Richard Thomas Bridinger, 41, of Tiffin and formerly of Canal Winchester, passed away at 3:00 a.m., August 8, 2021, at his residence, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.
Richard was born June 12, 1980, in Tiffin to Richard and Roberta (Alley) Bridinger, and they survive in Tiffin.
He had married Claire Martin in 2009 and later they divorced in 2017.
Other survivors include the love of his life, a daughter, Madelyn Bridinger of Gahanna; a sister, Robin (Keith) Naugle of Tiffin; a niece, Macie Naugle; two Uncles, Tom Bridinger (his godfather) and Ryan (Jennifer) Alley; numerous cousins including his godson, Clayton Alley, and his godmother, Donna Hudacek.
He was preceded in death by Robert “Buck” and Nancy Alley, maternal grandparents; and Chalmer and Madeline Bridinger, paternal grandparents.
Rick was a 1999 Calvert High School graduate where he was a member of the football and wrestling teams all four years. In 2004 at Heidelberg College (then) he earned a Bachelor’s in Education, and in 2007, at Bowling Green State University, he earned his Master’s degree. He was an intervention specialist for the past 15 years.
He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Columbus Blue Jackets and enjoyed attending their games. He had also been a big Dale Earnhardt fan. In his spare time, Rick enjoyed assembling complex Lego sets with his daughter.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 13, 2021, at the Traunero Funeral Home and a Liturgical service will be at 12 noon, Saturday, August 14, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, officiated by Rev. Joseph Szybka.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Maddy Bridinger Education Fund.
The arrangements have been entrusted to Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, (419)447-3113.
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American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123-1718
Maddy Bridinger Educational Fund
73 Kensington Ave., Tiffin OH 44883