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McDERMOTT, Richard William

March 4, 1940 – Grouard, Alberta
September 4, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Richard McDermott passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 4, 2014 surrounded by his close family. Richard will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanora; his daughter, Rose (Bert) Tallman; grandchildren, Carma (Marc) Diljohn and Jared (Char) Tallman. Richard was predeceased by his parents, Myles & Mary Louise McDermott; his brothers, Myles “Junior”, Donny, Gerry, and sisters, Lilly, Darlene and Brenda. He is survived by one brother, Floyd as well as numerous cousins and nieces and nephews.

Richard was born on March 4, 1940 in Grouard, Alberta to Myles and Mary Louise McDermott. His mother passed away when he was young and he was raised by his grandmother until her passing. After this he went to live with his aunt Mary. He enjoyed his time living with her. When he was sixteen he went to work in the north fishing.

In 1959 Richard joined the Armed forces and became a Paratrooper. He served in many places including Germany, Cyprus, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary which is where he retired from the army in 1979. He made many lifelong friends during this time and was happy to have had the opportunity to see many of them at the 100th Anniversary of the PPCLI in Edmonton shortly before his death.

In 1979 he began working for Canada Post as a letter carrier/truck driver and worked there until 2000. Upon retiring he was able to spend time travelling with his wife, Eleanora. They enjoyed going to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas from 1985-2008. They also were able to travel to places such as Alaska, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, southeastern Caribbean, and many other places in the United States and Canada.

Richard was a kind and generous person who loved his wife and family very much. They will remember him for this and for his great sense of humour. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.

A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Rick McDermott, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. arnold lightbody :

    Fairwell Rick (chief) you served your country well, time to lay down the arms and take your well deserved time out and join the veterans that have gone on before you.

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  2. Eleanora and Family,
    I really enjoyed getting to know Richard over the last year as he graciously agreed to participate in our Study. He was always so pleasant, even when he wasn’t feeling well. I am so happy he made it to the PPCLI in Edmonton, I know that was important to him. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Sandra Dorey, Nurse Clinician, Cardiac Device Clinic

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  3. Charles $ Linda McLeod :

    With loving thoughts we will remember Richard, he was like a Brother to Charles. much love and sympathy, Eleanora, Carma, and Children .

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  4. Charles and Laura Plante :

    Very sorry on Richards passing.He was a good person and will be missed by all.He was always here for us whenever there was a celebration or others gatherings.We’re sorry we couldn’t make the memorial as we are down in the States .Take care.

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  5. Elizabeth Hassel

    Hi, I just heard that Rick passed away. My sincere condolences. Rick played cards in the poker room that I managed for a long time several years ago. Rick was always a gentleman.
    God Bless.

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