James G. Ricard was dependable, romantic and funny, his wife Peggy Ricard said.
“He could make me laugh and a lot of times I would laugh just because he loved to hear me,” she said.
Married 34 years, the couple met through a mutual friend. They enjoyed simply sitting on their porch or back deck watching the sunrise or sunset together with their coffee.
Peggy Ricard said her husband always told their children, “if you guys are a quarter as happy as your mom and I are, you will have a good marriage.”
In their early years, the Ricard’s enjoyed dancing. They liked playing cards and loved spending time with their children and grandchildren.
A member of the Gary Sportsmen Club, Ricard especially enjoyed trivia night and fishing with his friends and sons.
Peggy Ricard said her husband was caring.
“He was a really good friend to a lot of people,” she said.
For Ricard, his family was most important.
“He talked to the kids every day,” Peggy Ricard said. “He looked forward to that. I think he was also passionate about being a good friend and helping others he couldn’t say ‘no’ when people needed help.”
Ricard taught his children “if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything,” Peggy Ricard said. He coached their soccer, Little League and girls’ softball teams.
“He was a good coach and the kids really liked him,” Peggy Ricard said.
Ricard, 64, of Crown Point, enjoyed his job as a pattern maker at U.S. Steel Gary Works.
“He was good at what he did and that carried over into what he did at home, building our home once the rough frame was up,” Peggy Ricard said. “He also liked teaching the apprenticeship program.”