Richard Paul Ottaviano 'Rich' passed away peacefully at OHSU, Portland, OR on November 28, 2020 with his wife and children at his side.
Rich was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 27, 1945. His strong Italian roots, nurtured by his grandparents and parents, instilled in him a love of family, hard work, cooking, baking, art and music. When he was five years old, Rich, his older sister Diane and his parents moved to Mineola, Long Island, NY. When his grandparents followed soon after, they resumed their tradition of Sunday Dinner, something Rich continued with his own children and grandchildren.
Rich was a proud Mineola H.S. Mustang, participating in choir, lacrosse, and football and serving as senior class president. He still counted many of his high school classmates among his closest friends. Rich received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and his MBA from the University of Maryland. He had many good stories about working as a "Good Humor Man", driving an ice cream truck to help pay for college.
Rich met Harriet Johnson while they were both working in Miami and they married in 1973 in her hometown in West Virginia. They began their married life in Webster, NY where Rich started a career with Xerox before being relocated to Southern California. Rich worked as a human resources executive in several high-tech industry companies before founding his own consulting firm, Inside Out Solutions. Rich and Harriet were long-time residents of Seal Beach, CA before moving to Hillsboro, OR to be closer to family.
Family was the most important thing to Rich. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Luke and Janet. He was very happy that Luke shared his love of lacrosse and that Janet would entertain him with impromptu dance routines. He liked to brag about singing with his wife Harriet and daughter Kim and their church choir at the Sydney Opera House during the 2000 Australian International Music Festival. "Same dressing room as Pavarotti" - at least according to Rich! Finishing a fifty-mile canoe trip in triple digit temperatures on the Colorado River with his son Paul's Boy Scout troop was his major endurance accomplishment. Not being into the "No Pain, No Gain" mantra, he only did this once!
Rich's post-retirement interests included Tai Chi, oil painting, gourmet cooking, baking bread, playing with the Rose Festival Ukulele Zoom Group and participating in the prayer ministries of First United Methodist Church, Portland. On his office wall was the Italian saying, "Se Non Ora, Quando?" "If not now, then when?" He tried to live by these words, even when health issues made it more challenging.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel and Aurora Diorio Ottaviano.
Survivors include his wife, Harriet; his son, Richard Paul Ottaviano, Jr. and partner Jodana Thompson of Beaverton, OR; his daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Kent Mallory and children Luke and Janet of Hillsboro, OR; his sister and brother –in-law, Diane and Bill Hautt of Atlanta, GA and an uncle, David Diorio of Maryland. He is also lovingly remembered by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Marshall and Phyllis Johnson of Ohio, his sister-in-law Margaret Reynolds of Virginia and many nieces and nephews.
A family service was held on December 11th at Fir Lawn Memorial Park in Hillsboro with arrangements by Fuiten, Rose, and Hoyt of Forest Grove.
Rich was very supportive of organizations that worked to reduce housing and food insecurity. The family suggests that remembrances in his honor may be made to Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Community Warehouse, Growing Gardens, Lift UP Food Pantry at FUMC or similar organizations in your community.