May 25, 1939 – Wetaskiwin, Alberta
January 31, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta
Merrill Richardson, beloved husband of Burdette Richardson of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the age of 75 years.
Besides his loving wife of fifty-two years, Merrill is survived by two children, Mark Richardson (Karen Kennedy) and Marla Richardson (David Pullen); and four grandchildren, Violet, Theodore, Grayson, and Ronan. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Jean and Wayne Austin; Burdette’s brothers and sisters (to whom he was very close) and numerous nieces and nephews. Merrill was predeceased by brothers, Rod Richardson and Charles (Chuck) Richardson; and brother-in-law Stanley Dodd.
Merrill was a devoted husband providing Burdette with fifty-two years of abiding love and support that will always remain in her heart. Merrill and Burdette met in high school and moved on together to a very rich marriage that lasted through all of life’s joys and challenges with Merrill consistently being able to look at the positive side of even the most difficult situations.
Merrill was a tremendously loving father to Mark and Marla. He was always present and available to his kids for whatever guidance or assistance they might need. Along with Burdette, his children were central to Merrill’s world and Mark and Marla were always aware of this, and they will always be so, thanks to his unflagging love and kindness.
Merrill grew up on a farm near Red Deer and eventually moved to Calgary to study accounting and have a long and successful career with Canada Safeway and the Canada Safeway Credit Union–where he still has many friends.
Although Merrill battled Parkinson’s disease for the last years of his life, he always maintained a gently realistic but positive attitude and impressed all who knew him with his dignified resilience in the face of the struggle that he faced.
A Celebration of Merrill’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to Parkinson Alberta, #102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 243-9901, www.parkinsonalberta.ca. The family thanks the care-givers at the Chinook and Brentwood care centres and the Agape Hospice for their commitment to Merrill’s welfare.
In living memory of Merrill Richardson, 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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