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Ormond Beach Observer Friday, Apr. 19, 2019 5 months ago

'The kindest man in town:' Remembering Ryck Hundredmark

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A Service of Remembrance will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at the Lohman Funeral home, located at 733 W. Granada Blvd.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Ormond Beach resident Ryck Hundredmark lived to make others smile. 

Whether it was through his sarcastic sense of humor, tireless work ethic, passion for volunteering or dedication to his family, Hundredmark gave parts of his soul to the people and projects he cared deeply about. A volunteer with Ormond Beach MainStreet since 2006, as well as its board president for two terms, Hundredmark put in almost 500 hours of service to the organization each year. As for his family, his stepson Richard Vincik said he was always paying close attention to their needs —  especially those of Vincik's mother and Hundredmark's wife, Nancy Bradley Hundredmark. 

“He was a loving, caring person," Vincik said. "He really was kind of a rock. You could always depend on him. Always. No matter what.”

Born September 8, 1942 in Buffalo, New York, Hundredmark died at 76 years old on Tuesday, April 16, at AdventHealth Daytona a few days after he was admitted due to difficulty breathing and a rapid heartrate. Though Hundredmark was currently battling his second round of lymphoma, his death happened suddenly. He had been at Vincik's home in Sanford just days before. 

On Sunday, April 13, Vincik and Hundredmark watched Tiger Woods win the Masters Tournament. Hundredmark was an avid golfer himself.

His family didn't expect to lose him, Vincik said. His passing has been extremely difficult.

Ormond MainStreet Executive Director Julia Truilo said he was both a mentor and a friend to her. He had been the president of the Board when she began working with the organization. He taught her the ropes, and over the years, the two became close.

“It was a relationship on a couple of levels that I don’t know how I’m going to replace," Truilo said.

“He was my rock and my foundation of daily life. I don’t know how to be without him. He and my family are everything to me. He was so dependable and never wanted to let anyone down. He would put on a happy face to everyone around him and do what needed be done regardless of how he felt inside. He kept me straight.”

Nancy Bradley Hundredmark

She said Hundredmark was passionate about MainStreet, to which he dedicated 12 years of his life, but was also willing to have fund and smile. He kept a positive spirit about everything in life, she added. On festival days, he'd arrive to the event early in the morning and stay until late in the evening, no matter how tired he was. 

“He was dedicated, and he really spent a lot of heart and energy on whatever he said he would do," Truilo said. "He’d do."

He was instrumental in the development of West Granada's streetscape, Truilo said. Hundredmark was also the chair of MainStreet's events and promotion committee, and was integral in the creation of the Ormond Beach Arts District, and the farmers market. He served as a member of the city's board of adjustments and appeals, the Brownfield advisory board, and the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce leadership committee. He was also a member of the Historical Society and recipient of the 2017 Ormond Beach Mayor's Award for civic engagement.

He could be gruff on the exterior, she recalled, as he had been a successful auto dealership general manager. But his kindness was his guiding principle.

“It was all on the outside," Truilo said."On the inside was the nicest, possible person in the world. He cared very deeply about his family, and his friends, and what he felt he could make a difference about.”

One of the fondest memories Vincik has of his stepfather is seeing him interact with his five grandchildren. Anytime they were at a restaurant, or at the house, and one of them would make a peep, Vincik said Hundredmark would pick them up and walk around with them.

“Not many men do that, and not many grandfathers do that," Vincik said. "Whatever needed to be done, he would do it."

His grandchildren called him grandpop. Vincik said he will be tremendously missed.

“He was the most selfless person that I know," Vincik said.

Hundredmark is survived by his wife, Nancy Bradley Hundredmark,his daughters Mary Jane Hundredmark and Jill Christman, his stepchildren William Vincik and Richard Vincik, his nine grandchildren, his three siblings, Alice Lewis, Patrick and Robert, and his two teacup poodles, Bo and Bella.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 22, at the Lohman Funeral home, located at 733 W. Granada Blvd. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be considered for the "Ryck C. Hundredmark Memorial Scholarship Fund." Checks may be made payable to Ormond MainStreet, 44 W. Granada Blvd. Ormond Beach FL 32174.

This story was updated at 2:46 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, to reflect that Ryck Hundredmark had been battling lymphoma, not leukemia as previously reported.

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