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BEAUDETTE, Richard Allen “Rick”

June 14, 1946 – Windsor , Ontario
November 18, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, son, father, grandfather, and friend. Richard “Rick”, passed away peacefully in his home, as he wished with family by his side on November 18, 2017 at the age of 71 years.

Rick was the second child born to Helen and Cyril Beaudette in Windsor, Ontario. He grew up in Maidstone, Ontario where he was fondly known in the community as Ricky. He lived his childhood full of shenanigans and mischief. Rick’s compassion and fondness for animals was apparent very early on where he would bring pigeons in to the school house and stow them away in the desks to keep warm in the winter.

Rick left home to join the military at sixteen years old but was told he was not old enough and to come back. He returned a few short months later where he was again told he was not old enough, but this time stayed and worked on the base and took courses until such time he was old enough to join the Canadian Armed Forces. Rick served in our Military from 1963 to 1975. During this time he completed two peacekeeping tours with the First Battalion Canadian Guards, was a member of the Airborne Regiment Charlie Company and ended his military career as a Military Police Officer.

Together with his wife Joyce, Rick continued to touch and change lives by becoming a foster parents. Over the years Rick and his wife fostered fifty plus foster children, some long term and some for a short time. Many of these foster children, now adults contribute their success in life to the kindness, patience and life lessons learned while in Rick and Joyce’s care. He was able to see the good in everyone and build on it despite their challenges and tribulations.

Rick had a way of touching the lives of everyone he met; he was a kind and gentle soul with a love of nature and animals. He lived his life the way he wanted and like every thing else he did in life he handled his brief battle with cancer with grace and dignity, making sure to make people laugh and smile every step of his journey. He will be dearly missed by all those who were lucky enough to have met him.

Rick is survived by his loving wife Joyce; his mother Helen; sister Peggy; brother Tim; daughter Tannis (Keith); son Marvin; grandchildren Kyla (Jarvis), Gerrit, Ryker, Veronica and Monty; and great-granddaughter Phoenix. He was predeceased by his father Cyril; brothers Jay and Paul; and sister Donna.

A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Sunday, December 3, 2017 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 to the animal shelter of your choice.

In living memory of Richard Beaudette, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Thinking of you, Tannis… and of course the entire family, at this difficult time. Much love.

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  2. Much love to you all.
    I know what a pillar, role model and strength Rick was to you all.

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  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I didn’t get the opportunity to meet Rick but spoke with him often on the phone both before and after my husband Barry Acorn passed. Barry spoke very highly of Rick as he did of every member of the Charlie Company. I found this one day and read it quite often when I need comforting hope it will comfort you also.
    MESSAGE FROM A FALLEN COMRADE
    My helmet, now a halo
    Wings replace my chute
    To fly amongst the eagles
    No Soldier would dispute
    No aircraft is needed
    To take me to the sky
    Your prayers from below
    Have lifted me so high
    My spirit is my engine
    No need to refuel
    No runway required
    A rainbow’s edge will do
    No need for maps or compasses
    My angels are my guides
    Their strength and love have gifted me
    To soar the sky with pride
    The heavens here are endless
    My soul’s now free to roam
    There is no need to cry my friends
    This Airborne Trooper found his home.
    Unknown

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  4. On behalf of The Calgary poppy Fund and Veterans Food Bank we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family at this time. David Ott Service Officer Calgary Poppy Fund

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  5. Prayers and condolences to the entire family. I had the pleasure in serving with Rick during our Airborne days (1968-1973)…he was the best soldier and will be missed by “All”. Rest In Peace Brother. “C” Company will live forever. Airborne!

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  6. Joyce, thinking of you and your family. I am very saddened to hear of Rick’s passing.
    All my love, Linda

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  7. My sincere sympathies, Joyce. I shall remember Rick meeting you after exercise class with the dog. I always thought that was such a nice gesture and that it was great you walked home together. You and the family are in my prayers.

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  8. Cathy and Ritch Baceda

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  9. Adriana & Eric Proton

    I didn’t know all those things about Uncle Rick! I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to spend more time with him and hear more of his stories. All of our hugs and love to Auntie Joyce, Tannis and the rest of the family. <3

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  10. What a blessing to have met such a caring person, with a family to match. Thinking of you all as you grieve your heartbreaking loss. Please remember what a gift you all were to allow him to remain at home.
    Noreen, Home Care

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  11. It was a pleasure working with Rick on three different jobs with Local 92 and Local 1111: in Edmonton at Shell – Scotford, and in Calgary at South Campus hospital and Enmax – Shepard Energy cogen project.

    He was a mentor to me and all that worked with him. He took me under his wing and made sure I was treated fairly at work. We always kept in touch in between jobs.

    I was able to meet and get to know his son Marvin and his nephew Vern, and also met his wife Joyce. The way he talked of all his family, I felt I got to know all of them.

    Even after he got sick, he called me to let me know so I didn’t find out from someone else.

    I will always remember how kind-hearted he was and how much he loved his animals (Zoey).

    Rest In Peace my friend – you will be missed.

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  12. One of the people that has had the biggest influence on my life. Thanks for everything Rick, you and Joyce went above and beyond for so many and you’ll not soon be forgotten.

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  13. Anna-May Colpitts

    oh my goodness, Joyce, I just heard today about Rick’s passing. Deepest condolences to you , Tannis and all your family, Anna-May

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  14. Jacques Sennesael

    My sincere condolences to you Joyce, to your family and friends. Rick will be missed by many as he touched many peoples hearts. I will always remember my dear friend.
    Once a paratrooper, always a paratrooper and a brother.
    Rick, your job is done. Fair winds and soft landing brother.
    PS: Say hello to St. Michael. St. Michael is the Archangel, Patron Saint of the Airborne.

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