Richard William Fyfe


Richard led a storied life.  Born in Saskatoon on February 1, 1932, he grew up in rural Saskatchewan. He married Lorraine Doll in 1957, and the couple embarked on the first of many adventures.   After a three-year term as both an elementary teacher and principal in remote arctic communities in Nunavut, he entered into his lifelong passion as a conservation research scientist.  From Ottawa, Ontario to Sackville, New Brunswick and finally settling in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Richard was employed by the Canadian Wildlife Service. Perhaps his most noteworthy contribution was his work spearheading the peregrine recovery program, which brought the peregrine falcon back from the brink of extinction.  In March 2000, he was awarded Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada, in recognition of this outstanding contribution to his country.

 Richard’s life embodied the values of hard work, integrity and pursuing one’s passions. He was a devoted father and loving husband, encouraging his five children to embrace every opportunity that life offered.  Richard was an active member of the community, involved in organizations such as Rural Crime Watch, and coaching children’s hockey.  His involvement as an instructor of the Christopher Leadership Course touched many lives over several decades.

Richard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years Lorraine Fyfe, and their children Kenneth (Michelle), Kipling (Victoria Brilz), Maureen (Sylvain LeClerc), Kelly (Wendy), and Carolyn (Greg Thompson). He is also survived by his grandchildren Melanie Fyfe, Nolan Fyfe, Ryan Fyfe (married to Luisa), David Fyfe, Alison Hilborn (married to Ben Hilborn), Etienne Leclerc, Joel Leclerc, Nathan Fyfe, Matthew Fyfe, Jason Fyfe, Rachel Fyfe, Michael Fyfe, Stephanie Thompson, Chelsea Thompson, and Scott Thompson. He is also survived by his great granddaughter Rihanna Fyfe. Richard is predeceased by his mother, Agnes Fyfe,  his father  William Fyfe, and his brother Barry Fyfe (Loverne).

 Funeral service will be held Tuesday June 20, 2017 at Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Fort Saskatchewan at 11:00 am.

 In Lieu of Flowers, Donations can be sent to:

 The Heart & Stroke Foundation

100-119 14th Street NW

Calgary, Alberta T6H 5G8


 The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Suite 400, 36 Eglington Ave W

Toronto, Ontario M4R 1A1



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Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church

10004 - 101 Street
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta T8L 1V9

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Tony and Janet Erskine

We recently learned of Richard Fyfe’s passing, and wished to send sympathy to his family. We knew Fyfes when they were living in Sackville,N.B. 1965-67, Richard and Tony both in Canadian Wildlife Service.

Power Family

Poem for Richard

Dark shadows hide most of it, except the smaller branches that let the remaining light shine through and give away its tree-ness.
Between the shadows and in the horizon, are lovely soft hues of color.
A lavender or lilac in the upper right, muted and matte from rain clouds.
In the lower left, beautiful luminescent peach turned pink with the light of day still shining through.
As the sun sets, I see its’ handiwork through the office window.
I am attracted to its beauty and celestial nature, and then….I think of Richard,
Whose bright smile and sparkly eyes, featured in the wholesome and always fresh face framed by white hair, is forever etched in our memory.
He was a man – admired, educated, active and industrious, a contributor.
Where are you Richard, son of God.
With us, but not.
Having transcended your flesh,
No longer in the valley of tears, but
Somewhere in that great Celestial Abyss, among the angels and saints,
Promised by Christ, you journey with the Advocate to meet with Your Heavenly Father and Creator.
God Bless you Richard.
We honour your memory. Rest, Eternal, we pray, be granted unto you.


Margaret Bodenham

Our sympathies to the family he will was one fine gentleman who inspired so many. I have such fond memories of the Fyfe’s visiting Bracebridge and how Bud would share his love for nature and universe. We were so blessed to have him in the family. Love and prayers to Lorraine and family. Margaret and Merle

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