May 8, 1934 – August 19, 2016
at the age of 82 years
The much-loved Richard finished his journey of 82 years on August 19, 2016 at 10:15 p.m. at Shuswap Lake General Hospital with wife and best friend Barbara at his side. Richard was born May 8, 1934 to Roy and Marguerite Byers in Vancouver, BC. He was predeceased by son Glen and is survived by his loving wife Barbara, step-daughter Leslie (Bryce) Johnson, daughter-in-law Sylvia; daughter Sandi (Tony) Bennett and son Tim. He was grandfather to Christina, Nicole, Chad, Neal and Shaylen, and proud Poppa to Dayna.
Richard was an avid fisherman, woodworker and hunter. He served in the RCN from February 8, 1955 – February 7, 1960. After his honourable discharge he worked for a sash and door factory and then for RivQuip/Purves Ritchie/Terra Tech for 35 years before his retirement in 1993.
Richard, Barbara and Leslie relocated to Newmarket, Ontario in 1995 where he made life-long friends. Richard and Barbara returned to BC upon her retirement to Salmon Arm in July 2015. Richard was a member of the IUOE Local 115, ANAF Unit 26, RCL Branches 16, 426, 62 and a Life Member of the Newmarket Veterans Association.
Thank you Dr. Erasmus Bonthuys and Dr. Scott McKee for their care and compassion. Special thanks to nurse Connie for that last hour. I can’t say enough about all the staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital.
There will be an informal gathering at the Salmon Arm Legion Branch 62, 141 Hudson St NE on Sunday, September 4, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please come and remember the man that was Richard Charles Byers. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, PO Box 3451, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4S2.