Richard James Cloakey
April 3, 1940 to February 18, 2014
Richard passed away peacefully, comforted by his wife, on February 18, 2014 at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, AB at the age of 73.
Richard was born in Calgary Alberta on April 3, 1940 to Sarah Annie and John Cloakey of Black Diamond, Alberta. He grew up on the farm at Black Diamond with his brothers Robert and Larry. He worked mostly in Northern BC, mining asbestos, copper, coal and finally as owner of the Crooked Creek Store and Post Office in Alberta.
Richard loved his many family pets, especially dogs Skye and Spinner, and Baby and Streak, the cats. He enjoyed wildlife and the outdoors all his life. Richard told many stories about living and working in Cassiar, Granisle, Kemano, and Tumbler Ridge, BC. Most of all he enjoyed time spent with family and his many friends.
Richard was predeceased by his parents and brothers. Richard is survived by his wife Vickie and children Elizabeth (Gord Klassen), John (Vicki), Joyce, step-children David Neraasen (Stephanie) and Lisa Neraasen (Jose) and by his grandsons Ian, Alex, Ryan and Luke, his niece Lori and grandnephew TJ. Richard leaves many friends who will miss him, especially Dane and Ruby Mortensen, Ashley and Alyssa, his good buddy Paul Kyle and old friend Jim Penman.
The family would like to express our thanks to the Doctors and Nurses of the ICU at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton for the care and kindness showed Richard and all of us during his time there.
A celebration of Richard’s life is planned in July.
Please contact the family for details.