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FREEBORN, Richard Douglas

July 9, 1952 – January 2, 2013

Ric passed away at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, after a 3-year battle with prostate cancer.

Ric was born on July 9, 1952 in Edmonton, AB but lived in Calgary most of his life. He married Gae on November 13, 1971 and together they had two children, Kelly and Tim. Ric loved spending time with his family and together they enjoyed skiing, golfing and spending summers at Shuswap Lake where he loved driving his boat, wakeboarding and waterskiing. He enjoyed trips with his family to the Caribbean, which sparked his love of Reggae music, wearing Hawaiian shirts (or BBQ shirts as he called them), while enjoying a pint or a Jimmy Buffet “boat drink”.

Ric is survived by his loving wife Gae; his children Kelly (Colin) Sankey, Tim (Clarabelle) Freeborn; and grandchildren Ethan and Tegan; his parents Doug and Elva Freeborn; and three brothers Randy (Susan), Don (Sherry), Dave (Maureen) Freeborn and all their children and grandchildren.

Ric’s family would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at Unit 101 in the Foothills Hospital who took good care of him in the last 3 weeks. Also, special thanks to Dr. D. Heng and his team at the Tom Baker Cancer Center for their excellent care. Ric’s wishes were not to have a funeral service, instead the family will have a private celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Prostate Cancer Canada, www.prostatecancer.ca. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Ric Freeborn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Philip Martin :

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences
    Phil and Marianne

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  2. Lawrence and Monica Low :

    We are shocked and deeeply saddened by the news of Ric’s passing. Our deepest condolences.

    Lawrence, Monica and Andrea Low

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  3. Dave and Cindy Rowley :

    We are really sorry for your loss. Our condolences. Listen to some reggae and remember the good times you shared.

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  4. Very sad to hear about your loss. Alicia and I will be thinking of you and offer our condolences.

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  5. Laura and Stuart Bowers :

    We are so sorry for your loss, if there is anything we can do please ask. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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  6. Gae and family
    With heartfelt sympathy and kindest thoughts to you in your sorrow. May treasured memories lift you up.

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  7. Carla Yewchuk :

    Kelly,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of your Dad who you love so much. I think I only met Rick once at Laurel and Sean’s old house and I was so impressed by his happy nature and his love for your Mom and you. He was a really unique person. All my love and blessings go out to you and your family.
    Carla

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  8. I am deeply saddened for your lost of such a warm spirit, I can say that I am fortunate to have met Ric. May peace be with him on his journey

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  9. Gae
    I am so sorry to hear about Ric. He was a great friend and I will always have fond memories of him. My condolences to you, Kelly, Tim and the rest of the family. He will be missed but not forgotten.

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  10. My deepest sympathy and condolences on your loss. I worked with Ric for many years and am saddened by his passing.

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  11. Linda Jennings :

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to all of you on the passing of Ric. I am sure that all the happy memories you have of him will help in this time of sorrow. Our thoughts are with you all.

    Linda and Neil Jennings

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  12. Matt Jennings :

    Gae, Kelly, Tim,
    I was so sorry to hear of Ric’s passing. Though it has been a few years, I have such fond memories of Lake Louise with a man who really taught me how to ski. Take care, all, and my sincere condolences on the loss.

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  13. Sally Nielsen :

    Gae & family

    We were so sad to hear of Rick’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this very difficult time.

    Sally and Dennis Nielsen

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  14. Gae and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Ric’s passing. Ric and I worked together for several years at Shell Canada and since the debanding of the team we were both on (The Hamburg Team) we all continued to meet all together a couple of times a year for a ‘team’ lunch, often Vietnamese at the Oriental Phoenix, for at least 10 years. It was always a joy to listen to Ric’s stories which were mostly about his family and their exploits be it sailing on tall ships, skiing, or at the lake. By the way he often wore his BBQ shirts to our lunches. We loved having Ric with us as his almost permanent smile and laugh made us all happy. I am so sorry for your loss. Even though we never met I felt like we knew you through Ric’s stories.

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