PITTAWAY — Richard Singleton Jemson
1924 — 2003
It is with great sadness that the family of Richard Singleton Jemson Pittaway announce his passing in Calgary, AB on Monday, February 24, 2003.
Dick is survived by his loving wife of fifty-nine years, Jean; a daughter and son-in-law Wendy and Grant Janzen; grandchildren, Todd (Janet) Janzen, Taryn Janzen, Tiffany (Trevor) Batty; and a great granddaughter Lauren Janzen.
Dick was born in Wednesbury, England on May 20, 1924. He enlisted in the RAF and came to Canada in 1943 where he trained as a military pilot at Caron and North Battleford, SK. On December 31, 1943 Dick met the love of his life Jean Stevens, and they married on March 2, 1944. Later, Dick and Jean returned to England where Dick continued his service with the RAF as a flight instructor. After the war Dick and Jean returned to Canada where he was a school teacher for a few years. Ever-present was Dick’s passion for flying which soon brought him back to Saskatoon and Mitchenson’s Flying Service. It was here that he continued his vocation as a flight instructor. In the early 1950’s, Dick began his career with International Harvester and later became a partner in G. J. Bell International Trucks, where he worked until his retirement in 1996. Dick and Jean were avid motorcycle enthusiasts and travelled many miles with the Retreads, Blue Knights, and Saskatoon Motorcycle Clubs. Even through the many adversities that life brought his way, Dick courageously maintained his quick wit and wonderful sense of humour.
Dick was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His love for family and his gentle soul will be greatly missed. We are all much the richer to have had the opportunity to know and love him.
A family service was held in Calgary on February 26, 2003. A public memorial service and celebration of life will be held in Saskatoon at a later date. To e-mail expressions of sympathy: firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject Heading: Richard Pittaway.
In living memory of Richard Pittaway, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, “Park Memorial Chapel”, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W., CALGARY, AB. T2S 2L5
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