Richard F. "Rick" Napolski

Richard F. Napolski “Rick”, 67, of Wilmington passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Christiana Hospital.

Rick was born in Wilmington, the son of the late Sophie (Ogonowski) and Walter Napolski. He was a graduate of John Dickinson High School and served in the Delaware National Guard. Rick worked as a shift supervisor for the DuPont Company for over 20 years. His hobbies included boating, fishing, golfing and playing the drums. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Walter, Jr.

Rick is survived by his wife of 48 years, Bridget (Ruff) Napolski; his children, Noreen M. Esposito (Robert) and their children, Derek and Vincent of Bear and Richard H. Napolski (Tara) and their son, Nicholas of Newark.

Relatives and friends are invited to visitation on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the MEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 2509 Limestone Road, Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday morning at 10 AM at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington.


Submitted by Theresa Maloney on
Anita and family. My heart felt sorrow for your loss.of Rick. May God help you through this time. You will be in my prayers. Love, Theresa Maloney

Submitted by Nancy Ripple on
To Bridget and children, I am so very sorry to learn of Rick’s passing. You will all remain in my prayers.

Submitted by Terri Pyle Reed on
I'm saddened to read of Rick's passing. He was my first supervisor at DuPont, at the old DuPont airport where we made VHS and Beta tapes during shift-work some forty years ago. (I'm also a Dickinson graduate.) I remember him as a fun and fair boss. I'm sorry for your loss.

Submitted by Elaine Lambert on
I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Rick’s family. Death is the hardest thing we have to deal with in life. I know my words can’t change anything and can do little to ease the pain you are feeling, so I pray that the God of comfort calm your hearts and help you heal. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17) One way that God comforts us today is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. For the Bible’s answers to questions about grief and death please visit