(May 28, 1935- January 11, 2023)
It is with great sadness that the family of Richard Gordon Latta announce his passing, after a lengthy battle with cancer, at Kamloops Hospice on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. He was 87 years old.
Richard was born in Punnichy, Saskatchewan in 1935 to Wilf and Norma. After a full and successful career in the RCMP, Richard retired as Staff Sergeant in 1981 and assumed the role as Executive Director of the Alpine Club of Canada in Banff, Alberta. He concluded his working years running his own business and eventually retired in Kamloops, BC where he enjoyed golfing, curling and fly fishing.
Richard actively served in the Search and Rescue and accompanied former Prime Minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, on several mountaineer and alpine ski expeditions. He also represented British Columbia as Skip at the Canadian Rothman’s Silver Stone RCMP Curling Championships in Regina in 1975.
Richard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Janice Claire nee Thornley; daughter Sandra Bauhuis and husband Dennis, Rick and wife Penny, Todd and wife Jane; grandchildren, Danielle (Ben), Brendon (Brittany), Paige, Jarrod, Coty and Kyle; great-granddaughter, Eloise; and many other nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Richard was predeceased by his parents, Norma and Wilf, siblings, Shirley Jane and Lorna Jean, and infant son, Douglas.
There will be a private gathering for family and friends in the spring when Richard’s ashes will be scattered in his secret fly-fishing spot.
The Latta family want to acknowledge the wonderful and selfless staff at the Kamloops Hospice and request all donations be sent to support their care and service at: www.kamloopshospice.com/contribute/donate/