Calvin C. "Jim" Rickman

  • Born: December 30, 1945
  • Died: April 20, 2020
  • Location: Stow, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Father, Grandfather and Brother

Calvin "Jim" Calaway Rickman, age 74, of Stow, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Born in San Francisco, California on December 30, 1945, he was the son of the late Earl Calaway and Hope Jackson (Smith) Rickman. Raised and educated in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, Jim graduated from Clayton Valley High School, class of 1964. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a minor in Psychology from Boston University, class of 1969, and a Master of Arts in Music Composition and Theory from California State University, Chico, class of 1975.

Jim worked as a Computer Software Engineer for Honeywell and Fidelity Investments retiring in 2012. He also was a middle school counselor, and proudly volunteered for VISTA both before graduate school and after he retired.

Jim was a soft-spoken man and proud political Democrat. He had a passion for music, especially Classical, and he was an accomplished composer and pianist, and a voracious reader. Jim's other passions included playing chess against family members, friends and others internationally on virtual platforms, along with his newest hobby as a ham radio operator.

Jim is survived by his children, Heidi and husband Earl Maggio of Billerica, MA; Jason Rickman and wife Kimberly of Sterling, MA; Joshua Rickman and wife Lauren of Holyoke, MA; his grandchildren, Wesley, Andre, Ryan, Travis and Levi. He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth Rickman-Leatham and husband Douglas of Marion, MA, along with two nieces Sarah and Margo and their families. Jim was predeceased by his sister Hope Rickman.

Out of respect and consideration for the health and wellbeing of others at this time, funeral services will be private.

Gifts in his memory may be made at the charity of your choice or: American Diabetes Association 260 Cochituate Road, second floor suite 200 Framingham MA 01701, VISTA, or the Friends of the Stow COA P.O. Box Stow, MA 01775


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am not sure what led me to read obituaries of Stow MA this morning. I grew up in Stow and had some people on my mind. Shocked to see Jim's obituary. At one time Rick rented an apartment where I was the Manager. His apartment was across the hall from my office. Jim was so soft spoken, yet the volume of his voice could rise when having great conversations about politics. I use to put everything on hold when I heard him playing his piano. I remember going down the hall and alerting other tenants that he was playing. We would all gather outside his door and just enjoy the moment! Jim was passionate about books. I think a book arrived everyday in the mail or by UPS. When he moved to Stow, his new home was small. He had to part with books and I am happy to say that I have a few here in my home that were gifted to me. He was an amazing human and now an amazing spirit! Wonderful to have known him!

Posted by laurel Galkowski - Holden, MA - Friend   May 12, 2020

Sincerest condolences to Jim's family. As fellow Plantation residents my husband Henry and I are sad at Jim's sudden departure. He was a wonderful man. We will miss his smile and gentle kindness here and at the COA. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Susan Garland - Stow, MA - Neighbor   May 02, 2020

I am really going to miss you. I will treasure our political discussions and shared love of classical music. I've known you since high school and you managed to retain that sparkle in your eyes. I've never met a more kinder man than you. Your spirit has been set free from your earthly body and I know you are embarking on a magical journey. Thank you for being my friend.

Posted by Sheila Salzman Wojtowicz - West Sacramento, CA - Classmate   April 25, 2020

I knew him as Jim in high school. He wasn't flashy, but he was authentic. And in outliving our high school legacies, and knowing that we change, from Jim's Facebook postings, he seems not to have changed: still honest to his core and kind in his expressions. I wish I had known him better, here later in life. He would have been a spirit I would have enjoyed sharing. My sympathies to the family for a grave loss, Mike

Posted by Mike Shields - Rio Vista, CA - Classmate   April 24, 2020


I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about his passing he is now resting in peace may god be with you and Your family you are all in my prays always remember the good times you had with him

Posted by Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH - Acquaintance   April 23, 2020

I've always known that my brother Jim was a gentle, creative soul, whose spiritual grounding was centered in his music and the great outdoors. And yes, he was political and loved the challenge of a good chess match. Recently he and I shared many fond memories about days long past, as well as our grief at the loss of our sister, and our parents. I now treasure those discussions with him. I bid you farewell my Irish Twin, and godspeed as your spirit ventures on to new frontiers. I will miss you and your smiling eyes, Jim. All my love, Sissy

Posted by Elizabeth Leatham - Marion, MA - Brother   April 23, 2020

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