It is with fond memories and gratitude for a life well lived that the family of Vincent Richards announces his passing away from cancer on January 6, 2016 at the age of 82 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 55 years, Ann, and their three children Mark, Christopher (Sheila) and Erika–semicolon– grandchildren Hayley, Kathryn, Michael, Ben, Joel, Gerrit, Jackie (Mel), Megan and Nick–semicolon– and great-grandson Marcus.
Vincent was born August 1, 1933 in Sutton Bonington,
Leicestershire, England. A gifted and innovative librarian, he served briefly in the British Army in Egypt before emigrating to Canada in 1956 where he was instrumental in expanding library systems in Northern BC and in the Fraser Valley. Moving to Alberta in 1967 he became Chief Librarian of Red Deer College, and in 1977 moved to Edmonton where he became Director of Public Libraries for the City. In this position he oversaw the complete and successful automation of the library system. Vincent was driven by a desire to provide all citizens with convenient and cost-effective access to a world-class library system. After retirement in 1989, Vincent and Ann lived on the west coast of BC before returning to Edmonton in 2012 to be closer to family. A man of strong but private faith, Vincent was a member of the Carmelite Third Order and lived out its charism of contemplation which can best be described as “friendship with God”.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Resurrection Parish, 10555-50A St NW, Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation and interment will follow.
In memory of Vincent, donations may be made to the National Catholic Broadcasting Council – Daily Mass programme.