Richard TONKIN

August 29, 1952-June 4, 2014

Richard Tonkin of Comox Valley (formerly of Campbell River) passed away suddenly this past Wednesday.

Our father was unconventional, complicated and charming. He made everyone feel special; he could make someone immediately feel comfortable and understood. He respected each individual. He had a great sense of humour; loved to laugh. He didn’t take the rules of life too seriously, much to the chagrin of most government agencies. He refused to conform. He was passionate, spiritual, gentle. He loved beautiful music, meaningful songs. He loved the ocean and this coast. He always had his camera ready to shoot a beautiful spot. He was a part of us when he was alive and will continue to be a part of us even though he has moved on. When those he loved were around, it made him very happy.

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