Frederick Eugene Harknett
“Rick” to most and “Fred” to some
March 26, 1936-July 3, 2019
Rick made his first mark on the world as the 2nd child and son of Fred and Daisy Harknett in Victoria BC. He passed away quietly, unexpectedly, in his sleep at the age of 83 in Cumberland, BC, to be reunited with his Dad, Mom, brother Bob, niece Tara, as well as many Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
He is missed and remembered by Vicki Harknett (nee Laird), Bev Wydeness, daughters Tracey, Jenny (Dennis), Bobbi, and son Rick jr (Jessica), brother Carl (Carroll), sister Chris (Sean), grandkids Casey (Erin), Alyssa (Aaron), Stephanie, Kayla (Brad), James, Kyle, Jeff and Blaze; great grandkids Faith, Riley, Mia,Bentley, Dylan and Hendrix, all of Bevs brood, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and a great many friends too.
Growing up in Victoria, Rick could be found playing baseball, soccer, or ice hockey and was a force to be reckoned with in the ring. When not pursuing athletics he could be found playing a “mean” trombone marching in parades with the boys band, learning the ropes at the forest ranger summer camp or at the North Saanich Rod & Gun Club ( of which he was once President), hunting, fishing, or training his dog or horse, racing around on motorbikes or hiding friends in the car to sneak into the drive-in, or more likely surprising the unsuspecting with his mischief and tom foolery! Rick was an amazing, talented and funny man. He loved a good laugh and a good celebration. As a craftsman, he created some beautiful muzzleloaders, cedar strip canoe and knives of all sorts, to name just a few. He was also an accomplished mechanic, carpenter, plumber,
electrician, and vegetable gardener.To fund his many interests Rick once hocked newspapers in downtown Victoria, worked at Victoria lumber, did a stint as a plumber and then finally settled down with BC Electric, which later became BC Hydro, for 37 years as a truck driver working in all weather fair and foul to help keep the power on in the Comox Valley.
Rick was a dedicated family man and the very best of Dads. He gave us so much of his time, love, knowledge, patience, humour and so many great memories that we treasure. We were so
blessed to have had him in our lives and we miss him every minute.
In more recent years, Rick could almost always be found either enjoying coffee with friends at the A&W, or cycling and walking in the lake trail area he had called home for half his life.
Heartfelt thanks to the caring staff and volunteers at the Cumberland Lodge for making Ricks last months so great, and to Toneff Funeral Services for all your help in this difficult time.
Celebration of Life to be held on Saturday July 13 at 6838 River Ave South, Courtenay BC, 2 pm-?
Graveside service to be held Monday July 15, 11 am, at the Anglican Church of St. John the Baptist, Cobble Hill, BC.