Richard "Ricky" McDonald, Jr.


June 19, 1964 ~ January 13, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Arden, NC

Richard “Ricky” Alexander McDonald, Jr. aka Cake; Ricky Mac, 58, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 13, 2023 at CarePartners Solace Center.

Ricky is survived by his loving wife Annette Price McDonald and adoring son Brady Alexander McDonald; a brother, Brian McDonald (Debra); nieces Brittany McDonald (John); Brooke McCart (Austin) and many other loving family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, Richard and Barbara McDonald.

As an Asheville native, Ricky graduated T.C. Roberson in the class of 1982. and worked for UPM Raflatac for the past 21 years. He was an umpire with the NCHSAA for over 40 years.

Ricky loved spending time with his family especially watching his son play sports. He was an avid all around sports fan. Tom Brady was amongst his favorite players along with his favorite team, UNC Tar Heels and NASCAR. He also enjoyed playing cards, Texas Hold’em was his favorite game.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2023 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian starting at 3:00pm. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund (AKF).


Memorial Service: January 20, 2023 3:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


Visitation: January 20, 2023 3:45 pm - February 22, 2024 5:30 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  2. Im so sorry to hear of Rickys passing..I have known this family for many years..he will be missed..praying for comfort for all his family.especially Brady..Gloria

  3. Hey Ricky, you played hard in life, now you have a VIP seat to watch everything from Gods beautiful grandstand!
    Family; friends may God wrap his arms around you and comfort you during our loss.

  4. Ricky,
    I will never find someone like you to share the sense of humor that we had together. I miss you soo much!! I promise to take care of Netty and Brady the best that I can, and promise to always be there for them both! You are now in GODS hands and in no more pain suffering, rest in peace. I love you and your little family with all of my heart, and you will always be with us forever ♥️

  5. Annette and Brady, I am so sorry for your loss. Ricky will now watch over you guide and protect you. He is your guardian angel. I am sending you both hugs and prayers that hopefully find you comfort during this difficult time. Love you Aunt Mary

  6. Uncle Ricky, even though we only saw you guys once or twice a year I will still cherish the memories I have with you guys. You were such a fun loving guy father and great husband to aunt netty and you will be so dearly missed. At least you can rest easy now with no more suffering we love you uncle Ricky say hi to my mama for me please😔❤️

  7. Ricky was one of the most genuine kind person anyone could ever meet. Never saw him without a smilesi.
    My sincere condolences to the family

  8. Condolences and prayers for the Family. May God bless and give comfort during this difficult time.

  9. Praying for the family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Ricky Mac will surely be missed.

  10. So sorry to hear about Ricky. I coached Volleyball at Enka and he always took great pride in doing a good job.
    I will remember him for his smile and kindness to others. My prayers are with his family..

  11. So sorry to hear about Ricky. I coached Volleyball at Enka and he always took great pride in doing a good job.
    I will remember him for his smile and kindness to others. My prayers are with his family..

  12. So so sorry, Annette and Brady, may you find some peace in that he is no longer suffering! I know he will be missed! Hope he says hi to his Dad for me!

  13. Such a sweet guy from the time he was a little boy. His mama was a great card player and my great friend . Ricky gave us many laughs. Lived up the road Mcdonald Rd. from them.

  14. Ricky,
    I hate we had not spoken in years. Time passes so fast and we just don’t get it back. Thank you for always being kind. It was an honor to know you. May you rest in peace, Ricky. To your family, my prayers are with you. Peace be with you. May comfort surround you.

  15. Barbra and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family. I have many great memories working with Richard , Rick, and Brian officiating games over the years. Rick loved all sports and took great pride in the job he did as an official. Our prayers will be lifted up for the family.

    David and Barbra Ball

  16. My prayers go out to the family and friends. I will greatly miss working with Ricky and I aprreciate all of the time, effort and positive impact he made for UPM Raflatac over the past 21 years. He will certainly be missed by everyone here and it will definetely be a void in our team without him, thanks again Ricky!

  17. I’m sorry Ricky has passed. He was a part of a lot of young people’s lives. He was a good person. Loved sports!

  18. Rest in peace my life long friend. You will surely be missed. Sending my deepest condolences to your family.

  19. Ricky was great guy touch a lot of lives and the Ball fields and Gym, kids and parents. Ricky be missed by many RIP.

  20. My thoughts and prayers are with Ricky’s family. He always had a smile and kind word every time I saw him. Rest in peace.

  21. Dearest Annette and Brady, we are so sorry to hear of Ricky’s passing. Praying that God will comfort you through your time of sorrow and the days to come.

    Darrin and Felicia Peek

  22. Ricky, you were a childhood friend and also one later on in life. May you Rest In Peace now. Sending prayers for all of your family.

  23. So very sorry for your family’s loss, Ricky was always kind to the Kamisol family, there was never time he didn’t ask how my parents were doing.
    He was a proud daddy to Brady, we will be praying for your sweet family. RIP my friend🙏

  24. RIP Ricky. I fondly recall many mornings of shooting hoops with you in the gym at TCR before classes started for the day.

  25. Ricky was such a well respected person.
    He touched the lives of many young people and their parents. He will be missed. Our Prayers for the family.

  26. So sorry for your loss Annette and Brady. Wish I could have been there with the family for Ricky’s memorial. May God give you peace and comfort in the coming days. Love Aunt Mary

  27. I’ll never forget the day you saved me when I had a horrible bick wreck and you ran to me and carried me inside. You were always so nice and caring! I can’t believe this happened but your feeling no pain now and your with your mom and dad now.

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