Richard “Ric” Lowerison

LOWERISON, Richard “Ric”….

It is with immense sadness and grief that we announce the sudden death of Richard Roy Lowerison “Ric” on the evening of October 25, 2020 at the age of 63. He died at home shortly after 6:00pm, in the company of his family. We are comforted to know that when he died, while seated in his favourite chair, he did so instantly, without any awareness of the event, and without any pain.

Ric’s sudden and unexpected death has been a terrible shock for the family, and we are profoundly overwhelmed by his loss. The day started off as a regular Sunday with gardening and taking care of small tasks around the house. He was very excitedly planning a Halloween dinner for the family and scavenger hunt for his granddaughters and was very much looking forward to their visit on the coming weekend.

Ric was born in New Brunswick to Leland Lowerison and Barbara (Richards) Lowerison. He was their only child and spent portions of his childhood in Sackville, NB and Seeley’s Bay, ON. He attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB graduating with a B.Sc. in Chemistry. It was at Mount Allison where he met his wife and best friend, Gretchen (Wentzell). They raised three children together and celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary last year. When his first child was very young, Ric advanced his studies in chemistry and engineering at Concordia University in Montreal in order to launch his career in aerospace. He started in the area of materials and process engineering at Canadair (now Bombardier Aerospace) in Montreal. His career in composites and materials and process engineering took him to Bristol Aerospace (division of Magellan Aerospace) in Winnipeg MB, Bell Helicopter in Mirabel QC, Diamond Aircraft Industries in London ON, and finally Bombardier Aerospace in both Queretaro MX and in Toronto ON. Ric semi-retired from Bombardier in June of this year and was in the process of venturing with his depth and variety of aerospace expertise as an independent consultant. Aerospace was not only a career but also a passion.

Ric’s semi-retirement gave him an increased opportunity to engage in his favourite hobbies including reading, cooking, gardening, exploring small towns, researching various interests, listening to music, planning family get-togethers, and spending time with his grandchildren. He very much enjoyed quiet days that included leisurely reading, planning and cooking hearty and adventurous meals for his family, and good conversation. He appreciated all literary genres, but especially enjoyed science fiction and history. Quiet evenings were typically spent watching absurdist/satirical cartoons, documentaries, or British television, and engaging in contemplative philosophical discussions with his family. During the day, Ric could be found tending the garden, pruning trees and bushes, and enjoying the outdoors, especially with walks in the woods.

Ric Lowerison was exceptionally kind, gentle, brilliant, loyal and wonderfully curious. His strength of character and authenticity were exemplary. He was affectionate and wise, hard-working, impossibly generous, and extremely amusing to be around. He appreciated the simple things in life and was highly evolved socially, emotionally, and in his views of the world. He accepted people exactly as they were and prioritized family over all else. He could talk to anyone and make them feel at ease. He was an expert listener and could hold space for people, with his full presence, for hours. The well of his compassion and insight was bottomless. He lived a rich and fulfilling life, and we are heartbroken because he had so much optimism for future plans and so much more to contribute to this world.

Ric will be sorely missed by his wife, Gretchen, his children Carin (Matthew White), Michael, and Matthew (Elizabeth Song), his mother Barbara, and his three grandchildren, Berkeley, Heidrun, and Clementine as well as by all of his extended family and numerous friends. He was predeceased by his father in 2000.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Ric’s Life will be held with family and friends at a later date. Remembrances may be made in the form desired by friends. Donations in memory of Ric may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, PO Box 640, STN K, Toronto, ON M4P 9Z9, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, PO Box 460 STN K, Toronto, ON M4P 9Z9 or the charity of your choice.

Ric was well-loved by all who knew him. We were all incredibly blessed to have had him in the world and in our lives. Special thanks to the wonderful EMS team from Middlesex-London Paramedic Services, officers from the City of London Police Services, who were first to arrive, and the Coroner who assisted on Sunday. Their compassion and level of care was incredible. We felt very well cared for and it helped make a very difficult situation a little bit easier.

Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at www.cremationlondon.com


  1. Words cannot express our shock and sadness. Ric was a wonderful person. We have some many great memories and he will always be in our thoughts

  2. To Gretchen and family, please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time.

  3. Oh Gretchen thi is such sad news. I cannot imagine what you all are going through What a wonderful eulogy. Please know that we are thinking of you all and so hoping you can find some comfort in the wonderful person Rick was. What a tough time. So sorry to hear it. With love and good Roxboro memories to you all. Jan and Tim Secord

  4. Such a beautiful life, so fully lived — the greatest legacy of all left in indelible memories. I so wish I could have known him.

  5. Dear Gretchen, Barbara, Carin, Michael, Matthew, Elizabeth, Matt, Berkeley, Heidrun and Clementine, my heart goes out to all of you. Ultimately, our love is all we really have, and it is evident that your family has tons of that. May it continue to buoy you all up in the midst of this deep and enormous grief.

  6. Gretchen: please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. I will always treasure the memories of the times I had with him. Over the years we did not see each other very often, but I will always remember my cousin with love and respect. Our prayers go out to you and your family, as well to Aunt Barb.

  7. Dear Gretchen, Carin, Michael, Matthew, and families and extended family: words are not enough to convey our sadness. Ric was an amazing force of kindness and intelligence, and he was blessed with a wonderful family to match. With much, much love always, Mona and Mike.

  8. Gretchen, We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. May all your good memories be a comfort for you.
    Merrill and Rick Liverman

  9. Richard is one of the best human beings I have come across. Words cannot express the shock and sadness. The wonderful memories I have with him while working closely with him at Bombardier Aerospace will always be treasured. RIP Ric.

  10. My condolences to Richard’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with Richard for a few years at Bombardier. I was very shocked and saddened by this news. He was great to be around, always smiling while enjoying his work. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

  11. It is with great sadness to hear the news of Richard’s sudden passing. My condolence to this family. I worked with Ric at Bombardier Aerospace in Toronto. He was a good team player and always willing to help. Will always have good memories of him. RIP my friend.

  12. My deepest condolences to the Lowerison family. Richard was such a kind and pleasant person to work with at Bombardier, he was a true professional. Rest in peace Richard.

  13. My prayers are with the Lowerison family. I had the privilege of working closely with Richard the last few years. Richard was excellent at his profession but even more excellent as a person. He was always willing to help, explain, and guide us. May he rest in peace, watch over you and help guide you thru this difficult time.

  14. Gretchen, Carin, Michael, Matthew and all the grandchildren and especially mom Barbara, my most sincere and deepest condolences. Ric was my closest, best friend at Mount A and I`ll treasure those fun, crazy times. His family in Sackville NB was like a second home to a student living in residence. In more recent years Ric and I maintained contact and as we both entered retirement, I had hoped to spend some shared time. I will miss what we never had the time to do.

  15. Rick worked with us at Bell Helicopter in Mirabel QC. He was a heck of a gentleman. Easy going, enjoying a good laugh and very passionate about his work. His family should be very proud of him.

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