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BAIN, Richard Allan “Rick”

March 18, 1954– Edmonton, Alberta
September 18, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Born into a proud military family, Richard Allan Bain, beloved husband of Barb Bain (nee MacLeod) of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at the age of 64 years.

Rick had a successful twenty-five year career in the Wine and Beverage Industry in Calgary. He was never more at his best than when presenting seminars in front of a large or small audience sharing his vast knowledge and passion for wine and service. He loved to spend time with his wife enjoying fine wine, food and good music. He loved animals especially his dogs Maestro and Puzzle.

Besides his loving wife, Barb, Rick is survived by his sister Linda Mazurat; his brother Stuart Bain; and his brother and sister-in-law, Robert Bain and Brandy Saturley. Rick is also survived by his well-loved nieces and nephews, Erin MacLeod (Andrew), Grant MacLeod (Marnie), Leslie MacLeod, Neil Warren (Carrie), Benjamin Warren, Brianna Bain, and his loyal dog Puzzle. He was predeceased by his parents James and Harriett Bain and his stepfather Peter Hawker; his brothers Donald Bain and David Bain; his brother-in-law Marcel Mazurat; and his wonderful dog Maestro.

In the last near decade of his life Rick met the challenge of Early Onset Alzheimer’s with his characteristic resilience and humour.

Announcements later regarding memorial service by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, FISH CREEK, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575. Condolences may be forwarded through We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the caring staff of the McKenzie Towne Long Term Care Centre.

In living memory of Richard Bain, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. To my dearest sister,
    It is so hard to see you hurting so much. From the moment you and Rick met on a rooftop in Montreal it was love at first sight. A few months later Rick was chugging out West in a huge U Haul truck to follow the love of his life to Calgary. What followed was a long passionate marriage of best friends and soul mates for 36 years. Rick adored you and I hope with time that knowing this will bring you comfort. He is finally free from this dreadful disease and at peace. I hope he is somewhere sitting with Maestro, listening to his favourite music and enjoying a great glass of Robert Mondavi’s best.

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  2. Rick was a vivid and humorous presence in my life while we both worked at La Caille, and then after when he would drop by the Glenmore store. He humor was subtle but well admired by all around him. He was a vital part of the wine and food service industry, and was admired and respected by his peers. I’m sad to hear that has left us.

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  3. I am very sorry for your loss. I’d like to share a quick memory from nearly 15 years ago.

    I remember working with Rick when I got my start in the business. I’ll never forget the first Robbie Burns Dinner I ever put on with Dalmore. It was in the former Polish Combatants Association building in Kensington. Rick was fumbling over the projector, while Richard Patterson from Dalmore was in the midst of his shtick. Right at the moment Richard tossed his glass full of water and ice, Rick stumbled over the wires and took the projectiles square in the back. It was a moment that might have been merely funny but became hilarious. Rick was very gracious about it and took it in stride. The event would never have taken place if Rick hadn’t taken a chance on me as a neophyte whisky expert.


    Andrew Ferguson

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  4. Very sorry for your loss. A kind and caring gentleman who always had time for folks..

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  5. John Hugh Gilchrist

    Rick was always such a pleasant and friendly professional. A great guy with immense knowledge and a fine sense of humour.

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  6. Rick will be remembered as passionate wine educator and a true professional. He was always quick with a smile and had a great sense of humor. My prayers go to the family.

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  7. Barb and family, I was saddened to learn of Ricks passing. I knew home briefly 25yra ago when I held a retail position at Britannia Wine Merchants. I always looked forward to Rick’s visits and the annual Beaujolais Nouveau campaign. Years later I called him to ask about another product and he recalled our previous acquaintance. We spent a lovely twenty minutes bridging the gap that time has wrought. My deepest condolences on his passing.

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  8. To the Bain Family, I spent many years working with Rick in the wine and spirit’s business. Rick alays had a great story to share and a smile on his face, a wonderful man and colleague.
    So sorry for you loss.

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  9. Daryl Prefontaine

    I worked with Rick starting back in 1992 at Vintage Consultants as he looked after southern Alberta and myself the north. We were colleagues, friends and he my mentor. We travelled for business together across many great wine regions of the world and Rick always had an abundance of “did you know” passionate wine stories. Memories are too many to repeat in one message but Rick was never short on somethimg to say and share. A gentle giant that mafe us all laugh. My heart felt sorrow goes out to his family at this difficult time.

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  10. He was my little brother. He was an adorable little guy and grew into a tall and lanky self confident teen. He looked amazing in his Cameron Highlander kilt and could take command of a parade square like a 5 star General. He was smart and witty, loving and kind, a very sensitive man and he could juggle like a pro! He was best man at my marriage to Marcel. Every Thanksgiving I remember the year I first moved to Calgary and he and Barb took me to Banff with them to celebrate. As is said in our family, although not often, as it is the highest compliment….We had a “blast!” The reunion in heaven will indeed be “a blast” Down here, he will be missed! I wish I could have said goodbye and given him one last hug!

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  11. My deepest condolences are extended to Barb and Puzzles. I had worked with Rick for 5 years. He was not only my greatest mentor in my life but also became a dear friend. As my life has taken me to live in Europe, we had lost touch. I am so very sadden by his passing.
    Rest in peace my friend, until we meet again, shall we drink wine and eat well together.
    Sandy Gaber

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  12. Christina Masciangelo

    I had the pleasure of working with Rick at Vintage Consultants and Maxxium from 1997 – 2003. He was a kind and gentle man who always had your back. I so appreciated his honesty, sense of humor, and dedication to his work and his wife. The wine industry lost a great man. My deepest condolences to Barb, Puzzles and all of his family.

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  13. Alois, Cinthia, Jeanne & Kerri

    Barbie, the day we moved into our new home 14 year ago we saw a couple sitting on their deck next door enjoying a glass of wine and conversation. We had no idea how dear you and Ricardo would come to us. Ricardo’s “over the fence” conversations would always end with me turning with a smile on my face, such a wonderful mind and sense of humour. His ambition in life seemed to be to make those around him happy, not a bad aspiration to have and one that he accomplished daily!
    His latter years may have been a struggle, regardless he continued to aspire to see a smile on peoples’ faces. In hindsight, I know I saw that each time we met through these years of struggle. A wonderful man.
    I am sure the lone Canada Goose will visit often.

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  14. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Rick – I ran into Rick many times over the years in the business + I also remember a memorable dinner at the Palliser with Mondavi and Rick who regaled me with many of his childhood military stories.
    My heartfelt feelings go out to Barb and his remaining family

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  15. I first met Rick when he waited on our table at La Caille in Calgary in the early- mid 80’s. We were immediately impressed with his charm , warmth, selling skills and wine knowledge, in those pre-sommelier days. We concluded that he would make a great wine sales rep and he joined Vintage Consultants a few months later as our Alberta representative. He built our portfolio and our reputation with key account buyers in the booming Alberta days, which helped grow our company over the years.

    Thank you Rick.

    You will be welcomed to the Vineyards in the Sky!

    To Barb and families, my deepest sympathies in your sad loss. He will not be forgotten.

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  16. To my big sister

    Clare and I were so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing and yet realized that it brought to a close his struggles with his horrible disease. We know how much he meant to you and we were so fortunate to spend time with him and get to know him as a great brother-in-law and your loving husband. His efforts to broaden our wine appreciation was always fun and much appreciated.

    We will miss him greatly.

    All our love.

    Ian and Clare

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  17. Darla and Bill Quinn

    There’s never a easy way too offer condolences to life’s most significant tragedy. We knew Rick from his many vacation visits to the lake where he always delivered an abundant supply of fine wine within the context of a wine tasting event. Every time we pick up the bottle opener he left at our cottage we think of him. He had a subtle sense of humour and was a great fit into the eclectic crowd that spends time at Galena Bay. We loved Rick and we love you Barbie. So sorry for our loss.

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  18. Rest in peace Rick, you deserve the best of comforts now at the end of your journey.

    I first met Rick in the wine industry; first as a sales person then a customer then a colleague and friend. He had a magical way of telling a story to you, or a room full of people, and all would take away something new and special from the experience. His passion for wine and the stories that went with them created a dialogue that would draw in the audience and enchant them to kindle their own sense of connection to his story. He made things personal with his passion for a product, it was enviable.

    Thank you Rick for instilling that interest and passion in me, you were one of a kind my friend.

    I am so sorry for Barb and Puzzles and their loss; peace be with you both.

    Darcy McPhee

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  19. Leanne Schneberger

    Mr. Bain, you were a real character, always laughing, always witty stories and always having fun. Your presence has been missed in this industry, for those of us, and there are many, who got a chance to work with you, we are better at our jobs because of you, not only by the professionalism and passion you had, but that you also taught us to have fun. Thank you Mr. Bain, I will raise a glass to you tonight.

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  20. Wanda & Marlowe Allison

    Dear Barb – Our sincere sympathy on the passing of Rick. I have often heard stories of your love and compassionate care for each other – a beautiful love story. A few years ago at Galena Bay around our Thanksgiving table, Rick told stories of his interesting and varied life. My son was so impressed – a life full and well lived. Heaven will welcome Rick’s skill in selecting fine wines and I hope he stocks the wine fridge, so we can once again provide thanks around a dining table. I know you are surrounded by love and will provide you comfort and courage for the days ahead. Our caring thoughts are with you.

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  21. Kerry and Ron Tucker

    Dear Barb,
    I remember Rick to be a kind and gentle soul. Yours was and will forever be, a relationship of great devotion, compassion and honor. It was entirely evident that you loved one another with every cell of your being. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your wonderful husband.

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  22. I became friends with Rick working at Vintage Consultants/Maxxium. We were often roomies on business trips. What an entertaining and sweet guy he was trying to teach me how to juggle and challenging me and others as to who could eat the hottest hot sauce. Always in good humour and fun to be with.
    My condolences and best wishes to his family.

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  23. To my dear aunt,
    My deepest sympathy go out to you during this tough time. I will never forget all of the wonderful family gatherings we had together over the years and how he loved to spoil his nephews with kindness and laughter.

    I love you uncle Rick and I will miss you terribly.


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  24. Barb,
    My deepest condolences to you …..I first met Rick & Maestro on his walks in the Riverbend area in Calgary. Over the years we would stop & chat I had 2 Black Standard Poodles and Rick always admired them. Then through Rick I met you. I remember each day Rick would wait at the Bus Stop for you…. I thought what a Gentleman he was and what a love story you two were! May your days ahead get easier with each rising sun and may you cherish all those great memories of Rick close to your heart!
    Let me know when you feel like going for coffee!
    Your Riverbend neighbor Barb Jensen.

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  25. Rick was one of those people who impressed with his warmth, big smile and kind word. His wit and wine knowledge brought many of us together over a glass of wine or two whichever winery we were visiting.

    I’ll not forget his demonstration of how to pour wine so that the guest wouldn’t surprise the server by moving the glass. ‘High to low’…giving them time to realize he was on his way with the bottle. Many laughs on wine trips, and always a gentleman.

    My condolences to Barb, his friends and family. Vintage and Maxxium wouldn’t have been the same without his steady, thoughtful, warm, gentle, professional manner.

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  26. WilliamBincoletto

    Anyone and everyone who was immersed in the Alberta wine scene knew about Rick. Even while I was working at the Carvery, Westin in Edmonton, his name would constantly pop up (along with Janet) as one of the wine experts of Calgary. And when he joined Vintage Consultants, we would get together over some great wines regaling about this wonderful world of wine we both thoroughly enjoyed. His passion for teaching made him a master of presentations and we all learned something while listening to him. He fused learning and fun in such a way that even the most experienced of us were amazed about his wealth of knowledge.
    There are so many stories about Rick that it would take books to write them all.
    Go in peace my friend. I will certainly miss your smile, stories and friendship
    So sorry for your loss!

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