Ponce, Derrick Lambert (Rick) well-known Chicago artist and musician, succumbed to his long battle with cancer on February 9, 2010. Born in Chicago on June 10, 1969, he was the son of legendary jazz musician, Tommy Ponce, and jazz vocalist, Linda (Holmes, Ponce) Dellorto. An underground punk icon, Rick was a driving force on the Chicago hardcore music scene. He was a member of countless bands, including Disrobe, Rat Bastards, Snoopeeze Tapeworm, Fleabag, and Uncle Brown Eye. A multi-talented musician, Rick played classical, Flamenco, blues, and rock guitar, bass, and drums, as well as writing for various bands and singing back-up vocals. Also an accomplished visual artist, Rick won a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago, and won numerous awards for his artwork. Many of his images were used on his bands' tee shirts, posters and album covers. Rick was well known for his great sense of humor and his love of "B" horror movies, having amassed an impressive collection of horror and sci-fi movies and collectibles. He is survived by his mother, Linda, brothers Renato Ponce (nephew Tyler) and Ron Ponce, and also brothers Tommy, David and Brian Ponce, and sisters Kirsten Rodriguez, Anesha Wynter, and Vicki Ryan. Pastor Ryan Sutton will officiate at a memorial service to be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM, at the Federated Church of Wauconda, 200 S. Barrington Rd., Wauconda, IL. At Rick's request, his remains were donated to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Vitas Hospice at Mercy Hospital, 2525 S. Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor, Chicago, IL 60616.
Published by Chicago Sun-Times from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2010.