It is with great sadness that we lay to rest our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Rick Cecil Compton. Rick was born to Cecil and Laura on October 30, 1948. He was the oldest of three children, with Sharon in the middle and Bill being the youngest. He spent most of his young life in Castor where he was surrounded by a large extended family, and doted on by many loving aunts and uncles.
In his youth Rick was active in scouts, gymnastics club, hockey and the boxing club. He discovered his love of cars which served him well for his entire life, building and collecting bikes, race cars, classic cars, in fact taking first place at the World of Wheels in the early 70’s with a custom BSA chopper he built. Dad, Dale Huff and Dan O’Hara could be found at Cecil’s shop tweaking various projects, just to rebuild it again the next week.
Dad apparently got a paper route so he could deliver the paper to Peggy Oram’s house and get some face time with Marda Oram. This started a new chapter in his life which has lasted the last 45 years. This year would have been our Mom and Dad’s 40th wedding anniversary, as they were married on August 21, 1971.
They moved to Coronation in 1972 where they started M.R. Autobody which is still serving the community today.
On August 17, 1974 their first son Lee Jay was born, followed by their second son Aaron on May 19, 1976. As the years rolled on everyone helped out at the shop, taking time to go fishing with friends and family, following scouts, driving from arena to arena, trips to Valleyview and Bonnyville, Disneyland (even though Dad wasn’t fond of flying).
Through it all Dad really enjoyed bowling, as he and Mom participated in tournaments and the Coronation league.
Dad also enjoyed mentoring many of the communities young men that worked with him at the shop through the years and many kept in touch after moving on.
I often kidded with Dad that the kids working there at any given time was his new favourite son. Rick spent quite a few vacations with Mom on bus trips to various places to sight-see and maybe try their luck at the casinos. Dad was an avid reader, polishing off three to four novels in a weekend. He found so much joy when the grandkids started up eight years ago, making him wait until he finally got the princess he had always wanted, Lorah, named after his mother, born two years ago to compliment the four boys.
Rick was predeceased by his parents, and his brothers-in-law Joel Christensen and Brett Oram. He is survived by his loving wife Marda, son Lee Jay and wife, Christine and their children Liam and Lorah; son Aaron and his wife, Carrie and their children Garrett, Colby, and Axton; as well as his siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
A celebration of Rick’s life took place at the Coronation Community Centre, Coronation, Alberta on Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made in Rick’s memory to Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation, 202-5913 50 Ave. Red Deer, AB, T4N 4C4 or to Alberta Diabetes Foundation, 1-020 HRIF-EAST, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 9Z9. You may send your condolences by email to email@example.com Heather Caseley of Coronation Funeral Home entrusted with the funeral arrangements. 1-888-578-2928. “Knowledge, Experience And Professionalism With A Personal Touch”