Richard Ignacio Celdran, Jr. passed away at age 77 on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from lung cancer. Ricky, aka ‘The DC Singing Cab Driver’, ‘Karaoke Cabbie’, ‘King of Velcro’, was born to Camille and Richard Celdran on May 11, 1942. Later, Ricky gained a wonderful stepmom, Velma Barrica Celdran.
In the 1980's, Ricky was very active in the Greenbelt community. He was a steadfast member of the Baha’i faith who always saw people as equals. Ricky was a visionary, hard worker, fine dresser, creative, clever and had great attention to detail.
Ricky was also full of love and light. He most enjoyed bringing joy to others,by playing his guitar and singing. As his granddaughter said, “my grandpa is a celebrity!” And that is the truth. He accomplished his goal here on earth and is now peacefully in the next kingdom; he said it couldn’t come soon enough, and he was ready to go.
Towards the end, Ricky's oldest daughter, Danielle and her husband Dan, opened their home to take care of her dad with help from daughter Julie-Anne and his three grandkids. Ricky would tell everyone he was “being treated like a king”; what a blessing for him in his last weeks. He was lucky to have many friends and family visit and share stories and photos with him. It was clear how much love everyone had for him. He especially appreciated visiting with (half) sister Brenda, (step) mom Velma, niece Laura, nephew Robbie and the constant calls from nephew Tony and longtime friends and colleagues.
He leaves behind his daughters Danielle (Dan), Julie-Anne (Nate), grandchildren Danzson, Kaden and Bella as well as his sisters Frances, Mitzi, Brenda and family from on the East coast, as well as in the Philippines. Ricky's burial will occur on January 13, 2020 at 1:30pm at Pleasant Valley Memorial Park in Annandale, VA. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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