Tracy Edward Riches was born in Calgary, Alberta on February 12, 1936 at the Grace Hospital, to Bert and Winnifred Riches. He passed way on December 21, 2011 in Invermere, British Columbia at the age of 75. He was the youngest of three children. He had a sister Gladys and brother Ross.
Tracy grew up in Calgary, and built his first house in Windermere in 1967. He was a Charter Member of Rotary, and a 44 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He owned Tracy’s Auto Body, a GM Dealership and a Shell Service Station which also provided a towing service until 1990, when he moved to Calgary to teach Auto Body. He retired in Invermere in 2008.
Tracy was an avid sportsman. He speed-skated, skied, curled, played hockey, golfed, played softball, was a big game hunter, and raced cars and dirt bikes in his youth. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Tracy is survived by his loving wife Faye Riches; his children Mickey (Helga) Riches, Trent Riches, Shari Ruault; grandchildren Vaughn (Jeanette) Riches, Brandi Riches, Brennan Ruault, Taylor Ruault; great grandchildren Jersey and Josie Ponych and Cassia Riches, step-sons Joe and Pat Swift, and his brother Ross (Iola) Riches. Tracy was predeceased by his parents Bert and Winnifred Riches, his sister Gladys (Jack) Ross and Karen Riches.
A memorial service for Tracy will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Christ Church Trinity (110 – 7th Avenue, Invermere, B.C., V0A 1K0). Cremation will precede the service. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in honour of Tracy may do so to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, Cranbrook Unit, #101, 105 – 9th Avenue South, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 2M1 or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #71, 525 – 13th Avenue, PO Box 446, Invermere, British Columbia, V0A 1K0.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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