DAVID RICHARD "DICK"/"DICKY" FORD ~ Class of 1966
January 8, 1948 - August 25, 2015
by brother Joe ('63):
David Richard Ford (sometimes "Dick" or "Dicky"),
Columbia High School class of 1966, passed away on August
25, 2015, in Victoria, BC, Canada. Pneumonia was the
proximate cause of his death. He was surrounded by people
who loved him. He was 67.
Dicky was born January 8, 1948, at Kadlec Hospital to
Joseph E. and Christene B. Ford. He attended
Sacajawea and Lewis and Clark elementary schools,
Carmichael Junior High, and Columbia High. He spent one
year at CBC, and worked for Boeing and Boeing contractors
in the Seattle area before being drafted in 1968. His
military service was unhappy and brief, and he eventually
re-located to Canada. He married there, first to Sharon
Penny, and later to Trudee Begbie. He worked as a cook and
café owner, as a carpenter, and in landscaping and sales.
He was the father of three.
In the late 1990s, when our mother was ill, he returned
to Richland and cared for her. He called it his finest
He had the first of two strokes in 2004. The second, in
2008, devastated him. He had been in the care of BC
Health since early 2008.
He is survived by his brother Joe ('63), son Demian
Ryefield Ford and his wife Mayuko, daughters India and
Baillie Ford, and his former wives. His family is
planning a private service.
The family wants to acknowledge Dicky’s Richland friends
who stayed in contact with him and visited him in his
care facility. Ted Smith ('66), Dick Stephens ('66),
George Moore ('67), Doug Keck ('66) and others brought
some laughter and good memories into Dicky's life. Thank
Rest in peace, Dicky.