Richard William Flora
Richard William Flora born May 6th, 1953 left this life August 2nd, 2022. He passed after a long illness and will be dearly missed.
Rick had a long heritage in Santa Barbara with the Faulding family. Predeceased by his loving mother Maryann Flora, father Robert Flora and his younger brother David (Davie) Flora ; Davie is survived by his beloved wife Karen O’Meara-Flora and their children who carry on Dave’s legacy.
Rick is survived by his wife Penelope Stirling-Flora, Patriarch Uncle William (Bill) Faulding, Aunt Dolores (Dee) Faulding, brother Jim and wife Kim Flora, cousins Charles and Dwight Faulding and many loved nieces and nephews, Shannon, Jessie, Buddy, April, Breanne, Missy, Megan and a step son of 30 years Tony Figueroa.
Rick had dear life long friends; Freddie Bedel, the Meshot’s, Mike and Norma Montross, Anthony Bordin, Eduardo and Marti Gonzalez, Jesse Genardini, Craig Allen, Sharon and Jim, Steve Conk, Densie and Rick and last but not least Curtis Guttry, Mama Phyllis and family.
Rick attended Peabody Elementary school where he met the “Peabody gang” and years of life long friendships, La Colina junior high, San Marcos high school where he graduated in 1971.
Rick had a long career as a foreman with the government running roofing crews where he trained and reformed many paroles into the work force. Later he started his own general contractors business (Quality Construction) until he recently retired.
He was a creative craftsman, enjoyed music, fishing, boating, traveling and surfing. He enjoyed cooking for family and friends with all the wonderful vegetables he grew in his garden. He took his barbecuing seriously and you didn’t want to mess with his BBQ.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to either New House Three (contact Gil Ramirez)2434 Bat Street, 805-563-6050 or The Bridge Clinic 2320 Bath Street ( attention Alexandra) , 805-324-8336.
Celebration of Life will be held Saturday August 27th , 12 O’clock at the end of Leadbetter Beach. There will be food and a paddle out. Please bring beach chairs and if you have a surf board.