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CARVER, Richard Eugene Of Nelson, B.C, and formerly of Ottawa, died suddenly June 28, 2009, in Guelph, Ont., while visiting relatives. Richard was born in London, England, Nov. 15, 1937, to the late Francis and Peggy Carver. He is deeply mourned by daughter Jocelyn, son-in-law Terry Brennan and cherished grand-daughter Lucy Carver-Brennan of Nelson; son Andrew, sister Virginia and former wife Margaret of Ottawa; and many members of his extended family in Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. After working as a reporter for the Scottish Daily Express and for a London public relations firm, Richard emigrated to Canada in 1962. From 1962 to 1966, he was a reporter for the Kirkland Northern Daily News, The Financial Times in Montreal, and The Ottawa Journal. For more than 20 years he had a distinguished career with the National Library in Ottawa, from which he retired in 1986. His quick wit and broad-ranging interests garnered him a host of friends and colleagues, and when he moved to Nelson in the summer of 2001, he found a community where he could explore a whole new set of interests - including his own painting and poetry. He contributed in a major way to the life of Nelson, volunteering with a wide range of cultural and civic institutions. By the time of his death he had become a Nelson fixture. He managed to maintain through correspondence and travel an extensive network of communication with family and friends in other parts of Canada and around the world. A friend has called him an iconoclast, but Richard's enthusiasm for ideas and all manner of creative expressions was an intensely positive force, wherever he touched down. Celebrations of Richard's life will be held in Ottawa and Nelson in the fall. Details will follow. Special thanks to our family in Guelph, Kathy, Peter, Effie, Liz and Archie, for their love and support. Our gratitude also goes out to the staff of the Critical Care Unit of the Guelph General Hospital.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Jul. 4, 2009.
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September 29, 2009
goodbye chum.
will miss our tete a tetes
the wryness
the charm
the reflection
glyn humphries
July 20, 2009
I was saddened to hear of the death of Richard. Seeing him striding along behind his dogs while out for an early morning walk was for me part of the start of the day--that and exchanging a cheerful greeting. In retirement, Richard quickly became a valued member of our community. He will be missed.

Kim Kratky
Nelson, BC
July 14, 2009
I was very saddened to learn of Richard's death while I was in Nelson last week. He was a good friend and fine artist and raconteur. I shared a coffee with Richard any time I visited Nelson and could always count on him to keep me well informed about activities in the Kootenays. No-one could fashion a newsy and erudite e-mail quite like Richard. He will be sadly missed.
Jeff Davies
July 9, 2009
My heart felt condolences, Richard was a wonderfully vibrant soul and will be missed by many. It was just the other day I saw him walking with his dog, I wish I had stopped and chatted with him. A good reminder to stop being so busy. I will always have fond memories of Life Drawing with Richard years back. Rest peacefully Richard..
Debra Bakowsky
July 7, 2009
We were so sorry to hear about Richard's untimely death. We remember him with fond memories.
Barbara and Glenn McInnes
July 6, 2009
My condolences to the Carver family. I have many fond memories of Richard ... mainly back from my high school/early university days with Jocelyn. He was wonderfully chatty, humourous, kind, and multifaceted in his interests. It was lovely to see him make a new life in Nelson and be so happy.
Stefan Reinecke
July 4, 2009
Just read the Nelson Daily News about my friend Richard. I'm in shock. I will very much miss our coffee meetings at Oso Negro.

My condolences to all of Richard's family.

Tony Holland
Nelson, B. C.
July 4, 2009
Dear Carvers,

I am so sorry that Richard died so unexpectedly a week ago. Only two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be chatting to him at the Market, getting a full update of his active life in Nelson, swapping tales about our respective brilliant granddaughters. lamenting the state of Ottawa politics - Richard's interests always ranged far. There was never enough time to to explore them all. Cherish the memories. Hugs, Carol
Carol MacLeod
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