Richard Joseph Porche lost his accelerated battle with cancer on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2018, just days before his 66th birthday on Jan. 5. He was a native of New Orleans and has lived in Slidell for more than 15 years. He attended St. Raphael Elementary School; Brother Martin High School, Class of 1971; Louisiana State University and graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1975.
In his youth, Rick was an outstanding athlete, playing baseball, football and basketball for NORD and Brother Martin. He was on the New Orleans national Biddy Basketball championship team in 1963. He also was in the ROTC at Brother Martin.
Rick was a passionate sports fan. As a child he filled stacks of spiral notebooks with statistics. His favorite athletes included Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Pete Maravich. He was a devoted LSU fan and Who Dat, ever since attending the first Saints game at Tulane Stadium in 1967 with his dad.
Due to the severity of his illness, Rick recently retired as an employee of Summerfield Retirement Community in Slidell.
Above all, he loved loving his loved ones. He often made “how are you” phone calls to family, especially his aunts Jeanette and Rosemary, and cousin Robert. He enjoyed music of all genres and inspired his children to do the same. He knew the lyrics of every Beatles song and learned to play several instruments by instinct. He also was a self-taught artist and writer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis Joseph and Beverly Levata Porche. He is survived by his son, Christian Michael Porche (Peggy); daughter, Kimberly Porche Licciardi (David); granddaughter Samantha Hope Porche; his longtime partner Carla Constanza; his sisters Lynne Porche Jensen (Ronnie) and Yvette Porche Moreaux (Chip); and the mother of his children Bonnie Arnoult Porche. He will be sadly missed by a large, close-knit family, including cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.
Visitation begins at 11 a.m. followed by a service at noon on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Joy Fellowship Church, 1510 Lindberg Drive in Slidell.
For those who wish, donations are requested for the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.