It is with great sadness that the family of Dick Ulmer announces his peaceful passing at his home April 18, 2017.
He will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife Patricia, daughters Nancy and Colleen, his many grand children, his sister-in-law Della and his niece Shawna and family and many cousins.
Dick was born and educated in Swift Current Sask. After graduating, he worked in the retail business (Woolworths and MacLeod’s). After many transfers, Dick and his family were transferred to Prince Rupert, where he opened the MacLeod’s store in the Ocean Centre Mall in 1974. A few years later, Dick refused a transfer to Ontario because Prince Rupert felt like home. He changed careers and began working at the Canadian Grain Commission; he started at the waterfront location and 24 years later, he retired from the Ridley location.
He loved the outdoors, camping and sailing. He always gave generously to the community of his time and energy with over 50 years of volunteering. He was a wonderful, loving man and he will be missed in a multitude of ways by family and friends. The things he valued most was honesty, love of families and friends, a positive attitude, an incredible work ethic, gentleness, kindness, always doing his best and always being there offering love and support when needed.
Dick always enjoyed the time spent along the Skeena River and would often comment on how breathtaking the scenery was.
Dick enjoyed road trips to his daughters’ weddings and meeting grand children and later being the proud grand parent at graduations. He enjoyed hearing all of their latest accomplishments, thanks to FaceTime. Dick was so proud of Matthew, Blake, Kristi, Ellyn, Kayt (Zack), Alex and his great-grand son Tres. Dick’s focus was his family, his love and support will always be treasured.
Cremation has taken place and a private service was held at the First United Church in Prince Rupert B.C. Family and friends will gather at a later date where Dick will be placed in the memorial wall with his brother Clifford and nephew Michael at Alto Reste Cemetary in Red Deer, Alberta.
Patti and family wish to express their deepest gratitude for the gestures and encouragement shown to Dick during his courageous battle with heart disease. They would also like to express thank to friends for the overwhelming kindness and healing thoughts shown to them at this difficult time. It is so appreciated and will be remembered. The family would also like to thank Dr. Croft and Dr. Browne for their compassion and care. As well, a heartfelt thank you to the Prince Rupert Archives and Ministerial Association and everyone else involved for the Sunset Memorial Service held at Mariners Park, it was a beautiful service.
Donations towards a CT angio gram can be made to:
North Coast Health Improvement Society
P.O. Box 326
Prince Rupert, B.C.
Thank you from the Ulmer Family