Obituary of Rick Torres
Richard (Rick) Torres, was born August 1, 1948 in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii and
passed away Feb 6, 2022 in Graham, WA.
A very talented baseball player who could "play any position" at levels
three and four years above his age group, Rick was offered an athletic
scholarship to the prestigious Punaho High School, which would undoubtedly
have lead to college. He accepted that was not to be; realizing that if he
had left Hawaii, he would not have met the love of his life, and future
Rick was a roofer in Hawaii and Washington for over 13 years and always said
"it would kill a normal man". However, he found his true calling working at
Western State Hospital; advocating and caring for (and singing to) the
patients. He retired from Western State after 25 years.
Although he was a great drummer, the ukulele brought him the most joy. And,
oh man, could he sing and dance! All while hoisting a beer... or two!
Rick is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marty, and their beloved son
Christopher. Also survived by a large family; Bernadine (Mike) Ongais,
Lorraine (Bill) Frayne, William Torres, Patricia (Joe) Cardenas, Irene
Torres, Thomas (Marty) Gorin, Kathleen (Marty) Requejo, Marina (Ed) DeVries,
Mary Gorin, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, newborn son and daughter and
sister-in-law Deanna Torres. Deeply grieving his loss is his best friend
Freeman (Gwen) Correa and close friends Gunther (Lorena) Yaconetti. His bond
with Freeman and brother Bill was especially important to him.
Many thanks to Franciscan Hospice "Dream Team" Jackie, Charlotte and Kristi,
and to those friends and family who texted, called, ran errands, offered to
sit with him, drive an hour to bring us 6th Ave Espresso coffee, or jump on
a plane to come help. Your kindnesses and support, spiritual or otherwise,
will never be forgotten.
At his request, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to the charity of your choice or better yet, reach out to any
friends or family caring for a loved one. Don't wait until he or she has
passed to bring that casserole over...
"Malama pono A hui hou" ~ 'Til we meet again."