With sadness and deepest affection the family of Dick Pinning wishes to announce the passing of our Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and Husband. Dick passed away on April 21, 2005 at the Chilliwack General Hospital after a 2-year battle with cancer. Dick is survived by his wife Vi; daughter Donna (Ken) Bowness; son Rick; and stepdaughter Joanne (Brian) Nokleby; 10 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and brother Jim of Medicine Hat AB. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers Fred and John, and his first wife Elaine.
Dick was born in England while his father was serving in W.W.I. At war’s end, he moved as an infant to Canada. Dick’s early years were spent in rural Manitoba and Saskatchewan. It was in these years that Dick developed his love for farm machinery, especially tractors. More importantly, he developed the traits of honesty, diligence, and caring that were so much a part of Dick’s personality. In 1939, Dick “rode the rails” to Quebec where he enlisted in the Army. As a soldier, Dick saw heavy action in Europe where he served as a tank platoon commander. After a short return to civilian life, Dick joined the R.C.A.F. where his vast communication knowledge was in great demand. While with the R.C.A.F. he spent several years in Germany. Upon retirement from the R.C.A.F., he moved to Chilliwack where he started an 11-year career as a radio dispatcher with the RCMP. In his retirement, Dick enjoyed working in his shop, reading and keeping track of world affairs. Traveling also became part of his life. Dick and Vi especially enjoyed their many trips to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where they formed several long lasting friendships.
Most of all, however, he enjoyed his true passion of being a member of the Atchelitz Thresherman’s Association where he restored antique tractors. Dick’s knowledge of magnetos made him a very valuable member of the club. Dick was a true gentleman and a class act in every respect. He will be missed and fondly remembered by his family and friends. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Friday, April 29, 2005 at 2:00 pm from the Atchelitz Chapel at Heritage Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cancer Society in Dick’s memory would be appreciated.