Richard "Ric" Lloyd Barrick got his wings on Saturday, July 11, 2020, following a sudden medical event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ric was born in 1963 in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Elizabeth (Betty) Barrick and Richard (Dick) Barrick, who predeceased him. He is survived by his husband, Steve Abbott, and their dog, Lucy, also of Fort Lauderdale; his mother-in-law, Dana Leedy; three siblings, Logan Karns (Greg Hayden), Mary Barrick (John Brocato), and Matt Barrick (Sandy); and seven nieces and nephews, Jonathan Karns, William Karns, Jack Brocato, Colin Brocato, Anna Barrick, Sophia Barrick, Alexandra Barrick; and many friends and relatives. Ric graduated from the University of Virginia in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in atmospheric science and meteorology and later earned a master's degree in local government management from rival school Virginia Tech. While at UVA, he joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity and later participated in Leadership Charlottesville. A self-described weather geek, animal lover, and nature enthusiast, Ric had many interests and passions. He spent his professional career in communications as a meteorologist (in Charlottesville, Richmond, Harrisonburg, and Norfolk, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Salisbury, Maryland; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and as the director of communications in the local governments of both the City of Charlottesville (Virginia) and Broward County (Florida). His family and friends came to depend on his blizzard and hurricane notifications even after he left his full-time meteorology work. Ric was a creative optimist and a team builder. He enjoyed working on big projects and had a talent for harnessing the energies of many different people to get wonderful things accomplished, such as Charlottesville's Grand Illumination, a community tradition. One of Ric's greatest passions was animal welfare, and it was not unusual for him to go to the SPCA and ask to foster the dog that had been there the longest and was the hardest to place. He had many beautiful companions during his life, Maynard, Tip, Maggie, Lily, Georgie, Savannah, and, most recently, Lucy. Ric also lent his talent and energy as a volunteer and board member of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, where he was a co-founder of Whiskers and Tales. This program, while novel at the time, profiled animals for adoption on television. Ric and Steve were married in the 2015 Love Is Love ceremony that he helped organize in Fort Lauderdale following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage. It's said that we are mostly remembered not for what we did, but for who we were. Ric is described by those who knew and loved him as a kind, sensitive, good person, and a true gentleman who advocated for the underserved throughout his life. Christmas celebrations involved watching Ric's favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life. In that 1946 classic film, Clarence the angel tells main character George Bailey: "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?" Ric's life touched and blessed countless people and animals in his 57 years; these individuals blessed him in turn. It really was a wonderful life, Ric. In tribute to Ric's passion for animals, a fund has been established to dedicate a permanent dog kennel in his honor at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Those wishing to make a contribution can contact the CASPCA directly at caspca.org with the designation Ric Barrick Memorial Fund. A celebration of Ric's life will be planned for a later date in Charlottesville when it is safe to gather.
THIS PRODUCT COVERS EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA, CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND, NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA **LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODING...STRONG WINDS AND RISK OF TORNADOES TODAY** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - NONE * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR ANNE ARUNDEL, ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA, CALVERT, CARROLL, CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD, CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY, CHARLES, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, FAIRFAX, KING GEORGE, NORTHERN BALTIMORE, NORTHWEST HARFORD, NORTHWEST HOWARD, NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY, PRINCE GEORGES, PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK, SOUTHEAST HARFORD, SOUTHERN BALTIMORE, SPOTSYLVANIA, ST. MARYS, AND STAFFORD * STORM INFORMATION: - ABOUT 180 MILES SOUTH OF WASHINGTON DC OR ABOUT 210 MILES SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF BALTIMORE MD - 36.3N 77.5W - STORM INTENSITY 70 MPH - MOVEMENT NORTH-NORTHEAST OR 20 DEGREES AT 28 MPH SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS WILL MOVE RAPIDLY TO THE NORTH NORTHEAST PASSING NEAR OR OVER ST. MARY'S COUNTY THIS MORNING AND EXIT THE CHESAPEAKE BAY BY MIDDAY. LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS IS LIKELY TODAY AS RAINFALL ASSOCIATED WITH ISAIAS CONTINUES TO SPREAD NORTHWARD. WIDESPREAD RAINFALL TOTALS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE I-95 CORRIDOR THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE LIKELY ALONG AND EAST OF THE I-95 CORRIDOR THIS MORNING. TREE DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE IN THIS AREA. THERE IS ALSO A RISK OF ISOLATED TORNADOES ACROSS SOUTHERN MARYLAND THROUGH THIS MORNING. MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS ALSO LIKELY ALONG THE WESTERN SHORES OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AND AT WASHINGTON DC SOUTHWEST WATERFRONT TODAY. MINOR COASTAL FLOODING IS LIKELY ALONG OTHER TIDAL WATERS. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM THE FLOODING RAIN ARE STILL UNFOLDING ACROSS ALONG AND EAST OF INTERSTATE 95. REMAIN WELL GUARDED AGAINST LIFE-THREATENING FLOOD WATERS HAVING EXTENSIVE IMPACTS. IF REALIZED, THESE IMPACTS INCLUDE: - MAJOR RAINFALL FLOODING MAY PROMPT MANY EVACUATIONS AND RESCUES. - RIVERS AND TRIBUTARIES MAY RAPIDLY OVERFLOW THEIR BANKS IN MULTIPLE PLACES. SMALL STREAMS, CREEKS, CANALS, ARROYOS, AND DITCHES MAY BECOME DANGEROUS RIVERS. IN MOUNTAIN AREAS, DESTRUCTIVE RUNOFF MAY RUN QUICKLY DOWN VALLEYS WHILE INCREASING SUSCEPTIBILITY TO ROCKSLIDES AND MUDSLIDES. FLOOD CONTROL SYSTEMS AND BARRIERS MAY BECOME STRESSED. - FLOOD WATERS CAN ENTER MANY STRUCTURES WITHIN MULTIPLE COMMUNITIES, SOME STRUCTURES BECOMING UNINHABITABLE OR WASHED AWAY. MANY PLACES WHERE FLOOD WATERS MAY COVER ESCAPE ROUTES. STREETS AND PARKING LOTS BECOME RIVERS OF MOVING WATER WITH UNDERPASSES SUBMERGED. DRIVING CONDITIONS BECOME DANGEROUS. MANY ROAD AND BRIDGE CLOSURES WITH SOME WEAKENED OR WASHED OUT. * WIND: POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM THE MAIN WIND EVENT ARE NOW UNFOLDING ACROSS SOUTHERN MARYLAND. REMAIN WELL SHELTERED FROM DANGEROUS WIND HAVING POSSIBLE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS. IF REALIZED, THESE IMPACTS INCLUDE: - SOME DAMAGE TO ROOFING AND SIDING MATERIALS, ALONG WITH DAMAGE TO PORCHES, AWNINGS, CARPORTS, AND SHEDS. A FEW BUILDINGS EXPERIENCING WINDOW, DOOR, AND GARAGE DOOR FAILURES. MOBILE HOMES DAMAGED, ESPECIALLY IF UNANCHORED. UNSECURED LIGHTWEIGHT OBJECTS BECOME DANGEROUS PROJECTILES. - SEVERAL LARGE TREES SNAPPED OR UPROOTED, BUT WITH GREATER NUMBERS IN PLACES WHERE TREES ARE SHALLOW ROOTED. SEVERAL FENCES AND ROADWAY SIGNS BLOWN OVER. - SOME ROADS IMPASSABLE FROM LARGE DEBRIS, AND MORE WITHIN URBAN OR HEAVILY WOODED PLACES. A FEW BRIDGES, CAUSEWAYS, AND ACCESS ROUTES IMPASSABLE. - SCATTERED POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES, BUT MORE PREVALENT IN AREAS WITH ABOVE GROUND LINES. ELSEWHERE ACROSS EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA, CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND, NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED. * TORNADOES: POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM TORNADOES ARE STILL UNFOLDING ACROSS SOUTHERN MARYLAND. REMAIN WELL BRACED AGAINST A TORNADO EVENT HAVING POSSIBLE LIMITED IMPACTS. IF REALIZED, THESE IMPACTS INCLUDE: - THE OCCURRENCE OF ISOLATED TORNADOES CAN HINDER THE EXECUTION OF EMERGENCY PLANS DURING TROPICAL EVENTS. - A FEW PLACES MAY EXPERIENCE TORNADO DAMAGE, ALONG WITH POWER AND COMMUNICATIONS DISRUPTIONS. - LOCATIONS COULD REALIZE ROOFS PEELED OFF BUILDINGS, CHIMNEYS TOPPLED, MOBILE HOMES PUSHED OFF FOUNDATIONS OR OVERTURNED, LARGE TREE TOPS AND BRANCHES SNAPPED OFF, SHALLOW-ROOTED TREES KNOCKED OVER, MOVING VEHICLES BLOWN OFF ROADS, AND SMALL BOATS PULLED FROM MOORINGS. ELSEWHERE ACROSS EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA, CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND, NORTHERN AND NORTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, LITTLE TO NO IMPACT IS ANTICIPATED. * SURGE: POTENTIAL IMPACTS FROM THE MAIN SURGE EVENT ARE NOW UNFOLDING ALONG THE TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER AND WESTERN SHORE OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. REMAIN WELL AWAY FROM LOCALLY HAZARDOUS SURGE HAVING MODERATE IMPACTS. IF REALIZED, THESE IMPACTS INCLUDE: - LOCALIZED INUNDATION WITH STORM SURGE FLOODING MAINLY ALONG IMMEDIATE SHORELINES AND IN LOW-LYING SPOTS, OR IN AREAS FARTHER INLAND NEAR WHERE HIGHER SURGE WATERS MOVE ASHORE. - SECTIONS OF NEAR-SHORE ROADS AND PARKING LOTS BECOME OVERSPREAD WITH SURGE WATER. DRIVING CONDITIONS DANGEROUS IN PLACES WHERE SURGE WATER COVERS THE ROAD. - MODERATE BEACH EROSION. HEAVY SURF ALSO BREACHING DUNES, MAINLY IN USUALLY VULNERABLE LOCATIONS. STRONG RIP CURRENTS. - MINOR TO LOCALLY MODERATE DAMAGE TO MARINAS, DOCKS, BOARDWALKS, AND PIERS. A FEW SMALL CRAFT BROKEN AWAY FROM MOORINGS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS ---------------------------------- IF YOU ARE PRONE TO FLOODING OR IN AN AREA UNDER A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING BE PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF A QUICK AND DRAMATIC RISE IN WATER LEVELS. IF A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA, QUICKLY MOVE TO THE SAFEST PLACE WITHIN YOUR SHELTER. PROTECT YOUR HEAD AND BODY. * ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION: - FOR INFORMATION ON APPROPRIATE PREPARATIONS SEE READY.GOV - FOR INFORMATION ON CREATING AN EMERGENCY PLAN SEE GETAGAMEPLAN.ORG - FOR ADDITIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION SEE REDCROSS.ORG NEXT UPDATE ----------- THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC AROUND 830 AM EDT, OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
Obituary Search Tips
Enter a full name, a last name (confirm the spelling) and/or keywords in the search box.
If your search is unsuccessful, try removing the first name. The person's known name may not be the name on record.
Try adding quotation marks to a keyword phrase for an exact match, or simply search by date or date-range for broader results.
Buy Local is a directory of businesses in our area who are offering gift cards for sale. If you do not currently have a gift card program, but would like to offer one right now or on an on-goi…
Sign A Guestbook
Offer a personal message of sympathy...
You'll find individual Guest Books on the page with each obituary notice. By sharing a fond memory or writing a kind tribute, you will be providing a comforting keepsake to those in mourning. . From a Guest Book, you may log in with your Google, Facebook, Yahoo or AOL account to leave a message. If you have an existing account with this site, you may log in with that. Otherwise, it's simple to create a new one by clicking on the Create "Sign up" button and following the simple steps on the Sign Up page.