We Remember

SHANDRO, Ricardo Nichols

December 8, 1945 — October 10, 2022

Rick Shandro, age 76, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on October 10, 2022.  Rick had a way of connecting with people (young or old), he would make you smile or laugh and at times find a way to make your eyes roll. Rick had a big heart, and was always ready to lend a hand, give advice, or find a solution to a problem.

Rick was born in Calgary, Alberta to the late Nick and Verna Shandro. He spent his youth in the city, nurturing his love for cars and developing his entrepreneurial spirit. He acquired his auto-body ticket at SAIT and shortly after opened an Autobody Repair Shop in nearby Canmore, AB. Rick, with his wife Doreen, raised their family, Tracie and Jason, in Canmore and together put down strong roots in the community.  Rick was a member of the Canmore Lions Club, played hockey with the Canmore Hawks and coached minor hockey.  After starting multiple successful businesses, it was time to retire out West.  Rick and his family moved to Kelowna, BC in 1990. Retirement lasted a few months before Rick started up the next business, and then the next, and the next. During these years, Rick was also Papa to his 4 grandchildren, Ashley, Allison, Ryan, and Michelle. He was their biggest cheerleader in everything they did, and he took great joy in teasing them and hiding candy in their pockets. For the past 15 years, Rick and Doreen would migrate south to Mesa, Arizona for the winter, where he would enjoy golfing with the GOATS. When they travelled back to Kelowna for the Spring & Summer, Rick found himself back in the world of hot rods and classic cars. He took great pride in restoring cars for himself and others. Being at his shop was his happy place.

A man who adored his family, Rick will be deeply missed by Doreen, his wife of 54 years; his children Tracie (Allan) and Jason (Kim); his grandchildren; and his sister, Jeanette (Lorne); as well as his nieces, nephews, and extended family members. He was predeceased by his brother, John, and his parents, Nick and Verna.

A Celebration of Life will take place on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PST), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2022, at 1:00 PM (PST)


Share with Others:

Share on Facebook
Share Via Email