Terry Bruce Ricketts, aged 61, died at home in his sleep in the wee hours of June 17, 2014, after battling late stage lung cancer in the loving care of his wife, Val Soper.
Terry is pre-deceased by his older brothers, Robin and Sandy Ricketts. He is survived by his mother, Roslyn Ponton of Ontario; his father Bruce Ricketts of Campbell River; and five younger siblings – Kelly Ricketts, Penny Forth, Debbie Lynn Szkalej, Les Ricketts, and Lory Ricketts; as well as countless nieces and nephews.
Terry is also survived by his five children – Trina Ricketts, Rickie Sugars, Jesse Thompson, Terry Junior Sugars, and Sarina Ricketts; and nine grandchildren.
Family is not always blood, and Terry boasted an extended family of close friends whom he called brothers and sisters. He is best known for his kind heart, protective nature, and his willingness to jump in and help. He was the kind of person who lent you strength and courage when you needed it most and had your back till the end. Never one to back down from a challenge; Terry was resourceful, hard working, fiercely loyal and loving. Terry’s passing is mourned deeply by many.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 and will include the spreading of Terry’s ashes at a favourite spot of his. Guests will meet in the parking lot of Driftwood Mall, Courtenay BC at 3:30 pm and travel by caravan to the memorial site. For more information, contact Terry’s daughter, Trina at 604-351-6301.