LEE, William Richard (Dick) Cpl RCMP (ret) – April 29th 1936 – July 30th 2014
After a 15 year battle with cancer, Richard has been called home to be with his Higher Power. His final journey was peaceful as he passed on the morning of July 30th. Richard is survived by his former wife Diane and their sons: Darrin (Paula), Dennis (Lisa); his 5 grandchildren: Mackenzie, Alexandra, Carson, Brayden and Kellen; his sisters: Anne Marie (Bob), Geraldine (Henry), Sylvia (Gene); his brother: David (Theresa); and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Richard’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and they will miss him dearly. Lastly, a special thanks to Geraldine Lee for being a big help in Richard’s final months.
Richard was born in Erickson Manitoba, to Ingvald and Nellie Lee and he was the fourth, of seven children. After 18 years of Prairie life Richard joined the RCMP, and upon graduation, was posted to BC in 1957. He was transferred to many towns throughout BC where he made a great number of friends and acquaintances. Richard retired from the RCMP in 1981 and became an entrepreneur. He was the owner of Allgard Security in Trail BC, where he ran the business with his wife, Geraldine, for many years.
Richard was an athlete, an outdoorsman, a coach and a contributor to the community. He loved to watch his sports and was an avid Smoke Eaters fan. A long-time member of Kiwanis, Richard spoke of the many friends he had made through the group. He was an avid fisherman and he loved to be out on his boat on Arrow Lake trolling for Kokanee, or on the ocean fishing for salmon.
Richard was grateful for the care he was given by Dr. Trevor Aiken. In addition to Drs Scotland and Livingston, our family is grateful to all of the ER nurses at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, as well as the nurses and staff of the 300-wing at Columbia View Lodge, for making his final days comfortable. The compassion and care they provided was outstanding.
A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Sunday, August 31st at 1:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #11, in Trail, BC. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society at 908 Rossland Avenue, Trail, BC, V1R 3N6 would be greatly appreciated.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca