Richard Charles LISTER

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LISTER, Richard Charles Born May 1, 1917. Passed away at Glengarry Hospital on April 7, 2014. Richard was born in Regina and raised in Pelly, Sask. where he attended Lister School (taught by his mother, Alice D. Lister). He then worked as a mechanic until joining the Navy in 1939. Richard met Sebasta Nystrom of Bellebrooke, Sask. in 1939 and they were married in Regina in 1941. He and his new bride then moved to Halifax, N.S. for his first Naval posting to HMCS Alachasse Patrol Vessel. He was later transferred to the Boom Defense vessels at Shelburne, N.S. and then to the Naval Fire Department working on the fire boats. He served in this capacity until 1945. Richard continued to be employed as a civilian with the Navy until 1948. In July, 1944, during this posting, their daughter Marilyn was born. In 1948 Richard, Sebasta and Marilyn returned to Pelly where Richard farmed and continued using his mechanical skills until 1955. He made the decision to move to Victoria, B.C. and was fortunate to find employment with Island Tug and Barge (Seaspan) as an engineer. Sebasta and Marilyn joined Richard in February 1956. In Victoria, on November 29, 1956, the family welcomed the birth of Richard Milton Lister (Rick). Richard studied and earned his engineering certificate, which was a very important milestone in his life. He retired in 1981 after a long and successful career with Seaspan International as a Chief Engineer. Richard and Sebasta purchased a holiday home in Pelly where they spent many happy times. Family members continue to share holidays in this "Little House on the Prairie". Thanks to Rick and Sylvia, in August 2013, Richard was able to visit Pelly and drive his old Oliver '80. After 56 years of marriage, Sebasta passed away in 1997. He is also predeceased by an infant daughter Patricia (1942), and brothers George and Gerald Lister. Survived by his son Rick (Sylvia), daughter Marilyn Dinning (Ron), grandson Cameron Dinning, sister Marjorie Dundas (Regina) and many caring nieces and nephews. Richard was a long time member of the Esquimalt Legion and the Chief and Petty Officers Association. The family will raise a glass in honour of Richard/Dad on Saturday May 3rd, 2pm, at the Esquimalt Legion, Admirals Rd, friends are welcome to join the family. There will be no service at Richard's request. Donations can be mailed to: Fort Pelly Livingstone Museum, PO Box 24, Pelly, Sask. S0A 2Z0. The family thanks the staff of Ross Place and Glengarry Hospital for their kindness.

Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Apr. 15 to Apr. 19, 2014
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