March 26, 1954 - January 29, 2023
Rick left us suddenly in the early hours of Sunday January 29th while at Royal Columbian Hospital. The last year and a half of Rick’s life was marked with serious health challenges after he contracted COVID in 2021. He required hospitalization and subsequent ongoing medical care until his recent, untimely death.
Rick’s chief legacy is his son Samuel who sadly will not be able to share his adult years with his dad. Rick also leaves behind his former wife of 26 years Gail, sister Cindy, niece Alicia, nephews Alexander, Raymond and Evan.
We will remember Rick’s love of music, especially anything written and performed by his son Samuel. Rick was an eager fly fisherman, taking pride in his fly tying expertise. He enjoyed time spent in outdoor activities from fishing, hiking, and swimming to walking the dogs in the forest and along the Fraser River but above all; he loved spending time with his son. Rick was a great reader and a lifelong learner, freely sharing his excitement about his many interests with others. Rick was witty, and slyly funny when he wanted to be and we will miss that.
Rick was a proud Mason; joining Mount Herman Lodge in December of 1997. He truly enjoyed the sense of community and brotherhood that practicing the craft brought to him.
The aspect of his professional life which brought him the most satisfaction were his many years spent in the funeral industry, compassionately helping many families navigate the challenge of losing loved ones. We take comfort in knowing the difference he made to so many.
A special thank you to the many caregivers who helped Rick during his stays at Eagle Ridge and Royal Columbian Hospitals and while he lived at Queen’s Park Care Centre.
It’s hard to say good-bye, but we will always have our warm memories of Rick and be grateful for his legacy.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”