Richard Jordan Garside, age 75, died December 24, 2014 in Sacramento, California as a result of a stroke he suffered while on a golf holiday. Richard was born on September 9, 1939 in Edmonton, Alberta. He was raised in Edmonton and married his high school sweetheart Barbara Nelson on March 14, 1959. Richard later graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Together Richard and Barbara raised six children, Gordon (Tami), Richard (Jean-Ann), David (Nicolette), Teuila Kenyon (Steve), Tricia Farraway (David) and James-deceased (Leslie). Richard and Barbara were blessed with 22 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Richard was a lifelong educator who took his family across the globe while working for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints educational system (CES). His teaching assignments began in 1966 when they moved their family of five to American Samoa where Richard taught school for 3 years. His subsequent CES assignments then took him to Albuquerque New Mexico, Winnipeg Manitoba, Kitchener Ontario, Raymond, Cardston and Calgary, Alberta. Richard and Barbara retired to Abbotsford, BC in 2001. They later moved to Chilliwack, BC in 2004. Richard served in many capacities in the LDS Church. Among his many callings, he served as a Bishop twice and was serving as the Patriarch of the Abbotsford Stake at the time of his death. Richard was a devoted teacher who practiced what he preached throughout his life. The thousands of students he taught were blessed by his wise, patient and humble approach to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although he was an avid golfer, his family and his service to others were his primary mission.
Richard was predeceased in death by his parents Gordon & Doris Garside, his son James and granddaughter Becky. A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 am on Friday, January 2, 2015 at the Chilliwack 2nd Ward of the LDS Church, 6300 Tyson Road, Chilliwack with the funeral service to follow at 11:00 am.
Online condolences may be offered at
Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home