April 12, 1945 – September 7, 2022
September 9, 2022 0 Condolences Print Obituary
Richard Scoffom was born on April 12, 1945 to Charles and Clarice Scoffom in Birmingham, England. The family moved to Darlington in 1957 where he completed high school. While in high school, he worked enthusiastically on the Sutton farm, where he developed his passion for agriculture. After finishing high school, he attended County Durham Agricultural School where he graduated from a Farm Business Management course, which took 2 years in the classroom followed by a year on the job. where he worked on a sheep farm in Iceland. He met 2 of his longtime best friends in college – Noel Downham and Ron Swinburne.
Richard moved to Ontario in 1966 and worked on a dairy farm for a year, after which he moved to Alberta and snowshoeed through the bush working with survey crews. In 1970-71 Richard went to live and work in Antarctica as a weather observer and base commander where he met two other longtime friends; Dick Bird and Brian Hill. On his way back to Canada, he got off the boat in the Falkland Islands, then backpacked across South America. He returned to Ontario and bought a car to return to Alberta. In 1974-75 he bought land and lived in an old log house heated only by a wood-burning fireplace (according to Noel’s memories, the only time he felt warm in this house was is when his fire lit the pile of logs!) where he first farm hay (let’s not talk about the windrower). He met and married Ingrid Sabo in 1976 and together they raised sheep and pigs. During their first year of marriage, he also worked in the Arctic as a radio operator. Richard lived on his farm with Ingrid and her 2 children, Valerie (b. 1978) and Marcus (b. 1979) until 1989. The family moved to Gibbons, Alberta and remained there until 1995, when when Richard moved to Nanaimo, BC. In British Columbia, Richard helped Dick and Marilyn at their restaurant, The Granary, and then continued hauling fish. In 2015-2016, Richard commuted to Alberta to work in the oil and gas industry as a gravel truck driver and shunter. In British Columbia he lived on a boat for most of his years until returning to Alberta in 2019 where he settled in Morley Young Manner, Lamont.
In June 2022, Richard was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and was told he only had a few months to live. He embraced every moment he had left, continuing to live life to the fullest each day until his passing on September 7, 2022. In fact, the day before he was admitted to the hospital, he and Lyle took the day off to watch a Mercedes Benz convertible he intended to buy as his last toy.
Richard will be remembered by many for his “wicked sense of humor and infectious laugh” (quote from his niece, Melanie Moon). He was always full of life and joy, lighting up every room he entered and the lives of those he loved. Many people said how much they loved seeing his huge smile. He was very independent and enjoyed occupying his time with various interests which he developed over the years (played rugby, did live theatre, love of British comedy, led church services, working on and off Land road Rover, solving world problems around drinks with friends, shooting at the shooting range, riding motorcycles, taking long walks, watching Itchy Boots/Long Way Around, surfing the web for the obsession of the day, to name a few). Richard always had something interesting to do and was not one to sit back and let life pass him by. He savored and enjoyed every minute! He had so much love and joy to share and was the best son, dad, grandfather, brother and friend anyone could ever hope to have. Richard was social, people-loving, and kind to everyone, but was quick to stand up for others when faced with injustice. As mentioned above, he made many lifelong friends – Noel and Barbara, Ron, Dick and Marilyn, Donna-Mae, Al, Des, Bryan, Sutton, Jean-Guy, Mike and Jean, Wilma, Sandy, Amanda and many more.
Richard will be forever missed and cherished by his children; Valerie Scoffom and Marcus (Kimberly) Scoffom, her grandchildren; Nevaeh, Mariah, Olivia and Briella, her sisters; Veronica (Paul) Lewis, Diana (Sandy) Muirhead, her brother; Andrew (Marie) Scoffom, nieces and nephews; Melanie (Ashley) Moon, Alexander (Amy) Smyth, Matthew (David) Smyth, Joanna (David) Lawrence, Euan (Julia) Muirhead, Allison Muirhead and Pierre Scoffom.
For anyone wishing to attend the memorial service, it will be held at the Alliance Church in Lamont, Alberta (5007 44 St.) at noon on Saturday, September 17, 2022.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Richard Scoffom April 12, 1945 September 7, 2022..
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