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POSNICK, Richard Thomas

April 21, 1943 – Yellow Creek, Saskatchewan
February 4, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Richard “Rick” Posnick of Calgary, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2018 at the age of 74 years.

Rick and his two sisters grew up in Nipawin, SK. When he was sixteen years old, he and his mother moved to Vancouver, where he completed his education; A few years later, Rick relocated to Calgary and worked at Greyhound Bus Lines.

After receiving a Power Engineering ticket at SAIT he gained employment at Home Oil Gas Plant in Carstairs. He also worked as a Building Operations supervisor at various locations in Calgary.

Rick was athletic and enjoyed curling, golfing and skiing. He also played hockey and football. Watching sporting events live and on TV was a favorite pastime. The Calgary Flames and the BC Lions were his favorite teams. He was a whiz at crossword and jigsaw puzzles and loved playing cards. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid gardener; he took great pride in maintaining a well-groomed lawn.

Spending time with family and friends was important and brought him much joy. Rick was very friendly making new acquaintances wherever he went. He enjoyed music and was a great dancer. He and Gloria traveled to places like Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean Islands and Ukraine and were always interested in learning about different cultures and history. Current events were of great interest to him and he welcomed discussing issues with family and friends, especially politics.

Rick is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Gloria; sister Ruby; sister-in-law Carole and brother-in-law Ross; niece Nicole (Mike); nephews John and Justin (Jennifer); great-nephews Brandon and Randal. Rick was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Alice Posnick and his sister Grace.

Rick will be dearly missed and forever remembered for his kind, caring nature, his optimism and love of life, his sense of humor, contagious laugh and great smile.

A Celebration of Rick’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Eastside, 5388 Memorial Drive N.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Richard Posnick a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403- 248-8585.

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  1. I am so very sorry for your loss Gloria. Rick was a very lovely individual and will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers for you during this time and may you always have the love and support you ask for.

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  2. Cheryl Aitkens :

    Gloria,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He had his struggles and you were always there, being the supportive wife. A testament to the kind, loving person you are. May you find peace and comfort in happy memories. Love and hugs,
    Cheryl

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  3. Rick was such an upbeat, positive person. He had a real zest for life, loved to socialize with people. Rick was a smooth dancer and I remember him and Gloria swinging around the dance floor at many events. Always a smile on his face and a lightness in his heart. What fun you had together, he was a blessing.

    Becky

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  4. Ingrid vanjoff :

    So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing ,have great memories of you both going back a lot of years and pictures. He was a special man and yes always smiling.My prayers are with you Gloria.

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  5. Gloria, I was so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was a special person, always smiling and willing to do whatever social activity that presented itself and that always impressed me. I’m sure you will have many happy memories. My deepest sympathy.

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  6. Brenda McCrady :

    For as long as I have known you Gloria, there was always Rick; full of fun, always friendly and outgoing even to people he had just briefly met for the first time and someone who genuinely cared about the friends and family who surrounded you both. He loved to talk about interesting topics, history, world events and sports but he especially loved you and talking about your time together. I miss his smile and his laugh. My thoughts are with you my special friend.

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  7. Coletta M Smith :

    I’m so sorry for your loss Aunty Gloria
    Uncle Rick was a great person I will miss his laughter and bowling
    I will miss him very much
    I know right now he’s up in heaven talking and play cards with mom and dad

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  8. When I think of Rick I think of laughter as he seemed to enjoy so many things and had that twinkle in his eye. He has been such a trooper the last few years but kept going. Will certainly miss him at all the get togethers esp. Sunday breakfasts. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you strength and peace

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  9. Whenever Rick’s image appears to me in my mind’s eye I always see him with his warm smile. Rick was a very special person. He was always friendly, always stopped to talk, and included all at any event he attended. Rick was one of the best that humanity has to offer.
    I want you to know that you are in my heart, mind and soul as you journey through these turbulent days.May the wonderful memories you have of him keep you strong and peaceful.

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  10. Kaye Ramsay Carlson :

    We are so sad for your loss Gloria. Bob and I always remember Rick with a smile on his face and a chuckle as he told a joke. He was outgoing, friendly, and loved visiting with everyone around him. I know he was always devoted to you which showed whenever you were together. He was a good man and will be missed.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Kaye and Bob

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  11. Jim and Terry Posynick :

    Ah Rick. Smiling, chuckling and laughter with that characteristic shrug, much kidding (a family tradition there) and lots of lively, eyes wide-open discussion to feed that sharp, curious mind! A rare and authentic “great guy”, my cousin, Rick. Thanks to you and the love of your life, Gloria, for all the precious little visits. Peace, Rick. Condolences and best wishes for the future Gloria.

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  12. Gloria, I am so truly sorry to hear of Ricks passing,
    The world is a little less bright now, I’ll never forget the times I spent with Rick, he was with me and there for me through the best and worst times of my life, he never waivered and always just listened, interjecting only when I needed.
    His smile and laugh was infectious, Rest well Rick.

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  13. Phyllis Haskewich :

    Our deepest condolences to you, Gloria. I was deeply shocked and saddened when I received an email from Ev that Rick had passed away. We are in Arizona so I had no idea. I know that he was the love of your life and will be sorely missed. Just wishing you God’s comfort and peace to surround you as you go through this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love and hugs,
    Phyllis & Ernie Haskewich

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