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October 28th, 1944 - June 19th, 2013
Richard was born in Fredericton, NB and passed away at his home with family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Jean; son, Alan (Ali); grandchildren, Blake and Danielle, of Saskatoon; daughter, Heather (Shaun), grandchildren, Rebecca and Haley, of Petawawa, ON; his mother, Marie Cassidy of Fredericton, NB; two sisters, Carole (Garth) of NB; Janice (Doug), of Calgary and their families. Richard's career spanned 40 years as a research scientist beginning at Chalk River laboratories in Deep River, ON in 1973. Richard spent a sabbatical year at the Max Plank Institute in Mainz Germany in 1986-1987. Richard came to the U of S Chemistry Dept. as a professor in 1988. He spent a sabbatical year from 1994-1995 doing research at the University of Tasmania in Australia. Richard officially retired in 2000. In his later years of work, he became interested in the broader issues of science and learning; in particular, teaching students critical thinking and problem solving skills. In retirement, Richard worked passionately developing a course for graduate students with a few of his like minded colleagues. However, Richard's greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren. Richard loved the outdoors; cross country skiing and wilderness canoeing were a large part of his life. The family cottage on Aylen Lake, ON is where he loved to spend his summers, always working at different projects. He will be incredibly missed by his family and friends. His courage in dealing with his cancer (since 2006), his curiosity and inquiring mind, his sense of humour, his compassion and generosity, sense of justice and caring for everyone who came into his life, will never be forgotten. A private memorial service will be held in the near future at Pleasant Point Church for church members, family and invited friends. A Celebration of Richard's Life will be held in September. Details to be provided later. People wishing to make memorial contributions, could do so to their favourite charity. Arrangements in care of David Polzen - MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306-978-5200)

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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on June 22, 2013
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