FLEURY, Richard Harris "Ric" "Smooth" - State Farm August 29, 1945 - December 2, 2012 It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Richard at home with his best friend and love of his life, Heather and family at his side. Ric will be forever remembered as a passionate man who seized each day living life to the fullest. Ric was a very special man and has touched many over his 67 years. A gentleman and generous person of strong character, a natural coach and teacher, there was not a better baseball person than Ric. Baseball was his No. 1 love. His 2nd love, grandson, Jaxon. Spending 24/7 together, truly his best medicine over the last year. Born in Toronto, Ric is predeceased by his parents Wes and Enid and sister Nancy Rae. Survived by his sisters, Susan and husband Taylor Pearson, Linda Yates, Cindy and husband George Quintus, brother David and wife Debbie. Many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews. A heartfelt thank you to all of Ric's devoted friends. Your visits and support, especially over the past two years meant more than you know. To Bonnie Cole, his nurse, you are an angel on earth. Drs. Paula Fishman, Niren Shetty and Victor Cellarius, thank you, thank you. Friends and family are welcome to gather at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West (at Windermere, east of Jane subway) on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 2 p.m. until time of the Funeral Service in the Chapel at 3 p.m. If desired, donations can be made to the Leaside Baseball Association or the Etobicoke Baseball Association, or the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care in Ric's memory.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 8, 2012