Richard C. Fahlteich known fondly as Rick, passed away on Friday January 13, 2023 after a long battle with Lewy Body dementia. His spirit is carried on by his beautiful wife Helen and his 3 children, Mel (Mike), Sue (Mark) and Rick (Vanessa), along with his 7 grandchildren: Mackenzie, Hunter, Chase, Noah, Riley, Cooper and India and two great grandsons, Vincent and Jack.
Rick was born on May 31, 1944 in Newark, New Jersey to Richard O. and Alma Fahlteich. He entered the army at age 17, later worked for Norris Industries until he found his true calling as a police officer with the Baltimore City Police Department in 1974, where he rose in rank and went on to retire as the Major of the Homicide Division after 33 years of service not without receiving several commendations, unit citations and 5 Bronze stars. During his tenure he began the Police Department blood drive as well as being a member of the Critical Incident Stress Team.
Rick met his future wife Helen when they were both 16. They married in May of 1966 and remained deeply devoted to each other up until his death. They were married for 56 years. Rick loved Helen (aka Pitten) more than life itself. There was never one without the other. He was a devoted father to his children and grand and great grandchildren. He was an avid Harley rider and was a member of the Elkridge chapter before its closing.
Rick was involved in many community endeavors, from restarting the Boulevard Park Improvement Association to coaching little league and soccer. He was a member of Our Lady of the Chesapeake in Pasadena since its inception as a parish more than 30 years ago. He and his wife Helen were eucharistic ministers of OLC for many years; he served as Parish Council Chair as well as a high school youth minister. He and Helen delivered for Meals on Wheels and worked closely with the homeless initiative through their church over the years as well. Rick will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
A memorial mass will be held in the Our Lady of the Chesapeake Church 8325 Ventnor Road PASADENA on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 11 am.