William Richwa

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logoRICHWA _ William. Born on November 8th, 1930 and died peacefully on December 23rd, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill is survived by Gerry his devoted and loving wife of 56 years, his daughters and sons-in-law Leslie (Michael), Barb (Peter), Judy (David), Pat (Steve), and his grandchildren Jennifer, Sarah, Lauren, Cameron, Alexandra, Mackenzie, Madison, Aron, Paige, Briar, Michael, Laurence and Elizabeth. Bill leaves a legacy of love, devotion, strength and honor to his family. Bill was born in Saskatoon, Sask. to Peter and Tatianna Rychwa, completing his formal education at Saskatoon School of Business. He began his career with Intercontinental Packers, transferring to Vancouver and continuing his work with the company until 1969. Bill was involved in a number of business ventures, eventually becoming the owner of Windsor Meats in West Vancouver in 1972. He was engaged in numerous community organizations, including the Associated Canadian Travelers and as President of the Junior Big 4 Football Association. Retiring in 1988, Bill became extensively involved in the Rotary Club of Vancouver, serving as Secretary in 1997. Under Bill's leadership as founding president of the Rotary World Help Network, needy countries have been provided with donated medical equipment, educational supp-lies and other materials. In 1996, the Rotary Club of Vancouver awarded Bill the "Paul Harris Fellowship" in recognition of exceptional humanitarian service. In 1999, he was again honored with the "Service Above Self Award" by Rotary International, its highest award for an individual. The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the staff and nurses of the 7th Floor East and Palliative Care at Lions Gate Hospital, and to Bill's dedicated, long-time family physician Dr. Leon Bard. A memorial service will be held on January 17th, 2006 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew's - Wesley Church, 1022 Nelson Avenue (at Burrard) , with church reception to follow. Bill has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Rotary World Help Network, care of Rotary Club of Vancouver, #315-475 Howe Street, Vancouver, V63 2B3.
Published in Vancouver Sun on Jan. 13, 2006
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