December 24, 1946 – August 6, 2022
Rick grew up in Vancouver, enjoying driving cars, riding motorcycles, fishing with friends in the nearby river and anything else that caught his attention. He worked several different jobs for his various bosses from helping to set piles for docking at the wharves to working at a planer mill. He also got interesting jobs from the geotechnical engineering firm he worked for, which included supervising at out-of-town jobs.
His most interesting job was to be supervising a Bolivian crew with his boss from Vancouver to find a route in the lowlands to build a road from the valley up to the highlands to provide food for those living on the Altiplano – the high country where most of the Bolivians lived. When the time came to carry on to Bolivia, Rick was sent back to Vancouver for two weeks, and his boss and family to go on to Bolivia, and to start the planning for the survey project.
Rick met his future wife, Marilee, at the Mexico City Airport on her way back to Canada. They sat together in the plane to Vancouver and spent the whole time talking. Rick called Marilee two days later, and they spent time together talking and enjoying the balmy weather. By the time Rick was to go Bolivia, they were fast friends, corresponding by mail between Vancouver and Bolivia.
When Rick’s job in Bolivia was over, Rick and Marilee agreed to meet in Mexico City, fell in love, and ended up touring the southern part of Mexico for almost two months fell in love and went back to Vancouver in time for Christmas.
Eighteen months later, they were married, moved to Fort McMurray, AB, so Rick could work (with the same boss he worked with in Bolivia) in the oil sands, surveying and supervising crews to start preparations to excavate the tar sands for refining. Marilee, in the meantime, worked as a secretary, then transferred to another division to do a variety of interesting jobs.
Some 20 years later, they both retired and moved to Kimberley, BC, just as the iron mine was starting to shut down. They loved the small friendly town, met many new friends, and used the town as a base for travelling. They had been very happy until recently when it was discovered that Rick had inoperable lung cancer. He went downhill fast, and quietly passed away with Marilee by his side.
He leaves to mourn, his wife Marilee, his sister Nancy in Port Alberni, and his niece Sara in Victoria. He will be missed by all who knew him.
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