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Elmer William Dick

Elmer William Dick


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Obituary for Elmer William Dick

May 29, 1944 – April 21, 2024

Elmer Dick passed away peacefully at his home in Coquitlam, British Columbia, on April 21, 2024. He was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Dick (nee Wiebe) in 1989, his father, Issac P. Dick in 2015, and his eldest brother, Edward John Dickin 2019. He is survived by his siblings: Kenneth Henry Dick and Loretta Anna Dick (Mesfin Gebremariam and Rediate Mesfin. He is also remembered by sister-in-law, Dorothy Dick, nephews Kevin Dick (Sandra and family) and Philip Dick, and niece Patricia Sonnenberg (Gary and family).

In all things, Elmer was a quiet, kind and gentle person.

Elmer was born in Coaldale, Alberta, but the family of four moved back to the parents’ family location of Wymark, Saskatchewan, when he was one year old. At age six, the now family of six, moved to Burns Lake, British Columbia, where he attended school for nine years. At age 15, the family relocated to Swift Current, Saskatchewan. Elmer graduated high school in Swift Current and began his work life there. His employer, Fabro Ltd., sponsored his apprenticeship, with class work in Saskatoon as a machinist. He obtained ‘tickets’ in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia along with an ‘interprovincial certification’ in his trade. Subsequent upgrading included computer training in computers to operate the computerized lathe.

He then worked in Calgary for a number of years before moving on to British Columbia. His long-term employment was at Imp Pac Lumber, a mill on the Frazer River in the Vancouver area.

Elmer had several interests. He prided himself on his vehicles, a few purchased by special-order for the features he valued. Early on in his residence in BC, he would drive for hours enjoying the natural beauty of the Vancouver area. He took up fishing for salmon, learning to can/preserve his catch, and enjoying nature from the Gulf area bordering Vancouver. Later, he would ride his foldable-bike exploring more scenic park locations. He had several sporting activities. Building on his childhood exposure to skiing, he skied the mountains near Calgary and Vancouver. He took up golf, thus enjoying the environment on foot and developing some expertise in golf. He also did some ice-skating for physical activity.

For many years, his Coquitlam apartment was on a hill overlooking the Frazer River where he worked. His boat was moored on the Frazer River near the Vancouver International Airport.

Elmer’s ashes will be spread in the Frazer River, a location that was a part of his life. A small family gathering will be held in Swift Current in honour of his life. Details to come later.

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In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson Canada in Elmer's name would be appreciated.

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