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Richard Ralph Bianchi, 78, died Monday, February 1, 2021 from complications related to cancer.  Richard or “Dick” as we always called him, fought the fight against his cancer in the months prior to his death. He died peacefully at home with his wife Leona and longtime family friend Joe Labadini by his side.

Dick leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Leona Marion (Cambria); his daughters, Andra Ruscoe and husband Rob; Alyssa Sargent and her husband Jason; his grandchildren, Presley (PJ) Sargent and Cassius Sargent; his sisters, Nancy Zero, Jean Bianchi.

Dick was born in Chelsea, MA on January 16, 1943 and lived a full and loving life.  He owned an Oil Business in Revere, MA and a Photo Finish business in Revere, MA.  In 1996 Dick moved to Scottsdale, AZ, where he learned to ride horses and owned 2 horses.  Dick worked as a General Manager for Standard Parking, in Arizona and Las Vegas for many years.  Once retired, Dick started his owned business, Arizona Barrier Gates, which he ran successfully for the past 10 years.

Dick was in the Navy-Air Reserves.  He had a love for airplanes and in his younger days took flying lessons. Dick loved to golf and played 18 holes every chance he got. Dick had a passion for cooking. He loved entertaining and having friends over for dinner parties. He was President of the Encanterra Country Club in 2017. Dick lit up the room when he walked in.  His favorite trips were traveling to Italy and Maui, Hawaii. We must not forget the love and passion he had for his blue heeler “Reeta”.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made directly to The Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue, 100 Easy Street, Suite 3647, Carefree, AZ 85377.

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28 responses to “Richard Ralph Bianchi Obituary”

  1. Lilly & Bill McDonough says:

    Dear Leona, It is in moments like these that I fall short on words. But I hope you know how much love I have in my heart for Dick, and you are in our thoughts and prayers. He made an impact on my life and I feel so blessed that Bill and I spent so many fun times together. He will be missed but never forgotten. RIP Dick. We love you. We are here for Leona. Soar high with the angels. Until we meet again…hugs

  2. Don and Sandy says:

    Dick was a special, special person who always had a warm smile and a friendly hello. He loved welcoming people into his house and cooking them a great meal; it was an invitation we were always happy to accept! We’ve only known him for 5-1/2 years but we were fortunate enough to share many happy and fun times with him and Leona from NYE parties to vacations to memorable dinners. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

  3. Amnthony and Roseanne Zerola says:

    Dickie’s boyish smile, quick sense of humor and calm soul will never be forgotten. The Bianchi feasts were truly amazing. Tony and I were fortunate to have memories with a wonderful human being. The heavens are blessed with a new foodie. 💔

  4. Don and Sandy says:

    Leona, we miss him deeply and mourn his loss with you. I want you to know how fortunate we felt to have met you both shortly after we moved here. Dick was a fun and happy person to be around — the absolute best kind of person! He greeted everyone with a warm smile and a friendly hello and you knew he meant it. We were grateful that you both so often welcomed us into your home. Those were invitations we were happy to accept — good food and good times always included. Luckily for us, we were able to share so many great times with you both from NYE parties to vacations to memorable dinners. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Dick! You will be in our hearts always. Leona, our condolences to you and all of your family and friends who knew and loved Dick.

  5. Sandy & Doris Speranza says:

    Dear Leona,
    We were so saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. He suffered for awhile and he fought the good fight but God wanted him home! He was a great guy and a loving husband to you. I know you will miss him dearly but take comfort he’s with mom and she’s torturing him lovingly. You now have another angel to watch over you. You know we’re here anytime for you. Love you..💙💙

  6. Rosalind says:

    Rest In Pease my dear cousin. I will always remember the fun times we had growing up. My sympathy to Leona and the whole family.

    Love your oldest cousin

  7. Rosalind Lillo says:

    RIP my dear cousin. My deepest sympathy to Leona and the whole family. My heart is breaking.

  8. Kathy & Steve says:

    Leona I cannot tell you how broken hearted we are. Steve and I will always remember all the laughs and great times we had with Dick. He was truly a great guy Nor to mention his fabulous cooking. You were meant for each other. All our love

  9. Rosalind Lillo says:

    Rest in Pease my dear cousin my heart is broken. Until we meet again I love you.

    Your oldest cousin

  10. Honor Miele says:

    I am heartbroken over the loss of this wonderful person and friend. Leona, I love you and will always be here for you. I have known and loved Dick over the past 20+ years. He was more than a friend, he was family. I will miss his smile, his humor, his cooking, his generosity, our many trips together, but most importantly his friendship. Rest in peace my dear friend. Until we meet again, I will bring the peanut M & M’s. I love you❤

  11. Joanne Rodgers says:

    Dear Leona, Alyssa and Andra and family,
    I am saddened for all of you! I will keep you in my prayers and hope you will feel comforted by the Bible’s promise where it says at Rev 21:3 & 4 “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry or pain be any more…
    Alyssa I saw your face in this picture of your dad ,
    Never saw it before.
    Love to you all!
    Joanne Rodgers

  12. Lara Thomas says:

    Dearest Alyssa, I am so incredibly sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I can only imagine the pain in your heart right now. Know that you are loved and in my prayers and remember that better days are just around the corner. Please hug PJ & Cashie for me too. Love you to infinity and beyond, Lara (&Peter & J3)

  13. Lara Thomas says:

    Dear Andra, I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve been thinking of and praying for you and Lys that you are able to find some comfort in your happy memories with your Dad. He is in the safest place right now (Jehovah’s memory) and soon this pain will be in the past. With much love, Lara (& Peter & J3)

  14. Jason, Alyssa, Presley, & Cassius Sargent says:

    While words fail to capture the pain of losing Papa, may we all find comfort in knowing that he is safe in the memory of Jehovah God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. “I have hope toward God. . .that there is going to be a resurrection.”​ – Acts 24:15
    “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:3,4
    We love and miss Papa and we look forward to seeing him again in Paradise.

  15. Mario and Dana DeArco says:

    Alyssa, Dana and I wish to express our heart felt condolences to you and your family. We know words are not enough to show you how much we care and love you. May our loving Creator bring comfort to you and your family. Mario and Dana

  16. Bill and June Sargent says:

    Dear Jason, Alyssa, Presley, Cassius and extended family: The painful sting of death can only be soothed by the hope of seeing our loved one again in Paradise. And Jesus’ own resurrection guarantees this. May your hearts find peace as you look forward to the day when you and your dad will be reunited once again. Warmest love and affection –

  17. Courtney & Peter Dougal says:

    Alyssa,
    I’m so sorry you have to deal with the loss of your dad, even if it’s just for a little while. While I never had the privilege of meeting him, I know he had to be a very special person to raise such a great mother, wife, and friend. You, Jason, PJ, and Cash are in our prayers. We love you and we’re here for you.

  18. Jason and Candy Colpitts says:

    Dear Andra, Alyssa, Jason, PJ & Cash,
    We are so deeply sorry for your loss and pray that “the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3), will comfort you during this painful time until “the last enemy, death, is brought to nothing.” (1 Cor. 15:26) We “rejoice in the hope” (Romans 12:12) and look forward to the day you are reunited with him. Sending you all lots of love.

  19. Pam and John Newman says:

    Leona and family,
    I’m at a loss for the words to express what we feel in losing this friend. Such good times over the last 25 years, Dick was always such a gracious host and always so happy. I loved his smile. We will so miss him. Love you, Pam and John

  20. Pam and John Newman says:

    Words cannot express how sad we are at losing this friend. Dick was always funny and kind. Love you

  21. Margaret McDonald says:

    On behalf of Clarendon Early Education Services, Inc. our deepest condolences go out to Jean Bianchi on the sad loss of Jean’s beloved brother. Our thoughts are with you and your sister-in law, Leona during this very painful time.
    Margaret

  22. Melanie and Kevin Brooks says:

    Dear Leona, our hearts are crying for you and Dick. We are sooo very fortunate to have had the opportunity and honor of being one of Dick’s friends. He will be forever remembered for the twinkle in his eyes, his joyous smile, his love of cooking, a man who could fix anything and as a warm and caring selflish man.
    To you, Leona, is a small excerpt from a poem by W.H Auden – Stop All the Clocks. I think this is how Dick was to you:

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song….

    Dick was all to you and to all he touched. May his soul rest in the peace of knowing he was loved and honored by so many.
    With love, Melanie and Kevin Brooks

  23. Sue Thompson and Darryl Reinhart says:

    Dearest Leona,
    Words cannot express the profound sadness and ache in our hearts at the loss of Dick. We look forward to spending our five months next door to you guys. The impromptu coffee talks on your back patio were always so much fun and heartfelt. Darryl especially feels the loss of ‘one of his closest friends’, his painting boss and golf coach. We fell in love with both of you when you moved in next door, and will continue to be here for you in the times to come.
    Love Sue, Darryl and Chica

  24. Pam Newman says:

    Dick was so loved by his many friends,
    John and I will truly miss him.
    Rest in piece Dick.
    Love Pam and John

  25. Barbara Kennedy Smith, MBSc, MPH, LMSW says:

    🤦‍♀️ Too much loss. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you. Love, Barbara

  26. Barbara Kennedy Smith, MBSc, MPH, LMSW says:

    🤦‍♀️ Too much loss. My prayers and thoughts are with both of you at this very sad time.
    Love you, Barbara

  27. Sharon VECSEY-Minor says:

    Leona…we just realized that Richard has passed, and wish to extend our loving thoughts to you at this time. Although we didn’t really get to know either of you while living at ENCANTERRA, you are remembered fondly for your enthusiasm and joy! Sincerely, Tom and Sharon Minor

  28. Patricia McNamara Maron says:

    Dear Leona, Jeff & I were so sad to learn of Dickies Death. We have such fond memories of “The Bradstreet Ave” days. Dickie shared his Gravy Recipe with Jeff and we remember you both everytime he makes it. Very sad for your loss. With 💘
    Trisha and Jeff.

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Richard Ralph Bianchi Obituary


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Richard Ralph Bianchi, 78, died Monday, February 1, 2021 from complications related to cancer.  Richard or “Dick” as we always called him, fought the fight against his cancer in the months prior to his death. He died peacefully at home with his wife Leona and longtime family friend Joe Labadini by his side.

Dick leaves behind his wife of 30 years, Leona Marion (Cambria); his daughters, Andra Ruscoe and husband Rob; Alyssa Sargent and her husband Jason; his grandchildren, Presley (PJ) Sargent and Cassius Sargent; his sisters, Nancy Zero, Jean Bianchi.

Dick was born in Chelsea, MA on January 16, 1943 and lived a full and loving life.  He owned an Oil Business in Revere, MA and a Photo Finish business in Revere, MA.  In 1996 Dick moved to Scottsdale, AZ, where he learned to ride horses and owned 2 horses.  Dick worked as a General Manager for Standard Parking, in Arizona and Las Vegas for many years.  Once retired, Dick started his owned business, Arizona Barrier Gates, which he ran successfully for the past 10 years.

Dick was in the Navy-Air Reserves.  He had a love for airplanes and in his younger days took flying lessons. Dick loved to golf and played 18 holes every chance he got. Dick had a passion for cooking. He loved entertaining and having friends over for dinner parties. He was President of the Encanterra Country Club in 2017. Dick lit up the room when he walked in.  His favorite trips were traveling to Italy and Maui, Hawaii. We must not forget the love and passion he had for his blue heeler “Reeta”.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made directly to The Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue, 100 Easy Street, Suite 3647, Carefree, AZ 85377.

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28 responses to “Richard Ralph Bianchi Obituary”

  1. Lilly & Bill McDonough says:

    Dear Leona, It is in moments like these that I fall short on words. But I hope you know how much love I have in my heart for Dick, and you are in our thoughts and prayers. He made an impact on my life and I feel so blessed that Bill and I spent so many fun times together. He will be missed but never forgotten. RIP Dick. We love you. We are here for Leona. Soar high with the angels. Until we meet again…hugs

  2. Don and Sandy says:

    Dick was a special, special person who always had a warm smile and a friendly hello. He loved welcoming people into his house and cooking them a great meal; it was an invitation we were always happy to accept! We’ve only known him for 5-1/2 years but we were fortunate enough to share many happy and fun times with him and Leona from NYE parties to vacations to memorable dinners. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.

  3. Amnthony and Roseanne Zerola says:

    Dickie’s boyish smile, quick sense of humor and calm soul will never be forgotten. The Bianchi feasts were truly amazing. Tony and I were fortunate to have memories with a wonderful human being. The heavens are blessed with a new foodie. 💔

  4. Don and Sandy says:

    Leona, we miss him deeply and mourn his loss with you. I want you to know how fortunate we felt to have met you both shortly after we moved here. Dick was a fun and happy person to be around — the absolute best kind of person! He greeted everyone with a warm smile and a friendly hello and you knew he meant it. We were grateful that you both so often welcomed us into your home. Those were invitations we were happy to accept — good food and good times always included. Luckily for us, we were able to share so many great times with you both from NYE parties to vacations to memorable dinners. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Dick! You will be in our hearts always. Leona, our condolences to you and all of your family and friends who knew and loved Dick.

  5. Sandy & Doris Speranza says:

    Dear Leona,
    We were so saddened to hear of Dick’s passing. He suffered for awhile and he fought the good fight but God wanted him home! He was a great guy and a loving husband to you. I know you will miss him dearly but take comfort he’s with mom and she’s torturing him lovingly. You now have another angel to watch over you. You know we’re here anytime for you. Love you..💙💙

  6. Rosalind says:

    Rest In Pease my dear cousin. I will always remember the fun times we had growing up. My sympathy to Leona and the whole family.

    Love your oldest cousin

  7. Rosalind Lillo says:

    RIP my dear cousin. My deepest sympathy to Leona and the whole family. My heart is breaking.

  8. Kathy & Steve says:

    Leona I cannot tell you how broken hearted we are. Steve and I will always remember all the laughs and great times we had with Dick. He was truly a great guy Nor to mention his fabulous cooking. You were meant for each other. All our love

  9. Rosalind Lillo says:

    Rest in Pease my dear cousin my heart is broken. Until we meet again I love you.

    Your oldest cousin

  10. Honor Miele says:

    I am heartbroken over the loss of this wonderful person and friend. Leona, I love you and will always be here for you. I have known and loved Dick over the past 20+ years. He was more than a friend, he was family. I will miss his smile, his humor, his cooking, his generosity, our many trips together, but most importantly his friendship. Rest in peace my dear friend. Until we meet again, I will bring the peanut M & M’s. I love you❤

  11. Joanne Rodgers says:

    Dear Leona, Alyssa and Andra and family,
    I am saddened for all of you! I will keep you in my prayers and hope you will feel comforted by the Bible’s promise where it says at Rev 21:3 & 4 “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more neither will mourning nor outcry or pain be any more…
    Alyssa I saw your face in this picture of your dad ,
    Never saw it before.
    Love to you all!
    Joanne Rodgers

  12. Lara Thomas says:

    Dearest Alyssa, I am so incredibly sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I can only imagine the pain in your heart right now. Know that you are loved and in my prayers and remember that better days are just around the corner. Please hug PJ & Cashie for me too. Love you to infinity and beyond, Lara (&Peter & J3)

  13. Lara Thomas says:

    Dear Andra, I am so sorry for your loss. I’ve been thinking of and praying for you and Lys that you are able to find some comfort in your happy memories with your Dad. He is in the safest place right now (Jehovah’s memory) and soon this pain will be in the past. With much love, Lara (& Peter & J3)

  14. Jason, Alyssa, Presley, & Cassius Sargent says:

    While words fail to capture the pain of losing Papa, may we all find comfort in knowing that he is safe in the memory of Jehovah God, who will remember every detail about him and bring him back again. “I have hope toward God. . .that there is going to be a resurrection.”​ – Acts 24:15
    “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:3,4
    We love and miss Papa and we look forward to seeing him again in Paradise.

  15. Mario and Dana DeArco says:

    Alyssa, Dana and I wish to express our heart felt condolences to you and your family. We know words are not enough to show you how much we care and love you. May our loving Creator bring comfort to you and your family. Mario and Dana

  16. Bill and June Sargent says:

    Dear Jason, Alyssa, Presley, Cassius and extended family: The painful sting of death can only be soothed by the hope of seeing our loved one again in Paradise. And Jesus’ own resurrection guarantees this. May your hearts find peace as you look forward to the day when you and your dad will be reunited once again. Warmest love and affection –

  17. Courtney & Peter Dougal says:

    Alyssa,
    I’m so sorry you have to deal with the loss of your dad, even if it’s just for a little while. While I never had the privilege of meeting him, I know he had to be a very special person to raise such a great mother, wife, and friend. You, Jason, PJ, and Cash are in our prayers. We love you and we’re here for you.

  18. Jason and Candy Colpitts says:

    Dear Andra, Alyssa, Jason, PJ & Cash,
    We are so deeply sorry for your loss and pray that “the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3), will comfort you during this painful time until “the last enemy, death, is brought to nothing.” (1 Cor. 15:26) We “rejoice in the hope” (Romans 12:12) and look forward to the day you are reunited with him. Sending you all lots of love.

  19. Pam and John Newman says:

    Leona and family,
    I’m at a loss for the words to express what we feel in losing this friend. Such good times over the last 25 years, Dick was always such a gracious host and always so happy. I loved his smile. We will so miss him. Love you, Pam and John

  20. Pam and John Newman says:

    Words cannot express how sad we are at losing this friend. Dick was always funny and kind. Love you

  21. Margaret McDonald says:

    On behalf of Clarendon Early Education Services, Inc. our deepest condolences go out to Jean Bianchi on the sad loss of Jean’s beloved brother. Our thoughts are with you and your sister-in law, Leona during this very painful time.
    Margaret

  22. Melanie and Kevin Brooks says:

    Dear Leona, our hearts are crying for you and Dick. We are sooo very fortunate to have had the opportunity and honor of being one of Dick’s friends. He will be forever remembered for the twinkle in his eyes, his joyous smile, his love of cooking, a man who could fix anything and as a warm and caring selflish man.
    To you, Leona, is a small excerpt from a poem by W.H Auden – Stop All the Clocks. I think this is how Dick was to you:

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song….

    Dick was all to you and to all he touched. May his soul rest in the peace of knowing he was loved and honored by so many.
    With love, Melanie and Kevin Brooks

  23. Sue Thompson and Darryl Reinhart says:

    Dearest Leona,
    Words cannot express the profound sadness and ache in our hearts at the loss of Dick. We look forward to spending our five months next door to you guys. The impromptu coffee talks on your back patio were always so much fun and heartfelt. Darryl especially feels the loss of ‘one of his closest friends’, his painting boss and golf coach. We fell in love with both of you when you moved in next door, and will continue to be here for you in the times to come.
    Love Sue, Darryl and Chica

  24. Pam Newman says:

    Dick was so loved by his many friends,
    John and I will truly miss him.
    Rest in piece Dick.
    Love Pam and John

  25. Barbara Kennedy Smith, MBSc, MPH, LMSW says:

    🤦‍♀️ Too much loss. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you. Love, Barbara

  26. Barbara Kennedy Smith, MBSc, MPH, LMSW says:

    🤦‍♀️ Too much loss. My prayers and thoughts are with both of you at this very sad time.
    Love you, Barbara

  27. Sharon VECSEY-Minor says:

    Leona…we just realized that Richard has passed, and wish to extend our loving thoughts to you at this time. Although we didn’t really get to know either of you while living at ENCANTERRA, you are remembered fondly for your enthusiasm and joy! Sincerely, Tom and Sharon Minor

  28. Patricia McNamara Maron says:

    Dear Leona, Jeff & I were so sad to learn of Dickies Death. We have such fond memories of “The Bradstreet Ave” days. Dickie shared his Gravy Recipe with Jeff and we remember you both everytime he makes it. Very sad for your loss. With 💘
    Trisha and Jeff.

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