February 13, 1927 ~ September 26, 2014
Richard John Wassick was born on February the 13th, 1927 at the Kootenay Lake General Hospital and grew up in Nelson. He was the second son of Harry and Anne Wassick, Nelson hotel owners and long time residents, with two brothers Red Wassick and Bob Wassick, and two sisters Betty Agnew and Dorothy Anderson.
Richard was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, fisherman, hunter, hockey player, musician, log house builder and unconditional friend. He was an active member of Masonic Lodge number 23.
Richard attended school in Nelson, graduated high school in 1946. He then apprenticed as an automotive parts-man at McKenzie, White and Dunsmuir in Nelson and then on to Finning Tractor before becoming a cat operator for C.P.R. where he was maintenance of way from Vancouver to Crowsnest. He also had a short-term trucking business in Kimberley, B.C. before employment with the fertilizer plant in Kimberley; then West Kootenay Power and Light at South Slocan for 32 years retiring in 1991.
He spent most of his spare time building a spectacular log house at Trout Lake B.C. from scratch, logging out of the bush for 60 cedar logs and taking forty years to complete. He loved Nelson and the area and never wished to leave.
Richard married his school sweetheart, Isabel Doris Trevelyan Coleman at 7 pm August 4th. 1948 here in St. Saviours Pro Cathedral 66 years ago. Together they had four children; Connie, Dick, Bud and Duncan, six grandchildren, Rick Dawson, Nicholas and Dalton Wassick, Cassie and Mac Wassick, and Madison Wassick; two great grandchildren Coleton and Merrissa Dawson.
NOTICE OF PASSING
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard John Wassick, on Friday, September 26, 2014 in Nelson, BC.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00am at St. Saviour’s Pro Cathedral, 723 Ward Street, Nelson, BC. Interment will follow at the Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery
Online condolences may be expressed at
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.