It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard Rowntree, age 53, on Sunday April 9, 2023 at the Georges L.-Dumont Hospital after a quiet fight with Liver Cancer.
Born in Ottawa, he was the son of the late Patrick and the late Patricia (Lussier) Rowntree.
Richard leaves behind his loving wife, Samantha, who had the honour of being by his side for the last 25 years and their 2 cats Chewie & Vader who he adored.
Richard will be sadly missed by his sister, Kerry (Steve) Somerville of East Ferris, ON; his four brothers: Peter (Kimberly) Rowntree of Barrie, ON, Matthew (Siobhan) Rowntree of Cherry Hill, NJ, Christopher (Tina) Rowntree of Whitbourne, NL, and John (Marielle) Rowntree of Pembroke, ON; as well as his nieces and nephews: Tayler, Meghan, Madisson, Faith, Zoë, Ashton and Landon.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his uncle, Gordie Lussier of Ottawa.
Richard grew up in Thompson, Manitoba and Pembroke Ontario but spent his young adulthood in Ottawa. Richard studied Television Broadcasting at Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology. He worked for First Air in Ottawa and Iqaluit, for Nortel Networks Ottawa and for the last 20 years, as Operations Manager of Gaudet Chalets & Motel in Shediac.
Richard’s passion was the movies especially Star Wars and Science Fiction. He was also a collector of Star Wars and Film memorabilia and a valued member of the 501st Legion Star Wars costuming group. Richard appeared in the 2012 Canadian film “A Little Bit Zombie” as BBQ Bill, acting alongside his best friend Robert Maillet.
Spending time with Richard was almost a certain way to become lifelong friends. He had an uncanny way of making everyone feel at ease. He leaves behind countless valued friendships that meant the world to him.
As per his wishes, there will be no funeral service or visitation.
In his memory, consider calling up an old friend you haven’t seen in a while and going to a movie together & laughing over popcorn knowing that is what he would have wanted, wishing he was there with you.
Richard would want to say one last thing…
May the Force be with you…
The family invites you to sign an online book of condolences at:
Arrangements under the professional care of
Passage Funeral Co-operative and Cremation Centre
3754 Route 134, Shediac Bridge, NB E4R 1T3