Ricky (Rick) R. Carter, 62, died peacefully in the company of his wife, Darlene Matthews-Carter on July 26, 2022. Born on April 29, 1960, he was a familiar sight around Oak Park, operating Rickshaw Rick, a pedi-cab tour service for many years. He knew his village history, which he related in entertaining fashion as he pedaled around the village.
He also worked for H&R Block. Oak Park resident Steve Hartmann recalled, “He taught my first class. When I walked into the classroom there was this man with a suit on standing up front. I said to him, ‘I think I know you’ but could not place him. Of course it was the famous Rickshaw Rick. I worked with Rick Carter at H&R Block for five years. He was the nicest guy with a very dry sense of humor.”
Wednesday Journal wrote an article about Rick in 2005, shortly after he started his pedicab business, which began, he said then, after losing his job at the Shedd Aquarium. He also reported that he was a Realtor, which provided material for his tours around town. He also said he had been an actor, a jeweler, a limo driver and a tour bus captain, all of which, no doubt, provided grist for his mill.
“I love that I’m outside,” he said, “using my gift of gab.”
Rick Carter was the father of Brooke Carter and step-father of Kristopher Wade-Matthews; the son of the late Lela Imogene Carter and James LeGrone; the nephew of James Cleo (Gleema) Wilson, Zella Faye Hudson and Anna Mae Reynolds. He will be missed dearly by all of his family and friends.
A visitation was held on Aug. 2 at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 7750 W. Cermak Road in Forest Park. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Catholic Church, 38 N. Austin Blvd, Oak Park.
Memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.woodlawnchicago.com for the Carter family.