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