George “Rick” Lupica
March 15, 1953 ‒ July 20, 2008
Mount Gilead, Ohio
George “Rick” Lupica, age 55, of Mount Gilead, died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 20, 2008.
He was born in Marion, Ohio, on March 15, 1953, the son of George W. Lupica of Scottsdale, AZ, and the late Dolores (Peck) Lupica. Rick graduated from Marion Catholic High School in the Class of 1971. Later, he attended college at the Ohio State University where he studied business administration and was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity.
In 1977, Rick moved to Mount Gilead to become co-owner, general manager, and vice president of C & D Chevrolet on South Main St. He attended GM School, seminars, and could be found working various departments of the dealership. Rick found no greater joy than helping his customers, of whom many became lifelong friends. C & D was his life’s dedication, and he was proud to carry on the family business.
In 1986, he married Pam (Arnett) Lupica, and together they pursued a common goal in the dealership.
Dedicated to the people he was of service to, Rick was a member of the Morrow County Chapter of the American Red Cross, OADA, Morrow County Chamber of Commerce, the Galion Moose, and was honored to Chair the Wes Williams Golf Outing for several years. He also served as the secretary and treasurer for the AmVets Post 87, and the financial officer for the State of Ohio AmVets District 12, and hosted the Annual Car Show event for several years.
In 2003, he proudly recorded the fastest time in his class at the Petty School of Racing where he averaged 154.66 miles per hour/lap. Being an avid Nascar fan, Rick was in awe on each of the three occasions he met the “Intimidator”, the #3 car, Dale Earnhardt and rarely missed watching the weekly races.
An emphatic Ohio State Buckeye fan, he also enjoyed attending many games at his alma mater and remembering his college years.
Recently, Rick and Pam became VIP members of the Mount Gilead State Lakes Park, where they were embracing the enjoyment of the pleasures of life.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Pam; son, Anthony Joseph “A.J.” Lupica of Westerville; his father, George W. Lupica; his wife’s daughter, Tami (Joe) McCoy of Prospect; grandson, Braxton Wells; two sisters: Terri (Dan) Tobin of Marion, and Kathy (Richard) Goff of Marysville, Washington; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and by his canine companion, his “little boy”, Bandit.
Including his beloved mother, Rick was preceded in death by his wife’s daughter, Brandi Grosh; grandson, Cody Wells; and sister, Lori Lupica.
His family will greet friends on Friday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead. Services celebrating his life will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Gilead Friends Church, 3613 Township Road 115, Mount Gilead, with Pastor Doug Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rick Lupica Memorial Fund, for educational assistance into the automotive field, and they may be sent to the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.