Richard Basil Rotondo

July 16, 1941 – April 9, 2011

Richard Rotondo passed away peacefully at Vernon Hospice House with beloved wife Dorrie and his two daughters, Terry and Cheryl by his side on April 9, 2011 at 69 years of age.

Richard was born in Timmins, Ontario. He grew up in Porcupine, Ont. and Cobden Ont. finally residing in Whitehorse, Yukon. Here he met the love of his life Dorrie in 1962 and they married February 22, 1964. Richard earned his living as an electrician and was part owner of K.R. Electric in Whitehorse. In 1981, he moved his family to the Okanagan area. Richard’s hobby and love of flying small aircrafts led them to reside in Vernon with the operations and ownership of Vernon’s Tri Lake Flight Centre for almost 13 years. After selling in 1995 you could find Richard either golfing or driving behind the wheel of a tour bus.

Richard will be sadly missed by his family. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend Dorrie; his two daughters Terry (Colin) Shpak of Quesnel and Cheryl (Chris) Kopp of Vernon; grandchildren Megan, Jamie, Tag and Gage; one sister Linda Adams; one half brother Peter Kelly; one step sister Debbie Kelly; one step brother Brian Kelly; as well as several extended family members and many friends.

The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. S. Friesen and Dr. Hardy. They also extend heartfelt gratitude to the nurses, care aids, support staff and the many volunteers from the Vernon Hospice House.

There will be no service by request. Friends and family wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Richard may do so to the North Okanagan Hospice Society 3506 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4.

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