April 15, 1935 – August 30, 2019
The family of Rick Shelton Sr. are deeply saddened to announce that he passed away in his home on Friday, August 30. Rick (also known as Grant) was predeceased by his ever-patient wife of over 50 years, Sally.
He is survived by his daughter Teresa (Tari) Shelton and partner Dave Cutler, his son, James Richard (Rick) Shelton and wife Debbie.
He is also survived by granddaughter Tasha Perry, granddaughter Renee Fowler and husband Andrew, great-granddaughter Veronica, grandson Aaron Alexander and fiancÃ©e Shaye Taylor. All of the grandchildren want to say what a difference their grandpa made in their lives. Both he and Sally left them with wonderful memories and they know they were deeply loved.
Missing him terribly are two furry grand-dogs, Chica and Max.
Rick was born in Peterborough, Ontario and lived in a small town named Keene. He grew up on a farm, and developed a love for playing hockey. He coached peewee hockey, and enjoyed bowling and curling with his wife and friends.
Rick honourably served 33 years in the Canadian Air Force. His postings included Borden, Germany, Trenton, Rivers and finally Comox where he served in 407 Squadron. He travelled extensively with the military to Australia, Scotland and many times to Hawaii.
After retiring from the military he spent time working at Mt. Washington as a lift operator. He was especially popular with the young children who would send Christmas cards to “Mr. Rick” which he would display on the kitchen fridge. He enjoyed skiing on his breaks until his retirement from the hill.
After leaving Mt. Washington, Rick and Sally spent their time wintering in Yuma, Arizona with friends. They also discovered a passion for ocean cruising and travelled extensively.
Rick suffered from medical issues in his later years and could no longer drive. That’s when the first enclosed red scooter appeared in Comox and sparked some lively commentary in Beefs and Bouquets. The family would like to thank so many people in Comox (and around the valley) that supported and helped our dad live out his life with independence. He was blessed to live in a community where people would offer him a ride home or stop to offer assistance whether they knew him or not. The scooter allowed him to enjoy coffee with the “boys” at QF, and pick up new potatoes and corn from Sieffert’s (two of his favourite foods).
Rick instilled a love of sports and the outdoors into both of his children who still camp, boat and fish together. He liked to tip a can or two of Lucky with clam, and felt there was nothing better than enjoying meals and get-togethers with his family and friends.
Private family arrangements. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC would be greatly appreciated.
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