Richard C. Bocking
1931 – 2012
Richard C. Bocking passed away on September 28, 2012, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.
A wonderful and caring husband for Winnifred Marie for sixty years, a devoted father for his six sons, and a gifted advocate for the environment and for social justice, Richard (Dick) will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Richard was born in Port Arthur in 1931, the son of Charles and Lisle Bocking, and brother of James and Joyce. He and Winnifred met in high school, when they began a life-long partnership that continued throughout his studies in agriculture at the University of Manitoba, their marriage in 1953, and a lifetime of shared adventure and devotion. They raised their sons in Stony Plain, North Vancouver, Quebec, and Italy, before settling in 1988 in Victoria, where they created a seashore idyll, the site of countless gatherings and celebrations cherished in memory by their family, especially their many grandchildren.
Throughout his career as an agricultural extension agent, a documentary filmmaker for the CBC, and an author, Richard applied his energy, eloquence, and knowledge to the defence of Canada's environment, the pursuit of social justice, and appreciation for music and the arts, always guided by his determined vision of a just and independent Canada.
Richard's life and memory will be forever celebrated by Winnifred, by their sons Michael, Douglas, James, Christopher, Stephen, and Patrick; by their daughters-in-law Kelly, Rose, Tina, Diane, Barbara and Elaine; their beloved grandchildren, Paul, David, Jennifer, Natalie, Alexandra, Alyssa, Emma, Natasha, Kevin, Christine, Kimberly and Adam; their great-grandchild Jessa; and by everyone who knew him. In accordance with his wishes a private internment has taken place. A memorial service and celebration of Richard's life will take place at the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, 5575 West Saanich Road, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.
Wednesday October 3, 2012
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