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OBITUARY

Mr. Richard "Dick" Allan Bergman

June 22, 1940August 15, 2019

With great sadness we announce the passing of our father. Richard is survived by his wife Teresa of 55 years, son Richard John of Ottawa (Jody Delwo) and Lorie Teresa (Wade Sabados) of N. Vancouver. He was predeceased by his mother Evelyn and father Agnar Bergman. He will be missed by his grandchildren: Hana, Haden and Dane Sabados of N. Vancouver and Grace Bergman of Ottawa. He leaves behind his brother Donald (Nui) of Burnaby BC and his nephews Cameron and Brent Bergman of Vancouver BC. Richard grew up in Port Alberni, BC and attended Alberni District High School where he was an avid basketball player and pole vaulter. He graduated in 1958, attended UBC and played for the Thunderbirds varsity basketball team. He joined the RCMP in 1962, and was transferred to Thompson, MB. He and Teresa were married in 1964 in Edmonton, AB. In 1967 he joined the Forensic Toxicology section of the RCMP and attended the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated with a B.Sc. in 1972 followed by an M.Sc. in Biochemistry Magna Cum Laude in 1974. He was transferred to the Vancouver RCMP Crime Lab in 1974 where he worked as a toxicologist. In 1977 he was commissioned as an Officer and transferred to HQ Ottawa in 1978 where he served as OIC of Staffing and Personnel. In 1985 he was promoted to C/Supt. and thereafter to A/Comm. as Director of the Forensic Laboratories where he was involved with introducing DNA into the criminal forensic environment. In 1991 he was promoted to D/Comm. and Commander ‘D’ Division where he had served early in his career. In 1994 he returned to HQ Ottawa where he was the Director of National Police Services and then in 1996 became the D/Comm. Atlantic Region. It was after his retirement from 1998 to 2010 that Richard was most honoured to have served as the Chair of The National DNA Data Bank Advisory Committee to the Commissioner. It was during those years that the first legislation was drafted to usher in the new era of DNA as a critical forensic tool to serve Canadians for generations to come. He was dedicated to his family, church and community. As a father, he coached baseball and helped grow the Ottawa Lions track club of which he was made an Honourary Member in 1982. He spent many happy years with golf friends at Arbutus Ridge and cherished his time with his four grandchildren. It was his never ending dedication and loyalty to his wife Teresa and her Alzheimer’s condition which most exemplified his deepest character as a man of immense virtue and selflessness. He was happiest when he was serving others. A remembrance service will be announced later. Please contact Richard J Bergman at 613-762-8289.

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Michelle Shortall

September 3, 2019

Dear Richard, Lorie, and family
I was so very saddened to learn of your dad’s passing, he was such a special man. I have been reading the tributes to him - he is all you read and more. Barry Urquhart summed up beautifully what it was like to work with him on a daily basis – we always looked forward to see what each day would bring. He treated everyone with respect and in return was well respected.

Both he and your mom were so good to me – one memory that still brings a smile to my face is when he walked into the office one day and suggested I would probably like to take the next day off – when I asked why, he told me he had bought tickets (from the RCMP Golf Club) for Terry and I to go golfing the next day – it was one of many days I spent with her on the course – so many good times, I was also so sad to hear of her condition. I loved spending time with both of them.

Again, sincere sympathies to you on your great loss – many special memories will get you through this difficult time.

Michelle Shortall

Barry Urquhart

August 30, 2019

Dear Richard and Lorie
I come to you a stranger. When you dad became D/ Commr. he had a number of senior officers reporting to him, but only a personal staff of two: Michelle Shortall his Admin Ass. and myself as his Exec Ass. We met with him on his first day in office and on a daily basis for his tenure as D/Commr LEPS, then National Support Services, then National Police Services and finally as D/Commr. Atlantic Region. I walked down the side stairs and shook hands with him as he left HQ for the last time. We shared many carrot muffins at the office, and some great (and some not so great) meals on the road. My wife Barb described your dad as “of the old school,” that is, always impeccably dressed and mannered.. I my mind he exemplified perfect decorum: always doing the right thing, in the right place at the right time. As my superior I had a very deep respect for you dad. But it wasn’t all work. Our social time with your mom and dad was always delightful. Your mom was vivacious and they were the perfect match...so handsome. Fate has been unkind to you mom, and I am deeply saddened by her condition. On his “brag-wall” your dad might have hung the Exec Parking Lot sign that read: (D/Commr. National Police Services). It was presented to him at his retirement party. As luck had it, a few days earlier, he pulled into the parking lot just as I was unscrewing it from the wall, He just gave me that faint smile/ smirk I had become so familiar with, and continued on his way without saying anything. It’s your dad’s smile that comes to mind when I think of him; with love and affection.
With sadness, I remain yours,
Barry Urquhart

Pauline Williams

August 27, 2019

Dear Richard, Lorie, Terry and all the Bergman family,
I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Bergman’s passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
I had the pleasure of working with Richard on the National DNA Data Bank Advisory Committee when he was Chairperson of this very distinguished group. He was hugely respected by all who knew and worked with him. Indeed he was a gentleman and a class-act through and through.
Richard spoke often about his family, his beautiful wife Terry and his much loved grandchildren. He will be missed. Cherish your memories forever.
With sincere condolences,
Pauline Williams (and Greg too)

J Riehl

August 25, 2019

Dick was our right marker and always made sure that we got on the Parade Square on time. I recall when he borrowed my car and drove to Prince Albert to visit Terry. (the area was way out of our duty district for recruits). My condolences to the family - May the memories you had with him help you through this difficult time.

Dick is tall guy on the left in this photo. In 1962 ""E"" Troop started doing the ""Sunset Ceremony"" at Depot.

Joe & Shirley RIEHL.

Gordon Hayden

August 24, 2019

Being a member of "E" Troop with Dick Bergman, I remember well. He was our right marker and troop leader and all the antics of troops those days built great camaraderie which lasted and carried through to the reunions that followed.
Now we pause to salute Dick as he passes from our midst to another journey beyond.
God Bless/

With Respect,
Gordon Hayden

Gary Compton

August 24, 2019

Dear Richard and Jody
On behalf of Heather and I, we want to share our condolences with you. We hope your many friends and family will comfort you at this time. We can indeed sympathize with you, as we too have experienced the grief of losing parents.
We look forward to seeing you on your return. God bless you and your family.
Gary Compton

Wayne and Debbie Wawryk

August 24, 2019

We were sad to hear of Dick's passing. Our condolences to the Bergman family. We fondly remember him from D Division and HQ days.

Wayne and Debbie Wawryk

Brenda Vaughan

August 23, 2019

My sincere condolences. I will echo the sentiments that "Insp. Bergman" was an officer and a gentleman. I have very fond memories of the time we worked together in Staffing & Personnel in Ottawa. Brenda Vaughan

Fred Stark

August 23, 2019

It is with great sadness and surprise I learned of Dick's passing. He was my fellow Troop mate, and Right Marker of E-Troop 1962 in training. We all shared wonderful camaraderie as a troop, that lasted to this day. I remember many occasions when Dick was 'sneaking' into our dorm, late at night, after curfew, coming back from a 'heavy' date with Terry.

I send heartfelt condolences to all of Dick's family.

In deepest sympathy, Fred Stark

Bill McFarland

August 22, 2019

Along with Thea and children Bob, Tim and Kathy , I wish to send along our deepest sympathy to all of your Family members on Dick's loss to you on August 15th. We will always remember him as a fine gentleman, the good times when the familý lived on Northpark, and especially his craftmanship on the grand renovations to your home there. Bill, Thea and the Kids.

FROM THE FAMILY