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DePATIE, Richard David

August 31, 1940 — September 24, 2020

Richard David DePatie of Kelowna, BC passed away peacefully in the Kelowna hospice September 24, 2020, shortly after his 80th birthday. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lynn DePatie; three children, and their spouse and partners, who loved their dad dearly: Scott (Stacey), Drew (Nicelle), and Corrine (Anthony); as well as 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Born August 31, 1940, in Calgary, AB, Richard spent much of his youth enjoying skiing and growing into the remarkable man he was. After getting married in 1964, Richard joined the Calgary Fire Department in August 1967 where he remained a proud firefighter for 28 years. Richard was a hard worker and family provider. On his days off Richard owned a construction home building business and built several homes during that time.

Retiring in 1995 as a Calgary Disaster Services Officer, Richard and Lynn moved to Kelowna where he built their new home and enjoyed 25 wonderful years living in BC.  During this time he spent his time enjoying his skills in carpentry and built three cedar strip sea kayaks that became a beautiful piece of moving art. Richard and his wife paddled many waterways on their travels.

Richard’s three children remember his quiet supporting ways, family strength and the fact that he was always there for them when needed.  His friends remember his loyal, steady and generous friendship.

He will be missed!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Richard’s life will be celebrated on a future date. In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, www.heartandstroke.ca, or Central Okanagan Hospice House, hospicehousekelowna.com where their care made a difference in his last days.

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  • Rick J. Knorr says:

    Dear Lynn and Family:
    Su and I would like to send our condolences and prayers for you and your family in regards to the passing of your husband Richard. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
    Rick and Su Knorr Your Perking Lot Partner

  • Linden Clark says:

    Lynn, on hearing of the loss of Richard I want to give you my deepest condolences. My thoughts are with you.

  • Bruce and Lindie Klippenstein says:

    Dear Lynn and family,
    Sincere condolences.
    We have fond memories from both the Okotoks community and our Suntree Village neighborhood days. Sending our love to you all.
    Bruce and LindieLea Klippenstein

  • Deanna and Rick Parker says:

    Dear Lynn, we are so very sorry to hear the news of Richard’s passing and are sending our sympathy and condolences. We were very blessed to know you two and be neighbors on Bayview. We will always cherish your friendship, your caring attitude, the wonderful conversations with you both, and of course seeing Richard and Bear out on their daily walks. Forever in our hearts and our memories. Sending love to you and all your family

  • Calgary Fire Department Pensioners Association says:

    Lynn and Family, our sincere condolences go out to you on the passing of “Brother” Rich. He will always be remembered as a mellow, laid back soul who always had time to have a meaningful conversation with.

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