Richard Allen Nawrocki

richard nawrocki

July 2, 1955 ~ November 19, 2023

Born in: Chicago, Illinois
Resided in: Torrance, California

 Richard Allen Nawrocki born in Chicago on July 2, 1955 , passed away on November 19 2023 in his home in Torrance California after a long battle with cancer.

He had an amazing life and inspired many people.

RIP Rick.

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  1. candle 4Rick’s passing has left a void that words cannot adequately fill. It was evident that he faced life’s challenges with remarkable dignity, serving as an inspiration to those who shared similar hardships.

    In witnessing Rick navigate through tough times, it became apparent that he lived a life marked by resilience and strength.

    May Rick rest in peace

  2. Rest in peace, Rick. You used your all your ultrarunner strength & character fighting through to the end of this life’s run.
    Your 2002 Badwater Ultramarathon Crew Chief,

  3. Rick you were my light my soulmate for the last 20 years . How can I go on without you? You taught me so much. I feel so sad by all u went thru but also admire the way u fought . Please know Ull be in my heart till the day I leave this world . I will miss u so much my little cookie pie

    • candle 7Rick, my dear brother-in-law, I’ve known you since we were both teenagers, having met you in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, when Rob and I were in our freshman year in college, and you and your parents came to visit us. I’ll never forget that first visit when your mother scolded you because you didn’t keep the rice pilaf on your plate at dinner. Then, the server came and picked up my plate, and I was even more messy than you! We laughed until we cried, although your mother sure wasn’t very amused! That look of utter disgust on her face said it all! I wonder if it had anything to do with that little smoke break we took before dinner??? Pretty sure her future daughter-in-law did not make a very good first impression, but you sure made a great impression on me at that first meeting, because you were just so loveable! You were always so much fun to be around, though we didn’t get to spend enough time together, since you chose to live in sunny California, and we stayed back in the midwest to raise our family in Wisconsin. Sometimes, you came out and spent Christmas with us, and in the summer, we spent time in the Wisconsin Dells, where my daughters came to know their favorite Uncle Rick. And, of course, there was the visit to Disney and Universal Studios when we all stayed together at the timeshare in Carlsbad. Such good memories, which I shall always cherish! You have been an inspiration to many throughout the years, myself included, Rick. You’ll always be in my heart, my sweet little brother, and I miss you already. Death doesn’t mean goodbye, but rather, till we meet again. Love you lots! ❤❤❤❤❤❤ Oh, and please let your mother know that I did learn some table manners through the years! 😉

    • Rick-a you remember I used to call u this for a while! Honey it’s been 3 weeks and it’s 2 hard for me !! I miss u terribly I dream of rewinding the tape and you would wake up on Sunday come out in the recliner while I was drinking my coffee we would talk for a while and you would tell me I’m gonna lay down for a while cuz u we’re tired . I miss you so much I hope ur ok out there one of my coworker asked the franciscan friars to pray for you daily! You would like that ! I think about you every mn and love you forever my little cookie pie 🥰🥰

  4. candle 7Rick your STRENGTH and Durability will always bring tears to my eyes !!!! I will always treasure
    our conversations over the years since meeting / competing with you at Badwater 135 !!!!! God BLESS YOU and Rest in Peace !!!!

  5. candle 4Rick,
    You inspired me for many years. Run free Rick. Shine your beautiful bright light.
    Rest easy my friend.

  6. candle 7Rick was an inspiration to so many people including myself. I got to know him well out I’m the desert running The Badwater race and we spent miles together talking and making fun out of a difficult task. Rick will be missed by so many of us. May he rest in peace. Marshall Ulrich

  7. candle 1Rest in Peace Rick 😞💔 I (and Larry Marks) met you in the MBU bike riding in the Santa Monica Mountains. You fought hard with sobriety and cancer. I too kicked butt first time around. Hope that was it for me. Sorry I could not attend memorial as I am now in Oregon. Love & prayers to your family! ❤

  8. candle 7Dear Rick, I guess I knew you longer than anyone, 68 years.
    The good times we had together are more numerous to list. I am so proud of you and how you dealt with all of the bouts with cancer. Carrying the Olympic Torch was one of your proudest moments. 3 time Badwater finisher is an awesome accomplishment. When Al and I crewed you on your 2nd Badwater was a bonding experience I will never forget.
    I am thinking of you now and I will lovingly remember you for the rest of my life. I love you Brother 😘

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