In memory of
Richard Michael "Ragtime Rick" Blaufeld
Richard Michael Blaufeld, "Ragtime Rick," born June 11, 1946, to Isadore and Esther Blaufeld, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died of leukemia with his family by his side at the home of his daughter in Fort Bragg, California, on June 8, 2019, at nearly 73 years of age. A well-known and beloved fixture on the Mendocino Coast and Anderson Valley for over 45 years, Rick was best known for playing blues guitar and his knowledge of the blues. Ragtime Rick Blaufeld began playing the blues in 1962. After honing his blues chops in the coffee houses of New York City's Greenwich Village, Rick moved to California in 1965 and lived in Mendocino County since 1972. He was the owner of Mendocino Music from 1985 to 2017. In 1990, Rick founded the Mendocino County Blues Society and produced the Mendocino County Blues Festival. He also produced the all-acoustic Boonville Folk-Blues Festival and coproduced the sometimes annual Mendocino Acoustic Blues Workshop. In 2003, for the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop, where he was on staff several times, Rick co-produced the album "Lay Down My Old Guitar," a tribute to the late bluesman John Jackson. All profits from this CD benefited the John Jackson Memorial Blues Scholarship Fund. Rick was the host of a radio show called "Roots of the Blues" on KZYX-FM for 16 years and taught blues guitar classes for children at the Mendocino Community Center for over 20 years. Rick has 22 CDs combining rootsy covers with authentic-sounding originals. Read more about Rick at www.ragtimerickblues.com/ragtimerick.html or listen at ragtimerickblaufeld.bandcamp.com/releases. Rick is survived by his wife of 38 years, Kathy Lewis; his three children, Jefferson Blaufeld, Benjamin Blaufeld and Amelia Blaufeld-Gibney (Rickey); their mother, Peggy Fallon; his two grandchildren, Darren Gibney and Jasmine Gibney; and his two sisters and their families, Rochelle Blaufeld Shaw (Marc) and Marci Blaufeld Riley (David). A potluck celebration of Rick's life will be held at the Rancho Navarro Clubhouse, 19100 Appian Way, Navarro, California, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, beginning at 12 p.m. BYOB, a dish to share and your musical instrument.
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