Richard Giorgi

Obituary of Richard Paul Giorgi

Richard Paul Giorgi was born on July 19th, 1959 in Quincy, Massachusetts and passed away on April 27, 2021 in Rochester, MI. Rick was the son of Joseph Giorgi (deceased) and Carol Wilkins. He is preceded in death by his son Joshua and brothers Anthony and Raymond. Rick was husband to his loving wife, Amy, and father to sons Christopher, Stephen, and step-son Joshua. He is survived by siblings Joseph (Patsy) Giorgi, Ralph (Heather) Sargent, Cheryl (Michael) Cazale, Gail (Neil) Eaton, and Kim (Karl) Jacobs. MAC (SW) Richard Giorgi enlisted in the Navy in 1982 and received an honorable discharge in 2006. Rick began his Naval duty as a Parachute Rigger at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland. From there he reported to Naval Air Station Brunswick in Maine where he would inspect personal and aircraft survival equipment. Later he would be assigned as an explosive dog handler and patrolman. Following shore duty, Rick reported aboard the USS Simpson FFG-56 in Norfolk, Virginia for duty as the Chief Master-at-Arms. He took part in over 100 boarding’s in support of Operation Support Democracy and Maritime Interdiction Operation. It was aboard ship that Rick became an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Next, he reported to Naval Education and Training Command in Rhode Island. Here he was the Auxiliary Security Force Coordinator and weapons instructor for the Security Department. After advancing to Chief Petty Officer, Rick led his personnel through the air mishaps operations for the recovery for Egyptian Air Flight 990 and the Honorable JFK Jr. tragedy. He next reported to Naval Support Activity Naples Italy. As Assistance Operations Chief, Rick and his team were responsible for the protection of 3 installations due to terrorist activity in the region. He would finish his Naval career at the Naval Submarine Base in Connecticut as the department training Chief. He also served as Operations Chief, Section Chief, Military Working Dog supervisor, Supply Chief, and Pass and ID Chief. Rick’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars. Throughout most of his life, Rick had a passion for learning and teaching martial arts. In 2018, he would become a certified instructor for Karate for Christ International and Michigan. Later Rick would serve on the Board of Directors for Karate for Christ of Michigan. He continued to teach as often as he could and loved to talk about the history and true spirit of the art. In 2006, Rick was awarded Black Belt 4th Degree. Rick continued his education later in life. In 2013 he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University. Rick graduated Cum Laude from Rochester College in 2014 earning a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. In 2015, he was ordained by the National Association of Christian Ministers. Rick later returned to Rochester College where he would receive his Master’s Degree in Religious Education in 2017. Rick will be remembered by his family and friends as a role model for how to walk with Christ. He inspired many and never hesitated to offer help. Rick has changed many lives just by offering encouragement and sound advice. There was no one Rick wouldn’t try to befriend. A memorial service will be held at 1pm on June 12th at GoodLife Church 1892 E. Auburn Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. The service is limited to 50 people and those spots are taken with family. However the service will be broadcast on Facebook live. No reception will be held at this time due to restrictions.
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