Richard J. ‘Ricky’ Rowland, 56

FULTON, NY – Richard J. “Ricky” Rowland, 56, of Liverpool, passed away unexpectedly at Crouse Hospital, Syracuse, on Thursday January 26, 2017.

He was a native of Fulton, born to the late Carl Rowland Sr. and Rita Clark and was a graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School.

Richard J. ‘Ricky’ Rowland
Richard J. ‘Ricky’ Rowland

Ricky enjoyed collecting and playing records, especially those from the 1960s, sharing stories about his time in the Navy and high school and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Rick was predeceased by his siblings, Carole A. Rowland, Thomas J. Rowland and Carl F. Rowland Jr.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Bernice Rowland; daughter, Crystallin; grandchildren, Ian and Karalyn; step-children, Jason, Melissa, John, Jeremy and Jacob Skiff; six step-grandchildren; siblings, Robert F. Rowland, Margaret Marino, Mary Earl and Rita Bryant; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, February 2 at Holy Trinity Parish, corner of Rochester and South Third streets in Fulton, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at noon.

Spring burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton.

Foster Funeral Home, Inc.


  1. Condolences to the entire family. I remember him visiting his grandmother on sixth street on Oswego.

  2. You were like another father to us Starkey kids but we called you Uncle Rick.. We have so many memories of you we could write a book.. You had such a funny sense of humor you made everyone smile and laugh till we wet our pants… The world will never be the same with out you in it ? I’m still trying to process the fact that you’re gone… I guess God said it was your time to go even tho you were only 56 years young… You were a part of my family and you will truly be missed and loved…

  3. Bernice,
    I had the pleasure of meeting you several years ago at the Kmart in Fulton . It was so great to see Rick then after so many years. I ended up seeing him a couple of times over the last couple of years and we had a great time talking about old times . He had such a great enormous spirit and a laugh I will carry with me forever. It is such a cliche ,but so true in this case…God broke the mold when He made Rick. There will never be another being like him…ever …and I mean that as a compliment in the truest sense.
    I send peace and comfort to you and your family at this difficult time. Please know there are many people who loved Ricky very much and are thinking of you all. I so wanted to come and be there Thursday but I will be out of town and I couldn’t change the appointment. I will be there in spirit.
    Rock on Rick !
    My best to you all,
    Carol Chalone Wallace

  4. My zany, comical friend and cousin has been called home. I will miss the annual phone call Rick would make to me on my birthday where we would share stories and reminisce about the past. We would often Discuss memorable events from Rowland/ Clarke family history. “Many rivers to cross in life’s journey” He is gone way too soon. Rest in Peace Rick- My sincere sympathy to all. Marty Clarke

  5. Bernice,

    I never came to know you, and so I wish you a mountain of strength as you move through this passing with your family and friends. I met your husband at St. Mary’s School in Fulton where I was 2 grades ahead and Ricky became my buddy then and there. He was in my sister Carol’s class. He had a true intergalactic power and a rocket fuel that was contagious and I looked forward to always seeing Ricky by chance when I was visiting down home. We both shared a great love of music and humor and a genuine tension of not settling- in to the suggested constrictions of what was circulating as good for you and building expansive character. Ricky had character the size of Montana and a laugh and a smile that harnessed the great mysteries of a galaxy that was as powerful as a forming mountain.

    For me Ricky rides the rails with the likes of Dennis Crisafulli and Barry Beeles, two dear buddies of mine that have passed -on to a mystery and peace we shall all come to know one day.

    I live and work out of state and can’t make the trip home. I wish I could be there.

    Peace be with you Bernice,

    Love, Craig Chalone

  6. My condolences to Bernice, Crystal, Rick’s family and his friends. He will surely be missed. Rick was always smiling and really enjoyed talking about music. He loved his family and personally, I’m grateful for the love and acceptance he showed my daughter. He took a piece of her precious heart to heaven with him. Taylor will miss him forever. Rock on Rick. May you rest in peace.

  7. Rest in peace Ricky!!! We still can’t believe you are gone…..Jamie and I are sending prayers to all of Rick’s family. Peace, comfort and strength be upon you all. :-(

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