Rick "Tricky" "Placekick" "Place" Place

  • Born: November 5, 1967
  • Died: August 28, 2020
  • Location: Littleton, New Hampshire

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Littleton, NH 03561

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Rick Place

"Tricky" "Placekick" "Place"

Richard Wilson Dawson Jr. Place, age 52, passed away unexpectedly on August 28, 2020. He was born in Burlington, VT on November 5, 1967 to Shirley (Bushway) Dawson and Richard Dawson. Shirley would later marry Vincent Place, who would then adopt Rick. He was raised in a rustic cabin in Easton, NH with his brothers and sisters. He enjoyed cabin living and would go on to build a beautiful log home for his own family in Littleton, NH.

Richard was a 1986 graduate of Littleton High School, predominantly known for excelling in football, basketball and baseball. The successes he shared with his teammates on the field, court, and mound would lead to lifelong friendships.

Nothing filled him with more pride than his three children. He enjoyed watching his daughter Brookelle play field hockey, softball and cheerleading, rarely missing an event. He loved spending time outdoors with his sons, Joseph and Ethan, whether it was catching critters, sharing his favorite fishing spots, or shooting off live ammunition. Rick was blessed with numerous nights sitting around campfires, roasting hot dogs, looking at the stars, and telling stories.

Rick provided for his family by working in the construction field, running heavy equipment and working as a ski lift mechanic for many years. He took pride in working on the Zakim Bridge and the Big Dig in Boston as a member of Local 7 IronWorkers. After venturing out west to work on the oil fields, Rick was introduced to the wind turbine industry. He enjoyed construction of these giant wind turbines, as he was often eye level with the clouds.

Over the past year, Rick was the happiest he had ever been. This was due to the fact that he was able to work locally, alongside his youngest son, teaching him the ways of the wind turbine trade, as well as spending the weekends tinkering around the cabin with his boys, and catching up with friends, and family.

The Rick that we all loved would do anything to make people laugh. He was larger than life. Rick was a risk taker, fearless, fierce, strong, big hearted, and willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He seemed invincible...

Rick will profoundly be missed by his children Brookelle Place [Greg], Joseph Place [Gwen], Ethan Place [Christina]; his former wife and best friend Kariann Place; his girlfriend of many years and his companion on the road, Renee VanHouten and her son, Edward VanHouten; Father Richard and Marlene Dawson, Sisters: Tina Lemire [Randal] , Jaime Dawson, Susan Tomasetti [Lynn], Karen Place [Michael]; Brothers: Jon Place [Floraine], Raymond Place [Jerrilyn], Peter Place. Several aunts, uncles, in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.

As Rick passed through the clouds, he was met with a warm and loving embrace by his Mom, Shirley and Dad, Vin.

After a recent visit out west to see his daughter, Brookelle, Rick wrote: "...time flies so don't hold off on the ones you love the most, time is now, don't let the chance to be together pass you bye."

Rick will be interred in the Kinsman Cemetery in Easton, NH where the family will hold a private graveside service. The family would like to invite friends to stop by Rick's home at 228 Osgood Farm Rd, Littleton, NH on Saturday, September 5th from 1-3 p.m. to share stories and memories with them.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest in Peace Rick. Me and several other North-Country guys worked with Rick building ski lifts back in the mid-1990s. Rick was always full of energy, kind, in a great mood and especially humorous. We all looked up to him. He was a born leader - very knowledgeable and of course strong as can be. Just an over-all great guy. I wish his family the best.

Posted by Courtney Ball - Hollis, NH - Friend   November 02, 2020


I had only known you for a short while, but what I did get to know was amazing you had a heart of gold and would help anyone. Broken hearted for your family and friends. You were such an amazing person and until the day we meet again Rest in Paradise my friend.

Posted by Tiffany mooney - whitefield, NH - Friend   September 10, 2020

rick used to hang around the common and play basketball and football with us so i got to spend some time with him and saw what an athlete he was and the kind of person he was and all the tips and words of encouragement that he gave to me.See you again on the court later

Posted by steve burgess - portland, ME - Acquaintance   September 09, 2020


Rick was a classmate of mine from 1986, always kind to me. I pray for you and your family, most of all that you are at peace, our church family lifted you up in prayer this morning during service. See you in heaven Rick.

Posted by Cindy LaFlam - Whitefield, NH - Classmate   September 06, 2020

Sending all of the Place family strong peaceful energy and good thoughts. Rick was indeed a force of nature, and I can only imagine how much you all will miss him. May your memories of special times shared bring you comfort in this time of loss.

Posted by Terri Crowley Paige - Franklin, NH - Classmate   September 06, 2020


Thinking of you Kariann and family. Rick spent a lot of time with our family growing up and of course found a lot of mischief with my brother Lance. Very sorry to hear of this!
-Ronda Richardson, Manchester, NH

Posted by Ronda Richardson - Manchester, NH - Friend   September 05, 2020

Until we meet again my brother. RIP

Posted by Andrew Wells - Deland, FL - Friend   September 05, 2020


Tina and all family I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. It's been too many years since I've seen you but I cherish the memories. Rest in peace Rick.

Posted by Barbara Weston Delaney - DeLand, FL - Family Friend   September 04, 2020

I watched this past week all the memories peopled shared about Rick on Facebook- and I will repeat what I said: Rick Place was a legend and the type of person that epitomized the best of small towns like Littleton! Rick - I can't make your internment but I will find your plot and pay a visit the next visit up to the North Country.

Posted by Eric Keltz - Alexandria, VA   September 04, 2020


Rest in Peace Rick.. I will always love and miss you! Love to all the family. He was an incredible man and someone I will hold dear to my heart ALWAYS!!

Posted by Donn Davis - Bradenton, FL - Family Friend   September 04, 2020

Rest in Peace Rick. Was a pleasure to watch you play high school sports as a kid!

Posted by Peter Wyatt - Glen Burnie, MD - Friend   September 04, 2020

My thoughts are with the family. I will send a thought to Rick to the stars. Remembering him cut down our huge pine that shook the house.

Posted by Marla Blankenship - Wickenburg, AZ - Neighbor   September 04, 2020

Beautiful tribute for a special guy...gone too soon.
So sorry to all that loved him. Bunni Porfido.

Posted by Permelia Lindorff - Manchester, NH   September 04, 2020

I remember playing football with Rick - he was a heck of an athlete back in the day. He will be missed

Posted by Mark Cole - GLoucester Ma - Family   September 04, 2020


Never a dull moment when Rick was around. So many memories to cherish. You always had a smile on your face. We will miss you!

Posted by Floraine Place - Easton, NH - Family   September 04, 2020

Dear KP, Ethan and family words can not express how deeply sorry we are for this immense loss. We’re thinking of you during this very difficult time. The D’Agostinos

Posted by Lillian D'Agostino - Watertown, MA - friend   September 04, 2020

You are forever in our hearts and memories... Young son father friend awesome man.. Prayers for your family sooo sorry.. RIP Rick w/love always...

Posted by Eileen Cregg - Littleton, NH - Friend   September 03, 2020

Sad to see you go Ricky, enjoyed our chats these past few years. RIP love Cousin Diane

Posted by Diane OKeefe - Stoneham, MA - Family   September 03, 2020

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