REITER: Richard Frederick of Penetanguishene, ON, Formerly of Victoria, BC
Sadly, we announce the passing of Mr. Richard Frederick Reiter. Richard passed away peacefully in the early evening of Wednesday March 8th, 2017 at Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland, Ontario. Richard was born on April 22, 1928 in Berchtesgaden, Germany to parents Karl and Josefine Reiter.
Richard is predeceased by his loving wife Joan Marie Reiter, his brother Günter, and his son William Günter, brothers-in-law Aubrey and David Russell, sister-in-law Helen, and niece Sarah. Richard is also predeceased by his second wife Annemarie Reiter.
After serving in the war, Richard emigrated to Canada in 1951, where he landed at Pier 21 in Halifax. Richard moved to Toronto and began working at the International Order of Foresters. Richard met his wife, Joan, a nurse at the Hospital for Sick Children, on the slopes of Blue Mountain and after a short courtship, they married in Toronto and moved to St. Catherines where he began his teaching career. Richard and Joan soon moved to New Brunswick where they started their family. With Toronto beckoning them, they returned and Richard continued with his teaching career and Joan returned to the Hospital for Sick Children.
As a proud new Canadian, Richard quickly became an advocate of Canadian values such as diversity, opportunity, equality, freedom, democracy, justice and peace. He pioneered the idea of enriching students’ learning through travel by arranging bus and rail trips for students to both the Canadian Rockies and to Quebec, while teaching at Forest Hill Junior High. His creative approach to curriculum design kept students engaged in his classes where he provided unique learning opportunities such as arranging Pierre Burton to visit his students to lecture on Canadian history. Richard will be remembered as a passionate educator of history, geography, law, art and physical education. He was a modern renaissance man who enjoyed lively conversation with family, friends and students.
In 1972, Richard and Joan ventured into hospitality with the purchase of The Mariner Resort on Georgian Bay which provided a venue for them to work together and develop a family business. On Bluewater Beach, they created many memorable experiences for children and their families such as the Summer Olympics, beach corn boils and Wednesday night Bingo where he called until every last child won.
In his spare time, Richard enjoyed reading, writing and painting. He was an accomplished landscape watercolour artist and his artwork adorn the walls of homes from coast-to-coast in Canada and around the globe. He was also a prolific letter-writer and enjoyed writing to government officials and various media over the years on values he embraced.
Richard is survived by his sons Russell, Mark, Chris and Darryl as well as daughter in-law Bonnie, grandchildren Brianna, Damian, Aubrey and Camryn, Sister-in-law Nancy, nieces Jeddie and Tory Russell, and nephews Sandy and Grahame Russell.
As per Richard’s wishes his ashes will be taken to St Stephen, New Brunswick where they will be placed with Joan, the love of his life, and their son William. Through teaching and hospitality, Richard and Joan touched the lives of many people. To pay tribute, a Celebration of Life will take place this summer, on the shores of Georgian Bay, where family and friends will have an opportunity to join together and celebrate the lives of both Richard and Joan. Donations to the Canadian Kidney Foundation or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.