. it was magical to see.In the last 12 years Richard, Lu and friends took many trips. To mention a few there was fishing in Alaska, NYC, several Hawaii and Mexico trips, all throughout the East coast, Belize, New Orleans, Grand Canyon, and Sedona, with zip lining in three different countries. One of his favorites was three weeks in Costa Rica and Panama, staying in hostels to high end resorts, because Richard was always up for an adventure. He was proud of his seven-hour hike in the rain forest and the fact that he was the oldest person to sign the book. Proud but humble; that is who he was. His last big trip just before Covid began was to Poland and Germany, enjoying every minute of it. All who knew Richard were blessed for the shared friendships and he appreciated all who touched his life.
Richard is survived by his life partner and true love, Lu Angelo; two brothers and their wives, five children and their spouses, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and an unimaginable number of friends that touched our lives on a daily basis. THANK YOU ALL for your friendship and GOD BLESS the amazing man that Richard was and will always be in our hearts. THANK YOU VACAVILLE. Let's make Richard proud of the lessons and virtues that he imparted on everyone that knew him. Live by his example every chance you get.
Death leaves a heartache that nobody can heal; Love leaves memories that nobody can steal.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or charity of donor's choice.