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Victoria; Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Ireland), 1974; general practice. Died May 24, 2021, aged 81, after living 12 years with myelodysplastic anemia. Survived by his wife Jane, a son and 2 grandchildren. “He enjoyed being a lifelong student who completed numerous degrees, earning his last at age 72. He graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Ont., in 1961, specializing in agricultural economics. Rick’s interest in agriculture remained strong during his life, weaving throughout his many endeavors. After receiving an MBA from Harvard University, he joined the Canadian Foreign Service and worked as a diplomat, being posted to Ghana in 1964. The lure of studying medicine led him to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Dublin, where he graduated with the 1974 class. He kept in touch with classmates and was overjoyed to attend the 45th reunion. Returning to Canada, he worked in Ontario at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and in South River, Ont., before joining the Medical Services Branch of Health Canada. He was initially posted to Prince Rupert, BC, and then to Edmonton. At this point, he built a company where he combined and applied his business and medical expertise to a variety of innovative ventures. This was an adventurous time for many years. For the remainder of his career, which spanned decades, Rick worked in clinical and administrative medicine, for Health Canada in Yellowknife, in public health in Regina, with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, and in Victoria as a general practitioner on Fairfield Road. He also worked as medical director at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Broadmead Lodge. Rick was recognized in his chosen profession and was proud of his initiatives, including bringing medical care to remote, Indigenous and under-serviced communities. When he retired at age 78, his medical career had spanned 44 years. After his son’s death while serving with the Canadian army in Afghanistan, Rick became a vocal advocate for soldiers and veterans, especially in Victoria, where he led the effort to establish the BC Afghanistan Memorial.”

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