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LAVOIE – Richard “Rick” John

July 24, 1954 – February 19, 2011

Richard “Rick” John Lavoie beloved husband of Tracy of Calgary, passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the age of 56 years after a long and courageous battle with complications from diabetes.

Rick was born and raised in Calgary, marrying his childhood sweetheart in 1978. He was proud to be a licensed mechanic and worked most of his career with National Transmissions, before becoming disabled in 2003. He had a great love for building fast cars, remote control hobbies and anything with lights, buttons and switches. Rick loved his life, living it on his terms, and even as he became sicker, he found a way to not only live, but to do it with the courage to be optimistic and still find a joy in things that may be lost to many of us. His enduring spirit and bravery were an inspiration to all who knew him.

Besides his loving wife and lifelong pal Tracy (nee LaBuc), he will be forever loved by his sisters, Sharon Lavoie and Michele (Dennis) Halstead; brother Paul (Doug) Lavoie; two nieces Larae Jalbert and Breanne (Will) Haworth; nephew Chase Halstead; and great-niece Rowan Haworth. Rick was predeceased by his father Royal; mother Josephine; and brother Johnathon.

As per Rick’s request, there will be no funeral. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca. The family wishes to thank the management and staff of Apache Superior Printing for their constant love, support and understanding, Dr. Gordon Melling, the best family physician you could ask for, and the staff at Chinook Hospice for their wonderful care and for giving us such a supportive, loving place to complete our journey with Rick. Finally, we would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre. For eleven years you repeatedly gave Rick back his life, continually gave us hope and at the end, gave us great comfort. You have touched our lives in profound ways and the words “thank you” are so inadequate for what you have given us. We will never forget your skill, professionalism, kindness and love, and for being the healing calm in the midst of our medical chaos.

In living memory of Richard Lavoie, 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. Danny McDougall :

    Tracy:
    Was so sorry to learn of Rick’s passing.
    Both myself and my father George offer our most sincere sympathies at this upsetting time. All the best to you and enjoy your memories of Rick.

    The McDougalls

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  2. Anna and Joe Fark :

    Tracy Lavoie and the Lavoie family,
    Please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of “Rick”.

    Anna and Joe Fark

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  3. I am sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I have not seen Rick in some years but always remember him as a cheerful and energetic person (A car Guy for sure)
    Best Wishes and Peace
    Cal

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  4. Roger & Joan Allard :

    Tracy, very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. We are the people who had the brindle Bullmastiff, Jade, many years ago. Our thoughts are with you.

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  5. Larry and Kathy Heffernan :

    Dear Sharon, Michelle, Paul, and families: From our Family to you and yours, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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  6. Tracy,
    My heart breaks for you, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss.
    Much Love,
    Lisa, Brad, Zoe and Coen

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  7. Frank & Debra Lilley :

    We will miss Rick in the neighbourhood. He was a great guy, so friendly and interested in what we were up to. Our condolences to his family.

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  8. Sister Rita Lavoie :

    Dear Tracy and loving family members,
    I, Sister Rita Lavoie come to you from thousands of miles away but I come to you Spirit-filled to offer my deep heart-filled sympathy in the passing of our dear Rick to Heaven. It is a great loss but I think of Rick having the joy of celebrating his reunion with his loving parents, Royal and Josephine.
    He will be missed. Thank you Rick for your loving concern and interest in all of us. Thank you for sharing your many gifts.
    God’s blessings on Rick and all the family.
    Love,
    Auntie Rita Lavoie

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  9. Sandra and David Perkins :

    Tracy, I was so sad to read about Rick passing away…I am still in a state of disbelief..He was such a kind and gentle soul – the world was a better place with him in it…
    Take care Tracy…

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  10. Eric and Carro Fairbrother :

    It is with sorrow we learned of the passing of Rick, another member of a great family.
    Please accept our sincere condolences, and we pray you find comfort in his memory.

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  11. Jennifer Valenzuela :

    Tracy and family,

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Rick’s passing. Our love and sympathy is with you and your family at this time. If there is anything at all that we can do please let us know. We hope to see you around when the weather turns nice.

    The Valenzuela’s
    (Your long but not lost neighbours)

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  12. Murray & Holly Heffernan :

    So sorry to hear about Rick. Our heartfelt condolences to the family.

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  13. Gord Schneider & Family :

    Dear Tracy and the Lavoie family from the Schneiders, it is with great sorrow the passing of Rick. I will always remember growing up with him in Lynnwood.

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  14. Ross & Cory Hogenson :

    Tracy, we are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Rick. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this very difficult time. . . Sending you (((hugs)))

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  15. Tracy, I was so so saddened to read about Rick’s passing. I always enjoyed our chance meetings in the hospital and Rick’s bright smile and friendly attitude. My sincere condolences to you and Rick’s family.

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  16. Rick & Margaret Barry :

    We are very sorry and saddened to hear of Rick’s death. His personality left a lasting impression – the time spent working with him and the conversations outside of work will always be good memories. Our sincere condolences to you and his family.

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  17. Debbie Ironside :

    Tracy and family I met Rick and Tracy in Ogden and am sadden by the news of Rick’s passing – he was kind to me and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

    Debbie Ironside

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  18. Denise and Frits Ipema :

    Dear Cousins,

    We are so sorry about Rick. I have fond memories of Ricky when we were about twelve years old. I remember his smiling face as we gathered in Bircham for one of the many Lavoie family reunions. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  19. The Michaud and Foisy Families :

    Dear Cousins,
    So very sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Our hearts go out to each of you. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

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  20. Gerald Lavoie :

    I am always moved by stories of bravery; of lives that focus on what we still have rather than what we have lost. Seems like Rick lived that kind of life. Sorry to read of his passing.

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  21. Larry and Linda Tutt :

    We were very saddened to hear of Rick’s death and pray for God’s consolation at this time of loss.

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