It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Richard Oliver Spence who passed away on Nov. 3, 2022 in Brooks, Alta. at the age of 71.
Richard was born in Camrose, Alta. on Nov. 27, 1950. The family spent many years in Sunnynook, Alta. where most of Richards’s lifelong friendships began.
Always the adventurous sort, Richard decided to work in Libya when their oilfield was booming. On his time off in the summers, Richard would saddle his horse and ride from Brooks to the Circle S Ranch to stay with Jim Solberg.
His stories from this time and his travels about would always leave listeners laughing. One of Richard’s favourite places to travel was Costa Rica where his parents Tom and Win Spence resided for many years.
In 1997, Richard became reacquainted with Joan Horner and he soon settled into ranching. It was easy to see how happy this made Richard and how he enjoyed becoming a grandfather three times over.
He will always be remembered for his easy smile and gentle demeanour.
Richard is predeceased by his mother Win Spence and his niece Leslie McLennan.
He is survived by his wife Joan Horner; daughter Jamie Zabolotney and her husband Ryan Zabolotney; grandchildren Taryn, Ava and Davin Zabolotney; father Thomas Spence; sisters Cherry McLennan and Joy Stevens; brothers, Terry Spence and Gordon Spence along with many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Pollockville Hall on Nov. 26, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Cremation is entrusted to and conducted at Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematorium, Brooks. Funeral arrangements entrusted to: Smith Funeral Home Ltd. and Crematorium, Brooks, Alta.
Condolences may be forwarded through www.sfh.ca. Telephone 403-362-4636 or toll-free 866-362-4652.
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