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HUNTER, Richard (Rick) William

Richard (“Rick”) Hunter, 57, of Okotoks and Calgary, passed away on December 18th in the arms of his love of 12 years, Leanne Hassenbach.

Rick was born in Saskatchewan on June, 7, 1956, to Muriel (nee Thorimbert) and Bill Hunter. By profession, Rick was a Stone Mason and Real Estate Broker, but his passions were golf, sports, motorcycles, horses and friends. A joker extraordinaire, Rick never passed on a chance to goad his American friends and celebrate his beloved Canada. Rick lived lovingly and large, traveling and golfing his way around the world, playing internationally renowned courses, including Saint Andrews in Scotland, Emirates in Dubai, Hong Kong Golf & Country Club and various prestigious USA courses. Known for throwing world class pig roasts and parties at his and Leanne’s Triple H homestead, sharing laughter, good humor and joy with both his countless faithful friends and any new acquaintances. For ten years, Rick courageously and obstinately fought cancer, never failing in his starring role as Leanne’s Superman.

In addition to his wife and mother, Rick is survived by his sister Janet; brother Robert; daughter Amanda. Rick was preceded in death by father Bill and sister Judy Keen. Rick’s family is enormously appreciative of the Unit 57, BMT and Oncology doctors and staff at Foothills Medical Centre.

A Gathering will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. A Party to Celebrate Rick’s life will be announced at a later date and held in early 2014.

Donations in Rick’s memory may be made to the UofC Hematology Research and Education Fund and mailed to Lori Wishart, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Dept of Oncology (1331 29th St NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 4N2). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Rick Hunter, 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. The Goldberg Family :

    To Leanne, Rick’s Dear Mother and all those who loved Rick,

    Ricco’s ability to light up a room with his bright beautiful smile will never be forgotten. His wonderful sense of humor will live on in the legacy of his stories and jokes. Many people live a long, long life and never live as fully and completely as Rick did. Rick we will shower Leanne with love and we will pour our hearts into making her smile … and we’ll probably drink all your Vodka :-).

    With so much love,
    The Goldberg Family

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  2. Eddie Pakenham :

    A great guy,Leanne you are in my prayers.

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  3. Cathy Brockman :

    I offer my condolences to everyone who knew Rick I met him only once for lunch with Leanne, it was a pleasure. How bright his love shone through for her and her love for him.
    A treasured man is now an angel. I know you will always hold each others’ hearts. OX. Cathy

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  4. Leanne I am Wanda and Liela’s cousin. I met you and Rick at Gwen and Allen’s a couple years ago for a party. I found you and Rick to be fabulous people. I am very sorry for you loss. You are in the thoughts and prayers of myself and my husband.

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  5. I am so sorry for your tragic loss, Rick touched many near and far. I had the pleasure of meeting him at one of the ranch gatherings years ago. What a legecy he left behind and how lucky we all were to have known such a great man. His smiles and laughter will be carried in our hearts forever. Lets keep the parties going.

    Sending much love, Bunny

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  6. Bill and Teresa Polack :

    Rick will live long in our memory and we will celebrate life with his commitment to fun and passion. We are sorry to lose a good friend.

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  7. Rick was a very super special guy, he was the person you wanted to be like. Great athelete, handsome, charming and always fun to be with. Rick will always be remembered by his joy, laughter and smile.
    Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
    Condolences,
    Grant

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  8. Scott Rasmussen :

    Leanne I am saddened to hear of Rick’s passage, he fought the good battle with dignity. Though we have not met I would like to confirm what you already know, what a nice man Rick was. I met Rick through Don K/many others and we shared a real passion for golf. I laughed, joked and swore with him many times on a golf course.
    He will be dearly remembered and missed. The Lord took a good’un.
    Warm Regards,
    Scott

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  9. Preston Sullivan and Ramona E. Simmons :

    We are so sorry we never had a chance to meet Rick! Our love and prayers are with you Leanne and Rick’s family. We are here for you. Your loving Nashville family!
    God bless!

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  10. To my dear wonderful friend Leanne!
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.
    Rick was an incredible husband, and a loyal friend to many.
    His laughter and his warm heart embraced anyone that was fortunate enough to meet him.
    He will be truly missed by all of us that loved him for the beautiful person he was.
    We have wonderful years of memories that we will keep close to our heart!

    Sending you our love and support during this most difficult time.
    Love you,
    Janelle & Rick

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  11. Carl W Cortright :

    Leanne…My Deepest sympathy and heart felt condolences for your loss. In having had the opportunity to work with you, and meet Rick while in Detroit, I can understand the loss you’re experiencing…May God Bless you and Rick’s Family and help you with strength through a difficult time ….Carl

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  12. I knew Rick playing with and against in racquetball, I lost touch with him to long ago, he is a superman and will always be remembered as such.

    Jim Bolokoski and Marlene Binda

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  13. Bernie Bolokoski & Teri Fisher :

    Our deepest sympathy to you, Leanne and all Rick’s family! We were devastated by the news of Rick’s passing. We are appreciative that we got to have one last week long party with Ricco this past February. We immediately brought out the pictures to reflect on what a great time we all had and how strong your superman was living life to it’s fullest.
    “The Boys Now & Then” picture will forever be displayed in our home – Ricco maybe gone but never forgotten!!!!!

    Bernie & Teri

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  14. Allan & Gwen Ferraton :

    To Leanne,Ric”s mom and all the family
    It”s with a heavy heart we bid Ric farewell.
    Lord only knows he put up the biggest fight to stay awhile.
    Never giving up always with a smile
    You will always have a special place in our heart.
    Till we meet again. Farewell to a true SUPERMAN
    God bless you Leanne, hold tight to all the beautiful memories
    you have of your time together.
    Love Allan n Gwen

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  15. I would like to send my condolence to Ricks family, I didn’t know Rick really well, we were fellow Stone Masons .

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  16. John and Rae Redekopp :

    Dear Leanne,

    Rick Kirk informed us of Rick’s passing yesterday. Our hearts break for you, Leanne. We are disappointed that we can’t make the service today. We will be with you in spirit.

    Love John and Rae

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  17. Rick is someone a person could emulate, never seen him grumpy or sad. Always out for a good time and made every occasion better for everyone. I will remember Rick, especially with his group of golf buddies. We will reminisce about his funny antics and very good golf game for sure. His memory will be kept alive.

    Leanne and family….with a heavy heart I remember the good times and laughs I had in Rick’s company over the years. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Superman! Doug

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  18. Margaret and Kenneth MacVicar :

    Leanne,

    Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. You had a superman on earth and an angel in heaven.

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  19. you gave me the best advice in my life when I needed it the most :will miss you GOD gets another good man

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  20. Michael Palmer & Palmer Family :

    Dear Leanne and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will all miss Rick’s amazing smile and his incredibly warm charming and inviting personality. Some great fond memories on the links with Ricky especially when us old guys too on the young guns and showing them no mercy. Rick always welcomed you with a great big smile and was so glad to see you… We will miss him!!
    Love,
    Michael, Lydia, Alexis & Chanel
    Palmer
    Calgary,AB

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  21. Wayne Soderlund :

    I was very sorry to see of Rick’s passing in the paper yesterday.

    It has been many years since the good old days at Christopher Lake but I remember him and the rest of the family very well.

    Dennis is in town for Xmas so I will let him and Mom know.

    I was also shocked to see he had been predeceased by Judy.

    My heartfelt sympathies go out to the rest of the family.

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  22. gord mcconnell :

    Never a dull moment around Rico, we had a lot of fun together over the years. There will never be a guy like him. Going to miss him. Masher.

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  23. Hey leanne. .
    Madre mia. .mucho tiempo.

    Very sorry to hear about rick. ..

    I would live to hear from you
    Dave

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  24. Steve Oles (Scott MacMillan) :

    Hey Leanne,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you ol friend.
    Steve
    (formally known to you as Scott)

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