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MARIETTA, GA. – Richard Martin Szabo, 56, formerly of Laurel, Md., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at Emory University Hospital Campus in Atlanta, while waiting for a heart transplant.

Rick was born in Youngstown, on Sept. 1, 1957, to Frank and Sophie Szabo.

He graduated from Youngstown State University with his Bachelors in Business.

Rick married Janet Holmes on Sept. 24, 1988, where they formed a family and had two children.

He was employed with McDonald's Corporation for 30 years and was the Director of Operations for McOpCo (McDonald’s Operating Company) in the Atlanta and Pittsburgh markets. Prior to McDonald's, he worked at Marriott Corporation Roy Rogers Division, as well as with Hardee’s Food Systems.

Rick also enjoyed going to the beach, playing cards, watching movies, tailgating and going to the Baltimore Ravens games with his family. He had a passion for his motorcycle and his 50th Anniversary Corvette. Rick was a very kind, caring man and was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend.

Survivors include his loving wife of 25 years, Janet Szabo; sons, Richard Szabo Jr. and Ryan Szabo; parents, Frank and Sophie Szabo of Boardman; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Penny Szabo; nephew, Frankie Szabo of Canfield; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Michelle and Keith Simpkins of Hughesville, Md.; brother-in-law, Stephen Holmes of Hughesville; and aunts, uncles, cousins and loving friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Lakeside Funeral Home. Pastor Phillip Harris of Maryland will be officiating.

The family will also have a memorial service for Richard at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive in Boardman. They will receive friends from 10 a.m. to the service time. Please call (330) 782-8109 for directions to the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please make a donation on behalf of Richard Martin Szabo to “Donate Life Georgia” at

The family would also like to extend a special thank you to all who kept Rick in their thoughts and prayers.

Those wishing to, may visit to send online condolences.

The Lakeside Funeral Home, (770) 293-2757, 121 Claremore Drive, Woodstock, GA 30188, is handling the funeral arrangements.

Guestbook Entries


“Dear Szabo Family, we were truly surprised to read of Richard's passing. A huge loss to a nice family. You are in our prayers.”

 » Jim and Evelyn Mangie on January 30, 2014

“From Robinwood to Glenwood. Through High School and Uncle Mike. Rick's smile is what I'll remember always. May God Bless you all.”

 » Fid on January 30, 2014

“I will continue to keep Janet, Rick Jr., Ryan & family in my daily prayers. May God bless Rick's soul and provide the family strength, peace & comfort as they travel this road. ”

 » Leisa Catlett on February 4, 2014

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