Richard Maurice Dexter (Dick)

November 24, 1934

July 14, 2023

Richard “DICK” Maurice Dexter, born on November 24, 1934, peacefully passed away on July 14, 2023, at Burnaby General Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones. Originally from Vancouver, Dick cherished his childhood summers spent at Granthams Landing on the Sunshine Coast, which eventually led him to retire in nearby Sechelt. Sports, particularly basketball, became his forte, and he played a pivotal role in leading the team at Lord Byng Secondary School to a Provincial Championship victory in 1951. This outstanding performance caught the attention of recruiters at Simpson Sears, who offered him a job and a position on the company team as a guard.

It was during his time at the Bargain Center of Sears in Burnaby that Dick first encountered his future spouse, Joan. On January 27, 1961, they exchanged vows and embarked on numerous shared adventures. They served as stewards of the Kitsilano Yacht Club, engaged in sailing races on enterprise sailboats, enjoyed curling at Royal City, and indulged in traveling. Additionally, Dick willingly embraced the task of helping raise Joan’s children, Lynne and Lane Rud.

Dick’s commitment as a husband and stepfather reached new heights when he and Joan decided to purchase a fishing boat to monitor Lane’s fishing escapades at sea. Concerned about Lane’s limited cooking skills, Joan worried he might go hungry. And so, they ventured into the realm of commercial fishing aboard their boat, “the Big Daddy,” providing meals to Lane to ensure his sustenance.

After residing in Sechelt during their retirement for 25 years, where they relished spending time on their sailboat “Spica,” playing golf, volunteering for Citizens on Patrol, and hosting numerous friends and family, Dick and Joan returned to Burnaby to live with their daughter, Lynne.

Subsequent to Joan’s passing on May 08, 2017, Dick, accompanied by his cat Sweetie, relocated to Mulberry Parc in Burnaby, where he found immense joy in the company of many exceptional friends over the next 6 years.

Remembered as an ardent Canucks fan, a connoisseur of coffee, and a feline ally, Dick will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He is survived by his stepchildren, Lynne and Lane (Kelly), his grandchildren, Lauren (David), Kyle (Charlene), Charlie, and Will, and his great-grandchildren, Owen, Finn, and Isla. The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Mulberry Parc and Dr. Bradley at Burnaby General for their compassionate care and kindness during Dick’s illness.

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