Richard James “Ricky” Kapolka, 36, of Selbyville, Del., passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Dec. 21, 2018. He had just moved to Denver, Colo., at the beginning of December and was returning home for Christmas.
Kapolka graduated from Seaford (Del.) High School and received an associate’s degree in touring and show production from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla. He also had multiple courses and certifications in computer security and troubleshooting, and worked at several tech companies in Delaware.
Recently, Kapolka had developed an interest in cybercriminal psychology and cybersecurity, and he co-owned the social media-based Internet safety volunteer group CAIN (Cyber Attack Investigation Network). Along with Michael Nuccitelli (a New York-licensed psychologist and iPredator creator) and dozens of volunteers worldwide, Kapolka helped to protect online users and children from being cyberbullied, cyberstalked and groomed by internet predators. Kapolka was a dedicated volunteer who spent many hours helping to stop cyber-attacks by online assailants. He understood that information technology and social media were both beneficial and detrimental to children of the information age.
Kapolka is survived by his parents, Richard and Patricia Kapolka of Selbyville; his sister, Caroline Hevner and her husband, Luke; uncles, Thomas Kapolka of Wilmington, Del., and Joseph Kapolka of Minneapolis, Minn.; nieces, Taylor Rose Hevner and Molly Jayne Hevner; and nephew, Samuel Ryan Hevner.
Kapolka’s body was donated to the Anatomy Gifts Registry for research and education, and his remains will be cremated. There will be a celebration of his life in the spring or summer of 2019. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI of Delaware).