George Ricardo

June 1, 1966 - December 26, 2020

Funeral Details: A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

June 1, 1966 - December 26, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of George Ricardo.  George will be lovingly remembered in the hearts of family and friends, and all who knew him.  George lived a fulfilling life dedicated to his passion for sports.  His unique humour and personality led him to meet and connect with many wonderful people during his short time on earth.  He enjoyed travel throughout the country, and had a great love of cars.  He also possessed a special talent for drawing.  George was an accomplished athlete with Special Olympics in Toronto.  For over 30 years he participated in individual and team events, and won over 200 medals during that time.  In 2019 he realized his ultimate dream of qualifying for Special Olympics Team Canada, winning the opportunity to compete in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi.  Alongside his soccer team mates, he had the honour of bringing home a bronze medal.  Sending out much gratitude and love to all who cared for George and supported him in his amazing adventures, trials and triumphs.  See you later alligator.  Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  As an expression of sympathy, any donation to the Special Olympics is greatly appreciated.  Online condolences and memories may be made at

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16 Condolences
  • Russ Bond
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Reply

    Miss him. He was a good dude….so fortunate I got to do this with him. RIP buddy

  • Peter O’Neil
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Reply

    Had the privilege of coaching George in SO Floor Hockey for many years at Variety Village. What a special player, magical and usually unstoppable on the floor. Speed, agility & natural ability and prided himself on assisting team mates. He was a joy to coach and his later successes in soccer, track & speedskating were no surprise to me. RIP my friend.

  • Marlin City Park
    Posted on: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Reply

    Ok ‘Later ‘Gator.

    Rest in Peace George.


  • Erica
    Posted on: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Reply

    I’m sorry for your loss. George was a great man and will be truly missed by all and especially his Special Olympics family!!!

  • David wootton
    Posted on: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 Reply

    We shall miss you George.
    From your friends and neighbours from City Park Co-op.

  • Blair Williams
    Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2021 Reply

    I always enjoyed running into George at City Park, where he would happily regale me with stories of his athletic prowess, or engage in philosophical questions. It was always a pleasure to talk to him – his heart was huge, and he will be missed.

  • Marlin Roy
    Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2021 Reply

    “ok. ‘later ‘gator”

    Missed by Marlin and friends from City Park

    Rest in peace George

  • H. Karin Williams
    Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2021 Reply

    My condolencs go to all who loved George . And there were many of us. He made us laugh, he made us frown, he surprised us and at times even annoyed us, made us smile, made us think….but he was always his own, remarkable person. The last kindness he performed toward me was chairing some unusual candy. George was not one for liquor, cigarettes or drugs. He got his nectar for life directly from the Universe. He lived life to the fullest in spite of physical disabilities (his hearing). But to his delight in these latter years he received some powerful technical aids and was able to fully take part in the conversation. He directed his strength toward sports. Thus he earned many medals and had many triumphs. Some of his biggest triumphs became ours and we clapped, cheered and celebrated the news with him. Oh, I will miss him, coming out from nowhere, grinning at his surprise and greeting me in the grumpy way he had. But he was my friend, shared many a secrets with me and listened to mine. He left a legacy: Life your life to the fullest, live each day like it was your last. And if you need courage ask the Universe for it and you will find it like George Ricardo did. Thank you George.

  • Kenneth Phillip
    Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2021 Reply

    I know George Ricardo, since 1983 where we met at Bloor Station and had a great conversation. We often texted to see how we were doing in the end, I miss my friend.
    Sleep on now rest in peace.
    I miss you, George.

  • Sency Galaxia
    Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2021 Reply

    George was like a big brother to me. Every time I’d visit my grandma who lived at City Park as well, I would hope to run into George. I was pretty young, so I don’t remember every detail of his personality, but it’s absolutely terrible to see him go. I wish I could have spent more time with him. I’m glad at least he’s up there with my grandma. He lived a great life, and I can hold back my grief by remembering how much he accomplished. He had a short, but fufilling life. I can honestly say, that despite not having great memory of him myself, that I will never forget George. He was an awesome person, and wonderful to talk to. I hope someday I’ll get to see him again. Wherever that may be. I don’t know what else to say, though I wish I could say something more.
    See ya later, alligator

  • r\Ron Connors
    Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2021 Reply

    George. We will all miss your friendly face at City park. We also miss miss your tales of your
    Special Olympic stories

  • Grazyna Karp and family
    Posted on: Monday, January 18, 2021 Reply

    Goodbyes hurt the most, when the story was not finished…
    George, you will always stay in our hearts.

    Our deepest condolences to George’s family.

  • Michael Delarmee
    Posted on: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 Reply

    RIP George.
    I’ll miss our chats.
    See you on the other side.

  • J.Harry
    Posted on: Friday, January 22, 2021 Reply

    Such a shock to hear the news of a wonderful and inspiring human taken too soon. Thank you George for always reaching out and asking how I was doing and all the stories you shared,even so briefly. Your gift of conversation and connection,humor and sportsmanship will continue to live on in many hearts and minds. Rest well friend.

  • Jose Ridoutt Polar
    Posted on: Sunday, January 24, 2021 Reply

    Mis sinceras condolencias a la familia de George y amigos.
    Fuiste un rayo de luz que entro en nuesrtras vidas, querido George Ricardo..

    Descansa en paz amigo!

    Jose, Silvia, Michel y Francois

  • Ivan Brown
    Posted on: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 Reply

    Very sad to hear of George’s passing. I knew George since 1987 as a community support worker, and found the City Park apartment for him shortly after. Although our professional relationship ended in 1991 when I went to another job, George continued to keep in contact many times every year by phone, email, and text. He always reminded me in early June and in December to take him to Swiss Chalet for his birthday and Christmas lunch. The picture is from his 2016 birthday lunch. He relied on me to solve various problems over the years, and I was happy to do so. George had a remarkably interesting life — mostly due to his own initiative — despite his challenges. He met many celebrities, travelled quite a lot with Special Olympics, and had many friends and acquaintances over the years. All of us will miss his zest for life.

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