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Richard "Rick" Nash

March 21, 2024

Richard "Rick" Nash Obituary

It is with profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Rick Nash, cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Rick bid farewell to this world on the evening of March 21, 2024, at Haliburton Hospital, surrounded by the love of his family, as he entered his 77th year of life.

Rick was the beloved husband and best friend of Doris Nash, with whom he shared a deep and enduring bond for over fifty years. Together, they created a lifetime of memories filled with love, laughter, and unwavering support for each other.

As a loving father, Rick leaves behind his son Erich (Amanda) and fond memories of his late daughter, Sarah Nash, who preceded him in death in 1994. Rick's presence will forever remain in the hearts of his grandchildren Jordyn, Cameron and Olivia who were the joy of his life.

Originally hailing from Monson, Massachusetts, Rick's journey led him to find his home in Dorset, where he and Doris forged a life together. Rick's passion for craftsmanship and tradition led him to become a world-renowned builder of birch bark canoes, which can be seen at the Canadian Museum of History.  Rick was affiliated with the Canoe Museum at Camp Kandalore and later in Peterborough, at the Canadian Canoe Museum, where he shared his expertise and love for canoe building with others.

From a young age Rick was passionate about music.  Whether photographing his favourite artist or restoring a beloved guitar his attention to detail was unprecedented. 

Rick will also be remembered as a dear brother of Mark and brother-in-law to Ruth. Rick was preceded in death by his brother Peter. 

His memory will live on through the beauty of the canoes he crafted, the music he played, and the many photographs he captured in life. 

Celebration Of Life

A celebration of Rick's life will be held in remembrance of his enduring spirit and the joy he brought to those around him on his birthday, Wednesday afternoon, March 27, 2024 after 2 p.m. at the Family Residence.  As an expression of sympathy,  the family kindly requests that donations be made to The Canadian Canoe Museum in honor of Rick's memory and his passion for craftsmanship and tradition. May Rick rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the tranquility of the waters he so loved and the warmth of the memories he leaves behind. At a later date he will be interred at Paint Lake Cemetery, Dorset. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the HALIBURTON COMMUNITY FUNERAL HOME  13523 Hwy. #118, Haliburton, Ontario (705) 457-9209.


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