Richard Greene

A photo of Richard Greene


A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date

GREENE, Gerald “Richard” 

A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.”

It is with heavy hearts we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather on April 11, 2020 at the age of 76.  Richard was the eldest son of the late Gerald and Doris Greene of Blenheim.  He is survived by his loving and very patient wife of 50 years, Sherry (nee: Blackburn) and two daughters, Melodie Greene of Indonesia and Heather and Tom Moore of Wyoming, Ontario.  Extremely proud grandfather of Connor, Cian and Brydie Moore.  Dear brother-in-law to Bill Blackburn (late Betty) of Chatham, the late Dale Blackburn and Carolyn of Exeter, the late Glen Blackburn and Dot of Terrance Beach, Don Blackburn (late Charlotte) of Cambridge, Larry and Helen Blackburn of Chatham, Joan and Harry Kranenburg of Trenton and the late Randy Blackburn of Chatham.  Lovingly remembered by several nieces, nephews and friends.

Richard’s love of community and its youth was expressed through his contributions to Scouting, where he brought to life some pretty amazing Christmas floats and elaborate haunted houses.  Likewise, it gave him the excuse to live out his childhood dream of building and operating the well known Kub Kar and Drag Tracks, which brought much excitement for boys and girls over a 40-year span.  Although, many wonderful memories for his children and grandchildren were also created as a result of his involvement in Scouting, it was his enthusiastic love of Algonquin Park that led to countless summers canoeing, kayaking and hiking that will be most cherished.  We may have made fun of his obsession, but his love of nature and being outdoors was infectious, and many memories were made and shared as a family.

Anyone who received one of Richard’s woodworking originals knows he was a man of many talents who could do anything, build anything and had unwavering devotion to family and friends.  His quiet presence was immeasurable and will be immensely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Due to the current health pandemic, cremation has taken place; however, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.  For those wishing to make a memorial donation please consider The Friends of Algonquin Park, Ronald McDonald House or a charity of your choice.


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Aunt Sherry , Melodie , Heather, Tom and family . We wish to express our deepest sympathies. The passing of Uncle Rick was such a shock. He will be truly missed by all. Sending our love Joe, Tracey, Amanda and Ashley.

Sherry from all of us on Camp Cataraqui Camp Committee. Our Thought and Prayers be with you and your family in this time of Sorrow. Rick truly will be missed and a void near impossible to replace . With Deepest Sympathy Bill

Sherry and family; sorry to hear of your loss. I have great memories of camping meals prepared byRichard.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family, Richard was a wonderful man, he will be greatly missed. I have worked with him for many years at Mallory's/Hopkins l will miss the interesting conversation with him.

Sherry and Family are thoughts and prayers for your loss.

Heather and family, I have many, many fond memories of your dad. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sherry and family; So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Hope your memories of cherished time with him will bring a bit of solace. Condolences to all. Garry and Elaine Warriner

Aunt Sherry, Mel, Heather and Family, We are deeply sadden by this news. It has taken me a few days to get a grip on such a loss. Life is NOT fair sometimes. Uncle Rick was truly 1 of the FINEST! You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you LOVE & HUGS! Our deepest sympathy , Love Don, Kim/Gregg, Kelly/Todd and Family

Sherry and family, So sorry to hear that Richard has passed away. Deepest sympathy from the Solski family. Richard was always so good with the boys when they were in Scouts.

My deepest condolences to Sherry and the family. Though your friends and loved ones may be at a distance in these difficult times, we are with you nonetheless sending our thoughts and love.

Sherry and family, My deepest condolences on the passing of Richard. I've been reading all of the messages of condolence and I am truly sorry for not knowing Richard as I should have. He must have been a remarkable man to have shared his life in so many ways, not just with family and friends, but with the entire community. May God bless you and your families during these troubling days. Sincerely, David Greene (of Ottawa) Murry and Rhea Greene's son.

Love and prayers to all . Truly a shock .♥️♥️

Sherry & family, our sincere condolences to you all in the passing of Richard. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. RIP Richard

My sincerest condolences to the Greene family. I have fond memories of your Dad from our time as members of the 4th Line community.

Dear Sherry, Melody and Heather, I am so sorry and sad to hear about Richard and your dad. I know how difficult it is for all of you to loose him at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you everyday. I hope someday I will be able to give you a hug at church when things get back to normal and give you more support and comfort.

Sherry and family, Sincere condolences to you all in the passing of Richard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, Peter & Linda

Hello Greene Family. I have many fond memories of all the times with cubs and scouts. My deepest condolences. Jamie

Sherry, So sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Our sons and grandsons enjoyed the many cub car races on his famous track. He was a great guy who devoted many hours to the Scouting movement.

Sending my sincere condolences to Sherry and family. My sons were active in Scouting in Blenheim as was I. Richard and Sherry were so influential in this involvement.

Sherry and family, so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I remember those Scouting days and how much fun we had even though I was with the younger group. He and you both dedicated so much time and it was appreciated. Speak of him often to hold him close to your heart!

Sherry and family, my deepest condolences to you all. The news of Richard's passing came as a tremendous blow. I got to know Richard initially as one of his suppliers of electrical supplies, but that relationship grew over time to be one of friendship due to our mutual interests in Scouting, outdoor adventuring, photography, and woodworking. I always looked forward to our phone conversations and made sure I came out to the counter area when I heard his voice. He always had a story about one of his many passions, and was always interested in hearing my own news on the same subjects. It makes me very sad to know I will never answer the phone and hear "Good morning, Sunshine" ever again.

So very sad to learn about the tremendous loss of your father, father in law and grandfather. My sincere condolences to you, your mother and your sister. Virtual hugs and much love until we can be together.

Aunt Sherry and family; on behalf of the Blackburn clan here in Ottawa and Gatineau, we wish to express our condolences to you and yours on Ric's passing. Thinking of you!

I can only echo my brother's words....growing up, moving around as much as we did...the Greene residence was always considered our "second home". The corn fields, the smell of the local pig farms....always knew you were home. We grew up there. We have so many memories of our times there. It created our childhood as we explored tunnels, corn fields, played in tree forts, slept under the stars on a trampoline and learned how to swim. My memories are etched, it helped shape who we are...who I am. I am at a loss and feel such utter sadness for your loss. Aunt Sherry, Mel (lo), Heather, Tom, Connor, Brydie and thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. I have such wonderful memories of Uncle Ric....and will dearly miss him. All my love.

Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Greene Family. We worked with Richard at Mallory's for many years. He will be missed. Again Sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace Richard.

My deepest condolences to Heather and family, I have some great memories of Richard he taught me a lot and always had a extra werthers candy for me. He was a very special soul and will leave me with fond memories.

Heather, Tom and Family..we are so very sorry for your great loss..our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time..Love and Hugs to you all xoxo

Sherry, Melodie and Heather and extended family. Our deepest condolences for your loss. Was very shocked to read this. So many wonderful childhood memories of cub camping trips, cub car races, making the very creative floats in your garage. Playing with Melodie and Heather around their house. Richard was very kind, patient and talented on so many levels. Helping create amazing cub cars and the countless hours he would put in to make C Pack a fantastic experience. Words can't begin to describe his generosity and passion for what he did for scouting. I will cherish all the fantastic memories. Once again, we are very sorry for your loss. Scott, Mary, Jack, Donna Turk

As a base brat, we moved around a lot when I was a kid. But there was one place we always came back to, and this man literally built the place that always felt like home to me. It had a secret tunnel, a fort & a pool. And every year for my birthday & Xmas there would be a hand-crafted wooden toy (except that year when everyone got me a flashlight!?!?). He hosted the annual family reunion and setup cub car races, zip lines, water balloon cannons and more. Yet somehow there was always that one electrical socket without a cover it, that one unfinished project. Uncle Ric - you’re missed Aunt Sherry, Melodie, Heather, Tom & the kids. Love you all and want to hug you and celebrate Ric when this is over.z

Our condolences to all the family. Worked at Mallory's with him. Great guy.

I am so sorry to hear of Ricks passing! I have many fun memories of Rick as our scorekeeper for the Forsyth Travel Ladies ball team. We had many many laughs! Rest easy dear Rick!

We are sending all our love, thoughts and prayers to you all. So sorry to hear of your great loss. ❤️

Heather and family. So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Cynthia Frederick

Just speaking of you and Richard the other day about your wonderful contribution for many years in scouting. So sorry for your loss

Our deepest condolences, Rest in peace

We are so very saddened to hear of your loss. John Revell, Myself and the whole team here at Electrozad very much enjoyed it when Richard would come to our counter and usually share a story of your family, Scouting and the time spend in Algonquin Park. He will be remembered fondly your Friends at Electrozad

Sherry I am shocked to learn of Ricks passing , I have a lot of good memories of you and Rick from Reunion. And from all the great rallies that I helped you with. Again my sincere sympathy to you and the girls.

Aunt Sherry, Melodie, Heather, Tommy and kids We are so shocked and saddened by Ric's unexpected passing. He was such a quiet, kind man with the most amazing talents for creating and building. We have many fond memories of the epic Blackburn Christmases and summer reunions! May your special memories warm your hearts and ease your pain, now, and in the days ahead. Love and hugs to all, Carrie, Greg, Blair and Cassie

Sherry and Family.. We are so sadden to read of Richard's passing. It was a privilege to know him. Always a smiling face and kind words were exchanged. He will be missed. We will meet up at the Celebration of Life. RIP Richard.

I've lost a very good friend. Sherry Heather /Tom Melonie Connor Cian and Brydee. I'm so sorry for the sudden passing of your husband dad and grandpa. Oh the stories he shared with me about all of you . I will cherish. Rick was so giving in everything he did. He had so many passions and was good at it. My memories of Rick and what he gave of himself are great. Love all of you guys

Aunt Sherry and Family So sorry to hear of Ricks Passing it was a real shocker to me He will always be remembered Grant+Ruth

I've lost a very good friend. Sherry Heather /Tom Melonie Connor Cian and Brydee. I'm so sorry for the sudden passing of your husband dad and grandpa. Oh the stories he shared with me about all of you . I will cherish. Rick was so giving in everything he did. He had so many passions and was good at it. My memories of Rick and what he gave of himself are great. Love all of you guys

SHERRY and Family. ...Sending our deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. May he peacefully rest. He had such a amazing impact on so many young boys. We were very grateful for what he done with scouts. Thanks for the memories as we think you had a great part of it as well. Sincerely C.and B. Cowell.

Dear Sherry, Heather , Melodie and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Rick was truly an exceptional man, with many talents as we all witnessed over the years. We will miss him dearly. Our hearts ache, along with yours at this difficult time. God bless you all.

So very sorry for your loss. I worked for many years with Richard down at Mallory he will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Our sincere condolanses to the whole family . he will greatly missed .

Sherry what a shock.So sorry for your loss.He will be greatly missed.

So sorry for your loss Sherry and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Dear Sherry, Heather, Melodie and family, I am truly sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you, Sherry, your daughters, and all the family at this most sad time. Cherish your many memories. Richard will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Sherry and families.. so sorry to hear of the loss of Richard. Don enjoyed working with him at Mallory's. Prayers are being sent your way. Don and Anne Gammage