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William Richard ‘Rick’ Maggio

William Richard “Rick” Maggio, 65, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018, in the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home in Floresville, Texas. Rick was born to Anthony Francis and Helen Delores (Penrose) Maggio in Camden, N.J., and raised in Cherry Hill.

Rick graduated from Cherry Hill High School in 1971. Shortly after his graduation, Rick enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a special agent with the Office of Special Investigations. During his more than 23 years of service, he participated in narcotic undercover investigations and protective service operations, including presidential details in Washington, D.C., for foreign dignitaries visiting the president and White House. Rick traveled all over the world during his many years of military service.

Rick earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Wayland Baptist University, a master’s degree in educational administration for principals, and a teacher’s certification from Texas A&M University- Kingsville. He began his teaching career at Floresville Elementary School as a sixth-grade teacher and assistant principal. After six years at Floresville Elementary, he accepted the position of director of the Bexar County Juvenile Justice Academy in San Antonio, where he worked for seven years. At that point in his life, Rick missed the classroom and returned to teaching, spending the next four years at a San Antonio charter school. In 2014, Rick joined the teaching staff at Roosevelt Elementary School in the Edgewood Independent School District in San Antonio as a fourth-grade math and science teacher, where he taught until his hospitalization in November 2017.

Rick loved life. He loved listening to the oldies on the radio. He loved sports, especially his Philadelphia Eagles football team. He was a gifted baseball player and a semipro soccer player. He was a referee and game official and coached youth soccer for many years. Above all else, Rick truly loved his family. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather during his 65 years.

Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Delores Maggio; and stepson Peter Murray Johns.

He is survived by his wife, Georgann Patterson Maggio; eight children, Kelly Rene Morris, Traci Lynn Maggio, Cynthia Lynn Maggio, Jon Christopher Maggio, Erika Rene-Marie Maggio, Marikate Georgann Maggio, and Rian Beau Maggio; five grandchildren, Gabriella Lynn Hays, William Ray Bradley, Camila Dalary-Lynn Maggio, Ella Bertina Morris, and Ethan Brock Morris; one sister, Denyse Lorraine Canavan; three brothers, Thomas Raymond Maggio, Anthony Francis Maggio, and Michael Vincent Maggio; and numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation was held on Monday, May 14, from 6-9 p.m. in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Floresville.

A graveside funeral service was held on Friday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the Houston National Veterans Cemetery in Houston.

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