Eric A. Rickards Sr., 51

Eric A. Rickards Sr., 51, known to some as “Rick” or “Lil Dog,” passed away and received his angel wings on Monday, May 29, 2017, while at Select Specialty Hospital in Wilmington, Del., after a long illness. His high school sweetheart, Tonoa Harmon, was by his side.

Rickards was a 1983 Cape Henlopen High School graduate. He enjoyed working with his hands, which allowed him to become an independent contractor in the community. He spent most of his adult life in the building industry, until the economy slowed, which sent him seeking employment at Delmarva Power as a meter-reader, from which he retired after he became ill.

Rickards loved to make people laugh and often did imitations of many family members and others. He enjoyed long lunches with his friend Shawn Greener, riding his Harley Davidson, playing music and lifting up the name of the Lord through song. Some of his favorite pastimes were being home with family, quiet time, Westerns and “MeTV.” Rickards rededicated his life to Christ and was baptized on Aug. 7, 2016.

Rickards was preceded in death by his father, Sylvester “Mickey” Rickards Sr., and his mother, Joyce E. Rickards. He leaves behind to cherish his memories his fiancé, Tonoa Harmon, and stepdaughter, Cheyenne Wright; two sons, Eric A. Rickards Jr. and his companion, Terry Plank, of Georgetown, Del., Jacob Rickards and his wife, Jeanette, of Germany; two stepchildren, Alexis and J.T. Norwood; four brothers, Sylvester “Mark” Rickards Jr. and his spouse, Jona, of Millsboro, Del., Jeffrey Rickards and his wife, Christy, of Panama City, Fla., Stanford Rickards and his wife, Beverly, of Frederica, Del., Lloyd “Chris” Rickards of Virginia; two sisters, Joyce “Niecey” Rickards, and Sharon Elzey and her husband, Bill, all of Millsboro, Del.; four grandchildren, Anthony Blaize Rickards of Louisville, Ky., Kaliayah Denise Rickards of Sacramento, Calif., Gavin and Arianna “Sissy” Draper of Georgetown, Del.; his Harley Davidson riding partners, Maurice Tunnell, Wayman “Butch” Harmon and Larry Hobbs; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

At his request, there will be a private service for the family at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations of new stuffed animals to the Children’s Wing at Nanticoke/Nemours DuPont Pediatrics; 801 Middleford Rd.; Seaford, DE 19973. Condolences may be sent online at