Bornholdt, Richard “Dick” William

November 3, 1940 – March 15, 2021
at the age of 80 years

It is with deep sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Richard (Dick) William Bornholdt of Salmon Arm, BC, formerly of Prince George, BC, at his home on March 15, 2021 at the age of 80.  Dick was born November 3, 1940 in Weyburn, SK. He will be sadly missed by his wife, JoAnne, children and their spouses Darla (Kim), Donna (Blair), Bill (Heather), Leslie (Nicholas); grandchildren and their spouses Brandis (Paul), Lucas (Nichole), Amanda (Keenan), Robert (Courtenay), Nicholas, Noah, & Christopher; great-grandchildren Emma, Londyn, Kirk, Paxton and Maddox.  

Dick also leaves behind his sister Margaret (Jack) Hill, JoAnne’s brothers Newton (Greta), Clayton (Francys), mother of his three children Iris, his lifelong friend Sam, many nieces, nephews, extended family members, relatives, and numerous friends.

Dick is predeceased by his granddaughter Sarah, son Mickey, father and mother Bill and Margaret, his sister Jean and her husband Nelson Hay, brother Ross (Doc), JoAnne’s siblings Curtis, Garry and Gayle.

Dick owned and operated Central Interior Disposal in Prince George for many years and was a strong advocate for small business owners.  His ties in the community with like-minded individuals was instrumental in forming lifelong friendships.  Dick and JoAnne took on new ventures after he sold his business to operate a resort in Blind Bay, BC.  After retirement, he and JoAnne relocated to Salmon Arm where he found a love of collecting and restoring antique vehicles and farm equipment. He was a member of the Shuswap Pioneer Collectors Club where more friendships formed.

Dick was a very hard worker, a trait passed on to him by his parents at a very young age and that he, in turn, passed on to his own children.  His grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him immense pleasure and he always had a smile on his face when he was with them. His strong political views could always prompt discussion with those around him and his ability to make a joke and have a laugh was always there. His persistent, determined nature is what provided him his many successes in life and his willingness to help those in need was ever-present.  

If Dick’s life could be summed up in a song, it would be Frank Sinatra’s “I Did It My Way”; and boy, he sure did.  We wouldn’t have it any other way!  He was loved dearly and will be missed by many. 

Due to Covid-19 there will be no service at this time.  There will be a gathering at a later date to say goodbye to this strong, proud man who touched all our lives.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Mr. Dick to BC Children’s Hospital or charity of your choice.  BC Children’s Hospital, 938 W 28th Ave., Vancouver, BC  V5Z 4H4  


  1. I am so sorry to learn that Dick Bornholdt passed away recently and can see from his obituary that he was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed. I am first cousin to Dick – daughter of Jack Bornholdt formerly of Yellow Grass – and had been thinking about my Bornholdt family roots. Sadly our family lost touch over the years. My sincere condolences to his wife Joanne & family as well as his sister Margaret.

  2. I sure do miss having coffee on Wednesdays at Home Restaurant with Dick and the tractor club members. Dick always had a quick, insightful or witty comment. If I had known that my brief visit at Dick’s house would be the last, I would have stayed longer, for three days later I heard the sad news. The Lord be with you in these days Joanne. Love Randy

  3. JoAnne – We were sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. He was truly a great guy, friend, and inspirer of people. We will miss his warm smile and just the great essence that he had. You could feel his heart in his words.

  4. HI,Joanne
    That obituary is really lovely and says it all .Thinking of you at this time and take care. Love Betty

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