Richard Bruce Lauer (March 14, 1947 – December 30, 2020)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Richard (Ric) Bruce Lauer on December 30, 2020 at the age of 73. Ric was born on March 14, 1947 in Edmonton, Alberta. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 49 years, Joan, his children, Jane (Steve) and Sara (Laura), and his grandchildren Olivia and Evan.
Ric was the oldest of four children. He will be missed by his sisters Linda (Peter), Kathy (Jim), and brother Dave (Lorri), as well as numerous other family members including several nieces and nephews and in-laws Wendy (Tony) and Sherrie, Ron and Joe. Ric was predeceased by his parents Randy and Phyl, and nephew Jeff.
Ric met his angel and the love of his life Joan (Joni) in 1969 and they were married in 1971. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1973 and moved to Yellowknife the following year to take his first teaching position. In 1978, they moved back to Edmonton for a couple of years before moving to Montrose, BC in 1980. Ric worked as a teacher at J.L. Crowe Secondary School for most of his career, enriching the lives of countless students. He taught industrial education, special education, and developed a photography program. Ric (Mr. Lauer) would say that his students would take his photography class for an easy credit but would fall in love with photography after just a few classes, some even making a career of it. In 2015, they moved to Kamloops to be closer to their beloved grandchildren (and children).
One of his favourite things to do was go travelling with Joni. This love of travel started with a trip across Canada in their Volkswagon Van in 1975 and included frequent trips to Mexico, a trip to Jamaica with Linda, Peter, Dave and Lorri, and a two week Trans-Atlantic Cruise with good friends, the Caputos. They also spent a few winters in Phoenix as snowbirds, took a trip to Germany to travel the countryside and meet up with his cousin, Paul, who was a resident there.
From a young age, Ric developed a love of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping all over Alberta and BC. One of his most thrilling adventures being a bison hunt at Pink Mountain with his hunting buddies Paul, Joe and Sia. Some of his other passions included photography, woodworking, his vegetable garden, wine making, reading and cooking. It gave him great joy to prepare a meal and have his family or friends gather to enjoy it with him. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He loved taking them fishing and for walks and hikes. He attended every one of Evan’s football practices, encouraging him from the sideline and never missed one of Olivia’s dance recitals. They will miss Grandpa making them waffles, which he did whenever they had a sleepover.
Ric will be remembered for his kind and giving nature, his “live life to the fullest” outlook, and his sense of humor. He was always happy to have a chat with anyone and genuine in his interest to get to know them. He was a loving husband, dad and grandpa.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date, when safe to do so.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the BC Cancer Foundation in Ric’s name.Print This Obituary & Condolences