Richard Stewart Bryson

Richard passed away peacefully at his home in Victoria, B.C. on January 3rd, 2022, at a time of his choosing and in the company of his immediate family, following a lengthy illness. Richard was born in New Westminster, B.C. on December 1st, 1941, to his parents Bruce and Margery Bryson. Richard will be deeply missed by his wife of 54 years, Sandra, his siblings Elaine (Al) and Rob, his children David (Caron) and Neala (Troy), and his grandchildren Taewyn, Mhina, Daragh, Cian and Criona.

Richard was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle and grandfather. After graduating from New Westminster Secondary School, Richard worked for the Royal Bank of Canada for more than 40 years, where he made lifelong friends. It was while working that Richard first met Sandra, recently emigrated from England and starting a nursing career in Canada. Work took them and their family to Burns Lake, Delta, Vernon, Kelowna and Cranbrook before returning to the Vancouver area.

A shared passion of Richard and Sandra’s was gardening. Avid members of gardening clubs in South Surrey, they built a dream garden on their acreage, creating a natural oasis for them and a natural playground for their grandchildren. Richard also loved travelling, both with Sandra, as well as with his children and grandchildren; the trip to England in June 2019 will be a special memory for all, as were trips with special friends to Europe, Hawaii and the Maritimes.

Following his retirement, Richard became an avid woodcarver, making many good friends and creating duck carvings and whimsical fairy houses that will be treasured. Richard was also a significant contributor to the community with volunteer roles with the YMCA in New Westminster, several Rotary Clubs, the Peace Arch Rhododendron Society, the Probus Club of Royal Oak and at Goward House in Victoria, B.C.

Richard was a loving man, a loyal friend, a skilled artist, quick to laugh, reliable, supportive and compassionate. Richard was always up for an adventure, from cross-country skiing, boating and camping, to the many other endeavours that he would want to try. Family was his most important and lasting legacy. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Richard will be buried at Royal Oak Burial Park in Victoria, B.C. The family’s heartfelt thanks go to friends, family and medical professionals who have supported Richard during the past two years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gardens at HCP

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  1. My dear Neala:
    I am very sorry to hear of your dads passing. Dad’s are special and hold a place in our heart that is reserved only for him.
    Hold on to the memoires with laughter, love and tears.

  2. Gerald & Lorraine Burns

    Gerry and I were so saddened to learn of Richard’s passing. We always enjoyed his company, his ready smile, his gardening expertise, and learning about his new found interest in carving. We remember the joy he expressed regarding your special family trip to England in 2019. What a wonderful memory for all of you. Your Richard will be greatly missed but we know you will always have him close in your heart.

  3. Dear Neala and family. Thank you sharing news about your dad and grandfather’s passing. I loved reading about the ways in which he enriched the lives of his family and many others in the communities in which he lived. What a blessing for all of you to have such rich memories to hold close. It won’t be easy to carry on without his physical presence although I hope that his legacy of love and his spirit will bring you comfort.
    Nancy Mabey

  4. Dear all,
    So sad to hear the news of our dear Uncle Richard’s passing. I loved reading about his life. He was such a character. I will treasure our chats on Tofino beach talking about life. He was so wise and funny in the same moment. I loved watching him with his hat on on his computer game in his amazing den and how proud he was to show us his wood work. He made me laugh about coffee and the funny moments with Aunty Sandra in the kitchen with my Mum – such amazing memories. He will be greatly missed by all and never forgotten! Love you all so much xxxx Emma, Steve, Holly and Harry

  5. Dear Sandra,
    So sorry to hear of Richards passing. It was lovely to have seen you all back in 2019 with the family and catch up , if only briefly. One could feel the love and bond you all had for each other that flowed downward from both you and Richard as the elders. Having read his obituary it is clear you were great mates and best friends for all of those years . Wishing you all the love there is at this moment in time.
    With all our love ,
    Julie and David

  6. Dear Sandra, Neala and family.
    Sad to hear of Richard’s passing. Good to know he was in a loving and supportive environment as he faced his health challenges.
    With loving thoughts, Ricky

  7. Dear Sandra, We are sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. We feel privileged to have known him and will miss him at our Probus gatherings. He was such an integral part of our club. Take comfort in the memories.

  8. Teresa & Chris Adams

    Dear Sandra,Neala & David
    We were so sorry to hear of Richards death and know he was such a gifted person with a great sense of humour.We have fond memories of our last visit to you and remember him showing us his exquisite wood carvings in his workshop.You are all very much on our thoughts at this very sad time.With love from us all

  9. harold &margot forrest

    Harry and Margot are so sad that Richard has died. He was a “great guy”, and we consider it privelage to have called him a friend. We have fond memories of Mah Jong games and committee meetings with him. He had a great sense of humor and a tolerant attitude to the “learners” in our group. He will be sadly missed but happily remembered.

  10. Mike and Mery Hamppden-Smith

    Dear Sandra, Neala, David and families,
    So very sad that it is time to say goodbye to Richard, he looked so well on your visit in 2019.
    We have some lovely family photos outside the cottage on your visit, he looked so jovial with his cheeky smile. It is nice to remember him that way.
    We cannot imagine how hard it has been for you all over these last few years.
    We send our love and heartfelt condolences at this dificult time.

  11. Dear Sandra, we were truly saddened to hear of Richards death. We will certainly miss his dry wit at our Probus Club meetings and his patient explanations of the mysteries of calculating Mahjong scores! He is such a big loss to us all. With love, Jim and Ina Masterton.

  12. Edith & Ross Noel

    Dear Sandra & family,

    A great Soul is journeying on; memories and LOVE linger!
    Peace to all. We are fortunate that Richard touched our lives.

    Thank you!
    Edith & Ross

  13. Claire Armitage

    Dear all,
    So sorry to hear Richard has passed away, we will treasure our memories of when you visited us in 2019. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. It was wonderful to read about his life. Sending much love.
    Claire, Paul, Isla and Faye

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