Richard Cuervo, age 45, of Dallas, Georgia, died June 7, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2 PM, in the chapel of Georgia Funeral Care, 4671 S. Main St., Acworth, Georgia. Family will receive friends prior to the service at 1 PM.
“Don’t sweat the little stuff”
Knowing Rich Cuervo, you know he took a big picture look on life. To Rich, life is meant to be enjoyed and his time with us was spent caring for, laughing with, and supporting others. On the afternoon of the 7th of June he left us, but his example of his care for others, his priority on the joy of life lives with us. Rich is survived by his wife of over 21 years, Sonya, his son Ricky, his mother Jenny, and his brother Roland. In addition, he is survived by his in-laws, Joyce Lavender, Danny Turley, and Annette and John Dowdle, as well as numerous loving extended family members around the world and his many good friends.
Rich grew up in Queens, New York. When he was 7, his father Ricardo “caught a bad fare” as he described it, and Rich had to grow up quickly. He also learned strength and resilience from his mother Jenny as she raised the two boys alone. Challenges did not deter Rich and he succeeded in school and was one of the few students in the country selected to attend the United States Air Force Academy.
Rich left home before his 18th birthday to get his head shaved at basic training and the long four years ahead of him. He continued to succeed and was one of less than 900 who graduated from an original class of 1400. The Academy was a tough environment where it was easy for the pressure to weigh you down. Rich was the person you wanted to be around because he was the one who lifted the spirits of others and reduced the stress of almost any situation by seeing the humor there. Timing precluded Rich from attending flight training as the Air Force drastically cut their pilot slots and started his career as the officer in charge of the command post – the nerve center of a military base.
Rich made every situation a positive one and with a little help from fate (and the fact that they both liked Saturns that happened to need service at the same time) Rich met Sonya. Three years later, Ricardo, “Ricky,” joined the family. At the same time, Rich also made it into pilot training through hard work and dedication to that goal. During that time, he saw how the stress of flight school was compounding challenges at home. He wanted to fly, but had a stronger desire to place the long term interest of his family first. As he did many times in his life, he put his care, his love, and his support of others before himself.
A few years later it was time to separate from the Air Force and plant some roots. He worked for a time for the Boy Scouts. Fundamentally he lived by the Boy Scout slogan “Do a Good Turn Daily.” Later when Ricky joined scouting, Rich volunteered his time to ensure not just Ricky, but many others, had his support to grow and advance (many, including Ricky, made it to the milestone of Eagle Scout.)
Rich also volunteered his time as a soccer coach as Ricky was growing up. He maintained his positive spirit and motivation to all the kids who were fortunate to play on his team.
Rich did not want to leave us so soon. He didn’t want to leave because he had more people to touch, more joy to share, more laughter to be heard.
Rich, you are at peace and with us in our hearts. Know that your example of love, kindness, humor, caring, and humility lives on in every person you touched, and we are smiling in the memory of you today.
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