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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: Katie & Lucio Di Iuorio
Relation: A friend and Fellow Lion

Our condolences to Linda and her family. Richard was an exceptional man, kind and devoted to his family. he did so much for our community. He will be greatly missed.

From: Robert Pearson
Relation: Friend, workmate

My condolences to Richard’s family. I enjoyed his company and helpful friendship when I worked alongside him at the Oliver Chronicle in 1957/58.

From: Jim & Donna Kemes
Relation: Our families are both longtime residents of the community.

Dear Linda & Family,
Jim and I extend our sincere condolences, we have known each other for many years and Richard’s friendly smile and persona will be missed by many.

From: Harry Schaffrick
Relation: Brother

Sending love from far away and thinking of all of you at this sad time……Sincerely Harry and Janice

From: Carolyn J. Smith
Relation: Friend from Hospital Thrift Shop

My sincere condolences at this sad and challenging time Linda. My thoughts and hugs. Miss you.

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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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