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LOFTHOUSE, Richard (Dick) Wildon

LOFTHOUSE, Richard (Dick) Wildon
June 29, 1932 – Windsor, Ontario
November 23, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

‘A life well lived’

Dick was born to an English family living in Canada. They returned to England when he was very young, and were living in London when war broke out. He was one of the children that had been mass-evacuated from London during the Blitz.

After the war, his family returned to Yorkshire, where Dick finished school, entered university, and served in the Yorkshire Para’s, Leeds Rifles and East Yorkshire Rifles. Having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Math and Physics, Dick emigrated from England to Canada in 1953, where he initially worked as a seismic calculator in the Alberta oil exploration field. He met his future wife, Corinne Nicholson, while Scottish Country Dancing, and they were married November 8, 1957.

Over the next decades, Dick and Corinne raised their four children, Derek, Brian, Wendy, and Ian. Dick added Masters degrees in Analytical Chemistry, and BioChemistry, and taught Chemistry at SAIT. He also taught the EMT hi-angle rescue course. An avid climber in England, he brought his passion to the Canadian Rockies, where he paved the way for following generations. Dick, a Mountain Guide, was one of the founding members of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, a long-time leader of the Calgary Mountain Rescue Group, and a life-long member of the Calgary Mountain Club.

Dick was also a musician, playing clarinet in concert bands, and later, concertina, accordian, and Northumbrian small pipes. He was a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Folk Club. Over the years, he spent time as a bicycle racer, rally driver, cross country skier and racer, hiker and kayaker. In his later years, Dick doted on his grandchildren, Erik Richard, Mary Kathryn, Victoria Anne, Emma Alice.

In lieu of flowers, buy yourself a bottle of good whiskey, and enjoy it in his memory.

A wake will be held to celebrate Dick’s life. Please join us at the Joyce on Fourth (506 24th Ave SW), on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 1:00p.m. until 4:00p.m.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Dick Lofthouse, 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. So sorry for your loss!
    Words are of no comfort during this time of hurt!
    Wonderful memories are that which remain!
    A life well lived by a great climbing and life mentor!
    I was very privileged to share a rope with “the real thing”!
    Rest in Peace!

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  2. So sorry to hear of the loss of your father, father-in-law and grandfather. What a life! We will raise a glass in his honour and memory.

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  3. Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Ian.

    – Joni-Lynn and Peter

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  4. I too shared a rope with THE MAN on Mount Yamnuska’s south face on one of Dicks original routes. It was a great moment in my climbing career. A good man and a legendary climber.

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  5. I was saddened to read of Mr. Lofthouse’s passing. He was one of my SAIT instructors in 1969. You always wonder over the years what happened to those who helped you in your education. It sounds like Mr. Lofthouse led a full and happy life. It makes me happy today to have learned that.

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  6. Mike & Heather Mortimer

    We will be unable to attend the wake as we are in Mexico. However l wanted to pass on a memory of Dick. I was in Nagano, Japan attending the Japanese Alpine Club’s celebration of the Mt Alberta Ice Axe event. During a tour of an exhibit they had of their 1965 ascent of Mt Alberta, l came across Dick’s Canadian Mountain Guides’ license (I think it was license # 4), which Dick had left on the summit of Mt Alberta during the first “British” ascent with Brian Greenwood. I was fortunate enough to retrieve the license and give it back to Dick in Calgary. He was surprised that it had ended up in Japan but was delighted to get it back. We’ll raise a glass in Mexico

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  7. As a proud current member and Administrative team member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, I am all too cognisant of how we are walking on the shoulders of giants. Much gratitude to Dick and his contributions to professional certified guiding in Canada.

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  8. Glen & Liz Boles

    We were saddened of Dick’s passing, he was an excellent rock
    climber. I climbed occasionally with Dick back in the 1960’s, brings
    back fond memories. Unfortunately we are unable to attend the wake, since I am dealing with my parkinsons.

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  9. Don Vockeroth .

    We leave the memories and moments of our past to be revisited. For me sharing time on a rope and other occasional evenings with Dick was alw ays a pleasure. He was well educated passionate with English style music and dry humor. Will not be able to share in your goodbye tomorrow but will shall your sorry with a dram or two condolences. RIP Dick you led a wonderful life with great family and many friends.

    Don Vockeroth

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  10. Eric and Dorle Lomas

    We were sad to hear about Dick’s passing.

    I met Dick in the early 50’s in the Lake District in England, climbing the same route as he and his climbing partner. We often met in Langdale. In 1955 I caught up with him again in the Moraine Lake area, climbing with Brian Greenwood. Those are happy memories.
    We will be able to join you tomorrow at the wake.

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  11. I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. I knew Dick from his Scottish Country Dancing days at St. Barnabas Church in the 1960s.

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  12. Dick introduced me to snow and ice climbing in the 1950’s on Ben Nevis (Scotland) when I was still a school boy. We spent two Christmas’ camping at the foot of Tower Ridge. He gave me the grounding for something that I enjoyed for many years and I thank him for that.

    I toured the Canadian Rockies in 2005 with my wife when I visited him and (I think) I was surprised to find he had a file of newspaper cuttings of my exploits.

    He will be missed

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