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Richard "Ricci" Byrd
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1918
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 4, 1993
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Richard Byrd, whose name was later changed to Ricci Byrd, was born on April 14, 1918 to John Herbert Byrd and Carrie Alice Douglas Cooper Byrd. As a native of New York, he attended the schools of Brooklyn, culminating with his graduation from College of the City of New York (CCNY). Young Ricci attended C.C.C. Camp after which he married Lenora Miller, and to this union was born Ricci Byrd, II.

Ricci was a "Jack of all trades." He loved to plan, build and repair houses, he was a boxer, a printer for the Los Angels County, and he even worked for the gas company. His first love was photography. He worked fro such outstanding publications as the Amsterdam News, Ebony Magazine, Our World Magazine, Time-Life Magazine, Chicago Defender (West Coast Edition). In the 1960's, he opened his real estate office.

Ricci came to Los Angeles eager for a fresh start, and a fresh start it was when he met and married the widower, Portia Pruitt Lewis and promised to be a father to her children, Mark Dowell and Ursula Jacqueline. This marriage of 32 years ended when Portia succumbed in 1980.

Ricci Byrd, after a respectful mourning period, met Betty Alston, an acquaintance from New York, and in 1981 married her. With this union, he gained a daughter Dana Alston. For the final 12 years of his life, Betty was by his side through health and illness. They enjoyed playing bridge and socializing together. Ricci was one of the original members of the 100 Black men, Los Angeles Chapter. he adored children and animals.

Ricci departed this life on Monday, October 4, 1993. He leaves his devoted wife, Betty, his son, Ricci Byrd, II and his wife Angela, two daughters, Jacqueline Broussard and her husband, charles, and Dana Alson, his brother Kenneth
cooper and wife, AnnaBelle, grandchildren, Denise and Tommy Orso, Kim and Philip Stewart, Craig and Marchelle Broussard, Mark and Frances Lewis, Nina Lewis, Ashara Elise Bryrd , and Grenier Alston; great grand children, Douglas Grant, Derek Grant, Tommy Joseph Orso, II, Stephen Stewart, and Christy Stewart;his cousin Joan Watson Jones of Derry, New Hampshire,other nieces, nephews and a host of friends. He is deeply loved and shall be missed by all. 
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
Specifically: Information not available
Created by: The Root Digger: Yvette ...
Record added: Oct 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60233241
Richard Ricci Byrd
Added by: The Root Digger: Yvette Porter Moore
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May you rest in Peace. I remember you and your wife Betty visiting San Diego to have dinner with my parents. God bless you.
- The Root Digger: Yvette Porter Moore
 Added: Oct. 17, 2010

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