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RICHARDS, Allan David

RICHARDS, Allan David

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Allan, at the age of 77 on December 29th, 2018. He was surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He is predeceased by his parents Hayes and Evelyn Richards of Penticton, his brother Barry Richards (Mary), and his brother-in-law Edwin McLaren. He is survived by Betty (McLaren) his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 54 years and
daughter Debbie Perakis (Stratos) Gabriella; son Ted Richards (Nicole) Connor and Amanda; daughter Michelle Monteleone (Brad) Justin and Alexa; sister Shirley Wallin (Virgil) and brother Charlie Richards (Marilyn).

Born and raised in Penticton, Allan was an elite athlete, professionally drafted in hockey and also baseball with the Minnesota Twins organization. Educated in Central Washington, he started his family and teaching career at J.L. Crowe in Trail, where he formed many lifelong friendships. The family moved to Kelowna in 1974, where Allan was a teacher, coach and counsellor at Mt. Boucherie High School for 15 years. He finished his career as an elementary school counsellor. Allan and Betty were happy to be
involved in the Marriage Encounter Community in Kelowna.

Allan enjoyed 20 years of active retirement. He volunteered for 5 years with the B.C. Schizophrenia Society. As well, Allan was a valued member of the senior mens' hockey leagues in West Kelowna where he started the 70 and over group. Allan’s retirement was
enriched by his dear family and grandchildren. They will miss Grampa’s car automatically turning into the DQ. He loved his hot summers on Naxos Greece, biking, golfing, and skiing.

Allan’s true legacy will certainly be his love of people, and how he impacted others with his compassionate heart and big smile. He was passionate about his community and was always willing to help and volunteer his time. It was very important to Allan that everyone felt included, important and always well celebrated. As Allan always said, “Take good care of each other, have fun and go safely.”

Our special thanks go to Dr. Dan Obedkoff, for his care and compassion to both Allan and the family throughout his journey.

Allan’s celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM, First United Church, 721 Bernard Ave., Kelowna.

Donations can be made in Allan’s name to;

B.C Schizophrenia Society
BCSS; Kelowna Chapter
#203-347 Leon Ave., Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 8C7

or donate at www.bcsskelowna.org .


Condolence Messages
  • Feb 02, 2019
    Bette and family: Mr Richards as a teacher and councillor was a mentor and very positive influence on my life. I would like to pay tribute to his involvement as a board member on the Mt Boucherie Expansion Society. His name is on the wall in what became Royal Lepage Place for good reason. For my guidance as President the best advice I got from anyone was from Al. Rusty take the high road. Truly a humble man of grace and dignity. Rusty Ensign
  • Feb 02, 2019
    Dear Betty and family, it was with great sadness when I heard about Alan's passing. I had full intentions of coming to his service today but have come down with a bad cold and cough. I have lived in Kelowna since 1978 and just last summer I had a chat with Alan in save on grocery store. He was a kind soul and the world has suffered a great loss. Betty I often think of you in the teenage years in Penticton and will always hold good memories of you two. Sincere sympathy Lorraine Kennedy (Hutcheson)
  • Feb 02, 2019
    Dear Betty and family,
    The two of you so beautifully modeled the Marriage Encounter wisdom to Love One Another. We will miss Allan and extend our love and prayers to you and your family as you live through next days. Thinking of you with love, Pam and Ken Wilson Don and Vicki Crompton.
  • Feb 02, 2019
    Betty & family, thinking of all of you in this difficult time. Al was a wonderful person & we are so privileged to have known him & all the family. Baseball games will never be the same. We miss you Al.
    Gerry, Jack, Dean, Stephanie, Aidan, Brienne, & Danielle
  • Jan 31, 2019
    To the Richards family, we would like to send our deepest condolences to all of you from our family in Naxos. Alan was one of the most positive, sincere people I have met. Alan and Betty were a wonderful couple, always cheerful and always making you feel special!
    He will be sorely missed in Naxos.
    All our love and thoughts are with you.
    Janine, Mihalis and family
  • Jan 24, 2019
    Dear Betty, Debbie, Ted, Michelle and Family,
    The most beautiful thing about Al and Betty was their love and compassion for everyone they came in contact with - when you spent time with them you were the only person in the world...you had their undivided attention. They truly are an example to the world of how to live your life.
    All our love, Glen, Linda & Family XOXO
  • Jan 22, 2019
    To the family of Mr. Richards, my deepest regrets and sorrow to you at this time of loss. Mr Richards was truly a loving a passionate father & teacher at MBSS. He will be greatly missed.
    Susie Stahlberg (Hawkins)
  • Jan 19, 2019
    To the Richards family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. In the halls of MBSS the world felt a safer place with Mr.Richards there. His warm smile, natural compassion and his calm but confidant and caring way made a positive impact on so many people. He is remembered deeply and fondly.
    Patti Zuk (Switzerland)
  • Jan 18, 2019
    Betty and family,
    We are so very saddened by Allan's passing. I feel lucky and privileged to have played hockey with Al and will miss his warm smile and welcoming greeting whenever we met. His strength and positive attitude to the many difficult situations he faced during this past year are to be admired. It is a blessing that you and Al could count on the support of your family to ease the burden.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Barry & Linda Brandon
  • Jan 17, 2019
    We met Allan and Betty in 1974 and spent memorable times with the Richards since then .He was an exceptional person although he is not with us anymore I will still say to myself "I wonder what Al would do in this situation". Allan listened without judgement, helped without conditions and understood with empathy.
    Love from Maggie, Granger and family.
  • Jan 17, 2019
    To the Richards family,
    I was shocked to read of Mr. Richards' passing. Somehow teachers just seem so very "invincible" and Mr. Richards was no different. He made such a difference to so many of us at MBSS.
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
    Shauna (Skeich) Thornton
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Dear Betty and family.
    So sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was a very kind, warm and out-going person. I enjoyed working with Al as a colleague and counsellor in School District 23 and he had such a positive impact on students, parents and co-workers. He will be greatly missed by all of us and our thoughts are with you during such a sad and difficult time,
    Bob Maxey
  • Jan 14, 2019
    Betty,
    Words cannot fully describe the joy and fun we had playing Old Timers hockey here in Kelowna. His crisp passes and shots made us all better players, at least in our minds!? Thanks to Al for his fellowship, fun and good humour.
    Bob and Marg Carnegie
  • Jan 12, 2019
    Dear Betty and family; reading all the touching tributes to Al was like a walk down memory lane! We arrived in the big city of Westbank together in 1974 and had a wonderful year at George Pringle (two Al's and two Lois' ruling the gym) before heading on to the bright lights of the brand new Mount Boucherie. It was special
    that your kids all attended MBSS with Al. Sometimes Al, Terry and Keith would even let us sit with "the boys from Trail". They had such great war stories I wondered if we could ever measure up. It will be sad to be without Al's calm, joyful demeanour but he left all of us with a road map to a life well lived. Love to you all!
    Lois Flavelle (Campbell River)
  • Jan 10, 2019
    Betty
    Our thoughts go out to you and your family. So sorry for your your loss.
    Andre and Judy Pachon and family.
  • Jan 09, 2019
    Betty and family,
    We were so saddened to hear of Al's passing. We lost wonderful neighbours when you moved, but continued to enjoy the times we were together. Al was a positive influence on everyone- such a warm and loving person.
    Our thoughts are with you in this most difficult time.
    Rolfe and Sue McEwan
  • Jan 08, 2019
    My dear Betty and family, so very sorry to hear about Allan. Our thoughts are with you each day. He was a great man and will be missed so much. My heart goes out to you betty and I feel your pain. Be strong and keep your kids close. Love you. Tammy Wyatt
  • Jan 08, 2019
    Betty and family, so very sorry to hear of Al's passing. First met Al while coaching baseball in the 1980s. We had many good visits during my years with SD23. He was a kind and considerate man and it was always a pleasure to see him. I feel privileged to have known him.
    Warren Mandau
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Dear Betty, Debbie, Ted, Michelle and all your family members; I can still see Mr. Richard's smile and caring glance in the hallways of MBSS. He seemed to really know every single kid there. His chuckle was a shower of warmth. He knew exactly how to approach someone and had the right words. He exuded a love for life and people. His mannerisms and beautiful traits are present in all of you. I remember fondly Debbie and Statos openness, warmth and humour during my visit in Naxos. And Michelle, your smile lit up that Flair airlines flight from a mile away the last time I saw you. You have the same mirth and zest for life. Wishing you all healing and vivid memories of your precious time with such a beautiful being.
    X Colleen Zuk
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Sorry to hear of Al's passing. He had such a great attitude, you had that warm safe feeling when around him because he made you feel like someone. We met at a handball clinic at the Cominco Gym with a Canadian Champion Handball player from Manitoba. Al played him first and and the guy was lucky to score a point but he still made the guy feel like a champ, so modest. Al was a Champ in life.
    Mike Vlanich
    Trail, BC
  • Jan 07, 2019
    Dear Betty and family,
    We will never forget that special day we had "lunch" in Victoria and the support you and Allan gave us regarding the "news".
    Allan was always a gentleman on and off the ice, and what a role model as a husband and father.
    We will miss infectious smile, his upbeat attitude, and his competitiveness with integrity.
    We will never forget him.
    Love,
    Sujaree, Sam, and Clark
  • Jan 07, 2019
    To the Richards family, we offer our condolences. We only got to know Allan a bit during the few years that our son participated in baseball here in Kelowna. The man with the awesome smile and always a generous word!
    Tod, Teresa and Owen Alstad
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Dear Betty, Debbie, Ted, and Michelle, I want you to know that your father was the best mentor I ever had. I am who I am because of him. I can't say enough words to describe the person your father was - kind, determined, gracious, passionate, humble, caring, loving, energetic, and on on. I think of him often when making decisions - "what would Al do?" I will truly miss him. I wish the best for you all in this time of sadness and hope that his memories will help as you move forward. God bless you all! Greg Corry (Shanghai, China).
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Dear Betty and Family,
    Alan was a great man and a true gentleman.
    I enjoyed every minute that I had the privilege of spending with him.
    Alan is gone but not forgotten.
    Love Pat and John Nixon
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sylvia & Rene Rufli.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Dear Betty and family, we are very sad to hear of Al's passing. We remember your family moving from Trail in 1974, when Al joined the Pringle staff. What a fine man, husband, father, grandfather, friend, teacher, coach and counseller. So many lives have been touched by Al's kind heart. We have been thinking of you and praying for you these past months. It's very hard to do the grief work. We will continue to pray. Love to you all.
    Al and Val Larson
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Dear Betty and family, sincere condolences from Jan and myself. I first met Allan when I joined the West Kelowna Seniors hockey group a few years ago. Al was always friendly and welcomed me with a big smile. He persuaded us to join the team on a tour of Eastern Europe and what a fantastic experience that was - we got to know Al a bit better on that tour. He was always cheerful, positive and friendly and made us feel welcome in the group. We will miss this great man who was loved and respected by all!
    Norm & Jan Wegerhoff
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Dear Betty and Family, we are so sad to hear of Al's passing, such a great person he was, he made the world a better place in so many ways! May all your great memories ease your sorrow at this time of grief. His big smile will be missed.
    Love, Doug and Bev Moore
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Dear Betty and family, we are in Arizona and just read of Al's passing. Al was a man of such fine character and integrity. He made a difference in the lives of those he taught and worked with. He was a gifted counsellor and volleyball coach. He was a pleasure to work with. He will be sincerely missed Betty and you are truly in our thoughts and prayers. We send our condolences and love to you and your family.
    Barry and Dale Kingsley
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Those of us who passed through the halls of MBSS were blessed to receive Mr. Richard's sage advice. He had a unique gift to lend an ear, prop you up and send you on your way all the better prepared for what came next. My thoughts are with your family. Janis McAfee
  • Jan 05, 2019
    To the Richards family,
    I would like to extend my deepest condolences for your loss!
    I remember Mr. Richards being an outstanding counsellor and teacher at MBSS.
    He always dealt with everyone with such a genuine, fair and compassionate nature! My heart goes out to all of you! Thinking of you at this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Sandra Lohn (Alexandra Andreucci)
  • Jan 05, 2019
    My condolences to the Richards family, in 1977, Mr.Richards was my PE teacher/counsellor at Mount Boucherie. He was an amazing man who helped me understand life when nobody else could. I felt at that time he was my super hero. The way he connected with his students was incredible. Being only 16 then I realized that he was an incredible man. I will never forget the moment when he convinced me that education was important and that it would enrich my life. How true that was. There are only a few that stand out in one's life and make a real difference and Mr.Richards was that person to me. I will never forget him. I only hope that my two daughters who became school teachers have the opportunity in their careers to enrich a child's life as he did mine. I am proud to have known him and was lucky to have him as a role model. He was a special man. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Keith Wishart.
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Dear Betty and family, you are in my thoughts at this very sad time. I am thankful for time spent with you both on Wednesday mornings. You were an amazing couple and a great example of love and commitment. May the support of family and friends bring you comfort and peace. With sincere sympathy.
    Lorraine
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Our hearts go out to you Betty and family. AL and I grew up together in Penticton. We played Little League and Babe Ruth baseball against each other and on the same team in the summers of the 1950s. In the final years of BabeRuth, we were sponsored by the popular restaurant named Loves Lunch. We had a record of 14 wins and two losses because of Alan's leadership and sports ability. Even in those early years of baseball Al was always the best player amongst his peers . he was named several times the most valuable baseball player in both baseball leagues. Later he was one of the youngest players in theOkanagan interior men's league which had several players drafted by a professional baseball teams. He was one to be chosen. Al was an exceptional all round athlete, yet he was so very humble about his athletic prowess. Not enough can be said about Al having been the outstanding role model for his students and friends. We will miss him. Love, Mike
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Betty and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Al's passing. I had the privilege and honour to know Al as a Counselor, teacher and coach, and never has anyone enriched my life more than "Mr. Richards". And of course as the father to one of my closest friends he was part of my life during a time when a father figure like Al was sincerely appreciated. Thank you all for sharing him.
    With our deepest condolences,
    Mark Jonn and family
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Dear Betty and Family: Just want you to know ....Al was the nicest man I have ever met. We will miss his happy voice and twinkle in his eyes. God should make more people like Al. We know this is a sad and difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you . Love Larry and Andrea Johnson
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Dear Betty, Debbie, Ted, Michelle & families, we were so very sorry to hear of Allan's passing. We have so many happy memories of all the years spent with Al and you Betty and all the other parents, cheering on our boys at the hockey arena or on the soccer field, and Al's big hugs and huge smiles are a big part of those memories. He was a gentle soul,and he was a mentor, who left a lasting impact on the lives of our two boys and so many other young people whom he counseled. Our hearts go out to all of you at this difficult time.
    Don & Verlie Zimmerman
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Dear Betty, Debbie, Ted, Michelle and family,
    Sending much love and light to you all - in the spirit and depth that I was fortunate to have experienced in knowing you all as a young girl.
    The feelings of warmth, humour, inclusivity, kindness and encouragement that he offered live on in those whose lives he/you touched.
    You are all in my thoughts and prayers,
    Colleen Evans
  • Jan 05, 2019
    What a sad day to hear of Al's passing. He has made such an impact on the lives of so many. He will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this tragic time, Betty. Stay well.
    John and Kirsti Grain
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Dear Betty and family,
    I first met Allan as a student at J.L. Crowe in Trail. He was loved by all the students, probably because he had such a kind and caring personality. After I retired, I moved to Kelowna and I had the privilege of playing hockey with Allan. He was skilled and a joy to play with. Our lives were greatly enriched by time spent with Allan. We pray for God's comfort at this difficult time.
    Art Mercer
  • Jan 05, 2019
    Betty and family.
    Al was one of the kindest and most sincere men I have known. He enriched my life. My thoughts are with you.
    Anne Mackay
  • Jan 04, 2019
    I am so sad to hear of Al's passing and my condolences to his family and friends. It's been many years since our paths crossed at Mt. Boucherie, but I remember him as a wonderfully kind, supportive man always with a 100 watt smile.
    Bonita Gilbert
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Betty, Debbie, Ted, Michelle & Families. . . We are so saddened by Allan's passing! What a beautiful human being! Always so caring & thoughtful of others. He loved his family so much. He will truly be missed but never forgotten! Cherish all those special moments you shared & live life to the fullest each day as he want each of you to do! You're in our prayers as you mourn your loss! All our love, Bernie & Ev xo
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Dear Betty, Debbie, Ted, Michelle and your families,
    My deepest condolences on the loss of such a great, loving, caring husband, father, and grandfather. Al always had a smile and a cheerful greeting whenever I saw him; many times at Rockets games in recent years and he always asked with genuine care how I was doing after my loss. What a great man. He was an amazing teacher and counsellor and I remember those MBSS days fondly. I am grateful to have had a chance run in with you, Betty, and Al this Fall and to have had time to sit and have a visit, our last. Thinking of you all and sending love.
    Fiona Irvine (Worrall)
  • Jan 04, 2019
    To the Richards Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Mr Richards was a huge part of our years at MBSS and never failed to help us find our way. Many of us are better humans because of him.
    Much love, Colleen and Steve Richardson
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Dear Betty and family, our thoughts are with all of you. We have many fond memories of Al from Mill Bay (Naramata). He was always so gracious and caring. His smile always made our day!
    Richard and Diane Morgan
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Dear Betty, Ted and family,
    Our deepest condolences to all of you! Al touched so many people. May you draw on each other for the strength and support you need during this difficult time.
    Hugs,
    John and Cathy Sullivan
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Dear Betty and Family,
    Please accept our most sincere condolences, you were truly blessed to have such a wonderful man to share life with, what great memories you have to carry on with. We loved seeing you at the grandchildren's basketball and volleyball Allan always crossed the floor to say hi to us which made us feel special.
    I loved playing hockey with Allan, we pretended to be teacher and student and had a lot of laughs. God bless you and your family.
    Love from Bob and Barb Macfarlane
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Dear Betty,
    I am so sorry. You will miss Allan so very, very much. Take the hand of those that love you as you walk this path of grief.
    Sent with love and prayers,
    Bette Cardinal
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Dearest Betty and the entire family;
    It's impossible to put into words how his passing effects all of us - he touched so many with his unconditional love. I remember telling you when my mother passed that we saw loons playing just a few meters off the shore in front of us when we gathered as a family. I always felt that it was nature's gentle way of sharing a divine message. It resonated with all of us, I could tell, as we all simply watched them play. Never seen it before, and haven't seen it since.
    The day following Allan's passing, there were 17 swans bobbing in front of us. Brian and I always count the numbers of swans in the winter, and there's never been more than 7. It felt like the same message, dear dear Betty. In a place that he loved, with you.
    We grieve with you, and understand...
    What a beautiful picture of him above.
    So much love and hugs,
    Lorna and Brian and every other Hancock we know
  • Jan 04, 2019
    So sorry to hear of Allan's passing. He was a very kind, compassionate and a loving man and always had a smile. Our hearts goes out to you Betty and warm hugs.
    Chris, Keith, Karli and Shaylee
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Betty, Michelle, Debbie and family,
    My thoughts are with you all as you mourn the loss of your husband and dad. I will always remember his zest for life and our talks at the baseball diamond as we watched our boys play. Clearly he loved his family and those wonderful grandkids. What a great loss, but what a great life lived. Treasure all of the memories and know that he will never be forgotten.
    Lisa Holmes Wyatt
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Betty and Family,
    Mr. Richards counseled me as a teenager at MBSS, I have many fond memories of him as he helped me transition from a troubled teenager into a young adult. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family. He truly was a special person and will be greatly missed. Big hug to you Betty!
    Tegre Ciancone
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Dear Betty, Debbie ,Ted, Michelle and all the family,
    We knew that you had a special family from your first invite for supper with our whole gang.
    My time working with Al at Mount Boucherie was an absolute delight. He was so tuned into the students, staff and community and always had everyone's best interests in mind.
    In retirement, I had so much fun playing golf and hockey with Al. He was one of those really good players who was able to be competitive in his usual modest way.
    We shall miss seeing you both at Starbucks. You always seemed to be be 'in love'.
    Our very best at this difficult time. Big hugs to everyone.
    Dennis and Heather Semeniuk
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Dearest Betty and family;
    My love and prayers for your family on the loss of such a wonderful and greatly compassionate man who was so dearly loved. He touched so many lives and made this world a better place.
    God be with you,
    Beryl Baldeo
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Dear Betty and Family,
    It is with great sadness to say goodbye to a wonderful person, who had such a sincere interest in the well being of everyone.
    Robin Jarman
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Betty so sad to read of Al's passing. He was truly one of a kind and I enjoyed working with him at Mt Boucherie. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you begin a new journey in life. You now have your own special guardian angel looking after and guiding you. God Bless.
    Ann Studer
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Betty and family,
    I feel incredibly fortunate and blessed to have met and shared in a few moments of Al's and Betty's life.
    Thank you for the friendship and love you so freely and warmly passed my way. Both Al and Betty are truly rare and beautiful human beings which clearly showed through there children, the many friends they have and the way they live there everyday life. I know you will be missed Al, by so very many.
    Thank you my friend, thank you Betty.
    Love,
    John Mill
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Dear Betty and family,
    Such a shock to find Al is no longer with us, encouraging everyone with his happy smile! He looked so good and was his usual upbeat and caring self when I last had the chance for a brief chat with him. Busy days at MBSS come flooding back when I see and feel his smile.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Marjorie Beales
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Dear Betty and family, sending condolences; Al was one of a kind, deeply compassionate and wonderfully human. I have such good memories of him. He will be missed. Sophie and Randy Zonnis
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Dear Betty and family:
    When I moved to Peachland,from Prince Rupert, in 1993, Al was one of the very first staff members I met at Peachland Elementary. I had taken over a class in February, a grade 4/5, with some challenging children. Al knocked on the door of my portable, and with his warm and genuine smile asked me: " Would you like some information on some of these kids?"To which I smiled back and answered: "Absolutely".
    Al had such a gentile and warm way of dealing with the students, and set the bar so high, as far as counsellors in this district go. I have yet to encounter a counsellor as passionate, and sincere, and connected as Mr. Richards was. He truly was, one of a kind.
    My thoughts are with the family at this time. What an amazing man Al Richards was. He will be missed.
    Suzan Miles
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty, Ted and family, so very sorry to hear of Al's passing.I fondly remember his guidance and friendship through my years of high school at Mt. Boucherie My family and I feel very fortunate to have known Al Richards.I will miss Al's warm smile. Gord Chore
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty, Debbie, Ted, Michelleand family
    We are all very saddened by the loss of Al.
    Al was a very good friend and had a a huge positive influence on many people that were blessed of knowing him.
    Al had a very positive impact on my life as a neighbor,friend, hockey coach, school Counceller, and PE teacher. And I will always treasure that.
    I often ran into him at a sports store, Rockets game, hockey arena and he always made me feel good and smile.
    What a great guy.
    My condolences
    Tim Betuzzi
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Never has a brief encounter left such an enormous impact. Allan and Betty found me on the side of an icy road with a fractured shoulder. They called an ambulance, covered me in their winter clothes, and continued to talk and reassure me, letting me know I was safe and cared for until the paramedics arrived. My two angels. My thoughts are with you Betty and family. Allan was a beautiful soul.
    Yvonne Caldwell
  • Jan 03, 2019
    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
    The McMillans
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Dear Betty and family, Al was a special man, he will be deeply mourned, my heart goes out to you.
    Sincere condolences.
    Monika and Amber
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty and family, what a wonderful man. He was a friend, a teacher and counselor to my two boys Geoff and Matt. I cannot say enough of how much he influenced the lives of so many people of all ages but especially the young. He will always be remembered for his giving life.
    Peter Coates
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Dearest Betty, Deb, Michelle, Ted and families,
    My heart is heavy for you. Al was sunshine and happiness every time I saw him. He had a unique way of making anyone he encountered feel so special, loved and cared for. I would leave a conversation feeling buoyant and content. Knowing him and you Betty enriched my life. He will be sadly missed by me, Mike, Blake and Amelia. Love and caring thoughts to you all,
    Barb Huva
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty and Family, Allan was one of the first players I met when I joined the senior hockey group. What a great guy. He made me feel welcome with always a cheery smile and a kind word to greet me. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Bernie Roy
  • Jan 03, 2019
    It's with a very heavy heart that I say farewell to Al. He was my high school teacher at J.Loyd Crowe in Trail and then my friend here in Kelowna. A beautiful, well written obituary that says it all about Al. Betty and Family, my sincerest condolences. We have lost a wonderful man and his memory will continue to live in our hearts. God Bless. Zeno Cescon
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Al Richards was one of a kind. My fondest memories will be hiking around Naxos Greece with him, morning walks on the beaches of Naxos and coffee on the Paralia. Al was the Dad to many of us attending MBSS. He counselled me through my own Mom's illness and death. Al always made each of us in his presence feel so very special. He was a great man - admired and respected by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. He cared deeply about us all. The Richards family is dear to my heart. I feel great love for each of you. I am thankful to have known Al Richards.
    Hugs to the entire family.
    Allison (Cottle) Glutek and the Glutek Family xo
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty and Family,
    Very sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was my teacher, counsellor and mentor at MBSS. He always had time for you, and was genuinely interested in what you were doing.
    I participated in baseball camps that he assisted with and helped him coach hockey. He was an amazing athlete, but a better person! He helped Tom Zoobkoff and myself get accepted into college, and that was no small feat! Al was a soft soul.
    He will truly be missed.
    Dean Loverin
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Dearest Betty & family,
    My heart goes out to you all during this time of grieving. Allan was such a kind-hearted soul, and most of all "he was a fighter." May you find comfort and peace in your cherished memories of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Codie Willms (Wednesday Relaxation Class)
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Sadly missed and so fondly remembered.
    Richard Smith - Peachland
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Syd & I are so very sorry to read of Al's passing. He was a wonderful friend to children & staff at Chief Tomat as were you to me when I worked at Glenrosa Elementary. You two became our neighbours on Scott for several years and then moved into town. Whenever we would bump into one another your smiles were huge and we'd all agree retirement was wonderful! A true gentleman to the core Allan touched many lives in the most positive way imaginable.
    Sending you love & hugs Betty,
    Susan Priest
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Allan was such a gift to our family, especially in the time he worked at Quigley Elementary school. His compassion, insight, and direction was life-changing. We give thanks for his life!
    Blessings,
    Sharilynn Upsdell
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Hello Betty and Family:
    May we add to your feelings of loss. We will miss Allan, too. Thanks for befriending us even when we were new to you. Allan taught us that there was room in his heart for all he met. Thanks for such a great example.
    Lynn and Gale
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty and family,
    We so sympathize with your family. What a wonderful man was Al. He was always so kind, friendly and helpful. since From the time I first met him in 1975 at Mount Boucherie to today, I have heard only wonderful words said about Al. His positive character has affected many lives. We will all miss him.
    Wayne Lawrence
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty and family,
    My heart goes out to all of you at the loss of Al. He gave so much to his students and others in Kelowna that will go on forever, but we understand both the memories and the void he leaves in your lives. Our prayers are with you.
    Linda and Pauline Yablonski
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty and family,
    Words can't begin to express the sorrow we feel on the passing of your beloved Allan. He was a loving, caring man that always put others happiness above his own. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him!
    I had the pleasure of knowing Al in many different areas of my life and he enriched them all! I will miss his tight hugs and warm hellos!
    I hope you and your family can find peace in the memories that you have of him.
    Mary and Mark Smith
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers...may the cherished memories you have help to ease the pain of losing your loved one.
    Elaine
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Dear Betty and Family,
    What a loss for everyone who knew Allan. Such a wonderful man, so positive, so caring, so interested in everyone else, and always so enthusiastic about everyone's lives and families. A real model of a life well lived.
    Neil and Linda
  • Jan 03, 2019
    May our long drives never end.
    Fred Sankey
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Dear Betty & Family,
    I am sorry to hear of Al's passing. What a wonderful man he was, so caring, compassionate and friendly. I have many good memories of working with Al.
    Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time.
    Judi Johnson
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Al leaves an impressive legacy amongst students and colleagues. Deepest sympathy.
    Carolyn and Jim Oakes
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty and family,
    So incredibly sorry to hear of Al's passing. I always enjoyed our monthly get togethers and have some great memories shared with Al. I am grateful for having had Al in my life.
    Daryl Utigard
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Dear Betty and family,
    I am sorry to read of Al's passing. Mayne had such a good reminiscing talk with Al a few years back about hockey and baseball in the 50s in Penticton and Summerland. My condolences to you all.
    Via con Dios, Al
    Sincerely, Carole McCutcheon
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty and family ,
    So sorry to hear of Al's passing. I remember him well at MBSS. Throughout the years l played against and with him in Rec hockey, later on seeing his kids going through the system at the rink. He always had a huge smile and always took a few minutes to say hi after his Sr hockey games in recent years.
    Such a great man, he will be missed.
    Mike Mussell
  • Jan 03, 2019
    My dearest Betty & Family,
    I so well remember when Al joined the staff of Mt. Boucherie and he, Betty & Family became very good friends. l so treasured Al's quiet manner and Betty's love for him and of course, Ted, Debbie & Michelle their children. My heart, thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you that our Father will hold his loving arms around you on this new journey. I send love & hugs,
    Carol Evans
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Our dearest master counsellor and teacher has left us, leaving us with a great inheritance of love, compassion, and cheerful friendliness.
    Betty, Debbie, Ted, Michelle, and all your families, we hold you in our hearts and prayers as we remember your wonderful husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle, and reflect upon how much better our world is because of all that Al so generously gave to all of us. God's blessings.
    Carmel & David
  • Jan 03, 2019
    Betty and family,
    I remember when Mr. Richards started teaching at The Crowe and what a tremendous teacher and athlete that he was. I got to meet the family at the C. H Wright swimming pool in Trail where I taught the kids how to swim. The bonus was when the family moved to Kelowna. I had the privilege of working with Mrs. Richards and seeing Mr. Richards at many functions in the Okanagan area. He was a great man and respected by all. He will truly be missed. My thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
    Lorne Buna
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