Richard Mawdsley

Richard Mawdsley

Capt. (ret) Richard Edward “Dick” Mawdsley, PhmB, CD Dick died peacefully at Matthew’s House on Sunday, May 17 at age 91. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 67 years, Audrey Gladys Mawdsley (Edmondson) and his three sons + families: Gordon + Carolyn: Nathaniel, Alanna - Jasmine Stephen + Bonnie: Laura + Tim Pippus – Emmy, Abby, Elly; Ian + Abby; Paul + Janelle – Finn; Michelle David + Angela: Codey; Ben + Marlene – Aiden; Emma + Brendan – Poppy; Jake + Kayli Born on March 7, 1929 in Orillia, Ontario, Dick grew up in Gravenhurst. He apprenticed with a local pharmacist, joined the military in 1951, and studied pharmacy at University of Toronto while living at Knox College. After graduating in 1953, Dick married Audrey and was posted with the RCAF Medical Corp to Rockliffe (Ottawa), then Claresholm, Alberta. In 1958, he came to Alliston and was stationed at Camp Borden. From 1963 to 1967, he was posted to France (2Wing) and Germany (3Wing). He returned to Camp Borden where he was the base pharmacist and then the Commandant of the Central Medical Equipment Depot until he retired in 1984. After, Dick worked in various community pharmacies and is best remembered for his work at Wray’s Pharmacy until retiring in 2001 at age 72. He believed in helping the community and volunteered in many capacities. Dick was a behind-the-scenes helper, never seeking recognition. His numerous volunteer positions included: President, Hillcrest Subdivision Housing Co-op, Essa Township Committee of Adjustment (9years), Trustee of Knox Presbyterian Church, Alliston, Group Committee of Alliston Boy Scouts, Stephenson Memorial Hospital Board (24years) and Charter member of the SMH Foundation. Dick was also a proud supporter of the Alliston Cowhand Band and played trombone in the Alliston Concert Band. A great husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. A Gentle Man – may what he was to us and what he hoped for others be carried with us always. Donations to Knox Church Alliston and Matthews House.
March 7, 1929 - May 17, 202003/07/192905/17/2020
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Ed Takacs
May 29
Dear Audrey and Family, On behalf of Ginette and I, most sincere condolences on the passing of Dick. I only have such positive and fond memories of him over the many years, both as a colleague and as a friend. Dick was always a very kind, humble, and considerate perso... Continue Reading
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Gary Rains
May 23
I grew up on William Street in Alliston (as a neighbour of the Mawdsley family), but then left in 1974 to attend university and pursue a career in Toronto and London, but returned to William Street a few times each year to visit my parents. I recall one visit about 18 mo... Continue Reading
Jason Mawdsley
May 22
Jason Mawdsley My deepest condolences to all of the family. Although I never really knew Dick closely, he was a positive influence for me as I was always drawn towards the military also. I will raise my glass in memory of him.
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Lori Knox
May 22
Dick and Audrey are two of my favourite people. They are a couple I would love to emulate. I have loved all my hugs at church and at the dinners. Dick I had a talk with the big guy and he promises he will keep sneaking you the extra pieces of pie. I am going to miss ... Continue Reading
Michelle Mawdsley
May 22
I've never known a life without this remarkable man and I want to share one of my favourite memories of him. I spent a week in the summer at my grandparents house when I was 10 or 11. It was the last day of the week and my grandparents were going to drive me home to Lon... Continue Reading
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Elaine Hallam
May 22
What a lovely memory Michelle. I knew your grandad through Knox Church and can say that I wish I knew him all my life like you did. He was a kind and gentle man, and we will all miss him. Elaine Hallam
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Shauna Henry
May 22
On behalf of the Doctors and team at the New Tecumseth Optometry Clinic, we wish to extend our sincere condolences to Audrey and family on the passing of Dick. While we have many favorite patients, Dick always stood out as a very kind and gentle soul, always jovial and... Continue Reading
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Carla Beckett
May 21
I first met Dick when I worked at SMH and soon learned that if I needed to figure something out it was worth discussing with him as he gave good and clear advice. I remember golfing on his team with Dr. Nishakawa and Cathie McDonald - I was the worst on the team but we ... Continue Reading
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Gary Munro
May 21
The SMH Auxiliary has lost a good friend. We would like to extend our condolences to Audrey and all of his family. He was always at our meetings and had a very gentle way of pointing out if something was not right and guiding it back on track. He was always a very kind... Continue Reading
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Kristi Mahy
May 21
I remember Uncle Dick as a very kind and happy man with a great sense of humour and laugh. Family reunions at Aunt Audrey and Uncle Dick's house were always fun growing up. I remember telling him one time that I really enjoyed sherry, and he rushed down to the basement t... Continue Reading
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Chris Mahy
May 21
I just wanted to share that Dick was a wonderful, knowledgeable, loving gentleman. I wanted to be like him. I wanted to be around him. I wanted to know what he knew. His kids, my cousins, were terrific also. Still are, even moreso now. Audrey is an amazing woman. ... Continue Reading