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A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS

OBITUARY

Paul Robert Richard

September 23, 1958December 24, 2019

RICHARD, Paul Robert – 61, of Dartmouth. One of the finest people ever to walk this earth, Paul Robert Richard passed away peacefully on Christmas Eve with his loving family by his side. Paul was the son of Robert (Bob) and Joan Richard of Dartmouth. Paul is survived by his loving wife Lynne, daughter Laura (AJ and grandson Sylas Snow), son Peter; sisters, Lisa, and Janet (Don and nephew Michael MacNeil) and mother Joan. He was predeceased by his father Bob and brother Peter. Paul lived a full life in his sixty one years, and nothing gave him greater joy than his family. He was enormously proud of the incredible people Laura and Peter grew up to be, he lovingly welcomed AJ into the family and he relished being grampy to his newest pride and joy, Sylas. Paul cherished the love and support of Lynne, his proud partner and best friend. His family was everything to him. Paul had a long and distinguished career in healthcare. He began his career as an industrial engineer at the Victoria General Hospital and eventually became the Director of Health Information Services at the QEII. He was employed with Cardinal Health for many years and eventually started his own company, Richway Consulting. During the later years of his career he joined Pivot Consulting. During his career he lead and supported innumerable health care initiatives across Atlantic Canada. He was a consummate professional and was highly respected by his peers. He not only enjoyed the work he did, but far more importantly, the people he worked with. In addition to his family, Paul’s other passion in life was golf, and more specifically Brightwood Golf & Country Club. Paul was a member of Brightwood for over fifty years, serving two terms as club President. Paul knew pretty much everyone at ‘the Wood’, and Paul, or Nip, or Rich, or Rocket, as he was affectionately known, was a proud member of the Ringers golf group. Paul was recently honoured as the first recipient of the Brightwood Builders award, recognizing a lifetime of contribution to the club. Paul beamed from ear to ear as President Mike Connors and incoming President Kevan Mills presented him with the award recently while he was a patient at the Dartmouth General Hospital. To everyone at Brightwood, you will never know how much that meant to Paul or how much his many friends and the staff at Brightwood meant to him over the years. He was also fond of his ‘winter home’ at the Old Port Pub, and to Sheri and the staff, he would want to say thanks. Paul was very committed to his community and spent countless hours working as a volunteer supporting local foundation and charity events. Paul was always game to help out and through sharing his time and talents Paul had a profound impact on many people. Paul had an amazing spirit, he loved people, lived with humility and even in the final stage of his twenty year long fight with cancer Paul remained positive, charitable and more concerned for the people he loved than himself. The legacy we leave, besides our family, is the memories people have of us. By this definition Paul was a great man, who left an incredible legacy. It’s difficult to put into a few words the life of a man, but Paul was a great man; a wonderful husband, a loving father, a deeply proud grandfather, brother, son and just a great friend. He will be missed. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of the Dartmouth General Hospital 4th floor for their compassion and amazing care. Family flowers only, donations to the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation. Cremation has taken place. A service to honour Paul, a funeral mass will be held at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church on Friday January 3, at 11:00 am. A reception to celebrate Paul’s life will follow at the Brightwood Golf & Country Club.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 3, 2020

Memories

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Marion DeBaie

January 4, 2020

You touched the lives of so many people while here on earth. You will be forever missed and never forgotten.. Carl, Marion and Jenn.

Chris Power

January 3, 2020

Paul, you stood tall, you fought hard and you gave much! I will remember you for the great times we had working together at the QEII and then later with Cardinal Health. I always found inspiration in your positive attitude. Lynne and family, I can only imagine the huge void that is now in your life. A great man has left us! Paul leaves behind a wonderful legacy and will always be remembered.

Chris Power

Winnie Coffin

January 2, 2020

I met Paul while working at the VG...he always had a smile
on his face and a wonderful laugh. I met him again a few years ago while sitting side by side in traffic with that same smile . It was a pleasure to have known him. My heartfelt and deepest sympathies to his entire family. An angel has earned his wings...

Eleanor & Sam Walters

January 2, 2020


Joan & the entire Richard Family; We’re sending our sincere condolences to you after hearing of Paul’s passing. May the memories of all the good times help get you through this very difficult time. RIP Paul

Brian Butt

January 2, 2020

Dear Family Members of Paul
I am deeply saddened to hear of Paul's passing. I worked with Paul as a colleague in the Capital Health days when he worked at the Victoria General Hospital. As I bumped into him over the ensuing years he was always happy and positive. He had such an electric spirit!

My deepest condolences are extended to his family. I know this is a great loss to bear. May he be in peace and light and through the mercy of God, may life eternal be granted unto him.

Christine Hopkins

January 1, 2020

I am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Paul in Health Information Services. He was always a fair and kind Director. I remember when I found out his birth date. The night staff called his phone and sang happy birthday on his voice mail. We heard that he enjoyed the sentiment when he listened that morning. He was a wonderful person, I am glad that I knew him.

Christine Hopkins

John Theriault

January 1, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Lynne and family and Joan and family.
Paul was a special person who throughout his career(s) contributed significant improvements to NS health care for the benefits of staff and patients.
As a colleague of Paul's at the VG and QEII, I enjoyed a special relationship with him. This relationship continued after we both left the QEII. Paul was a trusted, loyal, dedicated, hard working and ethical friend, as well as a colleague.
I contacted Paul only 3 weeks ago, hoping to speak to him about an opportunity that I was considering. I was not aware of his failing health. While we spoke, he calmly and clearly told me about his health status and in his usual positive tone indicated that he was eager to support me in any way that he could.
We agreed that I could visit him on December 23rd, but sadly it was not to be. I will miss my friend and my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Carol Ann Snair

January 1, 2020

Lynn, Peter, Laura & Family
Very sorry to hear of Paul passing, our deepest condolences.
Paul started his fight with Cancer during his time with us as Director of Health Information Services and even through difficult days greeted everyone with a smile, positive attitude and sense of humor showing all his strength and endurance, a true leader. Paul will be remembered by the team for his work helping establish the foundation for where Health Information Services is today. Paul spoke often of his family during his career and we are proud to have Peter join us as part of our team.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
The Management and Staff
Health Information Services Department, NSHA

Philip Giles

January 1, 2020

I knew Paul for the past decade since I joined Brightwood. He made me feel welcome immediately even though I was a stranger at the club, and he always had a cheerful greeting for me when our paths crossed. So sorry to hear this news.

Jeff Clark

January 1, 2020

We are very sorry to hear of Paul’s passing
We had the pleasure of meeting him at Brightwood GC after the Rose Bowl competition last September . We are aware of how much of an impact Paul had at Brightwood and with the Rose Bowl. We hope your fond memories of Paul will give you comfort during this difficult time.

Riverside Rose Bowl Team

FROM THE FAMILY