ObituaryJuly 22, 1917 – October 24, 2012 Rick was born in Folkestone, England, the only child of John and Eliza Georgina Whiting. When he was eight years old, the family moved to Toronto. In the summer of 1935, while making deliveries for the Red Rose Tea Company, he met Marie Switzer, who was working in the company’s booth at the CNE. It was there, over a cup of tea, that they fell in love. They were married on September 14, 1940. Marie and Rick had three children, Connie, John and Marilyn, who married Charlie Batty, Jean McLeod and Jamie Henderson, respectively, and provided Marie and Rick with seven grandchildren: Cathy and Cheryl Batty, Kirsten and Blair Miller, and Johanna, Emma and James Henderson There are seven great grandchildren: Owen, Russell, and Colin Lo; Noah and Elise Miller; and Thomas and Claire Harris. Rick joined the Canadian army for WW2 and also served in Korea with the 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment. He then joined the Canadian Guards and remained a Guardsman during postings around Ontario. The family lived in Toronto, Petawawa, and Ottawa before settling in Kingston, where Rick had a second career with the Canadian Correctional Services. When Rick retired, in 1973, they moved to Balm Beach on Georgian Bay but avoided the Canadian winter by spending six months of the year in Florida, first in Pinellas Park (St. Petersburg) and later Englewood. They subsequently moved to Toronto and, after a few years at the Garden Court Apartments on Bayview Avenue, settled into the New Horizons Tower, at the corner of Bloor and Dufferin Streets, where they lived together until Marie’s death in 2006. Rick lived on there until his death. Rick took great pride in his family’s accomplishments and his role as a husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His family will miss him very much and remember his loving support and many kindnesses. Visitation will be held at The Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette St. (just east of Keele) on Monday, October 29, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. A Chapel Service will follow on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 11 a..m. Interment at Prospect Cemetery. Online condolences received at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com
October 29, 2012
October 30, 2012
Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette Street, Toronto, M6P 1N6.
Burial / Entombment / Cremation
Prospect Cemetery,1450 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario