December 1, 1923 – October 13, 2014
Richard passed away peacefully at Nanaimo Regional Hospital where he had received excellent, compassionate care.
Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. Joined the Navy at age 17 and sailed aboard the H.M.S. Wanderer until being torpedoed on his birthday in 1942. He later joined the H.M.S. Manxman. At the end of the war he joined the Army and was shipped overseas and promoted to Sergeant. He returned to civvy street but soon joined the Territorial Army (Royal Signals) and soon became Staff Sergeant. In 1966 he gave everything up in England and emigrated to Canada and enjoyed a full and happy life driving the Blue Buses in West Vancouver and traveling North America in their Motorhome. Both Mum and Dad in 2002 then moved to Parksville to be close to their Family.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis of 70 years, Son Tony (Jacqui), 4 Grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren. He was Predeceased by his Son Jimmy, July 1983.
Although the years have slipped by fast
they’ve left us memories, forever last
They make us smile and, give us pleasure
to think of times, a real treasure
He might be gone but, not far away
his ship has sailed to a brighter day
We loved him dearly, we always will
a Dad and Husband, he fit the bill
I sleep no more, with the man I love
for He’s in Heaven far above
But lying beside me and, in his care
his spirit lingers for us to share
Until the day when we’re together
a bond so tight no one can sever