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Richard Charles Brewer

Feb 5, 1948 - Sep 11, 2023


Saturday, September 23, 2023
2:00 pm
A Celebration of Life in honour of Richard Brewer, will be held at the Hardindell Hall, Rocky Mountain House


As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in his name to STARS.


Richard Charles Brewer
1948 – 2023

Richard was born on February 5, 1948, in Calgary, Alberta to Elma and Robert Brewer. He passed away peacefully at his home on the farm on Sept. 11, 2023, at the age of 75 years.
Richard was able to live in Germany with his family at a young age when his father was stationed as a mechanic in the army. Followed by a few more moves, finishing high school in Caroline, Alberta was the jump start he needed to build the endless friendships he built in the community through the hall dances, hot rod cars, and bucking horses.
After moving to Caroline, Richard met the love of his life, Bonnie Brierley.
Richard was a proud landowner and farmer in the Cow Lake area, taking pride in many years of working with the community, being it at the hall, campground or trying to aerate the lake for the rainbows to survive the winter. He truly enjoyed having livestock just as much as producing the feed needed for them. This gave us the true farm life growing up, from breading horses and cows to pigs and milk cows there was little time to be board. Many lessons were given to the family while sorting cows!! Dad even had several teams over the years which brought different fun to the farm. This passion stemmed from his younger years helping farm by horse. Trips out west with the horses were the highlights of our summers.
And the big adventures for us farm kids were the trips to the big city of Edmonton for the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Man were we a sheltered crew!
Richard had different job opportunities, but he was definitely proud of his 46 years at the Strachan gas plant. The friendships and stories that came from his many years there were heart warming.
He always had endless songs in his head, which we were treated to at random and often. Just saying a sentence could put him into song as there was just one word that would bring said song to his mind. Or the many hours down the horse trail would leave him with the captive audience for his endless song choices. Eventually dad took the time to add guitar playing to is love of music and his many talents, a true joy to share with other musicians and pass the time at home practicing for open mic night.
The welcomed addition of grandchildren was a joy in his eye. Richards 10 grandchildren meant everything to him, He was never one not to take them in the tractor when he was farming or haul them around to auctions or take them camping. Papa was a great role model willing to show the kids how to properly saddle a horse, drive a tractor, teach the kids how to weld or how to play the guitar.
Papa was always so proud.
Richard leaves to mourn his loving wife of 43 years Bonnie; 4 children and 10 grandchildren:
Mindy (Vance) Graham and their children Anira ,Rowena, Karli and Macy; Jett (Jolie) Brewer;
Nadine Courchene (Keith) Yeager and their children Reece and Reuben; and Sarah (Tyler) Franklin and their children Parker, Zeth, Charlee, Brylee.
As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in his name to STARS.
A Celebration of Life in honour of Richard Brewer, will be held at the Hardindell Hall, Rocky Mountain House, on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2 PM.


Neil McRobbie:

My thoughts go out to Bonnie and family at this sad time. May the memories of better days comfort you all.

Richard, rest in peace.

Bonnie and Bill Riddle:

Very sorry to hear of Richards passing. He was always the friendly face in the crowd. He left a great legacy in the beautiful family he helped create. Now he will rest.

Pat and Betty McCarron:

Betty and I were saddened to hear of Richard’s passing. He always seemed so vibrantly alive, that I can hardly imagine that he’s gone. Our sincere sympathy to Bonnie, the kids, and all that will miss him.

Debra Schafer Munro:

Condolences so sorry to hear this Richard was always apart of my growing up years. When he worked at the plant he would always stop in for a visit at the Cow Lake store when I worked there.

Clayton and Sonja Haney:

To Bonnie and family,
We are thinking of all of you. Richard always had time for a visit, many of them at the hockey arena watching the grandsons! Our condolences are with you.

Larry Holkestad:

To Bonnie, Nadine, Sarah, Mindy, Jett and all of your families. I send you my heartfelt sorrow and sincere condolences on hearing of Richard's sudden passing. I send you all big hugs during this somber time. I had the extreme pleasure of getting to work with Richard for over 35+ years at the Strachan Gas Plant when I was a summer student, working in the main plant and at the Sulphur Handling Unit. Richard was a great mentor and teacher to myself, as well as friend. We always had good times while working together. Richard had many, many friends that he had met around the Rocky area, Cow Lake store, work and camping that were lasting relationships. Bonnie you were Richard's rock throughout his life. Kudos for that and making his life easier during the tough times. To his kids, he was always talking about you all the time. He was proud of you all. To me, the two hardest things to say in life is hello for the first time and goodbye for the last. So to you all, keep all of the memories you have of your husband, father, grandfather, uncle and always friend, and keep them close to your heart moving forward and hopefully this will ease your pain. Richard, I will miss you my friend and old work colleague. R.I.P. I am grateful for have known you.

Kathy Law:

I am so sorry to hear about Richard’s passing. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

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