Enrico “Rick” Avello, Sr.

September 20, 1954 - December 23, 2021 Kennett Square, PA | Age 67

Enrico (Rick) Avello Sr., age 67 of Kennett Square, Pa, died Thursday December 23, 2021, peacefully, with his children by his side.

Born in 1954, he was the son of the late Hercules Thomas and Angela Priolo Avello. Rick was born and raised in Kennett Square. He attended grade school at St. Patrick’s before going on to graduate from Kennett High School in 1972.

From a young age, Rick was involved in the family mushroom farming business, A.C.A. Mushrooms. When the family farm was closed, Rick obtained a food science degree from Penn State University and started his own mushroom processing company known as Queens Produce. Ultimately, this business venture was everything to Rick. He built this business from the ground up and eventually, brought in his son as his business partner to continue his legacy. Rick was known within the mushroom industry as a very shrewd businessman, but he earned a great deal of respect from his peers.

Rick had many talents, from playing the accordion at a young age to becoming a gunsmith as an adult, he often became consumed with his hobbies. Throughout his life Rick pursued various interests, including scuba diving, gunsmithing, shooting, hunting, and gardening. However, there was always one true life-long passion for Rick, fishing!

Whether he was casting bucktails on the banks of the Wye River for stripers in early fall or dragging a spread of ballyhoo at the 600-fathom line to raise that ever elusive white marlin during the summer months, Rick didn’t discriminate fish species. Every spring you could find him trolling umbrella rigs of chartreuse shad for trophy stripers around the CR buoy in the Chesapeake Bay. And almost 8 months a year he would be flipping broken back rapala plugs around the Nanticoke River where he enjoyed living the last decade of his life.

For business or pleasure Rick traveled a lot, and he would make friends everywhere he went. He had lifelong friends from Kennett Square, and many newfound friendships from his residence and church in Seaford, De. However, nothing meant more to Rick than his family, and more specifically his grandchildren. Everyone within his extended family admired and respected Rick. He had a very strong bond with both of his younger siblings, Gloria and Hercules Jr.

Rick is survived by a son, Rick Avello Jr. and his wife Rebecca of Kennett Square; a daughter Erica Avello and her husband Richard Knowles of Downingtown, Pa; 3 grandchildren, Casey Avello, Frankie and Brooklyn Knowles; a fiancé Elsa Trent of Coconut Creek, Fl; his sister, Gloria Pia and her husband Richard of Kennett Square; and his brother Hercules Avello Jr and his wife Kathy of Fenwick Island, De.

You are invited to visit with Rick’s family and friends from 10:00-12:00pm on Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Kennett Square, 415 W State St, Kennett Square, Pa 19348. A funeral sermon will be held at the church after visitation followed by a luncheon at 1:00pm at the Italian American Citizens League, 30 Ways Lane, Kennett Square, Pa 19348.
For those unable to attend, please join us live stream at https://firstbaptistkennettsquare.com/

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation 101 Rockland Circle, Wilmington, DE 19803 in honor of Frankie Knowles. This organization was very close to Rick’s heart.

Memorial Donations

Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation

101 Rockland Circle
Wilmington, DE 19803


Calling Hours

January 8, 2022 10 AM until 12PM First Baptist Church of Kennett Square
415 W State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Memorial Service

January 8, 2022 12 Noon First Baptist Church of Kennett Square
415 W State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348


  1. Rick was a student of mine at Kennett and I remember him well. We stayed friends if FB for the past several years. He was a loving grandfather to little Frankie, and it was thru him that I feel in love with Frankie. We’ll mis you Rick, a good man and friend.❤️

    Timothy Skiles | January 9, 2022 at 12:46 PM
  2. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Rick may he Rest In Peace.

    Ed Thomas(Bubby) | January 8, 2022 at 2:54 PM
  3. Ricky and Erica, please accept my most sincere and heartfelt sympathy in the massive loss of your irreplaceable, unforgettable and beloved dad and mentor; who loved and adored you!

    And certainly not forgetting any of the Avello family members, Gloria and Hercules, their spouses, Rick’s priceless grandchildren and best friends, all who brought such joy, meaning and happiness to his life!

    May God’s glorious promises of what lies ahead immediately after death, for those who are His redeemed children of God, bring you a peace and consolation that only born again believers understand.

    For we grieve not as the world does, as they have no hope. But, Rick knowing Christ as his personal Redeemer and Savior, is truly in the very presence of God as we speak; knowing only peace, joy, love and happiness! And no more pain, loss or sorrow! Death has been swallowed up in victory!

    For although for now his body lies asleep, his soul and spirit are very much alive in Paradise and waiting for the rest of us, who place our faith in Cross Jesus!

    Although impossible, Rick wouldn’t want us to grieve, but to remember him with a smile and a warm heart when recalling all the precious memories we all hold most dear!

    He was a complicated man, bigger than life, with a heart just as big! And I feel so blessed to have known him, loved him and been loved by him and know someday soon I shall see my brother in Christ in heaven, waiting with that big ol smile and a bear hug welcoming me home to glory!

    May God bless and comfort each of you in your hour of need! In Christian love, Beverly James.

    Beverly James | January 7, 2022 at 7:16 AM
  4. On behalf of the Bertogli family, I extend my deepest condolences to the entire Avello family as they grieve the loss of Rick. He truly was one of a kind. I will never forget my childhood memories at your house in Kennett. Thank you for being a friend to my father. May you rest in peace.

    Gabrielle Bertogli | January 1, 2022 at 8:57 PM
  5. Rick was a friend of my late Husband, Kenneth Miller Jr. They both loved Kennett Square and fishing. I know Rick and Kenny are fishing together once again in God’s Kingdom! RIP Rick.

    Lisa Miller | December 31, 2021 at 7:35 AM
  6. I knew Big Rick while growing up since his family was always our landlord. He was a tough man and a smart man as well. You had to get to know him to really know him. I remember the stories his dad and him told about their fishing and hunting days. He’s with his loving mom and dad now living it up and doing the same I heaven. FISHING AND HUNTING.
    Now all his advice and training is installed in his son. Going to miss seeing him around every time he came back to visit family or business.
    No joke but it won’t be the same without your presents.
    God Bless you and may you find your peace and happiness with family of time long ago.
    Eric and Caritina

    Eric and Caritina Blevins | December 29, 2021 at 10:35 PM
  7. i am so sorry to hear of the passing of Rick my condolencesto the family

    Rick Mancino

    richard mancino | December 29, 2021 at 6:48 PM
  8. Ricky & Erica, our prayers and thoughts are with you during your time of loss. May God’s mercy give you comfort knowing that your father’s long suffering has ended, and he is at peace. He will forever remain in our hearts with so many memories. I know you’re hearts are hurting, but I wanted you to know we are here. We will always remain family and we not going anywhere and we are available 24/7 for you. Whatever you need, just let us know.”

    Cousin Franca & Steve Little

    Franca & Steve Little | December 29, 2021 at 5:41 PM

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