HOCKRIDGE, Richard LaVern

Richard LaVern Hockridge - May 29, 1927- June 24, 2011 - Vern, much loved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather passed away June 24th after a long and productive life. Survived by wife Velma Hockridge (Sjerdal); son Terry (Kris) Hockridge of Sanford, MB; Daughters Nancy (Doug) Fearn of 3 Hills, AB; Heather Hockridge (Frank) of Wpg., MB; Verna Edgar (Rick) of Wpg., MB; & Step children - Marvin (Liz) Sjerdal of Van., BC;  Philip Sjerdal (April) of Van., BC; Ann Sjerdal of Three Hills, AB.  Also survived by grandchildren Jennifer, Hilary, Sarah, Christopher, Cameron, Kate, Laura, Ashley, Mardi & step grandchild Molly plus 13 great grandchildren. Vern was predeceased by his first wife Eleanor and great grandson Joshua.  He will be missed by surviving brothers & sisters. Many thanks to the Acute Care staff of THHCC for the wonderful care given to Vern during his most recent stay but also for the longer stay he had with you last winter. It was greatly appreciated. Also thank you to our occupational therapy department, whom were always able to come up with the ways and means of enabling Vern to remain in his home to the end, which was exactly the way he wanted things to go. All of Verns Home Care workers are too numerous to name but you know who you are. Your visits meant so much to him, they were a bright spot in his days. He especially appreciated the opportunity to match wits with you and have a good laugh. Vern had the unique ability to turn strangers into friends.  That gift was evident over his years of working and living; he was always ready to interact with others he met along the way.  It didn't take long for everyone to be exposed to his sense of humour and easy laughter, he was always ready for a good time.  We are thankful for all the fond and special memories of times we had with him.  There will be a Memorial service July 9, 2011 in Wpg., MB at Chapel Lawn, Portage West, at 10:00 A.M. Kneehill Funeral Services Ltd. entrusted with arrangements 443-5111.