Richard was adopted by Harold and Ethel Yates at the age of nine months. He brought much joy to all of the family. He is survived by his brothers, Brian (Marlene) Beerling, and Tom Yates and his sister Patrica (Mickey) Brooks. He was predeceased by his mother and father, brother Bill Yates, and sister-in-law Midge. Richard graduated from Lethbridge Junior College with a certificate in Commercial Cooking. He enjoyed cooking for others, all of his life.
Richard enjoyed family outings. Beginning as a young child, the visits to Auntie Grace’s farm were a highlight of his summers. In later years, Richard’s culinary skills were often on display. Instead of hotdogs and marshmallows, Richard cooked lobster and pepper steak, as he bossed the rest of us around until the meal was perfect. Richard could do anything… plumbing, electrical wiring, and carpentry were all skills he shared with family and friends.
He had a wide range of interests, and could retain anything he read. Shipwrecks, gold mining, archaeology and politics were only a few of the subjects Richard found fascinating. Richard made his home in Coronation for the last 30 years of his life. He loved the town and the friends he made there, especially Ted and Shelley Cook.
During his years in Coronation, he was employed by Cardwell, Mainland Oilfield Supply and National Oilwell. He was involved in the Elks and was passionate about the fire department. He did bookkeeping for various local organizations with great efficiency and He was instrumental in obtaining a variety of grants for the community. Many people remember Richard catering functions, greeting them with a big smile and always smoking his favourite huge cigar.
Despite years of poor health, Richard remained unfailingly cheerful. His gruff exterior, sense of humour, and interest in family and friends gained him many friends. May he rest in peace. Memorial donations may be made in Richard’s name to the Coronation Fire Department.