Born In: Kincaid, Saskatchewan, Canada
Born: March 4th, 1920
Passed in: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: May 6th, 2012
March 4, 1920 - May 6, 2012
Born March 4th, 1920, 5th child in a family of 10, in Kincaid, SK. Richard passed away peacefully on May 6th, 2012 at the Lynn Valley Care Center in North Vancouver. Richard served as a sergeant in the Canadian Air Force in WWII. Stationed in Iceland he worked as a master mechanic keeping aircraft in the air over the North Atlantic to protect convoys of troops and materiel bound for Britain. After the war he returned to Kincaid to work the land. Together with wife Lois (married Aug. 8, 1948) they built a successful farming operation which remains in the family to this day. A professional farmer Richard attended the University of Saskatchewan School of Vocational Agriculture graduating in 1972. Subsequently he worked as an Instructor at the School passing his worked as an Instructor at the School passing his knowledge and dedication to agriculture onto a younger generation of farmers. In 1984 Richard and Lois moved to West Vancouver to be closer to their two children and their then young families. Richard is survived by his wife Lois, his daughter Helen and her husband, Stephen Ross and two grandchildren Margaret and Roberta, as well as his son Sandy Ross and daughter-in-law Dawn Polley and three grandchildren, Adrienne, Ian and Alison. Richard is also survived by his two sisters Marjory and Barbara. Richard lived a long and productive life. He remained active in farm decision making until the very end. Richard knew the value of family and was surrounded by many of those who loved him when he passed. Services were held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the West Vancouver United Church, 2062 Esquimalt, West Vancouver. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated.