Richard Alfred Diamond
Richard Alfred Diamond
  • April 24, 1953 - January 4, 2018
  • Jefferson, Louisiana

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Richard Alfred "Rick" Diamond, a musician and former chef, died Jan 4, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.

He was born to Alfred Joseph Diamond and Janet Abadie Diamond in New Orleans on April 24, 1953. He is survived by his mother Janet, sister Jan Diamond Lapre of New Orleans, brother Mark Diamond and sister-in-law Kelly Diamond of Irvine, CA, nieces Meredith and Genevieve Lapre, and Amanda Diamond, and nephews Mark N. Diamond and Austin Diamond. He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred J. Diamond, and grandparents Charles and Elise Abadie, and Alfred F. and Thelma Loup Diamond.

Rick was born and raised in New Orleans where he graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, and Tulane University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1975. He was drawn to music from an early age, and performed in many local rock bands in the 60s and 70s including Wild Lettuce and Tuna Fish Larry. Initially starting on guitar, he developed his talents on bass, including electric and upright, his preferred instruments for the rest of his career. His musical inclinations led him to Boston, MA, where he attended and graduated from the renowned Berklee College of Music, performing alongside many top acts of the time. He cut his first 45 rpm single in 1982 with the band A.Y.M. and later joined the multi-album success known as Men & Volts, performing on their CD album release Cheer Up in 1990. While in Boston, his love of good food led him to attend Culinary School and after graduating he worked part time as a catering chef. He also worked as a computer administrator at the American Meteorological Society.

He returned to his hometown of New Orleans in 2001 and eventually resettled on the banks of the Mississippi River in River Ridge with his new furry friend, a long-haired, miniature dapple dachshund whom he named Papete, after a book by Lon Soniat, La Bouche Crole. After expanding his instrumental prowess to upright bass, he performed with such local groups as the French Quarter All-Stars up until his death.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a funeral mass at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 at 1pm. A visitation will begin at 11am. Interment to follow at Metairie Cemetery. To view and sign the guest book, visit