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DENNIS – Richard William “Rick”

December 29, 1955 – June 15, 2010

Richard William “Rick” Dennis beloved husband of Catherine of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at the age of 54 years.

Rick was born in Calgary and attended Bowness High School and later SAIT. Rick was a service manager for Telus, with thirty-two years of service. He was a member of the Fish Creek Sports Club and enjoyed playing racquetball. He had a second degree black belt in karate, and also enjoyed scuba-diving and downhill skiing in his spare time. Rick’s other passions included music, aquarium fish, photography and winemaking. In April, he took a vacation to Cuba which he greatly enjoyed.

Besides his loving wife Catherine, Rick is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Everett and Donna Dennis; daughter and son-in-law, Leah and Sean Deegan; brother Murray Dennis (Karen Hamilton); sister Sheila Hanninen; as well as numerous extended family. Rick was predeceased by his parents.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Rick Dennis, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Sheryl & Bill Christensen :

    Words cannot express the grief that we are feeling at the loss of this truely good friend. We’re going to miss his crazy antics and sense of humour. Our thoughts are with Cathy and family at this time.

    Sheryl & Bill

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  2. Karen Thomas :

    Catherine, I am so very very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.
    With much respect and love
    Karen Thomas

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  3. Becci Turner :

    Cathy,

    I am so so sorry to hear the news this morning. You and your family are in my thoughts and I wish you all the strength to get through this difficult time. Big hugs to all of you.

    Becci

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  4. Dan Ladouceur :

    I have known Rick now for 8 years both as co-worker at TELUS and through Fish Creek Racquet club. Rick was always pleasant and cheerful and could always be counted on to bring some friends cigars from his Cuba trips. He will be missed by all who knew him. My sincerest condolences are extended to his family.
    Rest in Peace Rick!

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  5. Clint Strowger :

    Hello Cathy and family. I was shocked this morning to find out about Rick’s passing. I can’t imagine the pain all of you must be feeling as you try to reconcile life without Rick. Unfortunately we will be out of town this weekend and will not be able to attend the funeral. Our hearts and prayers will be with you on Saturday as you say your last good-byes.

    Our heartfelt sympathy
    Clint & Marilyn Strowger

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  6. Claire Macdonald :

    Oh Cathy, Everett , Leah and the rest of your family,
    Keitha just called and told me the devastating news. I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all. Your marriage and relationship with Rick, Cathy was always an inspiration to me. I have so many fond memories of the years we spent as couple friends and raising our brood together. I am just heartbroken for you all.
    all my love
    Claire Macdonald

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  7. Jo-Ann Mahon :

    Catherine and Family,

    I cannot begin to express my heartfelt sorrow for your loss. Rick was a wonderful caring man and I know that his family meant the world to him. I had the pleasure of working with Rick for several years and I will always remember the laughter and camaraderie he shared with all of us in TELUS and how he always expressed great pride, joy and love for his family. God Bless, you will be missed by all of us Rick.

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  8. Kim and Fred Stricker :

    Cathy,

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. There are truly no words to express what you and your family must be going through. We are sincerely very sorry for your loss. Please know we are here for you.

    Kim and Fred

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  9. Dave and Marian Newman :

    Cathy, Leah and Everett,

    Marian and I extend our deepest sympathies to you. We will miss Rick’s friendship and humor.

    He set a fine example in expressing his love and pride for family. Thinking of Rick will always bring a smile to our face and warmth to our heart.

    Dave and Marian

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  10. Juanita and Greg Diebolt :

    Catherine Leah and Everett:

    We are so sorry for your loss. No words can express our sympathy that we are feeling for you.

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  11. I never had the chance to meet your Rick, Cathy, but I feel like I knew him. You shared so many amazing stories of you and Rick – and my heart just goes out to you and your family. We are all praying for you and your family, Cathy!!!

    Sincerely,

    Lee

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  12. Bruce & Marlene Beattie :

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Please except our deepest sympathy at this time of your grief.

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  13. The Jacober Family :

    Our hearts go out to the Dennis family. This is an unexpected and devastating loss. The friendship and marriage that Rick and Cathy have nurtured over the years is inspirational to us all.

    The Jacober Family

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  14. Vince and Kathy Cole. :

    We hadn’t seen Rick for a while, but we always had fond memories of him. We did a lot of crazy things together and will always cherish those memories. We will miss him.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Cathy and family.

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  15. Cathy, I am so sorry to hear this. Blair sent the obituary through with no explanation. I have been out of the loop myself for sometime with my own health problems and just coming out of it. So I don’t know if this was sudden, was he ill, well, none of that matters. Having been through a very trying couple of years with the rest of my family my heart goes out to you and all your family. You are such nice people. I will attend the services Saturday and in case we don’t get to talk please know that my thoughts are with you at this time. Dammit, I just drove to Lethbridge and back today to attend my unlce’s funeral but he was 81. Again, my thoughts are with you and your family. Huggs and love. David Vine

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  16. Rod Ortmann :

    My dearest Cathy,
    Please accept my humble condolence with deep sadness in this time of unimaginable loss. Your patnership together with Rick was an admirable and enviable one, your example together a model. The time spent in your family’s company was certainly always my pleasure. There are many memories of Rick’s indomitable spirit, his humour, fairness and excellent friendship which I will carry along with me. Most sincerly, Rod

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  17. Brad and Elaine Tocher :

    Cathy and family

    We were shocked and saddened to learn today about Rick’s death. Unfortunately, we will be out of town when the service is being held and so will be unable to attend. Just wanted to drop a note to let you know we are thinking of you and wish peace for you all.

    We will talk to you soon. Hugs for all!

    Brad and Elaine

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  18. Brent & Corinne O'Dell :

    Cathy and family, so sorry for your loss. We are out of town and will not be able to come to Rick’s memorial but please know that our hearts are with you today and always. With much love and compassion…..namaste.

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  19. Mary Anne Deines :

    Cathy, my heart goes out to you and your family. You and Rick shared your life together in such a beautiful way – an example to all of us of how love should be. His love and pride for his family was always evident. May the many cherished memories of your life with Rick sustain you through this difficult time.

    I shall truly miss him – he was a good friend and a great support in the years that I had the pleasure of knowing him.

    Mary Anne

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  20. Bruce and Denise Parent :

    Rick was truly one of the good guys and a pleasure to work with as he always found a way to bring humour into any situation. His love and devotion to his family was always at the forefront and an inspiration for many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Bruce and Denise Parent

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  21. Ed and Susan Rowland :

    Dear Cathy and Family,
    We are very sorry to hear about Rick. We only knew Rick for a short time, however, we feel we’ve known him for many years as he made us feel very comfortable. May God bless you and your entire family in the days and weeks ahead.
    Ed and Susan Rowland

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  22. Mike & Christine Popowezki :

    Cathy & Family

    We are so sorry to hear the sad news of Rick’s passing. I have known you two for 20 years, worked with Rick, played racketball with him and always enjoyed his great sense of humor and appreciated his dedication to his family, friends and his work. I have always considered Rick a very close friend and will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family Cathy. God Bless.

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  23. Stephen & Cindy Norwood :

    Cathy & Family,

    It was a great shock to hear of Rick’s sudden passing. We offer our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to you all. We will always remember the great times spent together in Cuba; the stories and the laughter will be with us always.

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  24. Dale Taylor :

    I’m sorry to hear of Rick’s sudden passing. I crossed paths with Rick many times over the years at TELUS and always remember a big smile and a friendly greeting. Rick leaves behind good memories among many of us here at TELUS

    Dale Taylor

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  25. Darren Garreck :

    Cathy & Family;

    My heart and thoughts are with you all.

    While I have not had the pleasure of meeting the entire family, Rick spoke often of you – always beaming with great pride and love.

    Rick’s positive spirit, awesome vibe, and touch of stylish color will always be in our hearts.

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  26. erik&shirley hansen :

    So sorry to hear about your loss

    Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time

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  27. Lauren, Trevor and Madden Cleveland :

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Just wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Cleveland Family

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  28. Mike Harasym :

    To Cathy and Family

    So sorry to hear of your great loss. Thank you Cathy for helping me in my recent loss. Perhaps I can return the favor in some way. It will be open season on hugs in any case.

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  29. Dearest Cathy,

    Couldn’t believe my ears when I got the news. My heartiest condolence to you and my sincere prayers for your husband. May the Almighty give you the strength to overcome the loss.

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  30. Annette & Kingsley Massiah :

    Dear Cathy and Family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We will remember Rick for his calming energy, his passion for travel, his love for his family and those trendy glasses. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

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  31. Howard Machida :

    My heart and thoughts are with you and your family at this time of grief. Rick was a friend and colleague who will be missed by all who had the fortune of working with him.

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  32. Alexandra & John Wojczuk :

    Cathy,

    There are truly no words to express what you and your family must be going through. We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you all.

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  33. Justin and Kayla Marquis :

    Our love and thoughts are with your family. Although we just met Rick not too long ago, he left an impression and we will never forget him.

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  34. Marie Holowach :

    Hi Cathy. I keep thinking of you and the kids…how sad and tragic for everyone. I was so sorry to hear the sad news and wish you the comfort of friends, family and fond memories.

    Sincerely
    Marie Holowach

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  35. Cathy Dennis :

    Everett & Leah,
    From the bottom of my heart that I send you both my deepest heartfelt condolences. Your father was the most loving father one could possibly be and loved you both with all his heart as you know. We will all miss him dearly and we will be supporting each other through this. Love always Mom

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  36. Cheryl Roeric and Rob Hargrave :

    Kathy, Everett and Leah,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family, in this difficult time.

    Regards
    Cheryl, Rob, Adam, Thomas and Meaghan
    (52 Sunvale Mews SE)

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  37. Dear Cathy and family…
    I was so shocked to hear of Rick’s death, he had such a positive and humorous outlook on life. I worked with him in the training area (at AGT/TELUS) for many years, and we always had great times. I am so sorry for you all, please be kind to yourselves. I know that there are no words to ease your pain…

    Eric Bryer

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  38. Edith Dumanowski and Luc Seguin :

    Cathy,

    Luc and I are speechless at the sudden loss of Rick. We found out on Monday after the funeral, and we are sorry we couldn’t attend due to the unfortunate timing.

    We enjoyed you and Rick over at our house a few years back, and you and the kids are certainly invited out to the lake for a break, to relax, to talk, or whatever is needed, we are here!

    Please feel free to call us anytime! We are deeply sorry at the loss of Rick but we certainly know how much of a loving husband and father he was, a funny guy with a great sense of humour and someone who just loved life.

    God Bless you Cathy dear and your children through this very difficult time.

    Sincerely,

    Edith Dumanowski & Luc Seguin

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  39. Dennis & Betty Deegan :

    Cathy, Leah and Everett

    Dennis and I send you our heartfelt condolences. Everett you did such a lovely tribute to your Dad, he would be so proud. We enjoyed hearing stories of the ‘Dennis’ family. What great memories to hold on to and share.
    We’re thinking of you all…often.

    Dennis & Betty

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  40. Janice Peck :

    Cathy,
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family. I worked with Rick at TELUS for many years and he was one of a kind! He could find humour in any situation and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. I hope you find peace and strength in remembering good times together.
    Janice

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  41. Anne Marie and Dennis Lauzon :

    Dear Cathy, Leah, Everett and family,

    We were saddened to hear of Rick’s passing. You will all be in our prayers so that you have the strength to endure this time of grief. May the time be short before all your thoughts of your husband and father only evoke memories of joy. With deepest sympathy, Anne Marie and Dennis Lauzon

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