OBITUARY

Richard St. Clair Salsman

December 23, 1950February 10, 2019
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It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Richard St. Clair (Rick) Salsman, on Feb 10 2019 at age 68 in Halifax. Rick was a well-known businessman and sailor, and a devoted and beloved husband, father and grandfather. Born in Halifax, Rick attended Queen Elizabeth High School and Acadia University, where he worked on the student newspaper The Athenaeum. This sparked a life-long interest in writing and the news, but Rick’s destiny was to be an entrepreneur. After taking a brief hiatus from university to travel through Europe, he returned to Acadia to resume his studies toward a degree in Business. In 1974 he left Acadia to launch a retail clothing company with his partner Richard Dube. Beginning with one store in Downsview Mall in Lower Sackville, The Jeanery Limited grew to a province-wide chain. Eventually Rick became sole owner of the company, which thrived under the new City Streets banner until the sale of the business in 2011. Rick met the love of his life Bonnie Dickson in Halifax in 1977, and they were married in Cape Breton in 1979. Rick quickly became a much-loved member of Bonnie’s extended family and he and Bonnie enjoyed some of their happiest times exploring Cape Breton by land and by sea. Outside work, Rick’s interests were many and varied. He was a licensed pilot with an Instrument Flight Rules rating, a skilled and graceful skier, an enthusiastic runner, an avid reader, an excellent cook, a talented photographer and a lover of music. But all other hobbies paled in comparison to Rick’s passion for sailing. He sailed his first boat, Unruly, in many local regattas, but soon changed his focus to cruising when he decided that racing was taking too much time away from his children. His second boat, Hocus Pocus, carried his family on many magical vacations in Mahone Bay and the Bras d’Or lakes. Long before GPS was available, his expertise in navigation allowed him to sail through the thickest of fog to arrive at his planned destination. He shared this knowledge as a leader of a troop of Sea Scouts in Armdale, and in 1989 he planned and led a Sea Scout sailing expedition to the Boy Scout Jamboree in Prince Edward Island. As the years passed, Rick applied his typical single-mindedness and determination to a plan to cruise the world. His last and favourite boat, Aisling 1, took him on the adventure of his life. In 2007, with the help of friends and family members, he and Bonnie sailed Aisling across the Atlantic ocean and into the Mediterranean. Over the course of 10 summers they sailed Aisling to the shores of 11 countries. Their blog describing the adventures of Aisling was a tribute to Rick’s creativity and enthusiasm for life, and they received two awards from the Cruising Club of America for their writing. As much as Rick loved sailing, his greatest happiness came from spending time with his wife Bonnie, friends and family. His new grandson Théo brought him much joy in the final months of his life. Rick was a member of the Cruising Club of America, the Ocean Cruising Club, the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and St. Matthew’s United Church. He was a past member of the Board of Governors of the Cruising Club of America and of the Fort Massey, St. Matthew’s and St. David’s Refugee Committee. Rick is survived by his wife Bonnie (Dickson); son Christopher, daughter Katherine (Martin Noël); grandson, Theodore “Théo” Noël; brothers, Alan Salsman (June) and Robert Salsman (Nancy); sister, Lyn Salsman Waller (Kevin) and his loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Dean and Evelyn (Jones) Salsman. Cremation has taken place. Visitation at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St. on Monday Feb 18 2019 2-4 p.m. and 6.30-8.30 p.m. Funeral Service at St. Matthew’s United Church Barrington St. Tuesday Feb 19 2019 at 1 p.m., reception to follow. Interment will be at Camp Hill Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ravi Ramjeesingh, the staff of 8.2 at the QEII Heath Sciences Centre and the many caregivers and friends who supported Rick during his illness. Donations in memory of Rick may be made to the QEII Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, February 18, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, February 19, 2019
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Richard St. Clair Salsman

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Richard Dube

March 10, 2019

I have been struggling to find words to express the sadness I have felt since Rick’s passing. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you, Bonnie, as well as the rest of the family. It goes without saying that Rick was a special person and a true Gentleman and as we all know he was an exceptional husbands, father and friend to all those who had the good fortune to know him. I was Ricks partner for 18 years and a friend for many more. We were a good fit. Rick complemented my short comings and I hope that I complemented his. During the years we were partners Rick always conducted himself with the highest ethical standards. Who I am today is very much a part of Rick’s influence on me, he has made me a better person. I can say with true conviction that it was an Honor to be his friend and partner.
Although there is little, I can say that can help with your grief, please know that my thoughts are with you Bonnie, as well as Christopher and Katherine. Please know, I will make myself available, and it would be an honor to do so, if there is anything, I can do to help you during this difficult time.

With Deepest Sympathy

Richard Dube

Howard van Allen

February 25, 2019

Sending our deepest condolences to all of Rick’s family. May all the wonderful memories of a rich and well lived life carry you through your sorrow. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Howard and Betsy van Allen

Donald Allan

February 20, 2019

Our sincerest condolences to Bonnie and the whole family on your great loss. Rick was quite a guy!!
Our favourite memory was our chance encounter with Rick and Bonnie in Trapani as they were taking Aisling to Tunisia. We had such fun aboard and then a great visit to Erice, the Temple of Segesta and finally a wild car ride to a remote restaurant in the Sicilian countryside. Lots of laughs that day!
Rick will be sorely missed.
Donald and Victoria

Marion Zoboski

February 19, 2019

Dear Bonnie, Alan &June, Rob & Nancy, Lyn & Kevin and your families

My deepest sympathy to all of you on your loss. Rick was such a great inspiration— fulfilling his dreams and sharing his joys with all!
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And Rick, my prayer for you from the Vedas:

May your eyes mingle with the sun;
May your breath be merged with cosmic winds;
May the water of your being mingle with the ocean;
May your ashes become one with the earth;
And may you go to the heavens"

All my love,
Marion Zoboski

Galen and Krista Snook

February 18, 2019

Our deepest sympathy , Bonnie, Christopher and Katherine
Rick radiated kindness and warmth every time we met at family gatherings.
We send healing thoughts your way and will fondly remember him always.

KATHY MACGILLIVRAY

February 18, 2019

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Rick. Working closely with him for 17 years was a time of my career and life I will always fondly remember. I told Rick that very few can look back over 17 years waking up each day excited and anxiously wanting to start the work day as I did. It was due to Rick’s strong leadership, kindness and consideration towards others. He made our work environment welcoming, positive, progressive and enjoyable. He was well loved and highly respected by all in the clothing industry.
After I decided to go on my own Rick was always there when I needed direction and advise. Rick was a great, outstanding person and a wonderful friend whom I will truly miss.
My prayers and thoughts are with you Bonnie and family during this difficult time. I hope your incredible memories will ease the pain of your loss over time.
Kathy

Lloyd and Anne Schmidt

February 18, 2019

Bonnie and family,
Anne and I are so sad at this time. Reading Rick’s obituary and thinking about our memories of him is difficult but we both feel that Rick was one of the finest persons we both have ever known.

Jessie Gatchell

February 18, 2019

Bonnie, Christopher, Katherine & Family,

Please know that caring thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with you.

Jessie Gatchell & Family

Craig and Katherine Briggs

February 18, 2019

We extend our condolences to you, Bonnie, and your family. Thanks for helping us get to know Marina di Ragusa and for all the super times we had there. Our fondest memories are simply the laughter and camaraderie of the friendship you two shared with us and your fellow sailors.

barbara Savary

February 18, 2019

We wish to send our condolences to you and your family at this time of sorrow. Barbara and Merrill Savary

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