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Richard Gauvin

Richard O. Gauvin, born on April 19, 1928, in Dalhousie, NB, passed away on September 12, 2023, at the age of 95. He was the son of the late Camille Gauvin and Hélène Landry. Richard had a deep love for education and dedicated his life to it. He graduated from Dalhousie schools in 1946 and funded his university education by working summers in paper mills. He earned his B.Sc. from StFX in 1950, his B.Ed. from UNB in 1951, and his M.Ed. from UNB in 1973.

Throughout his career, Richard made significant contributions to education. He taught science at Bathurst High School from 1951 to 1960 and was highly regarded as a teacher. His teaching skills earned him a Shell Merit Fellow for advanced study in science at Cornell University. He then went on to become the principal of Mgr. Leblanc High School from 1960 to 1967 and taught chemistry during his tenure. From 1967 to 1974, Richard served as the Regional Superintendent of Schools for Restigouche and Gloucester counties. He also held various leadership positions in education, including Chairman of the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Teacher Licensing and Certification. Richard retired in 1985 after 35 years of dedicated service.

Outside of his professional life, Richard had a wide range of interests. He was actively involved in coaching basketball, hockey, and soccer in the schools where he taught. He also organized tournaments in several sports and introduced the yearbook at both schools. Richard participated in numerous educational committees and associations, including the Provincial Curriculum Committee and the Provincial Science Subcommittee. In his personal life, he enjoyed dancing, golfing, curling, and playing bridge, often sharing these activities with his wife and best friend, Betty.

Richard and Betty had a beautiful life together, raising five children and creating lasting memories as a family. They traveled extensively, visiting countries such as Great Britain, Europe, Cuba, and China. They also enjoyed cruising and exploring various destinations. In 1990, they began spending their winters in Lakeland, Florida, where they enjoyed the sunshine, golf, swimming, and time with their children and grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his wife, Alberte “Betty,” their children, Nicole, Jacques (Jean Belga), André (Susan Chalmers), Eric (Karen Liebenau), and daughter-in-law Kathy Warren. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several other extended family members. Richard was predeceased by his parents, as well as his brothers Emile, Adrien, and George, sister Jeannine, and son Robert.

A memorial mass will be held on October 21st at 11:30 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1500 Hanwell Rd., with Fr. Bill Brennan as the celebrant. Interment will take place at the Hermitage Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Chalmers Foundation. Online condolences can be shared at http://www.mcadamsfh.com.

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