Caton, Richard James “Rick”
December 2, 1951 - August 5, 2019
It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Rick Caton in the Perth hospital. Rick passed away peacefully on August 5th, 2019 after a courageous struggle with brain cancer. Rick was the dearly loved husband of Pamela Grant and father to Kristina Russell (John Richard) and Janna Holmes (Andrew). Proud grandfather of Jack and Max Holmes. Loving brother of Lori McIntee (Gonzalo Bustos) and brother-in-law of Gordon Grant (the late Maryke McCarron). Loving uncle of Kate McIntee (Steve Cote) and Kerry McIntee (Amy). Fondly remembered by Gail Caton. Predeceased by his parents James Edgar Caton and Phyllis Marjorie Caton (nee Parkes). Born in Port Dalhousie, Ontario, Rick developed a love of all nature, and especially of birdlife, at a young age. He pursued this interest by working as a naturalist in his younger years, and eventually taking up bird carving. His personal knowledge of his subjects allowed him to capture the attitude and stature of each of the birds he carved. He was also a talented musician; Rick played the guitar and sang, in bands, in bars, and around the campfire. Witty and charming, he enjoyed life to the fullest.
Family and friends will gather at the Blair & Son Funeral Home, 15 Gore St W., Perth on Sunday August 11th, 2019 for a service to honour his life at 11:00 A.M. followed by a reception in the Blair & Son Family Centre. Following the reception, all are invited for a Celebration of His Life at the family home on Mary Street. The family extends thanks to all those who helped to brighten Rick’s days as he faced health challenges, including Bill Gibson, Bob Reid, PSW Mike Thomas, nurse Leslie Richmond, Dr. Taylor Ferrier, the nurses on the second floor of the PSFDH, and others. We are grateful for the wonderful compassionate support offered in our community, both on an individual level and through our healthcare system. For those who so desire, donations can be made to the Foundation of the Great War Memorial Hospital, or the Canadian Cancer Foundation.