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Remembering: Richard Chateris

(1955 - 2004)

We were all saddened to learn of the untimely death of Yard Chairman Richard Charteris on February 22. Many Queen City members joined with Richard’s family and friends at a reception in his honour, at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto.

Richard’s sudden passing has shocked and saddened everyone. His tenure at Queen City was too brief, but during that time he showed an enthusiasm for yachting and Club activities that is exemplary. All who knew him respected his intelligence, “straight-in-the-eye” comments and hard work on behalf of the Club.

Richard led by his actions. When he asked for volunteers to clean up the yard, move cradles, clear weeds or join a work party for launch or haul-out preparation, he was the first one there, leading the effort. His humorous and vigorous approach to work was always apparent and he made many jobs seem more enjoyable than they were. Richard made a valuable contribution at the Board level, and had plans to upgrade and improve the yard this year as well as spearhead an environmental awareness program.

His avid interest in sailing was probably only surpassed by his interest in people. Richard made friends as easily as saying “hello”. He was a pleasure to be with at the Club, on your boat or at a barbecue and he always brought more than his share to the table. Whether it was food, drink, propane or getting pigs for the pig roast, he contributed. Mostly, he contributed himself. Everyone who knew him will miss his smile, banter and unfailing spirit.

On behalf of all the members of the Queen City Yacht Club, we would like to express our sympathy to his family. We trust they will continue to be a part of Queen City this summer and in the years to come.

Richard was a valuable contributor, and had already initiated steps to achieve the goals he set himself this year. I believe it is incumbent on us, his friends, to again, follow his lead and see that these goals are met as we all, “Carry On”.