December 2nd, 1943 – March 13, 2023
It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Richard Lawrence Guinan in Hamilton, Ontario at St. Joseph’s Hospital. After a brief hospital stay, Richard passed swiftly and peacefully. Our family would like to extend gratitude to the healthcare team members of the 6th floor surgical unit of St. Joe’s for the exceptional and compassionate care he received. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Ann; his sister Mary-Lou; his daughters Sara and Laura; his sons-in-law Jonathan and Robert; his grandchildren Xavier, Owen and Emmett; as well as his loyal dog Winston and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and incredible friends. Richard was predeceased by his father Thomas and mother Ileana May. Rick was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved with his family throughout remote areas of Canada. He resided for many years in Toronto and St. Catharines prior to settling in Hamilton, Ontario. As a young man he developed a passion for flying small aircraft, a love of golf and was incredibly social. Rick worked in sales, marketing and business development in the insurance industry. Rick spent many hours dedicated to volunteering with the Air Cadets, Optimist Club, Rotary Club, Brain Injury Association and other organizations that benefit people living with disabilities. He was a regular contributor to the Terry Fox Foundation. He was very proud that he had the opportunity to meet Terry and pilot him to and from events during the “Marathon of Hope” within Toronto and Niagara region. Rick was greatly inspired by Terry’s courage and tenacity. Rick was a dedicated husband, a caring father and a loving grandfather. He was always willing to help others. Whether someone needed to be cared for, picked up, dropped off, needed to borrow a tool or they simply needed a hand, Rick was your guy. Rick was up for fun and adventure. He loved to share a toast with family and friends with a cheerful “I’ll drink to that”. He will be missed more than anyone can imagine. We will be planning a celebration of life at a future date. At this time, our family asks in lieu of flowers that you please make a donation in his name to the Terry Fox Foundation. Our family would like to thank the countless people who have reached out with love, support and kindness. It truly means the world.