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Richard Piket
June 15, 1924 - September 17, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great- grandfather Dick, at the age of 92 years old.<br><br>Dad’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his extended family, and he will be lovingly remembered for his gentle teasing and love of laughter. Dad will be forever missed by his four children Jacqualine (Ernesto) Pineda-Selva, John Piket, David Piket and Darlene Pierce; his grandchildren Ernesto Richard Pineda-Selva (Sandi), Carmen Marilyn Pelletier (Chris), and Gus Richard Theo Pitsiavas, as well as great-grandchildren Sage, Vida Bella, and Jordan. <br><br>Dad was born in Hodgeville, Saskatchewan, the last of ten children to Dirk and Maaike (Hartkoorn) Piket, and spent his first years in a one room farm house with his parents and siblings. In 1931 Dad’s family moved to Vancouver, B.C. in the hope of securing stable work. In 1942 Dad left school with a grade 10 education and started working as an Aircraft Assembly Foreman at Boeing Aircraft on Sea Island where he met his future wife, Daphne Marilyn Crull.<br><br>After the war Dad built homes with his older brother George in Vancouver and when Dick and Daphne were married in 1951 they spent the next ten years building and selling homes while raising their first three children.<br><br>In 1961 Dad moved his family to Regina to help his older brother Gerrit, who owned the Dad’s Cookies plant in White City. Soon after Dad became a partner of Dad’s Cookies and Dad’s youngest child was born. Dad’s Cookies success in White City led to the expansion of the business into both B.C. and Manitoba. In 1972 the successful business was sold to Christies, who still owns and operates Dad’s Cookies today. In 1974 Dad moved his family to Calgary, as he believed Calgary offered more opportunities for his children. Shortly after the move Dad retired and spent his time gardening and traveling with Mom and his siblings and family. Dick and Daphne were married for 64 years until Daphne’s death in 2015. <br><br>The Piket family would like to thank the caring staff at McKenzie Towne Long Term Care Home for their attentive care of Dad during the last few years of his struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.<br><br>As per Dad’s wishes, a private Memorial Service will be held in Calgary at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens on September 26. A Memorial Service and burial will be held in Vancouver at a later date.<br><br>If friends so desire, donations may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 201, 222 – 58 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2H 2S3 or online at<br></div>