Richard Patrick Goertzen


Rick was born in Watson, Saskatchewan on July 23, 1940 and passed away on April 10, 2013.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Ann and still much loved Oogie. He leaves to mourn his wife and best friend of 53 years, Lee, son Les (Heidi) and daughters Rachelle (Keith) and Andrea,  grandchildren Liam, Kyle, Beth, Ella and Gigi, sister Carol (Bud) and their family as well as his dearest friend Doug McAree.

Rick followed his Dad to work at CPR and carried his love of trains throughout his life. He worked for many years in sales for NCR and Pitney Bowes before taking up cabinet making. It was in these years that the Three Musketeers were formed Rick, Doug and Derek.

Dad’s creative outlet was woodworking. He left his family with many beautiful heirlooms made lovingly by his own hands. He especially enjoyed many hours in his shop working with his grandsons, Liam and Kyle, passing on his love of wood and all its beauty to them.

Rick bravely faced many complications from his lengthy battle with Lupus with great strength, dignity and an unfailing sense of humour. In many ways he was larger than life and will be remembered for his grace, charm and wit as well as his fierce love for his family. In spite of his extreme discomfort, he always looked to the positive and made others feel at ease. He always expected a cure and never stopped looking forward to better days ahead.

We would like to thank Dr. Mark Woldnik and the many nurses and doctors who cared for him during his stays in ICU and the wards.

In lieu of lowers, please make donations to the SPCA, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Following Rick’s wishes, no service will be held

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