The family of Richard Ricard sadly announces his sudden passing at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007 at the age of 84.
Rick was born in Mariapolis, Man. on Dec. 6, 1922, and came to live in Fort Frances, Ont. with his family in 1930.
Rick joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served during the WWII for three years. After the war, he married Marvel Mertens and together they went to England, where Rick played pro hockey for the Harringay Racers, travelling throughout Europe and Scandinavia, for the next five years.
Back in Canada, Rick joined the Fort Frances Canadians. The highlight of his hockey career was the team winning the Allan Cup in 1952.
Rick was involved in hockey his whole life, playing, refereeing, coaching, and cheering on his grandsons. Rick also loved to play cards, poker with the boys, afternoons at the Sister Kennedy Centre, and daily visits to the Legion.
Rick’s greatest love was for his family. He looked forward to daily calls and visits from his daughters, sons, and grandkids.
Rick retired from the local mill after 34 years of service.
Rick is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Marvel; his children, Rochelle (Al Kennett), Cheryl Matus, Rick (Heather), Rose (Tom Kantos), Lorne (Maureen), and Julie (Stan Tinkess); grandchildren, Brad O.J. (Kris), Kelly (Scott), Terri (Shaunn), Clint (Jeanna), Paula (Mike), Patti (Ken), Nicole (Bryan), Rick, Alyson, Rick, Andrew, and Liane; and great-grandchildren, Brady, Colby, Jordyn, Lucas, Michaella, Max, Zak, and Tyric.
Also surviving are his brother, Don (Nancy) and sister, Dora Safaniuk.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, Zoel and Alphonsine; sisters Eva, Antoinette, and Rose; and brother, Albert.
A memorial mass was celebrated Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Frances, with Fr. Paul Moonjeley as celebrant.
Cremation took place at Rainy River Cremation Services.
Honourary pallbearers were Rick’s grandsons, Brad O.J. Kennett, Clint Sisco, Andrew Matus, Rick Peters, and Rick Ricard.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Minor Hockey Foundation, 25 Brodie Dr., Unit 3, Richmond Hill, Ont., L4B 3K7 or to the “Just Imagine” Campaign, 110 Victoria Ave, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1B7.
“Poppa Rick” was more than a grandfather. He played a major role in his grandchildren’s lives, and will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by them all.
“Enjoy the game from up there, Pops!”
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