In Memoriam - Rick Cmar
Rick has been with me and part of the General Data family for almost as long as there has been a General Data – going all the way back to when our fledgling company was headquartered in Pittsburgh. A fresh graduate from Penn State, Rick first joined General Data as a service technician and all around “Jack of all trades”. As General Data grew and we merged operations in Cincinnati, Rick took a huge leap of faith and moved his young family with us. He eagerly took on more responsibilities within the service division and quickly assumed a leadership role to become Vice President. He guided the service/supply division’s tremendous growth, establishing it as one of the country’s premier providers of equipment service and supplies. The success enjoyed by General Data today would not have been possible without the tireless contributions from Rick.
Rick was always full of enthusiasm, energy, determination and focus. I believe part of that came from being a Marine. Rick was in the Marine Reserves and was called up to serve our country in Kuwait during Desert Storm with pride and distinction. And as it is said – once a Marine, always a Marine. Rick brought to us the best of what it means to be a Marine: initiative, leadership, judgement, unselfishness, courage, and integrity. Every day, he exemplified by word and action the Marine Corps motto: Semper Fidelis.
Rick was both loved and respected by his General Data co-workers, customers, vendors, business partners – just about everyone he came in contact with in his professional life. Outside of the office, he was very active in his church and the community, including leadership roles with the Knights of Columbus and the Boy Scouts. Rick and Sherri were instrumental in helping Ricky obtain Eagle Scout. He then mentored numerous young men to obtain Eagle status. Always teaching, always giving. He spent his vacation time with Boy Scout troops taking them to the elite Piedmont camp, the Seabase sailing school in FL keys and canoeing the Northern Expedition on the Minnesota/Canadian border. For years Rick was very involved in his parish. He Obtained the 4th Degree, (highest available) in Knights of Columbus. He spent countless hours organizing fundraising & charity events. He was a regular at K of C campouts, which led to him and Sherri to their RV and a campsite. So finally, after many years of hard camping, morphed into something softer. Upon becoming “empty nesters” Rick and Sherri joined the Renaissance Festival as Lord & Lady Sussex. They were voted crowd favorite with their swordfight show. When it came to giving of one’s self for others – family, co-workers and his community – Rick set the standard for everyone else to follow. Many talk the talk. Rick walked the walk. Many think about things, but Rick got into the thick of it and made whatever he was involved in better and more efficient.
I will always be forever grateful to Rick for his dedication, contributions, loyalty, and above all else: his friendship. I don’t know if I will ever be able to adequately express my feelings for this tragic loss. Rick’s presence and legacy will live on in everyone’s lives whom Rick touched.
I had the extreme privilege to accompany Rick and his family on their last vacation together in Costa Rica. At a time when lesser men would be content to lay around and feel sorry for their circumstance, Rick was a fighter to the end. He pushed himself to join the family in a host of physical activities, including zip lining! I still can see it now, he got geared up and he and Sherri did a tandem zip line down the mountain together.
My heart goes out to Rick’s wife Sherri and children Emily and Rick Jr., Ricky’s wife Paige, his brothers, and his father. I will never forget the dedication, kindness, wisdom, and inspiration that Rick provided me. Please join me in keeping Rick and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
Pete Wenzel CEO General Data
Rick's obituary can be found here. His family suggests memorial contributions be made in Rick’s honor to either:
Boy Scout Troop 741 c/o St. Louis Church 210 N. Broadway St Owensville OH 45160
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 200 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266