Richard Cardina

Richard Cardina

Wednesday, July 15th, 1931 Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

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Obituary for Richard Nick Cardina

Richard Nick Cardina, 89, passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Born to Philomena and John Cardina in Painesville, Ohio on July 15, 1931, Richard was born the last of seven children. As a young boy, Richard learned how to run fast, racing against the sun to get home before dark. Alongside his father, he trained his hand to cut wood with steady precision; from his mother, he developed an appreciation for quiet.

And as he grew, his love for family grew, too.

Richard served his country during the Korean conflict before enrolling at The Ohio State University where he played catcher for their baseball team and frequented Frank’s bar. After graduation, he moved to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. There, his life really began when he met Jean Hartzell. The pair married on November 17, 1962.

Over the next 58 years, Richard was a teacher, a salesman, and a pilot, but above all, he was a family man—a devoted husband, and a wise, patient father to eight kids.

There was no greater joy for Richard than being with his family, whether hosting spaghetti dinners or Cleveland Browns clambakes, cheering on his grandchildren from the bleachers, having the family take up a whole pew at Sunday Mass, or sitting around the back porch telling stories. He was a masterful storyteller, and the keeper of family recipes and memories. In 2019, a selection of those memories made their way into a printed, hardback book called This Was Us and Other Stuff that Happened Along the Way.

When not with family, Richard could be found reading war memoirs on his kindle, trying out a new recipe in the kitchen, co-working on a crossword with Gram, or using his one “tool” to fix or create just about anything.

Surviving in addition to his wife are eight children: Keith, Karen (Don Brendle), Kelly, Amy (Dave Hackman), Andy (Jen Williams), Shelly (John Burkholder), Greg (Linda Sesack), Mike (Patty O’Malley). He was a beloved Papaw to twenty-two grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and one Catdog. He is preceded in death by Blue Thunder, currently rusting in peace.

In lieu of flowers, pour a glass of something good, salud to his memory, and let your heart grow fonder for those around you. Life’s not fair, sometimes it brings a tear, but we got Papaw out of it, and for that, we are forever grateful. O-H…

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Comment | Posted at 10:26pm via Premium Tree

Shelly Burkholder

Thank you.
Posted at 10:36pm

Kathy Cardina

I truly wish to celebrate Uncle DICK as the most caring and loving man. And what a warm and loving family he and Aunt Jean created. Love to you all.
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Comment | Posted at 08:21pm via Memorial Tree

Fran Cannon

To Jean and all the family,
I will always remember Dick as a neighbor and a fellow parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes. I had the opportunity to get to know him through his children and grandchildren - many of whom were involved in school, sports, and community activities with my children. You could tell how incredibly proud and devoted he was to his family! What I will remember most I think is his warm, friendly smile and kindness. I know that the loss of Dick will leave a big hole in the hearts of his family but I hope that you can all take comfort in your memories and wonderful legacy he left behind. Wishing you all peace at this difficult time!

Fran Cannon & family

Dick was
Comment | Posted at 06:48pm via Condolence

Debbie Caseino-Young

To The Cardina family,
We met Dick a few times over the years and each time he made it seem like no time had passed since our last meeting. He was a wonderful and generous person. Losing a loved one is never easy, but know he will always be with you in your heart and in your memories.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
God Bless. ❤️🙏🏻
Debbie and Dan Young
(Jen’s aunt and uncle)
Comment | Posted at 09:26am via Condolence

Jeff Aten

It had been many decades since I had seen "Mr. Cardina," the neighbor who lived behind us in Mentor, Ohio, and whose property became half of our ball field. I remember him as a wonderful neighbor, who along with Mrs. Cardina, raised terrific children and playmates to me and my four brothers. Love and prayers for Mrs. Cardina, the kids, family and friends...I-O
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