RICK (CRUNCH) GLADISH
January 5, 1950 - November 2, 2022
On November 2, 2022, Rick Gladish passed from this world to re-join his mom and dad as well as his younger brother Leonard in heaven. Rick was 72 years young.
Ricks leaves behind his youngest brother Ed (and wife Shauna); sister-in-law Sheila; nephews Mike, Steve and Eric (and wife Lynn) and their two children, Brooklyn and Liam; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Pauline; and his younger brother Leonard.
Rick worked for the federal government in the Ministry of Transport for many years, as well as Nav. Can in the private sector. He spent many years as a Mason doing volunteer work and fundraising for many worthy causes. He loved to golf spending many hours hitting that little ball down the fairway, enjoying the camaraderie of various friends and cousins.
Rick had a great fondness as well for nature and the great outdoors. In his younger years, if one didn’t find him on the golf course, he would be fishing from his bass boat with his rod and reel. He also taught himself how to fly-fish, hooking his own ear as well as his youngest brother Ed’s many times during the learning stages.
Once fishing season was finished, autumn came, which meant it was hunting season. He often drove out to the old family farm in Rosa Manitoba for hunting adventures for ducks or the occasional deer. As the years went on, he preferred to feed the deers and ducks, and take photos. He was an avid amateur photographer.
Rick loved to travel in his younger days and saw different parts of the world and enjoyed all it had to offer. He learned to scuba dive and treasured seeing life below the waves. In later life Rick reignited his love of motorcycle’s and owned and enjoyed various Harley Davidson bikes. He often enjoyed riding for a charity run with his brothers from the Masonic Lodge and other organizations.
Rick was a kind and gentle soul, always willing to lend a helping hand in any way he could.
Rick had a very soft spot in his heart for all animals helping any stray that crossed his path. For much of Rick’s life, he had a cat on his lap, with the exception of one cat Moochie, who preferred to curl up on top of his head while he watched television.
Rick was proud of his Polish heritage, and never met a perogie, or cabbage roll that he didn’t like! He loved breaking bread with family.
His family will miss Rick deeply, along with his easy laughter, quick wit, and caring soul. His heroes always were cowboys, and they still are, it seems.
God speed Rick
Until we meet again
Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Rick’s life will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, November 18, 2022, at 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road (Unitarian Facility). In the meantime, Rick’s family kindly requests that his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories using the comment section on this page.
In lieu of flowers, to honour Ricks love for stray animals and cats, please make a donation in his name to Rescue Siamese No Kill Cat Shelter.
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