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Richard Vernon

October 16, 1927 - April 13, 2017


Richard (Dick) Vernon: It is with mixed emotions, both happiness and sadness, that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Richard Vernon. He passed on April 13, 2017. Our happiness is that he did not suffer, was not in any pain and was able to leave this world from his own home. Our sadness is that he is gone from our lives and we miss him greatly. There is a hole left in all of us that can only be filled with our many precious memories.

Dick was born on October 16, 1927 to Herman Harcourt (Pop) and Augusta (Mopsy) Vernon in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. He was the sixth addition to the family with one more sister born a few years later. He is predeceased by both parents, by his older brother Edwin and by sisters Muna, Mary and Phyllis. Dick was raised on a farm in Sorrento, BC where he lived and worked until leaving in 1948. After a short stay in Vancouver, he boarded a ship for Powell River and, as he liked to say, he came for a short while but stayed forever.

Left to grieve his passing are his wife of 65 years, Betty, his son Bill (Gail) and daughter Sharon (Don), four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also, left to mourn his passing are two older sisters, Joan (94) in California and Bets (96) in Williams Lake.

Dick’s love of his family was unconditional; we could do no wrong. We were all so fortunate to have his support in all that we did. After his love of family was his love of a good story and when the story seemed lacking, he was known for adding a wee touch of flare. All in the interest of improving the story. Dick also loved his garden and while never sure what or where he planted things, his garden always flourished. Perhaps due to the many barrels of manure from Bill and Gail’s farm; or was it leftovers from his many stories.

Over the past sixty plus years Dick gave generously of his time to our community. The list is considerable and it covered many different organizations from Cubs to Minor Hockey to a long tenure with the Moose fraternity, ultimately achieving their highest order, the Pilgrim Degree. Up until last year, he was still helping to tend the Salvation Army kettles during the Christmas season.

We would like to thank all the caregivers, first responders, neighbours and family that gave so generously and professionally as Dick eased out of this world. Their aide and support is greatly appreciated. “We will not be judged by what we say we will do, but by what we do” and so, we say, “thank you.”

A celebration of his life will be held May 20 from 1PM-4PM at the family home, 3966 Manitoba Avenue.


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