February 22, 1940– October 15, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful brother, uncle, great uncle, and dear friend to so many, Dick Leahy. Predeceased by his parents Bill Leahy in 1975 and June Leahy in 2006, he leaves his two sisters and brothers in-law, Susan and Art Lacourciere of Kamloops B.C. and Anne and Mark Johnstone of Campbell River B.C.
Thirty-one years ago Dick became and will be forever known as “Uncle Dick”. He passed on immeasurable amounts of knowledge of the outdoors, fishing, hunting and travel to his nieces and nephews, as well as a bit of political incorrectness to carry them through! Missing him so very much are Genevieve Lacourciere, Erin Lacourciere, Alicia Johnstone (Travis Antoine), Cody Johnstone (Anick Lamarche), Sam Johnstone and Shawn Hall. We will be sure to pass on lots of Uncle Dick stories to great-nieces Ella Antoine Johnstone and Cora Antoine Johnstone.
Dick loved his work as a fisheries research field technician. His long career began at the Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo B.C. in the 1960’s, taking him as far afield as the Bering Sea and Kodiak Alaska, Rotorua and Lake Taupo, New Zealand, various locations on B.C.’s coast, as well as Babine River in the Skeena Valley, Bear River and Conuma on Vancouver Island and a contribution of many years up to the present time, on the Carnation Creek project near Bamfield B.C. Through his work, he formed many lifelong friendships.
Dick was also a tireless volunteer at Glacier View Lodge over the past 10 years. Donations in his memory can be made to the Glacier View Lodge Society, 2450 Back Rd. Courtenay, B.C. V9N 8B5.
We wish to thank all of Dick’s friends and neighbours who visited him, and the doctors and nurses at Campbell River hospital for their excellent care over the past four weeks. A very special thanks to you, Miles.
A celebration of Dick’s life will be held Sunday, November 2, 2014, 1:30 – 4p.m. The Lodge, at Dolphins Resort, 4125 Discovery Drive, Campbell River B.C.
Pour yourself a scotch, put on “The African Queen,” smile and think of Dick.