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ENGLAND, Rich December 1941 - May 2020 On May 29th when Rich passed away, I lost my best friend, my sweetie, my rock. Rich grew up in the Cedar Hill area of Victoria. After graduating from Mount Doug High School, he went on to University for a year before leaving to pursue his dream to be a musician. He played with The Pharaohs and The Cavaliers around town, and was also a member of the Foundry Brass which was the first house band at Strathcona's Old Forge. This group evolved into The Canadian Strangers and Rich's dreams came true as they headed off to tour in England. From the stories he told, it was the experience of a lifetime. He then went on to travel throughout the U.S. before returning home to Victoria to raise his 3 girls Tammy, Terri and Toni. He soon hung up his saxophone and took on a new job at the Times Colonist, beginning a 30+ year career and meeting me, Debbie, his wife of 38 years. He made so many lifelong friends while working there which also led to many long "shifts" at the Ingy pub - especially if his Miami Dolphins were playing. He loved sports and loved to travel and was so fortunate to have experienced many wonderful road trips with his TC buddies, family and friends that included both. Throughout the years there were also several cruises and gambling destination vacations (his favourites)…… he was the luckiest guy we ever saw on the poker machines! His love of music continued throughout his life and his band buddies still continue to meet for coffee every week - now that's friendship! It's hard losing the person you love but we can give him the greatest gift of all by cherishing his memory. It won't be hard... he left many family and friends with great stories and happy times to talk about and share for years to come.



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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Jun. 13 to Jun. 15, 2020.
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June 19, 2020
We do offer our deepest condolences for you and your families loss. It was my pleasure to have enjoyed Rich's and your company over the span of my career at the Times Colonist! Irene Harrison & Keith Yow
Keith J Yow
Friend
June 15, 2020
Thoughts and prayers with you Deb cherish the memories of Rich he was a great guy❤
Bernie and Bonnie Leavitt
June 14, 2020
Debbie and family, so sad to hear about Rich's passing. Seems doubly sad that we can't get together and give Rich the sendoff he deserves. However, you wrote a beautiful obituary notice so I will cherish his memory and remember the happy times and look forward to hearing more of his stories when I see you again.
Sue Webber
Friend
June 14, 2020
A very lovely man I remember from my short time at The Forge. I always enjoyed a chat with Rich. He was kind and loved by everyone. Condolences to his family and friends. Lindy Batchelor
Lindy Batchelor
June 13, 2020
Sorry for your loss Debbie. Rich was great company. Always enjoyed our sessions at the Ingy pub.
Reg Reynolds
Friend
June 13, 2020
Dear Deb and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and family.
My time working with Rich at the T.C. was one of great laughter, a great friendship and so many stories.
Rich was always there if you needed advice on many things. I learned so much from him when we negotiating a few collective agreements together, he was a great voice of knowledge.
From myself and all the boys in the Mailing Room, rest in peace Rich.



Dean Stokes
Friend
June 13, 2020

In loving memory of a wonderful person who was married to our cousin Debbie.
Diana Barker & Donna Baslee
Family
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