About RC

“the joy of much of life comes from the sharing” –found in the papers of Ronald B. Caricofe

Ronald Bruce Caricofe was born in Harrisonburg, VA on November 2, 1945, the first son of Bruce Helms and Lillian Janice Blosser Caricofe.

Ron lived his early years in Weyers Cave, VA, near to his extended family and the Virginia landscape he always loved.  A member of Massanutten Presbyterian Church, he attended Middle River High School, and graduated from the then newly-opened Fort Defiance High School in 1964.  He played baseball and football throughout high school, and served as President of his sophomore class.  He was a member of the US Naval Reserve in high school, attended Bridgewater College for a stretch following his high school graduation, but left to perform active Navy duty.  He transferred to the US Air Force in 1965, spending much of his active duty time in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  He was honorably discharged in 1971.  All of his military paperwork and reviews note Ron’s “high degree of character and professional ability,” as well as his undertaking of responsibility, leadership, and “sound management.”

Ron married Brenda Anne Quick, his high school sweetheart, in 1971, and they settled in Northern Virginia. Ron earned his real estate license, working for Calvert and later Long & Foster Realty. His son, Bradley Hunter, was born in 1975; his daughter, Erin Elizabeth, in 1978.

In the mid-1980s, Ron made a career change to business management, using his love for and knowledge of cars to manage and consult on the operations of numerous quick lube centers.  In 1984, he was recruited to West Palm Beach, Florida to establish a new chain of lube centers; in 1986, he completed that project and returned to Northern Virginia.

Settling in Manassas, Ron began a long career in landscape management, maintaining the grounds of commercial properties throughout Virginia, Maryland, and DC.  He enjoyed managing his grounds crews, and creating relationships with his many property managers.  He also enjoyed reconnoitering and learning the nooks and crannies of the region, knowing just about every road in the area, how they connected, and the best time to travel them – a living GPS trait many of us associate with him.

Ron often took to the roads on his weekends, returning to the Shenandoah Valley for country drives.  He continued this trend on into retirement in 2007, often driving to Front Royal where he enjoyed visiting with his brother, Rick, and other friends. 

After over a decade of dealing with diabetes and heart disease, Ron suffered from a heart attack on the afternoon of Thursday, April 1.  He passed away on Friday, April 2, 2010 at 2:00pm, surrounded by family and words of love.