November 10, 1970 – November 29, 2016
Peacefully left this world on November 29th 2016 surrounded by love. Loving husband to Barb Oakes (nee Davis) for 23 years, best friends for 31 years, in love forever. Proud father to Jocelyn, Sadie and Connor. Loving son born to Herb Oakes and Colleen Greene on November 10th,1970 and son-in-law of Frank and Janet Davis. Sadly missed by his step-mother Sandy Oakes, his sister Theresa Oakes, step-brother Jay Sykes (Melissa) and brother-in-law Phil Davis (Tammy). Rich was also loved by his nieces and nephews, many Aunts, Uncles and cousins. In lieu of gifts and flowers a Donation to the Stedman Hospice would be greatly appreciated. There are no words to express our gratitude for the support and care Rich and our family received from the hospice staff. A celebration of life will be held on December 9th, 2016 at Copetown Hall from 5pm-9pm. There will be an opportunity for anyone who wishes to share their thoughts or memories of Rich during the celebration.
Extremely sad to lose someone who has always been such a special part of our large family. Rich has been a part of our family for so long, I can’t remember when he wasn’t. We will miss him very much. Our thoughts are with you, Barb, Sadie and Connor at this very difficult and sad time. Always remember that our family will be there to support all of you any time you need it.
Love, (Uncle & Aunt) Glenn, Laurie, Davis and Charlotte.
I am sorry for your loss family. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Sending our love and strength to the Oakes, Greene and Davis families.
Rich will be missed by so many but certainly never forgotten xo
Our deepest condolences to the Oakes/Davis and extended family and friends. RIP Richie. Gone too soon.
So sad to have another one of our loved ones taken from us too soon by cancer. He was a great man and will be missed by so many. He will live forever in our hearts and memories. My heart goes out to you Barb and your family. Xoxoxo
We are so sorry for your loss. Rich will always be remembered standing at the glass watching the boys play hockey and telling the boys as they came out of the dressing room what a great game or goal or hustle you had. Our thoughts and prayers to Barb, Sadie and Connor during this difficult time. Kari, Shane, Mackenzie, Jacob and Shaelee.
We would like to extend our condolences to everyone.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Love from Aunt Ruth (Oakes) Donovan & Naomi & Doug Perry.
Barb, Sadie and Connor we are very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers!
So very sorry and so sad to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you Barb, Sadie and Connor.
So very sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. I had worked with Rich from time to time and am currently on the same job site that Rich left when he became ill.
Rich was a very well respected in the NDT industry and by all trades. A fair man, a good worker and a good union brother. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Doug Mitchell, Team Sarnia,
I wish to leave a special message to Rich’s father, Herb, whom I have not seen since he attended Maple Lane School. As soon as I saw the surname, I thought I might recognize a much older member of the Oakes family.Hopefully, it will offer some small consolation to a dad who was a delightful kid to know when I had the privilege to be his teacher.
I feel very badly, Herb; and I will be thinking of you
Barb, Sadie and Connor we are so very sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing Rich’s friendly smile and having our chats about traveling and hockey. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Thinking of you all. Sending you our sincere condolences. Pauline , Jeff and Spencer Hahn
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Barb and family at this difficult time. May you find strength and peace and knowledge that his memories will forever live in you’s . Sending hugs.
So very sorry to hear of Rich’s passing, I knew him from the mx track, he was a kind and gentle person. We will miss him very much at the races, our hearts and prayers go out to all of his family and friends, Rest in peace Rich
We knew Rich from motocross as well. Our sons raced together. No “Motodad” be more supportive of his son than Rich was. He was always kind and he never had anything bad to say about any of his and Connor’s fellow racers. Rich, there will always be a gate for you on the the line and a happy memory of you in our hearts.
My condolences to your family. I hope the memories you have will take you through these sad times.
I was extremely sadness on hearing of the passing of my friend Richie, my heart goes out to Barb and the kids. I will always remember how such a quiet guy could be so funny with his quick wit and impersonations that will never be forgotten. It’s hard to believe he’s gone.
My thoughts and prayers will always be there Richie for Barb , Sadie, Connor and you . I’m sure your playing on a greatest hockey team beyond.