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Richard ABRAMS

Richard “Dick” Gary Abrams, a beloved and respected member of the Gananoque community, peacefully passed away on the morning of June 6, 2023, at Carveth Care Centre. He was born on June 25, 1939, in Kingston and was raised alongside his sister Carole by their late parents, Juanita and Jack Abrams. Dick cherished his early education at a one-room school on the Middle Road.

In 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy, and together they raised three children – Jonathan, David, and Jennifer – while residing on the beautiful St. Lawrence River west of Gananoque. Richard not only pursued a successful career in education but also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in history and geography from Queen’s University in 1971. Throughout his 33-year tenure as a teacher, vice principal, and principal in Scarborough and the Gananoque area, he was widely admired for his dedication and commitment to shaping young minds. Richard firmly believed that teachers have the power to leave a lasting impact that extends far beyond the classroom.

Dick Abrams will be remembered as a devoted father and grandfather who always took immense pride in his family. He approached life with passion and a genuine concern for others. Described by students, colleagues, and friends as a compassionate and humble gentleman, Richard was known for his warm smile and his ability to make time for everyone. He cherished moments spent with loved ones on his cherished boat, “Cope-a-setic,” as they explored the St. Lawrence River. Additionally, Richard actively served his community and church, and he found joy in activities such as Lions Club fellowship, Masonic and Shrine associations, campfire sing-alongs, and fishing with his buddies.

Among his many achievements, Richard served as CEO and Potentate of Tunis Shrine in Ottawa and sat on the Board of Governors of Shriners Hospitals for Children Canada. He was honored with the “Distinguished Service Medal” from the Royal Arch Masons of Canada and was recognized as a “Melvin Jones Fellow” by Lions Club International Foundation.

Richard Abrams is survived by his loving wife Nancy, their children Jonathan, David, and Jennifer, grandchildren Jack, Megan, Madison, and Morgan, his sister Carole Johnston, his brother-in-law Paul Scott, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members. The family held visitation on June 28 and a memorial service on June 29, which took place at Grace United Church, Gananoque, followed by a gathering at the Gananoque Curling Club. The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated staff at Carveth Care Centre, Providence Manor, Care Partners, Bayshore Home Health, and Dr. Al Maitland for their exceptional care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals of Canada, Grace United Church, The Alzheimer’s Society of Lanark County, or any other charity of choice. Those who were unable to attend the memorial service may access a recording of it on YouTube via “Grace United Church Gananoque.” The Tompkins Funeral Home and Cremation Services, located at 63 Garden Street, Gananoque, is entrusted with caring for Richard’s final arrangements. To reach the funeral home, please call (613) 382-3088.

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