In Memory of Rick Tincani

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Rick Tincani
Rick Tincani

Rick Tincani

Rick Tincani


It is with a heavy heart to let the community know that Big Bend has lost a family member. Rick Tincani passed away yesterday.  Rick had been a part of the M & O Department since 2004.  Rick had a wonderful work ethic and was always the first to welcome staff and students that came to the ATEC building. 

A memorial service honoring Rick’s life will be held on Saturday, September 26th.  A location and time has not yet been set.   Once we receive those details we will pass them on to you.  The HR Office will be collecting cards for Rick’s family.  You may drop them off at any time. 

Rick’s death was unexpected and his family has asked for privacy at this time.  The family has also asked that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the local animal shelter.

Please keep Rick’s family in your thoughts as they work through this difficult time.


Memorial Service

The memorial service for Rick Tincani will be held on Saturday, September 26 at 4:00pm.  The service will be held at the Rose Avenue Chapel located at 1036 W. Rose Avenue, Moses Lake.

Please help us contribute to remembering and honoring Rick by sharing your best memories and stories of how Rick impacted your life as family, friend, or co-worker in the comment area below.

30 thoughts on “In Memory of Rick Tincani
  1. BBCC Administrator says:

    Rick was one of the first people I met at Big Bend Community College and always took time out for everyone to say more than just “hi” and always ended his short conversations wishing them a good day. I didn’t really know Rick on a deep level, but he was someone that always brightened my day. My fondest memory of him is when he asked me my opinion on the politics of a situation that I had much knowledge about and as I went on a rant for about 3 minutes. Rick just smiled and stayed engaged in the conversation and I realized he didn’t want to have a debate and said, “sorry dude, did I give you more of an answer than you wanted?” He replied saying, “yeah, but I don’t mind. Seems like you’ve got a lot on your mind.” Rick is one more example pointing out that we shouldn’t take anyone in life for granted, as you never know when they’ll be gone.

  2. Teresa says:

    Rick always had a smile and positive attitude when I saw him. He will be greatly missed around here.

  3. Beth Laszlo says:

    Rick was a bright spot in my every day. His positive attitude, bright smile, and “have a nice day” was something that I looked forward to each day. He took pride in his work and he…worked…. hard! He was always eager to help a stranger or lost student. I will miss Rick, but will keep him close to my heart.

  4. BBCC Student says:

    Rick was my neighbor and he was a great man. Everyday at big bend and, when i was home he would always stop to talk to me. He will always be remembered.

  5. David Stretch says:

    I am so saddened to hear of passing of Rick, he was such a cheerful person. I had a few opportunities to work with him, when I worked catering events in the ATEC, everytime I saw him there was a smile on his face.

  6. What a absolutely wonderful MAN !!!! So Sad…. I have never ever walked by Rick without seeing him working or having him say-“Good Morning” or “Hi Jerry” and “always” have a “nice day” – Prayers to his friends and family.

  7. Melinda says:

    Rick’s ease and care for others was always evident in his greeting and offers to help. I miss you! God bless and yee haw, friend.

  8. Joseph Akers says:

    It’s an honor and a blessing to say that Rick was my friend! I graduated high school with Rick but never got to really know him until I joined a local gym about 5 years ago, from that point on he was my buddy that was always to my left during class. Rick has endoured more than most but I’ve never known him to complain, he always saw the good in everything and everyone. I can say without a doubt, knowing Rick has made me a better person!

  9. griselda valencia says:

    My heart is heavy! This guy was such a great guy. Not only was he a hardworker, but he was always so caring and never failed to greet you. He was an awesome blood donor. Can yu believe he was about to donate his 9th gallon? He was a true hero. & saved many lives for each of his donations. Rick earned a heroes award this last year for his generosity in donations. He always supported my club MEChA on our blood drive events. He has been a huge part of BBCC. He will forever be remembered. Prayers to yu Rick & your family. May yu rest in paradise.

  10. Jamie C says:

    I trained with Rick when I first started taking tae kwon do classes as a teenager. He was the gentle giant, unless you were in class with him! He never looked down on anyone, always had a kind word to share, pushed himself and those around him harder than I ever knew was possible, and always treated me as an equal – even when in competition. My heart goes out to his family, and I know he has quite the extended family out there. He one-of-a-kind personality will be missed as will his presence.

  11. Melissa Pruneda says:

    Rick always stopped to say Hello, and always asked how my day was going. I will miss seeing him working around the college. May he R.I.P.

  12. Jeremiah W says:

    Rick was a good man, every time I saw him he was smiling and always had a very welcoming attitude. I didn’t know him very well but I did stop to talk to him a few times and he was just a good person, he cared about the students. This is very sad news, he will be missed.

  13. darrell templeton says:

    im going to miss him very much i work with him at the city of moses lake first then big bend rip bud

  14. Rosemarie Dowey says:

    I met Rick through my husband at BBCC. He loved coming to my parties and was always a very cordial man. He will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  15. BBCC staff says:

    Rick always gave it his all to make anyone he encountered smile. From a friendly face and daily handshake to volunteering to train our local law enforcement. My coolest memory is when we were helping the GCSO train in 1700 and he made a deputy trip over a sofa and knock over a fake tree. He gave 110% so that everyone had the most meaningful experience. Thank sir for all your dedication, compassion and love for our community, students and campus. You will be missed by all your families on and off campus. RIP buddy.

  16. Kyle Foreman says:

    I could always count on him greeting me when I was in the ATEC. He was loved by both students and employees alike. There are certain things which we may have taken for granted, and with Rick it was always seeing him working hard with a smile on his face. I know I speak for all of the Campus Safety staff when I say he will be dearly missed.

  17. Terry Leas says:

    Rick was one of the most pleasant people on our campus. He always had a smile for colleagues and visitors and easily offered help to anyone who looked “lost.” I enjoyed talking to him about our respective workouts, the progress we were making, our injuries, etc. He really loved “Boot Camp” workouts. Rick had such an eye for detail and took tremendous pride in his work quality. He was very proud and protective of his assigned space; visitors recognized immediately that someone took pride in caring for that area. I’m sorry to lose a colleague and, more important, a friend.

  18. Sherri Leighton says:

    The highlight of many of my days during the last decade was Rick’s daily visit at my desk in ATEC. Discussions from religion, politics, health research, daily jokes, updates on his recovery progress from injuries sustained as a kid and the sharing of peanut M&Ms brought such joy and comedy relief to what sometimes were tense days. I will remember him fondly long into the future. My heart breaks for his family and close friends. Prayers for God’s peace and comfort.

  19. Jen says:

    Rick was always generous with his smiles and a wave as we came in to ATEC from the nursing department. We often would strike up a conversation about some medical/health question he had or about motorcycling.. He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly. My condolences to his family.

  20. Art says:

    Breaks my heart to hear of Rick’s passing. Great man who was able to brighten anyone’s day with a smile and greeting. Of the many great staff at BBCC, he made me feel very welcomed to the campus community. May he rest in peace.

  21. Jen Gardner says:

    On my first day back to college as an adult student, Rick attempted to hold open the library door for me like a gentleman. I didn’t realize what he was doing at first, and walked through another door. When I did realize, I got flustered and turned to face him, trying to apologize for ignoring him. I wasn’t watching where I was going, and ran smack into that huge Viking statue in the library. Rick helped me pick up my things with quite the amused twinkle in his eye. I was on campus 4 years; two completing pre-requisites and two spent in the nursing program becoming an RN. Every time I passed him, he got a little grin and gave me a wink. He was a hard working man, and I never saw him be anything but kind and cheerful. He will be missed.

  22. Mason Cole says:

    Very sad too hear. He was a great man!

  23. Rose says:

    He was a warm-hearted person with a broad smile on his face all the time. You’re now an angel watching down on us Rick. May you rest in peace, and may the good Lord console your family during this trying moment.

  24. Les Michie says:

    I am really going to miss the warm greetings and cheerful smile that Rick shared so freely. He was a great example to me. May God bless his family and all of us at this difficult time.

  25. Linda says:

    Rick was always there to wish me a good morning and have a great day. He would always go above and beyond. His kindness and dedication will be dearly missed.

  26. Steffanie says:

    Your smile and “have a good day” is missed. But what I will miss most is seeing you walk past my house everyday while walking your dog, Sugar. The world has lost a wonderful neighbor.

  27. Monique says:

    What a nice guy. He made life easier for others by being friendly and hardworking. I’m so sad he’s gone.

  28. CWU Moses Lake says:

    CWU Moses Lake staff would like to share our condolences to the BBCC community and Rick’s family and friends. Rick always had a friendly smile, and positive comments and conversation with CWU staff, students and faculty. His positive nature and friendly spirit will truly be missed.

  29. Nancy says:

    Rick was always a bright spot in my day! He was friendly, cheerful, courteous and helpful. He never hesitated to offer his help. I know he is teaching the angels how to lift weights. May your light shine on through eternity Rick!

  30. Leo Beltran says:

    My former co-worker and friend I just recently found out of Rick passing, my condolences to his family and pray for them. Always a great guy and cracking jokes at the lunch table during are breaks. I’m glad I got to know and work with Rick. Prayers to all the big bend staff and close friends, but mostly his family.

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