January 19, 1934 – December 23, 2019
Richard Arthur “Dick” File, the “Celery City Kid,” passed away suddenly on December 23, 2019. Dick will be lovingly remembered by his sons Rob & Mur (Cari-Lyn), sister Marilyn, grandson Gavin, along with nieces, nephews, and great friends. He was predeceased by his wife Frances and parents Audley & Irene.
Dick lived his life in the North Okanagan. A City of Vernon Traffic Administrator and Vernon City Councillor, Dick was also one of the original Squires of Squires Four Pub. Either behind the bar or in the Beer & Wine Store, he was always ready for a good story. During this period Dick often volunteered for the Vernon Winter Carnival Society. After Squires, and needing to fulfill a lifelong dream, Shamrock Books was opened in Armstrong. Many years were spent in the store sorting books, entertaining customers or giving Gaylene a bad time.
Dick spoke fondly of his early days in Ottawa with the RCAF, was a proud, lifelong Legion member, and was often a participant in ceremonies remembering those who served our country. He was a self-proclaimed “sports nut” and from a very early age supported both local and professional teams. Dick was a proud Armstrong Shamrock alumni, was often in the stands at Viper games and never missed the chance at participating in hockey/football pools. A recent trip took him to New York to watch his “Yankees” play.
Many a day was spent fishing with buddies at various local lakes. Mabel Lake held a special place in Dick’s heart. As an athlete, he participated in golf, curling, slow-pitch with the “Bobcats”, and lacrosse. Playing a game of crib could be intimidating. He was a very good winner! Just beneath this competitive exterior, however, was an extremely sensitive, caring person. To the end his days were spent in a social and active manner. He lived life his way, on his terms.
Each year about this time discussion would centre on planning the parade route for the Canucks’ Stanley Cup win. We’re sure the planning hasn’t stopped. We will really miss him.
A Celebration of Dick’s Life will be held on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Armstrong Legion from 12:30 pm – 4 pm with a ceremony starting at 1 pm.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca
Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation ServicesÂ® Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866
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