July 15, 1960 – May 11, 2022
In loving memory ~
It is with profound sadness and unspeakable heartbreak that we announce the untimely passing of Rick Theobald on May 11, 2022. Rick passed away peacefully and without pain, with his family by his side, after a short but valiant battle with cancer. Rick will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 37 years, Shelly (Beggs), daughter Lindsay and son Kevin, puppy Stella, beloved mother Sandra Theobald, brothers Shane (Liz), Clive (Kathy), Colin (Rhonda), and sister Lori (Boris) Aikler, along with his aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, in-law’s, colleagues, and countless friends, including his “brother from another mother,” Scott Bradd. Rick is predeceased by his father, Lance Theobald, grandparents Len and Babe Theobald, and Herb and Janet Waldbauer, mother-in-law Helen Beggs, along with many friends who were lost too soon.
Rick was born in Prince Rupert in 1960 before moving to the Cowichan Valley in 1963, where he attended Alexander Elementary, Quamichan Jr. High and Cowichan Senior Secondary School. He spent his childhood fishing and camping with family and playing minor hockey. Rick began his career with Coca Cola (formerly Goodwill Bottling) at the age of 16 and planned to retire in April 2022. Over his 45 years at Coke, Rick made countless friends with his colleagues and customers that he met along the way. In 1985, Rick’s life changed for the better when he met his soul mate and best friend, Shelly, and they were blessed with daughter Lindsay in 1993 and son Kevin in 1998. Rick felt incredibly lucky and proud to have such a close knit, supportive and loving family.
Rick adored his wife, Shelly; she was the love of his life, and he was her rock. He was a devoted father to Lindsay and Kevin, and a dear friend to many. Rick was his happiest when he was out fishing, turning wood in his dad’s wood shop, or sharing a cold beverage with friends and family. He was the life of the party and never ceased to make everyone laugh. He was hard working and generous; he would go out of his way to help anyone who asked, and he could fix or build absolutely anything. Rick’s passing is an immeasurable loss that will be felt by everybody who knew him.
Rick’s family would like to express their sincerest gratitude and appreciation to the nurses, care aids, doctors, custodians, and support staff at the NRGH Palliative Care unit for providing Rick with such dignified care, compassion, and grace in his final weeks.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, June 19th at 2:00pm at the Beban Park Auditorium.
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