It is with sadness in our hearts the family announces that after a long, full life, Dad has peacefully passed away.
Dad married the love of his life, Gloria Anne Stromstead, on Sept 29, 1949 and was devastated when she passed away in 2005. Left behind to mourn his passing and celebrate his life are their children Rick (Marlene), Laurene (Al), Lynne (Albert), Kathi (Bill), Patti (Jim), and Darryl (Lisa). Papa Dick adored his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always looked forward to spending time with them. He was predeceased by brothers Ken, Jim, and Dave and sisters Dot, Ved, and Ruth. He is survived by 2 sisters, Mavis and Janet (Ted), and 2 sisters-in-law, Greta and Heather (Stephen).
Dad loved the outdoors. He and Mom spent many idyllic summers camping and fishing, and as Park Hosts at White Swan Provincial Park they made friends from all around the world. Mom and Dad also loved to golf, and spent many happy days on the local courses.
Dad spent his working life as a crane operator, and was recognized as one of the best in the province.
He helped build the many roads, bridges, and power lines all around BC.
Dad loved thunderstorms, bagpipes, and animals of all kinds. He was well known for his sense of humour and his wide, joyous smile. We are happy knowing he was wearing that smile when he and Mom were reunited.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life at 1:00 pm on Saturday December 13 at McPherson Funeral Home, 1885 Warren Ave, Kimberley.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kids With Cancer (780-496-2459) or 11135 – 84 Ave, Edmonton T6G 0V9) or to Canuck Place Vancouver (http://www.canuckplace.org for donation information)