Richard (Dick) Grant Cameron
On Monday, January 21st, 2019 at PRHC, Dick passed away peacefully at the age of 73. Beloved husband of Sandy (nee Hynes) for nearly 50 years, devoted father of Peter (Jenifer) of Calgary and Leslie (Kelly) of Chicago. Amazing Grandpa of Michaela and Avery (Calgary) and Madeleine, Morgan, Cassandra and Sebastian (Chicago). Predeceased by his parents David Grant and Frances (Burwell), stepmother Alice (Sally) George, brother David (Jackie), brother-in-laws Gary Cinnamon and Larry Perks and Scout the “wonder dog”. Loved brother-in-law of Jane and John MacKay, Doug Hynes and Pat Turrigiano (California), Ken Hynes, Sue and Keith McKenzie, Dan and Lynda Hynes (Calgary), Lori Perks and Chris Campbell. Dick was born in Renfrew, on January 31st, 1946; moved to Toronto, and at the age of 12 moved to Wallis Drive in Peterborough. Growing up he enjoyed hockey and baseball and later coached both sports. He was a lifelong sports fan of the Montreal Canadians, Peterborough Petes and Lakers. He was a well-respected ball player and played in the local Old Timers league for many years.
Dick graduated from the University of Ottawa, attended the Peterborough Teachers College and later earned his Masters Degree of Education at Queen’s University. His 30 year career as a principal took him to many schools in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. Retiring from Prince of Wales School in 2002, he continued to educate, teaching for five years at Trent University. He enjoyed traveling, biking, hiking, reading, gardening and fishing, especially for Muskie on the Otonabee River. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, his family always came first. Nicknamed the “Jam Man” for his many batches of jam, lovingly made annually for his grandkids and friends. Summers were spent at the cottage with his beautiful grandchildren where he taught them to fish, put a worm on a hook and hopefully unhook a fish or two. Wild blueberry hunts, campfire stories, pontoon rides with Uncle Larry, lots of pancakes for breakfast and ice cream any time of the day were all part of the fun. All are cherished memories of a dear Grandpa. Thank you to the caring staff of the Palliative Care Unit at PRHC, Dr. Natalie Whiting and Dr. Judith Armstrong. Your compassion and kindness helped us through this very difficult time. Our hero has passed but we will keep him in our hearts and prayers and we will miss him forever. There will be a Celebration of Dick’s life held at the Knights of Columbus where all are invited on Wednesday July 17th, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. If desired, memorial contributions to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. We invite you to leave your memories and donations online at www.highlandparkfuneralcentre.com
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