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Richard "Rick" Novicky, Jr.

July 1, 1963 — June 29, 2017

Richard “Rick” E. Novicky, Jr., of Niles, Ohio, went home during the early evening hours of Thursday, June 29, 2017, while at home and surrounded by the love of his family following a brave fight with cancer. He was 53.

Rick was born in Youngstown, Ohio on July 1, 1963, a son to Richard E. and Norma Jean (Schoenfelt) Novicky, Sr.

A 1981 graduate from Hubbard High School, he furthered his education by obtaining his bachelors in education from Youngtown State University in 2002.

Teaching was his passion. He loved working with his 1st grade students at Newton Falls Elementary School, a position that he held for the past eight years. He had also previously taught at Legacy Academy for four years, as well as being a substitute teacher for several of the area school districts.

He was a member of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Parish, Warren, Ohio, formerly known as St. James Catholic Church.

In his spare time, he enjoyed kayaking, spending time with his beloved dogs "Brandy & Sydney", landscaping, and making creative concrete frog statues. He was ornery by default and was known for his great sense of humor. In addition, along with his brother Jeff, they never missed attending a Hubbard High School Varsity Football game, no matter how inclement the weather was. However, nothing pleased him more than to watch his Pittsburgh Penguins hoist Lord Stanley one more time.

Survivors include: his bride of 26 years, Kimberly Ann (Bailey) Novicky, whom he married on September 15, 1990; his mother, Norma Jean, Hubbard, Ohio; his siblings, Jeff Novicky, Hubbard, Chris Novicky, Willoughby Heights, Ohio, Tim Novicky & his wife Carla, Vienna, Mike Novicky, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Christine Novicky & her companion Jeff Ford, Vienna, Ohio, and Natalie Novicky, Warren; his In-laws, Judy Bailey & her husband Jack, and Jim Bailey & his wife Chris; his sister-in-law, Kelli Carlson & her husband Gary;  his brother-in-law, Tim Bailey & his wife Danielle; his nieces & nephews, Cody, Shayne, Kayla, Brooke, Taylor, Kalyn; as well as his many extended family members too.

He was preceded in death by his father; and by his step-mother, Darla (Bayer) Novicky.

A time of gathering to honor Rick will be held Thursday, July 6, 2017, from 11-2 PM in his church, St. James Worship Site, 2532 Burton Street, SE, Warren, Ohio 44484. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered beginning at 2 PM. He will be laid to rest in Pineview Memorial Park, Warren.

Expressions of sympathy can be left for his family at

As suggested by his family, memorial contributions can be made to the church.

Coordination of this tribute for Rick will be presented by Daniel Briceland, Owner & Director of Briceland Funeral Service, LLC, located on the historic village green at 379 State Route 7, SE, Brookfield, Ohio 44403 (330-509-3135).

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