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Richard (Dick) James Newton

December 24, 1934 - June 30, 2021


Gone from our sight but never from our hearts.

It is with wonderful memories of a life well lived that we announce the peaceful passing of Dick.  He will always be remembered by Jo, his loving wife of 65 years; his daughter Patricia (Jim) Thomson of Manning, Alberta; grandchildren Samara Bristow, Amber Williams, Andrew Newton, Tom Thomson, Kathleen Bochon, and Elizabeth Thompson; great grandchildren Mikayla and Davina Newton, Keenan and Joe Williams, Skylar and Taylor Bochon, Chloe Thomson and Logan and Jerrica Pedersen; as well as his extended family: Bruno and Dora, Martin, Melanie and Jennifer Sprecher of the Cariboo Bonanza Resort.

Dick was a long time Meat Manager for Canada Safeway.  He was a past volunteer with the Jr. Forest Wardens, a volunteer with the Abbotsford Pilots Hockey Team and a 30 year volunteer at the Cariboo Bonanza Resort where he and Jo spent many happy years.  Dick and Jo spent many hours fishing on Horse Lake, they were world travellers having spent 500 days cruising around the world plus many land travels to South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, Turkey, Africa and India.


A gathering for family and friends will be held at Crown Point 11 in Abbotsford at a later date.


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From: Peggy Gish
Relation: Cousin

Jo and family. It is with sadness that I learned of cousin Dick’s passing. We shared with pride the history and knowledge of our Newton ancestors. I will always remember the photos of Dick as a young boy with our Mom Kay Newton, his young Aunt, sister to Dick’s Father, and visiting with Dick’s family in Calgary. Dick lived a wonderful life with you all, and I hope your shared happy memories will bring you peace at this sad time and always. Peggy (Newton-Knipe) Gish. Qualicum Beach. BC.

From: Juanita Michael
Relation: sister-in-law

Dick was my brother-in-law. Hard to believe but this tall, lanky man drove an Austin when he dated my sister. My first real memory of Dick is when along with my sister they took me on a vacation to Parksville. Dick was a loving father to his two children Richard and Patricia. Richard was a chip off the old block, sharing many interests and adventures including their love of fishing. Sadly Richard passed away on October 23, 2013. If Patricia needed comforting when she was young it was her Dad she wanted. Christmas dinner was a gathering of family. Traditional Christmas Crackers were replaced with Kinder Eggs. After dinner the toys were put together, played with, shared and sometimes stolen. Much fun and laughter. When their children became adults Dick & Jo spent their summers at Bonanza Resort and their winters cruising the world. Life was Good. But life is change and change it did when Dick closed his eyes and peacefully drifted away leaving his wife, family and friends with cherished memories.

From: Shaundehl Runka
Relation: Family friend

Jo and family,
I am very sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of chats with Dick at Green Lake and Horse Lake as well as in Vancouver when we met at various Gill family events. I hope you are well supported during this time of grief. Shaundehl Runka

From: Phyllis Gill
Relation: Friend

Dick and Jo were great friends to both George and myself. We had wonderful times together including a fantastic cruise through the Panama. We used to visit each other in the Cariboo each summer either at our place at Green lake or over at their place at Horse Lake, good food and wine. I will miss Dick and my thoughts are with Jo and the family

From: Wayne Gill
Relation: Friend

I met Dick and Jo through my parents when we visited Dick and Jo at Horse Lake. i remember Dick giving me instructions on how to fish Horse Lake and then later I found out the Jo out fished him on a regular basis. Dick also taught me that most knives are not sharp enough. I enjoyed his company when we got together and will miss visiting him at either Horse Lake or Green Lake every summer.

From: lynda Nielsen
Relation: friend and workmate

I have known Dick since 1981 when I worked with him in Lynn Valley. Good memories of Dick and Jo and the wonderful dinners at their home. Dick will be missed! I was fortunate to have known Dick. Lynda

From: Tom Thomson
Relation: He was my grandfather

My Grandfather was a great man always there for someone he would be there for the big moments or the little ones even on the phone he would have something great to talk about and he would have good advice for anyone he well be greatly missed

From: Ken and Marcia Foreman
Relation: Family Friends

Dear Jo and Family. We’re so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He will certainly be missed by you, your family and your many friends and acquaintances . Both you and Dick were such fabulous friends of my late father. All of the good times spent together at Bonanza and Crown Point meant so much to him and to Marcia and me as well. Dick was such a thoughtful, caring and wonderful man. With deepest sympathy! Ken and Marcia

From: Del & Linda Roth
Relation: Caribou Bonaza campers

Just heard about the passing of Dick. We so appreciated him up at the Caribou Bonanza Campsite! Our sincere condolence to you Jo and to the whole family!

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