Rick Babich, Annalisa’s husband, passed away last Saturday at home. Annalisa has posted this information:
RICHARD ANTHONY BABICH
January 13, 1952 – December 6, 2014
A loving husband, brother, father, nephew , great friend, Rick Babich, passed peacefully in his home…, on Saturday, December 6th, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, diagnosed late April of this year. He fought hard, never complained, not once. He was of strong character and strong spirit. He was 62.
Rick was born and raised in Sacramento by his parents, George and Nina Babich, along with Rick’s brother David. Rick in his youth, was a star baseball pitcher and quarterback at C.K. McClatchy High School and accumulated scholarships. He attended CAL Berkeley where he graduated, Journalism Major and Art Minor, and was offered a baseball semi-pro contract in Canada.
Being a great journalist and writer, Richard wrote for the Hayward Daily Review, then a Congressional campaign, and also the CA Arts Council. Growing his career, back in his 20’s, Rick approached Channel 3 for a newscaster job. They politely suggested he did not have the right kind of voice for broadcasting, but had the looks of a dynamite model and actor. This was the launching point where Rick was to make his living for the next 35 years. He modeled/acted regionally and worldwide, until he returned to writing in his 60’s and was a lead journalist for Market Monitor/Grassroots a worldwide financial publication.
Rick leaves behind his loving family and adoring wife, Annalisa Sharp Babich, his daughters Emily (23) and Cameron(18), and Annalisa’s son Maximilian Pulice (17).
Rick was handsome, smart, caring, patient, had a very dry sense of humor and he will be missed by all who had the good fortune to know and love him.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Dec.14th, 1 p.m. – 4:30pm , at their family home, 1790 Larson Rd, Lodi, CA 95242.
Suggested Memorial donations and contributions can be made to The Bili Project Foundation for Cancer. Online at TheBiliProject.org or by mail, 303 N .Glen Oaks Blvd., Suite 700, Burbank, CA 91502.
LAVA has sent a card and a memorial donation to the Bili Project Foundation.