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Valleyview Funeral Home

165 Valleyview Road, Kelowna, BC

OBITUARY

Richard Harrison Gross

26 March , 19471 July , 2019

Richard Harrison Gross March 26, 1947 - July 1, 2019 Rick peacefully passed away at the age of seventy-two after a brief battle with cancer. Remembered and greatly missed by his loving wife, Sharon, sons Jeff (Lisa), and Lindsay ( Susie), grandsons Berkley, Ryan and Jaxon, granddaughter Avery, sister Mary (son Dorian), sisters-in-law Fay, Joyce, Dee, and many nephews, nieces and friends. Rick was born in Edmonton and moved to Victoria at the age of five. At nineteen he left home to join the RCMP. While completing training near Red Deer he met the love of his life whom he married fifty years ago this July. They were transferred to Killam where their two sons were born. After an early retirement from the RCMP Rick was able to use his writing skills when he became editor of the Wetaskiwin News Advertiser, a job he loved. Rick was an active member of the Kinsman Club but his passion lay in the sports world where he coached in many levels of fastball and hockey. He helped coach the Camrose Merchants to a National Fastball Championship victory in New Brunswick in 1984. He so enjoyed watching his sons excel in each sport. Rick was a great fan of the Edmonton Oilers and the B.C. Lions. Upon retiring to Kelowna in 1997, Rick helped set up the Restorative Justice Program and volunteered at the RCMP office for twenty years. Over the years he enjoyed many sailing and golfing trips with the friends that he had known since kindergarten. We will all miss his kindness, his great sense of humour, and his love of storytelling. A private memorial will be held July 13.

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vernon benn

10 July 2019

We are all going to miss him. He was a great friend and team-mate and golfing buddy. Our foursome has just become a threesome and that's the way it will probably stay as no-one can replace Rick.

Garry McKevitt

10 July 2019

He was a wonderful friend. Irreplaceable.

David Scholefield

6 July 2019

There are a thousand memories I could write about Rick as we have been the closest of friends for over sixty years. As I write this, I’m watching the Lions on TV. Normally Rick and I would exchange emails after the games telling each other how we would have played/coached/or even TV-announced. Many of my 60+ years of my close friendship with Rick included the Lions. We played Joe Kapp-Willie Fleming football in various backyards for years. We served hotdogs and drinks at the Royal Theatre in Victoria when the Lion’s home games were carried on closed circuit TV on the big screen. As teenagers our parents actually let us travel on our own to Vancouver to see games, staying in questionable hotels and eating questionable food. We went to the Lions first Grey Cup together in 1964, More recently it was attending the Lion’s training camps in Kamloops combined with badly-played golf. I think that Rick is watching the game I’m watching right now. I’m going to miss his post-game opinion; but I’ll also miss his terrific sense of humour, his encyclopedic knowledge of Rock music and the intense pride he had in his family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY