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Donald Bruce Richardson

1935 — January 1, 2019

DONALD BRUCE RICHARDSON 'Rick' It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Bruce 'Rick' Richardson (83) of London, Ontario on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. After a period of failing health, he died peacefully with Carol at his side. Greatly loved and dedicated husband, beloved father, kind and gentle grandfather, accomplished businessman and respected mentor. Born in London Ontario, Rick grew up on Hamilton Road East and attended Medway High School. Rick left London at age 17 to join the Royal Canadian Navy where he served on 9 ships and 3 shore establishments including the Iroquois (Korean Veteran), and a World Tour with the Duke Of Edinburgh on HM Yacht Britannia, and the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway with her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower on board. As a handsome young sailor in Halifax, Rick met the love of his life, Carol, with whom he continued to hold hands and share abundant adventures over 61 years. After starting a family Rick retired from naval service and began a successful sales career with Investors syndicate. Through his service with the Dartmouth Jaycees he was introduced to the wonderful world of radio. From sales at CHNS in Halifax to CKGM in Montreal to Sales Manager and eventual Station Manager of CKWW in Windsor, Rick fell in love with Radio. Returning to his roots in London, Rick purchased CJOE in 1972. Rebranding and reformatting overnight, the new CJBK became the number one local radio station. The success of CJBK led Rick to establish the first Country and Western station in Southwestern Ontario, BX-93 and also to purchase CHOK in Sarnia. Rick served as president of the Dartmouth Jaycees, on the curriculum committee for Fanshawe College Radio Arts Program, Advisory Committee for the London Art Gallery and Museum, on the board of Orchestra London and PACT. Rick and Carol were the first land donors to the Thames Talbot Land Trust (Meadowlily Nature Preserve). A believer in creating businesses out of his hobbies, Rick established Flag Yacht Corporation. His love of ships and the sea also led to extensive world travels. This passion inspired his visionary development of the London International Boat Show. Rick's "retirement" years were spent as president of Richardson Investment Corporation. He was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time in Nova Scotia and Florida. Rick was respected for his bold, brave, creative personality, his positive thinking, goal setting, his love for family, and his ability to stop a conversation with one word or a raised eyebrow. His reputation as a skilled negotiator and the ability to be both firm and fair will always be remembered. Rick's sage advice, counsel and great wit will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Carol, his children; Bruce (Joanne) London, Lynn (Greg Mills) Toronto, Sue-Anne (Alex Hart) London and Alexandria VA. His grandchildren Tristin, Jazmine, Brandon, Jade, Hanna, Dylan (Jayde), Samuel, Olivia, Adam, Saffire, Sophie and great-grandchildren, Nova, Jet, Leilani. Rick was predeceased by his father Bruce; mother Jean; stepfather Peter; infant son Grant William and Brother Jim. Thanks to the dedicated and caring service of the LIHN, palliative care team, PSWs and Nurses who made it possible for Rick to stay at home with family. Rick always referred to life's end as 'the Next Great Adventure'. Bon Voyage, Rick! Rick's Bon Voyage Gathering Visitation Saturday February 2nd, 10:30 a.m. Service to follow St. Paul's Cathedral 472 Richmond St,London Ontario. Details and condolences www.legacy.com/funerals/oneil-london/ In lieu of flowers, if you so desire donations to Salvation Army, ReForest London or Mission Services London are appreciated.
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