Samuel W. Ricker, Jr., 82, of Mashpee, formerly of Portsmouth, NH, died after a brief illness on May 14, 2018.
Samuel was born, raised and educated in Portsmouth, NH and valiantly and honorably served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was the owner and operator of Ricker’s Eatery in Hyannis and retired in 1992. Even though he was retired his passion for cooking did not cease, he worked as an Executive Chef for New Seabury, East Bay Lodge and Dillingham Place. With many accolades for his culinary arts, Samuel reached the level as Escoffier. He was also a member of the Mt. Hoeb Lodge, South Dennis, a past Noble of the Mystic Shrine in Aleppo Temple Boston. During his free time, he enjoyed gardening, puzzles, was an avid dog lover, he loved spending time with his family and friends, and his weekly date night with his wife.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years Nancy Ricker; son, Jake Ricker of Mashpee and his children from his previous marriage, Samuel Ricker III and his wife Lynn of Lebanon, ME, Theresa Hinsman and her husband John of Rollingsford, NH, Patrick Ricker of NH, Michael Ricker of RI; siblings, Robert G. Ricker of Liverpool, NY, Sandra Frank of Greenland, NH; he is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited and may visit with Samuel’s family on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills from 2 until 5 PM. A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018 at the funeral home at 11 AM. Interment to follow at 1:15 PM in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.
To remember Samuel in a special way, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, Gifts Processing Center, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049 OR Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.