Richard Earl ‘aka Blackie’ Jack

December 20, 1940 – September 9, 2021
In Loving Memory ~ Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Judy. Son Alan (Anna) Jack, grandsons Ethan and Isaac. Daughter Glynis (Ken) Anderson, grandson Riley and favourite granddaughter Eilish.
Sister-in-laws Islay Jack and family (Manitoba), Nita Jack and family (Qualicum) and Mamie Markin and family (Port Alberni).
He was predeceased by his brothers Alex and Ron and Brothers-in-law Bill and Ritchie.
Richard was born and raised in the Alberni Valley, attended 8th Ave Elementary, ADHS, then graduated from Vancouver Island Technical College in 1960. He worked for MB Sproat Lake Division as a Heavy-Duty Mechanic for 44.5 accident free years.
Richard was a 28-year member of the Cherry Creek Fire Department where he enjoyed being the star pitcher for their slo-pitch team. He loved to coach little league for his kids and continued to show up at the various fields and arenas to watch his grandkids playing ball, hockey, soccer, ballet and horse shows. Nothing made him prouder than those grandchildren.
He loved puttering in the shop with them, making presents for their parents and their Nana. A lover of classic cars, he enjoyed fixing up his Merc and volunteering at the Thunder in the Valley races. His annual trip to Pink Mountain (35 years’ish) with the hunting group was the highlight of his year. Often coming home empty handed but full of stories of the fun and companionship. He also became known as one of the self-proclaimed “Geriatric Five” who could be found rain or shine walking the dyke, gossiping away.
Richard had an incredible sense of humour. He was well liked by everyone he met and loved meeting people, often just starting a conversation with whoever was nearby. A literal “jack of all trades” and fixer of things. One who could stretch a nickel acquiring the right part. He loved gardening (albeit reluctantly!), and in the summer months you would quite likely find him under the big old maple tree with a cold beer right about 4 pm. He is gone from his family far too soon and we will miss him dearly! Many thanks to Dr. Wendy Johnson and the palliative care team.
There will be no service by his request. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated, perhaps the WCGH Emergency Room Expansion Fund.
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