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  • Richard Barrick

Richard Hamilton "Dick" Barrick Richard Hamilton "Dick" Barrick, 83, of Charlottesville, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013. Our father was a quiet and humble man. He wrote his own obituary many years ago and it reflects those qualities that he embodied. Out of respect for his wishes we are printing it as he wrote it, but he was so much more than this and we will miss him dearly. In his own words: Dick came to Charlottesville in 1947 to attend the University of Virginia which subsequently conferred upon him undergraduate and law degrees. Following his graduation Dick served in the United States Army, and after his discharge returned to Charlottesville where he practiced law for 55 years, including 16 years as Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Charlottesville. In 1958 he married Mary Elizabeth Pritchett and he and Betty have lived in Charlottesville throughout their marriage. Dick is survived by his wife, Betty; their four children: Logan and her husband Greg Hayden, Mary and her husband John Brocato, Ric and his partner Steve Abbott, and Matt and his wife Sandy; and seven grandchildren: Jonathan and Will Karns and their father Larry Karns, Jack and Colin Brocato, and Anna, Sophia, and Alexandra Barrick. We come quietly into this world and Dick wanted to depart in the same fashion. There will be no funeral or memorial service. The interment of his ashes will take place in the Olivet Presbyterian Church cemetery with family members in attendance. From his children: Sports were a great passion of our father's life and he spent many a summer evening on the first bleacher at the Lane Field watching Babe Ruth League baseball games. He strongly believed that sports were one way to practice some of life's greatest lessons - persistence, fairness and honor. Throughout his life he worked in different, quiet ways to support children in pursuing a sport that they could be passionate about. As those who knew him will already know, he was a very private person and would not have chosen to be remembered in a public way, but for those who wish to do something as you think of him, pass this forward in memory of him in whatever way seems fitting to you. Friends may send condolences to the family at

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  • Deborah Wyatt posted at 1:19 pm on Fri, Dec 13, 2013.

    Deborah Wyatt Posts: 1

    Though a private man whom I had not seen for a number of years, he took the time recently to write to me an encouraging note on the occasion of my own losses. Think that reflects on his nature. I am sad to learn we have lost him.

  • Kurt Hyde and Evelio Rubiella posted at 12:57 pm on Wed, Dec 11, 2013.

    Kurt Hyde and Evelio Rubiella Posts: 1

    Ric, we are so sorry to hear about your dad. You and your family are in our thoughts.


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