David Richard " Rick " Beller Sr.
April 09, 1957 - March 10, 2021
Obituary For David Richard " Rick " Beller Sr.
On the morning of Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Rick Beller, devoted and loving husband, father of six, and granddaddy of two passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 63.
Rick was born on April 9, 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Robert and Marie (O’Hagan) Beller. His father worked for IBM which moved the family to Endwell, New York before a transfer to Raleigh where Rick and his siblings would spend the rest of their childhood. Rick graduated from Sanderson High School in 1975 and attended North Carolina State University where he became a lifelong Wolfpack fan. He worked in the construction and building supply industry for over 45 years, most recently at 84 Lumber. On September 26, 1981, he married Josette Baffaro, and they raised six children - Kristin, David, Lauren, Joseph, Christopher, and Anna Matea.
Rick and Josette fell in love quickly in their early twenties. They began dating over Thanksgiving weekend, were engaged on Valentine’s Day, and married in September - all within the same year. They knew right away that they were meant to love each other, and they enjoyed a loving and full life together for 39 years. Rick was a loyal and doting husband to Josette and a dedicated father to his children. When they were younger, he spent numerous nights and weekends attending Scout meetings, on camping and marching band trips, and at athletic events. Rick and Josette spent many weekends tailgating with their friends before N.C. State games, and while he was happy to cheer on any Wolfpack team, Rick most enjoyed football, basketball, and baseball games. He enjoyed being outside, hunting, and cooking on a grill and spent many evenings on his back deck Spring through Fall with his loyal companion Cooper, the family’s black lab. Rick was known for his contagious sense of humor, his strong instinctual perceptions of people, and honesty. He enjoyed a life full of laughter, time spent with friends, boisterous family dinners, and cuddles from his grandchildren.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, Robert; his mother, Marie; his brother, Bob; and his father-in-law, Louis Baffaro. He is survived by his wife, Josette; his six children, Kristin, David (Amanda), Lauren Binanay (Dave), Joseph, Christopher, and Anna Matea; his grandchildren, Chloe Binanay and Charlie Beller; his mother-in-law, Matea Baffaro; his sisters, Mary Wall and Suzanne Whisnant and his brother, Lenny (Kim); his eight nieces and nephews, including his godson, Kevin Beller; and lifelong friends Jim and Kathy Deal.
Due to community restrictions, the funeral mass will be live streamed by St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Raleigh, NC on Monday, March 15, 2021 at eleven o'clock in the morning.
The family would like to thank Rick's work family at 84 Lumber for their kindness and support during this very difficult time. Additionally, they wish to express gratitude and appreciation for Rick's care team from Transitions LifeCare for the compassionate care they provided him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Transitions LifeCare-Raleigh or a charity of your choice.
5801 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609
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