Obituary of Richard Gilbert SCARISBRICK

June 9, 1921 – Vancouver, British Columbia

April 18, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta


We are sad to share that Richard (Dick) Scarisbrick passed away at the age of 98 after a number of medical complications, including contraction of COVID-19.


Dick grew up in Vancouver with his parents, Henry and Lucy. He graduated in civil engineering at U.B.C. in 1944. In 1950, after a long period of wooing, which included trips on his sailboat, “Stardust”, he married his wife, Fern. The pair then moved to California where Dick taught and earned a Master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University. In 1952, Dick and Fern welcomed their daughter, Ann into the world. The young family then moved to Victoria, where Dick began his career with the Engineering Branch of the BC Forest Service. Their second child, Roy, was born in Victoria in 1955.


Dick was a long-time member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C., B.C. Government Retired Employees Association, Thermopylae Club, and the Cadboro Bay United Church. After living together in Cadboro Bay for about fifty years, Fern moved to Mount St. Mary Hospital in Victoria, and Dick moved across the street to Rose Manor, visiting his wife every day until she passed in 2016. They were married for sixty-six years. In 2018, Dick elected to move to Calgary to be closer to his children, Ann and Roy. He lived in several facilities during this time, passing in the Brentwood Care Centre. Dick was known for his steadfast practical attitude and his wry sense of humour. His grandchildren and great-children will remember his superb oatmeal, appreciation for kippers, and well-stocked supply of fig bars.


He will be greatly missed by his son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Carol; son-in-law, Jim; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Samantha, Holly and Darien; great-grandchildren, Luke, Mary-Stephanie and Aiden; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Fern Scarisbrick (nee Brand), and his daughter, Ann Kyle.


A memorial service will be held at a future date in Calgary. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Dick’s obituary at


In living memory of Richard Scarisbrick, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6,   Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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