HANCOCK, Richard Harwood
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April 19, 1915 - January 12, 2013
Richard Harwood "Dick" Hancock has left us to join Mom. He lived for the visits of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but missed his life in his Crestwood house, his garden, and especially Mom. Born in Edmonton, he attended McCauley and Alex Taylor schools. The family moved to Wabamun, but Dad returned to Edmonton to graduate from Victoria Comp High School. In 1935 Dick began 45 years with the Hudson's Bay Company and was effective at solving credit problems and building strong stores by connecting with people and communities. He was the last of the HBC "fur traders" - buying fur in the store for shipment to the Montreal Depot. He met the new school teacher, Kathleen "Kay" Porter in 1936 while a clerk at Fort Vermilion. They married in Peace River in 1941, and together they had eight children while living throughout northern Canada. They lived in Saskatoon, Calgary and Winnipeg as dad trained as a navigator and became an Air Force instructor during the war. Mom returned to Edmonton while Dad served oversees. Serving Hudson's Bay's Northern stores and teaching, Dick and Kay lived in North Vermilion, Leaf Rapids MB, Montreal PQ, Pekangikum ON, Osnaburgh House ON, Fort Resolution NWT, Fort Smith NWT, Kitwanga BC, Hazelton BC, Fort Vermilion AB and Dawson Creek BC before retiring to Edmonton in 1980. Mom and Dad became part of the communities they served, building trust with customers and trappers, helping people with homes, lives and families. It was more than just business - he cared and he helped. He believed in giving back. When he retired, he devoted his time to garden and family.
Richard is survived by six children with their spouses: Richard (Gudrun), Robert (Brenda), Lorine (Malcolm Landry), Kathleen (John Perron), Alastair (Marie) and David (Janet). He is also survived by 14 grandchildren: Kirk, Yvette (Michael Boyling), Arin (Candace), Terina, Nathan Landry (Asami), Breanne Landry (Aaron), Adam Landry, Jordan Landry, Ian (Deanne), Janis (Greg Stouffer), Janine, David Perron (Andrea), Derek Perron (Terri), Keith Perron (Nelda) and by 14 great-grandchildren: Harlan, Jace, Melissa, Keegan, Jaina, Shyla, Naoki, Taiki, Daxton, Finn, Miya, Kai, Siena and Liam. He is survived as well by two siblings, Audrey (Alex Bignell) and Gordon (Cheryl) as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their children.
In April 2006 he lost Kathleen "Kay", his love and life partner of 65 years. They had previously suffered the loss of two children, Patricia (1943) and Donald (1987) as well as Donald's wife, Susan (1988). Richard was also predeceased by his parents, Sydney and Florence Hancock, and his siblings and their spouses, Ken (Velma), Velma, Margery (Charlie Haslop), Edna (Tom Ward), Elaine (Harry Exelby) and Nell (Doug Beechey).
Special thanks to Monica Vaughn and Len Clarke for their loving care over the last seven years of Dad's life, and to the staff at Rosedale Griesbach for the respectful care they showed Richard during his final two years living at Rosedale. Thanks also to Marion Williamson, CNIB volunteer, for arranging bridge games, a highlight every week for Richard. Particular thanks to daughter-in-law Marie for many shaves, haircuts, personal care and her loving care of dad's dog Jake.
UNABLE ARE THE LOVED TO DIE FOR LOVE IS IMMORTALITY - Emily Dickinson
A Service to celebrate Richard's life will be held at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, 5003 - 146 Avenue Edmonton, on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate any donations in memoriam be made to the CNIB (12010 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, T5K 0P3) who were very helpful as Richard struggled with sight issues. CNIB does so much to help people maintain a quality of life.
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Published in The Edmonton Journal from Jan. 16 to Jan. 17, 2013