(March 3, 1941 – March 28, 2012)

My name is Richard and this is all so sudden.  I was born in Fort William, ONand moved to Port Arthurat the age of 12.  Now, it is all called Thunder Bay.  I moved away from home and graduated from Universityof Windsorin 1966 and was promptly employed by McLeod Young Weir (now ScotiaMcLeod).  I worked there for over 45 years, until the day I died.  Loyalty, a love of people, and leadership were some of my qualities.  I loved my career (I didn’t call it a job), but it did not define me. I started in Toronto, where I met my wife, Pat, and moved to Windsorin 1974 to become branch manager there.  The plan was to stay for five years, but we never left.  It was in Windsorwhere we raised our children, Paul & Sonya, rode the heady days of the 80’s, survived the crash of 1987, and was semi-retired for the past several years.  I joined Beach Grove G&CC in 1975, served on the Hotel Dieu Hospital Board, the Art Gallery of Windsor Foundation, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church finance committee.  I was also very supportive of Pat in all her various volunteer activities, whether they were popular or not.  Support and service were other qualities of mine.  I made sure that my children had all the opportunities of success (education, values, work experience, community involvement) while giving them the freedom to follow the paths of their choice.  Despite the busyness of the financial world, I always made time to participate in Paul & Sonya’s activities, even if it meant becoming a soccer coach without ever having played the game.  I also was treasurer for the 44th Scout Group for 15 years.  I enjoyed supporting local sports teams, was present for the Maple Leafs winning the Stanley Cup in 1967 (I was always a Red Wings fan), the Tigers winning the World Series in 1984, and watched the Pistons and Red Wings win multiple championships.  I also enjoyed staying active and social, playing golf, curling and bowling, being a member of the Ford Boulevard Bowling Association since my arrival inWindsor.  I didn’t get my first passport until 15 years ago, but since then Pat and I have travelled extensively throughout the world, and always treasured our winter holidays inBarbados.  I am survived by my beloved wife and best friend, Pat, adored by my children Paul (Marilyne) inQuebec City and Sonya (Eric Coatsworth) inOttawa and devoted to my grandchildren, William, Jakob and Jolyanne.  I am also survived by my mother, Stella and my brother, John (Sally) in Thunder Bay, my sister Pat (Larry Miller) in Sault Ste Marie, my brother-in-law, Ross Robinson in Niagara-on-the-Lake and my nieces and nephews, Mike, Kathy, Lori, Jeff, Susan, Scott and Carrie. I am also lovingly remembered by many cousins, colleagues, neighbours and friends.  According to them, 71 years is not long enough, but there was nothing left unsaid or undone.  I will be remembered as a man who was passionate about my family, my work, my community and people in general.  My thanks to the doctors and staff at Hotel Dieu Grace ICU for their compassion and care.  In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario – Windsor Region Branch, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Art Gallery of Windsor or the Windsor Downtown Mission. I will be cremated at my request.  Memorial visitation will be on Tuesday, April 3, at 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm.  A celebration of my life on Wednesday, April 4, at 10:30 am at Families First, 1065 Lauzon Rd., EastWindsor (519-969-5841).  Interment will take place this summer inThunder Bay.  Share memories, photos or make a donation on line at www.FamiliesFirst.ca

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Filed Under: Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Windsor