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DREJA, Richard “Rick” Stanley Peter

November 19, 1949 – April 24, 2013

Richard “Rick” Stanley Peter Dreja of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the age of 63 years.

Rick was born on November 19, 1949 in Coleman, AB and was raised there. He attended the University of Calgary, working in the coal mines to pay for his schooling. Rick worked for many years in the housing industry in Calgary, with twenty-six of those years in management with CMHC. He was a gregarious man with a clever wit. Everyone who knew him has a “Rick story” to tell, always with a laugh.

Richard is survived by his wife of thirty-one years Shirley Dreja of Kelowna, BC; daughters Michelle Campbell (Aaron) of Calgary, AB, Danielle Kozak (Adam) of Vancouver, BC and Lora Dreja of Las Vegas, NV; brother Zane Dreja (Cindy) of Oakville, ON; sister Donna Zadnik (Dave) of Lethbridge, AB; and grandchildren, Tanner, Madison and Mackenzie.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Richard Dreja, 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. Bob & Joan Dubask :

    Dear Shirley, we just saw the shocking news this morning of Rick’s passing. Both Joan & I have many “Rick Stories” to remember from the many events we attended with Rick over the past 25+ years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. If there’s anything at all we can do to help you with, don’t hesitate to call.
    Love, Bob & Joan

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  2. David Peever :

    I was saddened to learn of Rick’s untimely passing. I learned a great deal from him during my five years at CMHC. His door was always open, and we shared lots of stories and laughs. It was clear how very much he valued his family. Please accept my sincere condolences. I apologise that I am unable to attend on Monday to pay my respects in person.

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  3. Peter and Joan Sheehan, Nova Scotia :

    To the Dreja family, we offer our thoughts at the loss of Rick. What a shock to hear. This is like the closing of a novel as we shared so many fun and good times as our paths crossed at CMHC , and on a few fishing trips into BC.

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  4. I had the pleasure to work with Rick in Winnipeg in 1973 and we kept in touch over the years. I will always remember Rick’s joie de vivre. To Shirley and the girls, our thoughts are with you.
    Michelle and Denis Pagé

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  5. Jim and Chris Lynch :

    It is with much sadness that we learned of Rick’s passing. He was a good friend. I remember a man of great passion, strong work ethic and always good humour. We shared many great experiences working together in Calgary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Shirley and your family.
    Jim and Chris Lynch

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  6. Peter Anderson :

    I was shocked to read of Rick’s untimely passing. I will always remember sharing work time with him and leisure time with Shirley and the kids in Calgary. He was one of those special characters that one meets in this life and I was privileged to know him. My thoughts are with Shirley and the family.

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  7. Vern and Joyce Tetz :

    Our condolences to Shirley and family. We are so sorry to read about Rick’s sudden passing. Both of us have enjoyed Rick and have many good memories. Please accept our apology that we are unable to attend Rick’s service on Monday. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  8. Jill Strickland :

    I have been dealing with Rick for two years as a neophyte on the Board of Directors of our condo complex. From the beginning he answered my requests quickly and efficiently. He truly cared about our community and his emails to deal with difficult situations were always diplomatic and to the point. Will miss his presence.

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  9. David & Huguette Monroe :

    Our condolences to Shirley and the family. We both have lots of good memories and stories from work and at leisure with Rick over more than 35 years.

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  10. Jerry and Chris(Maciejewski) Rejman :

    It is with great sadness that we read about the passing away of Richard. Knew him as he grew up in Coleman as a teacher and as a family friend (Maciejerwski) of the Dreja family.
    Our prayers are with the family.
    Jerry and Chris (Maciejewski)
    Coleman, Alberta

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  11. My condolences to Rick’s family & many friends. Sending prayers of strength during this time. Rick was a wonderfully kind soul. So sorry to hear of his passing.

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  12. Sorry to hear about Rick, Shirley. Sure miss seeing you and would love to get together. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Barb Wiens

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  13. Margaret Bell :

    My sincere condolences to the family. I met Rick when I worked at The Alberta New Home Warranty Program. He was a cheerful person and I enjoyed talking to him. There are many “Rick” stories out there. He had a great sense of humor and certainly enjoyed helping people and solving their problems. He will be missed by all who knew him. May your sorrows be short and your memories be long.

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  14. Bob and Christine Warne :

    We were very sorry to learn that Rick had passed away. He was such a kind and thoughtful person and always full of life and humour. Our condolences to his family.
    Bob and Christine Warne

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  15. Gayle Sommer :

    I am deeply sadden by the passing of Rick. I have been a dear friend of Rick’s for the past 10 years. He was a gracious man and spoke highly of Shirley and his beautiful girls and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed. Much love and compassion to his family.
    Gayle Sommer

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