A model of loyalty and service
We lost an amazing man on June 11 when Dick Stackhouse died in Mississauga, Ontario, at the age of 82. I know because he was my father.
He was a true hero. After our mother, Edna, passed away in 1988, Dad led a fairly quiet existence. A couple of years later, much to our delight, he went on a blind date. A few months later, the Stacks became the new version of the Brady Bunch. Jean Moore and her three lovely daughters married Dick and his three adult children. It was pretty comical watching our Dad live in a house with teenaged daughters again.
Dad and Jean were soul mates in every sense of the term. They shared a love of life and traveled the globe together. In fact, they returned from a lovely adventure in Greece just a couple of weeks before Dad passed away.
When we pored over what to include in an obituary notice, we were stunned by his vast array of accomplishments, which were in addition to his accountancy credentials and his professional expertise. Over the years, he certainly touched the lives of a great many people in meaningful and memorable ways.
The beginning of his philanthropic history began in 1953, when he joined what became Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Dad was admitted to the partnership in 1967, and in 1976 he was elected a Fellow Chartered Accountant. Dad retired in 1992 after enjoying a terrific career and developing many lasting friendships with colleagues and clients. He always gave freely of his time and talents and never wanted attention or accolades. It's impressive that Dad was rarely noted as a mere member of an association, but usually was cited as the president, governor, chairman, or director.
Over the years, Dad was an active volunteer in many community activities including: the Canadian National Exhibition Association, Donwood Institute, Shaw Festival, National Club, Ontario Safety League, Mississauga Golf & Country Club, Harcourt Lodge, Salvation Army, United Way, Church of St. Hilary, Council of Chairmen of Ontario Universities, Ontario Minister of Education's Task Force on University Accountability, and the Riverwood Conservancy. Dad often commented that he was enriched by his service to these organizations. From the outpouring of condolences and personal notes we received after his passing, there is no doubt that Dad touched many lives.
Queen's was very near and dear to his heart. In 1953, he was elected a member of the Tricolour Society, an honour that he truly cherished. Elected permanent Class President of Arts'53 (which included his Commerce class), he loved planning and attending the Arts'53 reunions. He returned to Queen's in a new way in 1979 as an elected member of the Board of Trustees. He was re-elected five times, spending his last term as Chair (1990-95) and felt privileged to serve his alma mater for a total of 17 years, during the terms of three principals - Ron Watts, David Smith, and Bill Leggett. In 1995, Dad was honoured to receive the John Orr Award from the Toronto Branch of the Queen's University Alumni Association.
Dad was a pioneer member of the Grant Hall (giving) Society, and he established both the Richard G. Stackhouse Pricewaterhouse Coopers Award and the Arts'53 Queen's Bands fund. You'd be hard pressed to find a prouder Queen'sman. It is truly an honour to be related to an individual who inspired so many in the Queen's community.
Dad leaves behind his much loved family: his wife of 22 years and best friend Jean; son Brent Stackhouse, Com'79, and his wife Lori; daughter Kerry Jane Terry; daughter Nancy Monday, Artsci'83, and husband Glen; Julia Koch and husband Gord; Paula Moore and partner Nicola Argent; and Darcie and husband Mike Cylwa. Dad was a proud grandfather of Ryan Monday, Artsci'16, and Christopher, Sarah, Robyn, Michael, Matthew, Samantha, Adam, Abby, Philip, and John. He is sadly missed by his brother Brock Stackhouse, Arts'54, and his wife Trish, and by his sisters-in-law, Marian Reid, Cynthia Stark and Susan Stark.
Many people were blessed with his friendship, love, and guidance. All of our lives are diminished by Dad's passing.