Richard Raymond Renaldi (Rick), Captain USN-ret., of Gloucester, passed away the morning of June 29, 2016 as a result of complications of a heart valve replacement procedure. Rick was three weeks shy of his 92nd birthday.
Rick was born in Oakland, California, on July 21, 1924. He was the second child of Hazel and Joseph T. Renaldi. Rick grew up in Oakland, and attended Fremont High School. He was a star athlete lettering in basketball and track. He was voted athlete of the year in his senior year and graduated with honors.
In 1943, Rick joined the U.S. Navy, as so many other young men did, in answer to their country’s need in World War II. He was selected to enter training as a Navy carrier pilot and was commissioned as an Ensign. He served his country at sea until the end of the war.
Rick was then selected in 1948, to join the elite “All Weather Night Fighter” squadron in Moffett Field, California. He continued to pursue his career and was singled out to attend the University of California for further education and career advancement.
Rick continued to serve throughout the Korean and Vietnam Wars and because of his leadership skills, intellect and bravery was promoted to Captain and the command of the carrier USS Guam. His final command was of the elite “purple suit” outfit charged with the readiness of the specially built 747 aircraft that kept the President and other leaders aloft in case of nuclear war.
Rick retired in 1975 after 32 years of service to pursue his dreams of building his own home in Virginia and became an outstanding chef. He loved to cook and with his wife Carolyn, they entertained on a truly grand scale.
Rick was an outstanding gentleman who was liked by everyone he met and loved by everyone who knew him. He was the epitome of the brave men of the “Greatest Generation.”
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carolyn; brother, Ron; son, Ricky; daughter, Janice; step-daughter, Susan and her husband Tom, and hundreds of family and friends who loved him. God bless him for a life well lived.
Services for family and friends will be at the home.
In memory of Rick, contributions may be given to the American Heart Association, c/o Anne Dyal, 8374 Kitchener Drive, Gloucester, Va. 23061.
Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point. Family and friends may share condolences and memories at www.hoggfh.com.