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Richard Schaffrick

December 15, 1937 - April 21, 2019


Richard Schaffrick, 81, passed away April 21, 2019.  He was born December 15, 1937 in Januschew, Poland. Richard was known by his family and friends for his easy-going, cheerful personality and friendly attitude towards everyone he met.

When Eastern armies invaded Poland, the family fled along with millions of other Eastern Europeans to the West. They were soon relieved of their possessions by the invaders and spent part of 1945-46 in two refugee camps near the Polish-German border.    The family was resettled in northern Germany in a small village (Ruehle) near Hameln in 1946.  They immigrated to Canada in the early 1950s and stayed in the Edmonton area.  In April of 1956 the family moved to Oliver.

Richard was a typesetter for the Oliver Chronicle starting December 1957 and retired September 2007 – which lasted one month – and he returned to the newspaper part time doing various duties until March 2019.

Richard was a member of the Oliver Lions Club for many years and enjoyed his mornings volunteering at the Okanagan Gleaners. When he wasn’t volunteering, his time was filled helping in his family’s orchards, swimming at the Oliver pool, and enjoying time with his five grandkids.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years – Linda; Son Dean and daughter Barbara (Kevin) Nightingale, grandchildren   Dallas, Amanda, Alicia, Kaitlyn and Mary; brothers: Alfred (Jill) – Oliver; Harry (Janice) – Costa Rica; sisters: Margret Lewis – Newcastle-Warner’s Bay, NSW.  Australia; Hanna (Larry) Seguin – Osoyoos; Trudy (John) Singleton – Bowen, Queensland, Australia; Ursula (Leo) Degenhardt – Oliver and brother-in-law Donald (Fran) Woodruff of Lompoc, Cal; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Otto and Alice Schaffrick and brother Erwin.

Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Oliver United Church followed by a reception at the Oliver Elks Hall.

No flowers by request – donations to Camp Winfield, Lions Foundation of Canada; Cops for Kids; Okanagan Gleaners or a charity of choice.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Jo Tanner
Relation: Friend

My deepest condolences to Linda nd family Richard was wonderful to work with with salad bar at the school when he picked up and his friendly smile at the ice rink or as he drove passed someone he knew he would give that amazing smile and wave he will be very missed

From: Margaret Ashley
Relation: friend

Thoughts and prayers to you and the family. Please take care.
Love Margaret and Bev

From: Ruth McLarty
Relation: A friend of Linda’s from the Hospital Thrift Shop

My thoughts are with you and your family at this very sad time Linda

From: Rick Harker
Relation: Lions Clubs International

Dear Linda and Family: What a shock to hear of Richards passing, He was too young. Our Thoughts and prayers as you now must face daily life without Richard. Know that he was loved as a great part of your life and a wonderful Lion. He will be missed in Lions and in his community. Take care Linda and take time to be with family and you go through the Grieving process.

From: Terry & Marlene Bolenback
Relation: Grandma Bolenback’s wonderful neighbors.

Linda, Dean,Barb and family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending our deepest condolences to you all.

From: Kathleen Roveredo
Relation: Friend of family

Our deepest heart felt condolences Linda Richard will be very missed . We are so sorry for your great loss With much love Kathy and Mario Roveredo

From: Bill and Brenda Sleep
Relation: In laws to Richards niece Shona Lewis

Deepest sympathy to the family at this most difficult time.

From: Silvia Budavari
Relation: Friend

Dearest Linda, Dean and Barb. My heart and thoughts are with you all, I am so sorry to read this. We all had a wonderful time working at the Chronicle, and Richard certainly was a staple and the busy bee there!!!! The newspaper was his THING!!! All my love, Silvia

From: Kathy Sabyan
Relation: Family friend

Dear Linda and family. Sending our thoughts and condolences for your loss, from the Brown Family (Sally and Charlie’s girls) Richard, and your family has been such a big part of this town in so many ways. Thanks for all you have done

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
April 29, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Oliver Elks Hall
477 Bank Avenue
Oliver, BC Canada

Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Oliver United Church.

477 Bank Avenue
Oliver, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

No flowers by request – donations to Camp Winfield, Lions Foundation of Canada; Cops for Kids; Okanagan Gleaners or a charity of choice.

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