On December 10, 2015, Richard Nicholas Hoskin, age 70, passed away peacefully in his sleep with family by his side. He was born in Exeter, Cornwall, England on June 10, 1945 to Reginald and Marie Hoskin. Richard grew up in Cornwall and after finishing school began work at the Lloyds Bank. After several years he left the bank and began to travel. Starting in New Zealand, he went through Australia and into South America. These adventures included a canoe trip down the Amazon river. When his travels came to an end he settled down as a grain farmer in Lousana, Alberta for a period of 30 years. Richard then moved to Rock Creek, B.C. and worked as a hay farmer.
Richard is predeceased by his parents Reginald and Marie Hoskin and his second wife Precilla Destura. He is survived by his wife Jane Paez, his first wife Judith Serl, his sister Joan Sidwell (Michael Sidwell), his children Megan Taylor (Tim Taylor), Tobi Duckering (David Duckering), Rob Hoskin (Carol Van De Weghe) and Daniel Hoskin, his grandchildren, Nathan and Olivia Taylor, Kara, Gabriel, Caleb, Patience and Alinda Duckering, Blaze, Elizabeth and Izabelle Van De Weghe.
Richard was always a hard worker and enjoyed the challenge of farm life. He was an outdoor enthusiast and whenever time allowed he always wanted to spend it taking his family camping, fishing, golfing and swimming. Richard was a loving husband, a devoted father and a cherished friend. He was a kind hearted, generous man with a great sense of humor who left behind a wealth of wonderful memories. He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed. A memorial service was held in Midway, B.C. on December 15, 2015 and a second one will be held in Lousana, Alberta in May, 2016.
In honor of Richard’s concern for the underprivileged and his love of farming, memorial donations can be made to Plan Canada choosing gifts related to farming, medicine or education.