Jan 23, 1953 - Oct 31, 2021
There will be no service at this time.
There is another eagle soaring in the skies. Rick has received his wings and taken flight after a courageous battle with polycystic disease and related complications on October 31, 2021, in Red Deer, Alberta. He was 68 years of age.
Rick was born and raised in Sackville, New Brunswick to Ila Jean (Hicks) and Henry Kay. He lost both parents by the age of 6 and was cared for by his grandmother, Lois Hicks. After high school, Rick attended trades college in Bathurst, earning his apprenticeship in Sheet Metal and later a journeyman status in Aircraft Sheet Metal from SAIT in Calgary. He worked in construction, aviation, and as a business owner until his declining health forced him into an early retirement in 2015.
Starting in 1975, Rick relentlessly courted Cheri Rogers of Middle Sackville and finally married the lovely and humble girl in 1982. Cheri shared him with many loves: hunting and fishing, the outdoors, hockey, lobster, Harley-Davidsons and, most of all, his family and friends. He was always a Habs fan and had he not been cremated, he would have wanted his casket to be carried by 6 Montreal Canadiens so they could let him down one last time.
Rick leaves to carry on: a son Darnell, his wife, Alisha (Walker), grandchildren: Rett and Ellie; a daughter Hayley, her husband Nathan Oszli and grandson Atreyu; a daughter Denise LeBlanc and granddaughter Gloria; brother Darrell and sisters Nancy (Don Snow) and Patt Wilson; sister-in-law Donna and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandmother Lois Hicks, parents Ila Jean and Henry Kay, brother Ronald, sister Margaret and mother of his daughter Denise, Gloria LeBlanc.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Kym Jim and the nephrology team in Red Deer, Dr. Stephen Fugler in Sylvan Lake, Unit 31 at the Red Deer Hospital, and the caring, compassionate staff at the Red Deer Hospice. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Red Deer Hospice Society would be gratefully appreciated at reddeerhospice.com
Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Condolences may be forwarded to www.sylvanlakefuneralhome.ca
Sylvan Lake and Rocky Funeral Homes, Your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
Patt and families:
I am so sorry for your loss.
May your memories keep him close to you always.
Condolences and hugs, and take care. Sue.
Jim LeFurgey (cousin in Calgary):
You can tell by the number of condolences received that Rick was a well liked guy. I hadn't seen Rick in many years. I was always going to go to Red Deer to meet with Rick and his family but keep putting if off. Wish I had gone. My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Rick's immediate family as well as to his brother (Darrell) and sisters (Pat and Nancy). RIP Rick.
Eleanor (Patterson) Johnson:
Cheri and family, I was shocked when I heard of Ricky passing. My the good Lord be with you at this time. I know we have not kept in touch but but heart still goes out to you.
Filis Fahey :
So very sorry for your loss, Cheri and family. Have many fond memories of his time in Sackville. Soar high, my friend, free from your earthly bonds.
My condolences to you Cheri and family he will be sadly missed.
My condolences to you and yours Cheri.. May God be with you all.
Where do the years go,.. ? We all can smile and laugh at the memories of our younger years while in our hometown of Sackville. There… parked under the town clock would be Cheri and Rick, every Friday and Saturday night, waiting for the weekends first outdoor party to start. Or, in the spur of a moment, decisions are made to head for PEI, maybe Oyster Bed Bridge.
These days were the greatest of all our youth, no doubt, but now our friend Rick has been called to another journey on his own. Where the Harley’s seat has already had the padding removed, getting lower to the pavement in those winding roads.
You will always be remembered Rick, for your sense of humour and fun presence.
My heartfelt condolences to Cheri and all of your family. Until we can all meet again, farewell my friend. RIP
Sharon Hicks :
Cheri, Nancy, Patt, and the rest of the family ... Percy and I send our sincere condolences, so sorry to hear of Ricky's passing. May he rest in peace.
Sharon Hicks and Percy Best
My deepest sympathy to all of Ricky's family. Never will forget all the good times in the old days. Rest easy my friend.
Condolences to Cheri and family.
Shari Thompson (McPhee):
Cheri and family,
Sincere condolences on Ricky’s passing. He was one of the kindest people and had a fabulous sense of humour.
Doreen Thornton ( Connie Walls , Kay) cousin:
I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. RIP Rick, The Lord must have needed another angel in heaven. My deepest condolences to the family . My heart is very heavy right now . Hugs and kisses to all
Bonnie &Roger Blanchard:
so sorry to hear of Ricks passing. he was a kind person, our condolences to his family, thinking of you all, BLESS you All.
Sherryann and Frank:
We are so sorry for your loss. Rick is someone that we have always talked about with great love and respect. He is someone who gave of himself no matter what the situation is or the person. He will be greatly missed.
Cheri, Darnell, and Hayley - I’m sorry for your loss. Rick was always easy to talk to and fun to have around at family gatherings. He will be missed!
Katrina O'Brien (Wicks):
Dear Cheri and family. This broke my heart to read this. Have many fond memories of such a sweet man. He always had such a positive attitude throughout his struggles. My Deepest Condolences to all the family. He left a smile in everyone's heart
Cheri, I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your family as you grieve! Wish I could come give you a huge hug.
So sorry to hear the sad news Cheri. Rick was a good friend and will be sadly missed. Deepest condolences to you and your family. Hugs...
Rob Walker :
My condolences to all the family, he will be greatly missed.
Mary Taylor McLellan:
Cheri,Darnell,Hayley and family's,I so sorry to hear of Rick's passing.RIP my friend and go forward knowing that your smile brought so many a sense of joy.
Peter Oulton and Nancy Bodfield:
Cheri and Family
I am so sorry to hear of your lost.
Rick was a good guy.
Pete and Nancy
My condolences to Cheri and to all the family on hearing of Rick's passing. Haven't talked to Ricky in years, but kept up with all he has had to deal with and always thinking of him from time to time. Sorry for your loss .
Cheri and family, time goes by so quickly and we never seem to have enough that we can share with friends and family. Rick had friends across this country who will all have fond memories of fun activities shared with him and Cheri throughout the years. We all know that his family was his pride and joy and an inspiration to him , as he was to us.
Cheri and family,
I am sorry for the loss of Rick. I always enjoyed my chats with him. We would always like to talk about fishing and his family
I know your hearts will have a piece missing now.
Thank you for sharing the pictures of an always smiling Rick.
Condolences and love
Karry and family.
Roberta Gullacher :
So sorry for your loss Cheri, Darnell and Hayley and families. May time bring you peace.
Bill and Frieda:
What an adventurous life Ricky led with Cheri by his side. The Canadians will be losing a very staunch follower and hopefully he will instill some coaching ideas from his new heavenly home. We are sure that he has made some type of arrangements to continue with his hunting and fishing. Our condolences to Cheri and family and all our love going forward. Hugs and kisses to all.
Heidi Choi :
I remember that sweet man's smile.
He was great father & Grandpa & Husband.
I'm so sorry for this.
Big hugs for the family.
Susan Bell :
My heart goes to Ricky family hid rest his soul
My cousin Ricky and his family were our neighbors - he always was around when we were kids - yes I have stories- as we got older I used to tease him about his height - I would get in trouble with my Dad - Ricky and him were the same height - didn't see Ricky much later in life but when I did he always brought a smile to my face
Deeply saddened by the news of this sweet guy! So many laughs and memories! Thoughts for Cheri, Darnell and Hayley, the families and friends that will miss him! Sending big Hugs!
Cheri, Darnell and family
I'm devastated to hear the passing of Rick, you are all such a loving family my deepest condolences to all of you. May the good lord be with you at this time and memories of such a wonderful man console your hearts forever.
Judy and Chris Wilson:
Cheri and family, we are very sorry for your loss.
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