Obituary of Richard (Rick) Chester DIXON
August 11, 1945 – Medicine Hat, Alberta
December 14, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
Richard (Rick) Chester Dixon passed away peacefully with his family present on Sunday, December 14, 2020 after a long battle with dementia. Although gone too soon, Rick had a wonderful life.
Rick was the second son of Marjorie Lenore Dixon (nee Gailbraith) and Charles Richard Dixon. He was born in Medicine Hat on August 11, 1945. The Dixon family relocated to Winnipeg, MB, when Rick was young. Summers and weekends were spent at the family cottage on West Hawk Lake where Rick met his future wife, Alison Joan Leach, when they were about 11 and 10. It was not love at first sight. It was years later that the two (begrudgingly, we are told) went to a formal dance together. But that was the beginning of their nearly 60 year relationship. Rick and Alison were married in October of 1967 and celebrated 53 years of marriage this year. They had three girls, Pamela, Jillian, and Kimberly. Rick loved all his girls, but especially his Ali. Together, Rick and Ali built a life in Winnipeg and then in Calgary. They were partners through everything; raising their girls, family gatherings, and travelling the world. Rick’s favorite places were West Hawk Lake and any place where he could be with his family. Rick and Ali hosted many Dixon Christmas Gatherings and the presence of generations of family mingling together playing billiards or cards was something he always cherished.
Rick attended the University of Manitoba where he received a Bachelors of Arts Degree then his Law Degree. Rick was an “out of the box” thinker and loved all aspects of the law. This combined with a natural entrepreneurship, led Rick to assist with numerous businesses and establish International Insolvency Law practices. But Rick’s greatest aspiration was to use his knowledge in the legal profession to assist others. He loved pro bono work and his clients loved him too; not only his passion but also his ability to explain the law into language they could understand.
Rick is survived by his loving wife Alison, daughters, Pamela (Kevin) Ferworn of Houston, TX, Jillian (Jonathan) Cain of Calgary, AB, and Kimberly (Ryan) McLelland of Calgary, AB; and eight grandchildren, James and Jacelyn Cain, Connor, Matthew and Charlie McLelland, and Jason, Andrew and Eric Ferworn. Rick is also survived by his brothers, Jim (Evelyn) and Brian (Barbara) Dixon of Winnipeg, MB; brother-in-law Cliff (Gail) Leach of White Bear Lake, MN, and countless nieces and nephews. He is lovingly remembered by scores of family and friends throughout Canada, the USA, England, New Zealand and beyond. Rick/Dad; we miss you. Thanks for being a wonderful part of our lives.
A celebration of Rick's life will be held at a later date. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Rick’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
In living memory of Rick Dixon, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.