On August 24, 2018, our beloved Luis Ricardo Mazza left this world after a brief battle with an aggressive form of sarcoma cancer.
Ricardo or Monstruico, as everyone called him, was born in Caracas on May 8, 1962. When reminiscing of his younger days, he fondly would describe moments of riding motorcycles with his mother, his nonno, and his brothers until the sun set and they were forced to return to his Nonna’s house who would be waiting with a hose to spray the mud off of them. In his teenage years, Ricardo went off to Boston to finish high school and to attend college. He made many memories there and loved telling stories of his times in the nightclubs of Boston, his frequent visits to New York and Miami, and nights at the Rathskeller at Boston University. After college in the 80’s, Ricardo made the permanent move to Miami. He met Anabelle and had two wonderful children, Stephanie and Ricardo. He and Anabelle enjoyed traveling together and exposing their children to the world. They remained great friends and she was by his side until the end. He shared his love of travel, motorsports, and food with his two children and he was very proud of them. They were his pride and joy and he dedicated himself to raising them to become the wonderful people they are today. Later in life, Ricardo met his loving partner Tatiana and spent his last years traveling the world with her. She brought great joy to his life and shared many great memories with him.
Ricardo enjoyed the small things in life. He loved riding his Ducati whenever he could. He loved cooking and eating amazing dishes (especially his bucatini all’amatriciana, which was the stuff of legends). And he loved spending time with his family and the ones he loved. Those that knew Ricardo knew that he was a stubborn man, and that he did things his way. This was never more evident than during his last few days with us. Though the disease was trying to take Ricardo, he fought back until he was able to say goodbye his way and on his terms surrounded by those he loved. His stubbornness was almost as legendary as his selflessness.
Ricardo was a loving father, a loving partner, and a very dear friend to all of those who knew him. His last days truly exemplified the type of man Ricardo was, a man not for himself, but a man who lived for the ones he loved. Though his life was cut short at a young age, he lived a life full of happy memories and joyful moments.
In honor of Ricardo, we ask that his friends and family donate to the Sarcoma Foundation of America in his memory. As many of you know, Ricardo was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer, specifically Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumor, on June 6, 2018, and in just over 2 months this aggressive cancer took his life. We hope that with your donations, we can change the fate of others suffering from this terrible disease.