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BABCOCK, Richard Allen

BABCOCK, Richard Allen

Richard Allen Babcock
1960 – 2017

We are sad to announce that Richard Allen Babcock passed away on April 25, 2017 from complications of HIV/Aids. Richard was an advocate for people living with HIV/Aids, he himself was sick for over 17 years.

Richard was born January 28, 1960 in Hamilton, ON. He attended school in Abbotsford as well as Vancouver and Saturna Island. Richard was predeceased by his Mother Avriel ‘April’ Kelly nee Hay. Richard will be missed by his sisters; Carolyn Kelly of Kelowna, Melody (Chad) of West Kelowna and their children, Kyle, Ryan & April Kelly, Sister Jenny of Winnipeg, her children Oliver ‘Oscar’ and Scarlett as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles and cousins, the love of his life Susan Sol and his long time best friend, Sheldon White.

Richard loved art, antiques and jewellery. He was a long-time advocate for Medical Marijuana. He incorporated the first Okanagan Compassion Club Society in BC on April 27, 2005. This was a task he was very proud of. He spent many hours working on his column “Richard’s Rants” for the Living Positive Resource Centre. He was a Marshall for many Aids awareness walks and the very first Okanagan Picker. Richard was an amazing chef, who loved to cook.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 11:30am May 26, 2017 at Hansons Westwood Funeral Chapel 2541 Churchill Road, West Kelowna. Inurnment will follow at 2:30 at Westbank Cemetery, 3200 Elliot Road, West Kelowna.

There has been a go fund me account set up to help his family with the financial costs of his memorial service, all donations will be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance. It’s entitled, “Richard Babcock, His Rant Is Over”.

Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.hansonsfuneral.ca

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Condolence Messages
  • May 19, 2017
    To all of Richard's family and friends. I use to be a bartender to Richard and did really enjoy his different take on the world and life. I had many good conversations with him. And yes he did like to rant, but that was what made Richard unique, I remember him always showing up with something old and different that he was so happy he had found, usually at what he thought was a great deal. Strong supporter of medicinal marijuana at a fair price, he really felt for people. He was a good man. RIP.
    Fred Wehnert
    Bartender Mickies Pub Kelowna
  • May 19, 2017
    I didn't know your loved one. I am so touched that you as a family were proud and gave the community the chance to know all that he did. Thank you for being proud and brave, I am sure he will certainly be missed. Condolences to you. Sims