John Rutherford Richardson
June 27, 1924 – September 26, 2017
It is with great sadness that the family of John Rutherford Richardson, known as “Rud” to his friends, announces his passing on September 26, 2017, at the age of 93 in Nelson British Columbia.
Rud was pre-deceased by the love of his life Laura in August of 2016. Rud will be lovingly missed by his daughter Karen, son-in-law Bruce and grandchildren Lauren and Ian, cousins Brent and Charlotte Richardson, Pam Hierlihy and close friends Wendy Gibson, Chris Smith, Jenna, Reese and Riley.
Rud was born on June 27th, 1924 in the small town of Ochre River Manitoba. It is also where he met and eventually married his high school sweet heart Laura, on July 16th of 1948.
He joined the Canadian Military during World War II. After the war, they traveled North America and Europe with the Canadian Military until 1974 when they retired in Comox. Rud worked as a civilian auditor for the Department of National Defense until 1984.
Rud will be missed for his sense of humour, infectious laugh, his love of children and his ability to fix almost anything including the bumper on the motor home twice.
Karen’s buddies will remember “Ruddy Buddy Beer” and happy hour at the Richardson’s, a tradition that continued until he entered care. The fishing stories with Howie and Ken, and the loud outfits that he wore while cutting the grass will not be soon forgotten.
Rud will be remembered for his dedication to the community. Both he and Laura worked with the child identification network that created the data base to prevent lost and missing children in association with the Wing in the 1990’s.
He was one of the founders of Glacier Greens Golf Club and he spent many hours volunteering at the Comox United Church. Rud also spent many afternoons calling Bingo to fundraise for children’s charities.
The family would like to thank Dr. Trevor Janz and the staff of Mountain Lakes Seniors Community for the care and compassion that they showed for Rud over the past year.
A graveside service with family and friends will be held in July of 2018 where he and Laura will be laid to rest beside their parents in Ochre River Manitoba.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC or the Canadian Cancer Agency or BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
“Online condolences may be expressed at www.thompsonfs.ca”
Thompson’s Funeral Home