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Courtice Funeral Chapel

1587 Highway #2, Courtice, ON

OBITUARY

Richard Avery

February 10, 1944May 31, 2020

AVERY, Richard VanWyck

Heaven has gained an incredible voice. Richard VanWyck Avery (Feb. 10, 1944 - May 31, 2020) died at Lakeridge Oshawa following a brief illness. Richard leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Lorraine (nee Nicholle), his daughter Nicholle Stanisz, her husband Mark and was fiercely proud of his three grandchildren: Matthew and twins Emily and Sarah. Richard also leaves behind his sister Jane Ross, her husband Grant and their children Jennifer, Heather and Catherine, along with their families. He leaves behind niece Emma Barrie and son, nephew Robert Barrie and children, and predeceased niece Effie Foreman (all three were children of Louise and Doug Barrie (sister-in-law and brother-in-law), who are also predeceased. His father Harry Avery was a CIBC bank inspector and mother Madeline (nee VanWyck) minded the home - both predeceased Richard. Richard had a kind and gentle heart, mixed with a wonderful sense of humour and was blessed with a bountiful store of information he could summon at will. But it was his unmistakable voice that made him shine in his career. For decades, Richard was part of the bedrock of Canadian media and he retired from Broadcast News in Nov. 1996, capping off an illustrious career of 36-plus years. He began working as a messenger with Broadcast News in 1960 and was described as a 'clean-cut, well-mannered and intelligent young chap.' He quickly moved to editorial and soon became one of the most respected news editors in the company. During his retirement dinner, icon after icon in the news industry paid tribute to his work and career. Comments from his colleagues during that retirement dinner emphasized the impact he had mentoring younger staff. Positive, creative, loyal, caring, supportive, dedicated, encyclopedic knowledge, experienced - these were all terms that came up over and over to describe him. One friend simply summarized him thus: 'Richard was the guy who knew everything.' Richard was an ever-hopeful Chicago Bears fan, loved to watch their games, owned an extensive assortment of Bears fan gear and shared sports talk with his grandson - who also became a Bears fan - and Richard would often host Super Bowl parties. He spent countless summers at his trailer at Camp Hillbilly, in the Muskoka region of Ontario, entertaining family, friends and colleagues throughout the years. And he could sing with that marvelous voice. Richard was a lover of classical music and sang for years along with his wife in the choir with the Blythwood Road Baptist Church and later the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto. He also had a love of military air force history and if you ever visited his home you would see entire walls adorned with paintings and prints of Spitfires. Richard purchased his childhood home in North York and in later years moved with Lorraine to Clarington to be nearer to their daughter and family. Special thanks to kind and compassionate nurse Gini on 7C and the nurses on the Dialaysis Unit Pods B and C Lakeridge Health Oshawa. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Arrangements entrusted to COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1587 Highway #2, Courtice, ON (905-432-8484). Finally, a quote by Richard from his farewell post on the BN wire in 1996:

'So let me simply say goodbye, good luck and God bless. 73's and 30.'

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Barb Myers

June 4, 2020

I met Richard in High School, Northview Heights Collegiate, many years ago where we were both in the music class and played violin in the orchestra. After we left school we went on to very different careers and I didn't know what he was doing until I turned on the radio one day and heard a very familiar voice. It didn't take me long to realize that this amazing voice could only belong to one person and when he ended the broadcast with, "This is Richard Avery reporting to you from Ottawa", I was thrilled for him. He had found his calling and who could ask more of life than that? Years later when we met again at the fiftieth reunion of our high school I met his wife Lorraine and knew that his personal life was just as fulfilling as his professional life! They were clearly lucky to have found each other! I feel so badly for Lorraine and his family. They had so much more love still to share and many more happy memories to make!


David and Donna Swift

June 2, 2020

It was with great sadness that we learned of Richard’s death on Sunday. Richard had a long period of kidney failure that required dialysis. Lorraine, the love of his life, was his rock in providing advocacy and daily care that allowed Richard to stay home until the last week before he died.
Both Richard and Lorraine were our dear friends for over 60 years. Donna’s father, Oliver McLaughlin, was responsible for getting 16 year old Richard a job at the Canadian Press. And the rest is history.
Richard introduced David to Donna and Donna introduced Lorraine to Richard. We all were involved in participating in each other’s weddings and have been visiting each other for dinners over the years. We all appreciated his love of good wine, food and music and visited both at their home and trailer.
Nicholle was a great blessing in their lives and the 3 grandchildren and Mark made their family complete. They were all loved by Richard and he loved to give updates about their progress whenever we saw him. He will leave a huge void in his family and in the lives of his friends.
Our deepest condolences go to Lorraine and the family.
We will miss his kind, generous spirit and his soft heartedness but we know he lives on in our hearts and memories.

Mike Emslie

June 2, 2020

It was always nice to see Richard when he came around Emslie's garage. He was always in a joyful mood and always had time to share his thoughts. RIP - RVA YYZ.

Paul Rhodes

June 2, 2020

Very sorry to hear about Richard's passing. Our paths crossed years ago when we were both reporters and again more recently through the shooting sports. I have great memories of range trips to Galt and Colby with Richard and the conversations afterwards over lunch.

My condolences to Lorraine and family and may Richard rest in peace.

Derek Shanks

June 2, 2020

I have so many memories of Richard as I worked with him at BN for close to 30 years. He shared his editing techniques with me and was always ready to help when needed. As we always signed off on the end of written copies with -- 30 -- i will always cherish the talks we had while working together. R-I-P Richard.

Bob Trimbee

June 2, 2020

I knew Richard as a fellow Broadcast News employee. A vivid recollection involved his work assembling a corporate video explaining the the vital role BN played in developing broadcast journalism in Canada. Even within media few appreciated BN's media role and the video became a core element of BN presentations at industry conventions across Canada. It also was played at a BN board of directors meeting, prompting Marty Goodman, then publisher of The Toronto Star , to say something akin to the video was needed to explain the role of The Canadian Press as a core element Canadian media, an enterprise he described as a Canadian national treasure. When I left BN in 1983, Richard was serving as BN's senior editor. Prior to that appointment and his return to Toronto, Richard and Conrad Hoddinott were instrumental in establishing BN Voice, a national audio news service, producing daily audio news reports of parliamentary and national political news. It was there that Richard's voice first became a recognized element of BN service across Canada. Recently I learned that Richard was also a resident of Clarington and I had hoped to talk to him about his BN career and experiences only to hold off bothering him after learning of his battle with kidney disease and the need for frequent dialysis. In retrospect I should not have been so timid because it now has become a lost opportunity to get his perspective on the development of broadcasters' growing importance in providing Canadians with news coverage of Canadian events at home and abroad. He shall be missed and the depth of that loss will grow as the structure of CP-BN changes and the news co-operative's core role within Canadian journalism diminishes with the growing loss of stalwarts such as Richard together with a shift from factual news reporting to editorial news reporting. That may not be news to many bit it is a reality. God speed Richard.

Mark Trombley

June 2, 2020

Very sad news, I'm a GRRC club member.

RIP Richard

Kimberly and Richard Martin

June 1, 2020

I was blessed to meet Richard, when his wife and I were colleagues in a Toronto retirement home. Lorraine had brought me under her wing and I often went to their home in North Toronto for a meal and a visit.

It was truly my favourite part of the week to go there and hear Richard's stories, and watch his and Lorraine's wonderful relationship. They were both such an encouraging and supportive force in my life at what was a challenging time for me.

I will be forever grateful for that time with Richard and Lorraine. He will definitely be missed. My Richard and I are so very sorry for your loss. With much love.

Wes Winkel

June 1, 2020

Richard was a long time customer and friend. Shared many long chats and always enjoyed his wisdom. Sincere condolences from the staff here at Epps to Lorraine and family.

Sharon Hess

June 1, 2020

Larry and I will miss my amazing Canadian cousin. Over the years we enjoyed getting to know him and his lovely wife Lorraine and family. We were pleased when they visited us in our home in Georgia. Visiting them in their home was wonderful. We exchanged many emails always enjoying his insights into politics and what was going on in the United States. God rest his soul.

FROM THE FAMILY