OBITUARY

Richard A. Biolchino

Obit - Rick Biochino

Sept. 12, 1948 – Oct. 8, 2014

Richard A. Biolchino, president for more than 20 years of Graphic Center Inc., passed away on Oct. 8 at the age of 67. Biolchino is survived by his wife, Susan M. Biolchino, and son, Christopher M. Biolchino, of California.

Biolchino was born in Detroit, Mich., and moved to Guam in 1985. He served as plant manager for Pacific Color Press. In 1992, he opened Graphic Center Inc., printing business cards and brochures. Eventually the printing and digital center evolved to meet the demands of its clients, migrating toward data services, content management and direct mailings. Biolchino worked with the late Sen. Vicente “Ben” Pangelinan, a founding director in the company.

According to Journal files, in 2004 Biolchino spearheaded Graphic Center Inc.’s efforts to provide the island with wider options for printing materials and printing costs by purchasing two new printing presses.

In 2012, Biolchino was recognized for his contributions to the community by the 31st Guam Legislature. He was recognized for his positive impact to the Guam Girl Scouts, the Salvation Army, the Guam Women’s Club and the American Red Cross. He was a member of the Guam Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years.

Jessie Rosario, vice president of sales and marketing for Graphic Center Inc., said Biolchino was a man of truth, honesty and fairness. “His commitment and passion to the organization was unquestionable,” Rosario said.

“I started working for Rick when I was 17 years old. He was the best person I have ever known. Rick was a true leader, my mentor and a father figure. I am glad and grateful that we had made peace and that I was able to be with him before his last days. I will truly miss Rick and will do everything to continue on his legacy and commitment to his company and his vision. I am who I am today because of him,” Rosario said.

Friends and family said farewell to Biolchino at a sunset memorial service on Oct. 15 at Jimmy Dee’s Beach Resort in East Hagåtña.

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