It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Richard Alek Spring. Richard was born in Luseland, Saskatchewan on January 22, 1933. He later moved to Edmonton, Alberta, where he worked in the oilfield. Richard and his brother (Val) then moved to New Westminster, BC, where Richard started his new career with the New Westminster Fire Department. Richard married his wife, Lorraine in December 1965, where soon after he and Lorraine had two daughters. Richard was a prominent member of the community of New Westminster, attaining the ranks of Fire Captain and Fire Inspector for the NWFD. After his career with the fire department, Richard started A1 Fire Supplies and set out with a mission to continue to ensure fire safety in our communities. He was dedicated to providing trusted fire protection while building lasting relationships with his clients and members within his community. Richard was the manager of the New Westminster Royals, served as a member of the Business Improvement Association, Parking Commission, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and numerous other groups within the community of New Westminster. Richard was known for his quick-witted humour and sarcasm, a devoted family man with a strong community spirit. Richard is survived by his daughter, Christina; grandsons, Lee (Amber), Jake (Cara), and Jesse (Brittany); granddaughter, Tara; and great-grandsons, Lucas and Landon. He is also survived by his sister, Marge; and his brother, Harry; their families; and many more relatives and friends. Richard was predeceased by his daughter, Shannon in 2005. He will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends.
Published in The Tri-City News from Apr. 30 to May 30, 2021.