Obituary of Richard (Dick) Stanley Alford
Richard (Dick) Stanley Alford passed away peacefully in his 88th year on August 20th, 2019 at Cummer Lodge. He leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 54 years, Frances Joyce (Fran). Predeceased by his brother Bill. Lovingly remembered by his nieces, nephew and sister-in-law Mary for his many kindnesses.
Dick attended University of Toronto, completing his BA and B ED. He worked in banking with National Trust before moving on to teaching with the Toronto Board of Education.
In his roles throughout life - son, brother, husband, employee, teacher, uncle, musician, and friend - Dick was always committed to and generous with his time, for family, friends and community.
His passion for music brought him many years of pleasure, playing his trombone in parades and at gigs, often alongside his brother Bill on drums. We know that Dick is now at peace playing in the “big band in the sky”, and in the hearts of all those that knew and loved him.
Dick loved to drive and chauffeur for Fran. He enjoyed road trips with multiple stops en-route and, as a geography teacher, always took the scenic route.
He was a gentle, warm hearted man who loved dogs, especially Molly his black Labrador and latterly, a visit by his niece’s dog Bogey, always brought a smile to his face.
Thank you to the staff at Cummer Lodge who cared for Dick as his health failed him over the last few years.
A celebration of life will be held at R.S. Kane Funeral Home on Wed. Aug. 28th at 11 am.
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