Hugh Richardson Ellis
May 10, 1945 – December 3, 2018
Hugh (Dick) Richardson Ellis May 10, 1945 - December 3, 2018
It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the sudden death of Hugh at home, on Monday, December 3, 2018. Cherished husband, best friend and soul mate of Debbie (Bryant). Hugh (or Dick, as he was known to his family) is predeceased by his parents, Robert and Eleanor Ellis. He is survived by his much loved sisters Wendy (Don Allard), Jane (Dale Walker), and Susan (John Freeman). Loving Son-in-Law to Herb Bryant, and Brother-in-Law- to Don and Cheri Bryant. Also lovingly remembered by a large, extended family of cousins, great -nieces, great-nephews, and of course, friends from across Canada and the US.
To paraphrase his niece, Laurel Jackson, who speaks for many of his friends and family: “You left us too soon. We can hear your full-bellied laugh and you always had a way of making us feel pretty special. And although our paths may not have crossed as often as we wanted, we could always pick up right where we left off. ..You were always the one who seemed to have all the answers and a voracious appetite for knowledge. You had many passions, and you did well… we will miss your joie de vivre.”
Born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1945, Hugh grew up in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He graduated University of Saskatchewan with a B. Commerce, and earned an MBA from University of Toronto. He followed a successful career path that included challenging IT management positions with Data Crown, IBM, CNCP, ADP Systems, and Kinetra.
Hugh loved the mountains and skiing, which ultimately led to his and Debbie’s move to the Denver area. He was also a golfer, an amazing self-taught gourmet cook, and a very talented finishing carpenter. He was a train aficionado, and his collection grew from the cars Santa gave him as a boy, to a reason for travelling across North America to visit the legendary train yards of yesteryear, picking up miniature cars along the way.
The family extends a special thanks to the medical team led by Dr. John Burke at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centre for their attentive care and compassion, and especially to his best friend, Dr. Phil Steininger and his wife Kim, for their exceptional support and kindness over the past few months. Our lives have all been made richer, for having had you in it.
Hugh’s final wishes regarding his passing have been respected by his family, and his remains have been cremated. A small private gathering of family and friends was held, with plans for a Celebration of Life to follow in Ontario in 2019.
Memorial contributions may be made in Hugh’s name to a charity of your choice or to The Rocky Mountain Cancer Centre, 499 E. Hampden Avenue, Suite 450, Englewood, CO 80013
Hugh Richardson Ellis
December 7, 2018
I will never forget the holiday moments at parties, get togethers and dinner spreads the Ellis kitchen cranked out - man what great time at such! The most memorable was Christmas of ‘95 when sitting around the holiday table, Dick read a letter penned by his grandfather from 1942, that was a fond Christmas message to his grown children - early in WWII. Great time.
December 6, 2018
From the moment I met Dick, he made me feel like family. His warmth, humor and good taste made him such a joy to be around! He and Deb have always felt like cousins to me, and I deeply admire them both. And the food! Holy cow, coming to their house when Dick was cooking was always a special occasion. I wondered how he didn't weigh 500 pounds but it didn't matter when he served up lobster bisque paired with Champagne.
May Heaven throw you a beautiful banquet, Dick. Peace and love to you, Deb.
December 6, 2018
I first met Dick through my husband Brian or boyfriend at the time in the summer of 1965 in Ottawa. We had so many fun memories of those crazy Ottawa and Toronto days. The car races in Ste Jovite, the many weekend parties on the lawn in our apartment building in Don Mills . I still remember the Super Bowl party in the 70's and Dick and I drank a couple of bottles of Mateus wine....havent had it since. Dicks sense of humour, intelligence and love of life was contagious. Dick was an usher at our wedding in August '68 and always held a special place in both our hearts. I lost Brian in 2010 and now a dear friend Dick too. Dick was a true gentleman and had an incredible knack of making everyone he met feel special. Oh I will miss you my friend . I send healing hugs to the love of his life Deb. RIP Mr. Ellis