Dick was born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Manchester, England.
Dick served in North Africa, France and Germany as a motorcycle dispatch rider for the RAF during WWII. Upon his return to Canada at age 26, he worked for Stelco as a machinist/tool & die maker/millwright for 34 years. Dick was a volunteer for 28 years at McMaster University Hospital, then St. Joseph's hospital, and an avid volunteer for the Canadian Legion, Stoney Creek branch, where his service was honoured with the Legionnaire of the Year Award, and Life Membership.
He loved music, and loved to dance. English round dancing, Scottish country dancing, ballroom dancing, line dancing, etc. Up to the age of 88, he was D.J.-ing the seniors dances on a Saturday night at the Stoney Creek Legion, having mixed his own playlist.
Passing at 96, he had a very long, productive, well traveled and active life.
Predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Vera (they'll be dancing again now, by golly); his brother, Bob Barlow and sisters, Emma Thomson and Lily Davidson.
Forever missed by his daughter, Ann (Dave) Setchell; grandson, Brynn Setchell and granddaughter, Rebecca (Dale) McFayden; great-grandchildren, Amelia McFayden (8); Gwyddion Setchell (6), Nate McFayden (6), Tanwen Setchell (5) and nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, friends and neighbours.
Cremation has taken place. If you wish to make a donation in lie of flowers, please consider the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Alzheimer's Research, or your local food bank.
A private evergreen tree planting memorial will be held next June, to celebrate his 97th birthday.
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