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Richard C. Nolden
January 12, 2024
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Richard Nolden Sr, aged 67, passed unexpectedly on Friday January 12th 2024 at home.
Born February 14th 1956, in Philadelphia, he is the second oldest of five brothers. Rick attended Saint Ambrose Elementary School and later graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School in 1974; it was there that he met many of his lifelong friends and was an accomplished wrestler. He continued his education at Lincoln Technical Institute and earned his State Board Certification in Auto-mechanics.
He is survived by his wife, Maryhelene Ganter, who he first met at Saint Ambrose Elementary School
walking his youngest brother Rodger home from school. They started dating in 1976 after the pair had
graduated high school; they married in 1979 at St Ambrose Church and had two children, Julianne (1980)
and Richard Jr. (1983)
Richard spent several years as a mechanic before teaming up with his brother-in-law placing fences and
roofing. They grew into the sheet metal and roofing business and spent the next 35 years working
alongside one another. He was a proud member of the Local 30 Roofers Union in Philadelphia, which he
joined in 1983. The family moved to Coopersburg in 1993 and he joined Local 19 Sheet Metal Union. He proudly retired in 2021.
Rick’s time as a mechanic and roofer taught him many valuable lessons: firstly always check your ladder
and your carjack. Second, anything can be fixed with enough time and determination (those are his
nicknames for duct tape and glue). Third, gravity cannot be avoided; if you ever heard a loud thud that
was his tool belt.
He loved NASCAR, his family, his many dogs, mowing his lawn, gardening, raising chickens, and pointing
out every roof in Philadelphia and New Jersey he had worked on.
He is preceded by his Father (Conrad), Father-in-law (Robert Ganter), and his many Aunts and Uncles. He is survived by his Wife (Maryhelene), Children (Julianne and Richard Jr.), Son-in-Law (Brian), Grandkids (Christopher, Laila, Hunter, and Lacey), Mother (Mildred), and four Brothers (Robert, Raymond, Ronald and Rodger), Mother in Law Helene Ganter, Sister in Law (Jackie), God Children (Anthony Ludwig, Ashley Swavely, Shane Higgins, Cassandra Nolden) and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Lastly his family would like to warn everyone about the dangers of smoking cigarettes and the real impact
they can leave on your health and family.
Relatives and friends are invited to Rick's viewing on Saturday at 9 AM at St. Joseph’s Church, Coopersburg, PA. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM. Committal prayers will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
After the service the family invites you to join them at C&C Catering for a luncheon at 1319 Park Ave., Quakertown PA, 18951 (located in the West End Fire Company).