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8734 80th Street
Woodhaven, NY 11421
Phone: (718) 296 4343
Fax: (718) 521 0821
Lawrence Rickert

Lawrence Rickert

Sunday, September 23rd, 1945 - Saturday, January 25th, 2020
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Lawrence “Larry” H. Rickert age 74, passed away in Laconia, NH on January 25, 2020 after a lengthy period of declining health. He spent most of his life in Brooklyn, with some time in New Jersey with his young family, and his last days in New Hampshire.
Larry was born on September 23rd, 1945, in Brooklyn to parents Lawrence H Rickert, Sr. and Mildred Rickert. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, and served in the US Army, stationed in Germany. He had a long career at Bell Telephone (later Verizon), most of which was technical related, but most enjoyed educating his co-workers how to use computers as the technicalogical revolution began.
Larry had a passion for collecting books, toys, trains and movies. You could always find him either reading, doodling, drawing or crafting. He combined his interest of creating and engineering into designing and building model train layouts, which he shared with others during his attendance at many train conventions around the northeast. Not surprisingly, he made many great friends through that passion.
One of Larry’s greatest attributes was his ability to start a conversation easily and made fast friends with anyone he met. His own children and grandchildren have countless fond, happy memories of being around him. Larry was the epitome of being a child at heart.
He rediscovered God later in life and embraced his local church, St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. He and Nancy were both proud to earn the distinction of becoming Deacons of the Church. Many great friendships were developed there, and he became a loving Godfather to several. He sang in the choir and reveled in participating in the Men’s Club. Most of all, he enjoyed helping and advising the many kids in the Homework Club.
Larry enjoyed vacationing with family and led many adventures with them. He found fun in the ordinary and every day. Fishing was his happy place and often thought of it, even as his health declined. He was a lifelong fan (sometimes begrudgingly) of the Giants and Mets. Gardening interested him and he enjoyed planting and picking fresh vegetables from his garden and telling folks how it was coming along.
His family is very thankful of the care provided by Lakes Region General Hospital and Peabody Home in Franklin, NH during his all-to-be brief stay in NH, as well as all his friends who reached out to him when he needed to hear their voice.
Larry is survived by his son Gregg Rickert, and his wife, Janet, of Dingman’s Ferry, PA; his daughter Laurel Ciechon, and her husband, Kevin, of Plymouth,, NH; and also by his grandchildren Anna, Brady and Cameron Ciechon, also of Plymouth, NH.
He is predeceased by both of his parents, his wife Nancy (Schwimmer) Rickert and brother Kenneth Rickert, both of Brooklyn, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust or St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Peter's Lutheran Church
    105 Highland Place
    BROOKLYN, NY 11208
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    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust or St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Service

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 7:00pm
    St. Peter's Evangelical Church
    105 Highland Place
    BROOKLYN, NY 11208
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  • Interment

    Cypress Hills Cemetery
    Jamaica Ave.
    unknown, NY 11421
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    At 9am Friday January 31st, 2020 there will be a prayer service at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church followed by his interment at Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.


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jan carter

Posted at 07:49pm
I'm so glad we reconnected after all the years it was if we were 16 again enjoying life. I'm thankful for each call the last couple of years to re live. remember and laugh. Just sorry we didnt get to have that dinner... love and laughter till we meet again.

Dave Camisa

Posted at 06:57pm
I was deeply saddened to hear of Larry's passing on to be with the Lord this week. He was a dear friend and will be sorely missed.

Our friendship of over 16 years developed in large part through the magic of the internet and our shared interest in model railroading. We met on a chat board and he contacted me about attending a small gathering of similarly minded folks at a 'meet' near Newburgh, NY. He was a good modeler, although he would describe himself as more of a 'muddler.'

We would often travel to these semi-annual weekend meets to enjoy the fellowship of other modelers, discuss techniques, share ideas and generally shoot the breeze. It became tradition to bring some bagels and snacks for the informal brunch, some 'see-gars', stogies (or whatever you prefer to call them) and some adult beverages for 'choir practice' later in the evening at the nearby Days Inn. Larry earned the distinction of being 'The Brooklyn Rail Bum'. Others were anointed as 'Rail Barons' based on the modeling prowess. These folks would travel from as far away as Michigan, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and even Canada. We also made some really long distance international friendships with folks in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. through this eclectic bunch of enthusiasts. Some great memories and great friends.

One of our adventures had us traveling to Portland, Maine, to attend a national model railroad convention. We found ourselves exploring a few old railroad grades, historic sights and railroad museums. Rode a few narrow gauge steam trains. And almost got stuck when the tour bus snagged some overhead wires in backwoods Maine! That was a great trip. Wonderful memories.

We would also often get together on Saturdays for a late breakfast at the Palace Diner in Flushing. I would normally order a bacon omelette with home fries. Larry would get his usual eggs, sausage and corn beef hash. This was always followed up with a trip to Trainworld or Willis Hobbies for some hobby supplies or kits. Our journey culminated at Mike's Pub in Woodhaven for a pint or two (I understand it's now called Giordie's). Nancy and Kenny often would be there waiting for us. Later on, when Larry made Deacon, he often said our visits to Mike's was partially doing church work - trying to save a few souls, just so happened it was in a pub!

Larry would attend a few minor league baseball games and usually asked me along. Coney Island, the Cyclones and "Larry, you want me to get you a beer??" "Why soitenly!" Fun times.

Sadly, I moved away from the city a few years ago. But we always stayed in touch with an occasional phone call. "Mee-ster Dave!" he would say, followed by my "Ah, Lawrence, me boy!" We would talk about various things, and often he would talk about his grand kids, his church and the children's group he was working with or the neighborhood, then trains and what the rest of the muddlers were doing - usually in that order.

Later, when he moved to New Hampshire we still kept in touch - he would talk about his grand kids, fishing at the nearby pond and not being able to enjoy his see-gars (it was a smoke free campus). The last time we chatted he talked about his family. I had to remind him not to get caught having wheelchair races at The Peabody.

To the Rickert family, my sincere condolences. You grief is shared by many that have known Larry and had the privilege of calling him friend.

Allen K. Littlefield

Posted at 09:16am
Larry and I shared an interest in model trains, good "Seegars" (as Larry refereed to them) and beer. When we would gather twice a year in upstate NY for a train Meet, a number of us 'old timers' would congregate outdoors and enjoy a beer and cigar and tell tall tales of years gone by. He was a good friend and all of us in the model train community will sorely miss him. Say hi to Nancy for us when you meet her again Larry and may you both rest in peace in the grace of the Lord.

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Posted at 08:40am
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Love Janet and Gregg Rickert

Posted at 10:24pm
Dad, we will miss you very much. Our memories of you will never fade- Fly high!
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