Richard Michael Lemanski, 74, died at home on Sunday, July 18, 2021 following a long illness.
Richard was born May 28,1947, in Waltham, Massachusetts but lived the majority of his life in Tampa and Lakeland. His parents were the late Richard F. Lemanski and Jean Pipkin West Lemanski Cherry Jones.
Richard started his newspaper career at The Ledger where he moved from the backshop to the newsroom and eventually was Sports editor. He ended his journalism career at the Tampa Tribune where he had been a bureau chief, and sports and news copy editor.
The title that gave him the most joy was creator, manager, and king of Maddox Ranch in Lakeland. Beginning with a request from a friend in 2006, he grew the idea of outdoor music festivals, camping weekends and enjoying the magic of the outdoors into a popular site for some of the largest outdoor festivals in Central Florida. Richard met hundreds of people over the years and became friends with hundreds of people. With Freckles and Penelope in the golf cart with him, he made sure to greet as many folks possible at each event, taking questions, fixing problems and enjoying the talks.
Richard leaves behind his wife Lynne Maddox; sister Valerie Holley Orihuela; brother Jim Lemanski; sons Rick Lemanski , his wife Dana and 3 daughters, and Luke Lemanski; and daughters Dana Carvalho, Laura Bettencourt and her 2 children and Dare Holtgrewe and her 2 children. His stepsons are Gavin Croft and Houston Croft. ”Stung” had 10 other grandchildren that he loved watching grow, especially his special Savanna and Samuel.
Memorial services will be announced later. Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.
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