In memory of
Richard "Rick" Cassar
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In memory of
Richard "Rick" Cassar
Richard 'Rick' Cassar Feb. 17, 1952 - Jan. 26, 2020 Richard "Rick" Anthony Cassar died in his home in Palm Springs, Calif., Jan. 26, 2020. Rick was born in 1952 in Bayside, N.Y. As an only child, Rick felt completely loved and supported by his mother, father, extended family and childhood friends. He said that his fondest memories were the summers his family and friends spent on the North Fork of Long Island. He graduated from C.W. Post of Long Island University with a degree in business management. Rick's career in risk management and insurance in the maritime industry took him to Jacksonville and West Palm Beach, Fla. He later worked in real estate in Fort Lauderdale. In 2003, Rick moved to Portland, where he continued working in real estate. There he developed his love of restoring older homes. In January 2014, Rick started dating his future husband, Marc Walters. They quickly fell in love and were married Sept. 13, 2014, on a beautiful restored steam ferry called the Virginia V in Puget Sound, Wash. Marc talked Rick into retiring and they began splitting their time between Palm Springs, Calif., and Portland. They enjoyed traveling both within the United States and internationally. However, some of their favorite times were spent enjoying life's simple pleasures at home watching TV together with their cats, cooking, dining out and sharing dinners with family and friends. In the Spring of 2018, they moved their primary residence to Gig Harbor, Wash. Rick was quickly "adopted" by Marc's mother, siblings, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Rick loved to cook big dinners for large groups, always preparing extra food so that the young families could take leftovers home for their children. Rick loved to restore classic cars and he loved his two cats, Kitty and DeDe, of whom he was hugely protective. Both Rick and Marc were very active in supporting their local charities. Rick was diagnosed with cancer in mid-December 2019. It progressed rapidly, but he did not suffer much pain. He died in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his closest friends and family Jan. 26, 2020. Marc is honoring Rick's request to have his ashes spread over Rick's parents' grave in Florida. Celebrations of Rick's life are being planned in several locations. Rick is remembered as a devoted, giving and loving husband, as well as a close friend and relative to many. He was a man who always thought of others before himself. With his genuine warmth and quick wit, he had a natural ability to touch the lives of those he met. Rick is survived by his husband, Marc Walters of Gig Harbor; his extended family of in-laws and cousins; as well as nieces; nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Anthony Cassar of Southold, N.Y. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Richard "Rick" Cassar
Richard 'Rick' Cassar Feb. 17, 1952 - Jan. 26, 2020 Richard "Rick" Anthony Cassar died in his home in Palm Springs, Calif., Jan. 26, 2020. Rick was born in 1952 in Bayside, N.Y. As an only child, Rick felt completely loved and supported by his mother, father, extended family and childhood friends. He said that his fondest memories were the summers his family and friends spent on the North Fork of Long Island. He graduated from C.W. Post of Long Island University with a degree in business management. Rick's career in risk management and insurance in the maritime industry took him to Jacksonville and West Palm Beach, Fla. He later worked in real estate in Fort Lauderdale. In 2003, Rick moved to Portland, where he continued working in real estate. There he developed his love of restoring older homes. In January 2014, Rick started dating his future husband, Marc Walters. They quickly fell in love and were married Sept. 13, 2014, on a beautiful restored steam ferry called the Virginia V in Puget Sound, Wash. Marc talked Rick into retiring and they began splitting their time between Palm Springs, Calif., and Portland. They enjoyed traveling both within the United States and internationally. However, some of their favorite times were spent enjoying life's simple pleasures at home watching TV together with their cats, cooking, dining out and sharing dinners with family and friends. In the Spring of 2018, they moved their primary residence to Gig Harbor, Wash. Rick was quickly "adopted" by Marc's mother, siblings, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Rick loved to cook big dinners for large groups, always preparing extra food so that the young families could take leftovers home for their children. Rick loved to restore classic cars and he loved his two cats, Kitty and DeDe, of whom he was hugely protective. Both Rick and Marc were very active in supporting their local charities. Rick was diagnosed with cancer in mid-December 2019. It progressed rapidly, but he did not suffer much pain. He died in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his closest friends and family Jan. 26, 2020. Marc is honoring Rick's request to have his ashes spread over Rick's parents' grave in Florida. Celebrations of Rick's life are being planned in several locations. Rick is remembered as a devoted, giving and loving husband, as well as a close friend and relative to many. He was a man who always thought of others before himself. With his genuine warmth and quick wit, he had a natural ability to touch the lives of those he met. Rick is survived by his husband, Marc Walters of Gig Harbor; his extended family of in-laws and cousins; as well as nieces; nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and Anthony Cassar of Southold, N.Y. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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