RICHARD CARRIERE

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CARRIERE, Richard "Rick"
Ret'd Staff Sgt. Gloucester Police
Peacefully, on Wednesday, May 15th, with his daughters and their Mom by his side after a lengthy illness, at the Hospice at May Court. Predeceased by his parents Arthur and Margaret Carriere and wife Marie. Cherished father of Kelly (Scott McEwen), Tracey Dechamp (Dan) and Debbie. Very proud Grampa Ricky to Alexandra and Jonathan Bourdeau. Brother to Suzanne Pineau (Bill) and Linda Morrissey. He will also be missed by his many nieces and nephew. Friend to Dona Carriere, mother of his girls. Throughout our father's illness and it's countless lows he still impressed everyone with his resilience, story telling, incredible memory and accuracy of events from the past. Fiercely proud of his beginnings in his beloved Mechanicsville, he loved to recount those early days and the fun he had. Everyone had a nickname, the stories involved mischief, pranks and generally, a trip to the hospital. It was as though Mark Twain himself penned his childhood with adventures only found within the pages of a book. Part of that story involved his hanging around Ottawa West train station, which resulted in learning Morse Code when he was 13 yrs old at the invitation of station agent Frank Jackson and being hired (under age) to the CPR at the age of 15 for 7 1/2 great years. Those years took him throughout Ontario and Quebec, meeting many people, some of whom he still calls friends . After marrying and starting a family, Dad held various jobs, searching for that one true calling. That call came with Gloucester Police Service and his career in policing became one of the highlights of his life. He loved every aspect of policing and remained loyal to the men he worked alongside. He was a police officer in a different era and the only stories to rival those of his childhhood are the policing ones. Dad's memory and love of history (particularily local history), has always been impressive to those who knew him and he could be counted on to explain everything from events of any of the world wars to the changing landscape of Ottawa. He was our Google. Our father taught us independence, how to wash a car properly, the importance of dicing an onion, that everyone has a story and that those stories are worth listening to, remembering but most of all, sharing. We have learned that this is how we keep peoples memories and their spirit alive. Despite his ailing health, Dad took every opportunity to enjoy special occasions this last year with his family, including a "magical" Christmas and a great New Years Eve spent with family. He loved his new home and spent countless hours being entertained by the wild life he fed in his backyard, though the same may not be said for his neighbours. He took great pride in his garden and inadvertently created a beautiful playground at the front of his home for the wildlife he fed out the back! The choices we make today truly reflect the difference between "I remember when.." and "I wish I.." down the road. At the end of his road, the days were filled with 'I remember when's'. And more stories. Honouring his wishes, there will be a private family burial followed by a reception at the Kanata Sports Club , 10 McKitrick Dr, 2nd floor (Jack Charron Arena), Wednesday, May 22nd 3pm-6pm for family and friends. We respectfully request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hospice at May Court or Ontario Special Olympics. There really are no words to express our gratitude to everyone at the Hospice at May Court. We are humbled by your dedication and compassion. If you are unfamiliar with the hospice, we encourage you to become familiar. With special thanks to Sam for providing a daily visit and dream of fishing for our father, who by the way Sam, was a terrible fisherman.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on May 18, 2013
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