Richard Gilbert

Richard Gilbert

1944 - 2022

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H. RICHARD GILBERT “Richard”, a true lover of life, family, and adventure passed away in Norfolk County, Ontario on Friday, February 18, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. He was 77. Richard had a creative and entrepreneurial spirit from a young age which he applied to all aspects of his life, always dreaming big and seeing great potential. Professionally, he held leadership positions on various municipal boards and not-for-profit organizations including Delhi & District Chamber of Commerce, Simcoe Little Theatre, Delhi Revitalization Plan, and the Greater Sudbury Recreation Board.  In addition, he also consulted and mentored several entrepreneurs and business leaders. And one of his biggest and proudest accomplishments was creating a fun, welcoming and special space that several enjoyed during the span of Lynedoch Lyceum, formally Lyndoch Public SchoolRichard will be remembered for his love for basketball, ballroom dancing, sailing, tennis, and peanut butter and banana pancakes. He loved going on long road trips, and fostered a love of creative expression, philosophy, and friendly competition in those around him. Being a dad and grandpa was perhaps his greatest joy throughout his life, alongside Big Creek, living in France, and snooker. Richard left us with so many amazing memories and treasures. Such as this journal entry from 1980 that we wanted to share, in hopes it will remind and inspire.  “Life is the single most important thing in the world and should be sought after, explored, enjoyed and preserved at all costs. Life, I love you.” Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Blanche & Harry, brother, Larry, and stepdaughter, Desiree. Richard is survived by his loving and incredible partner, Joan.  Children, Jenny, Kristian, Mandy, and Taylor.  Stepchildren, Bobbi and Sandy. Grandchildren, Daniel, Daphne, Dovey, Duncan, Emily, Isaac, Lindsay, Sam, Shane and Zack.  Great grandchildren, Finn, Jovey, Luna, and Rosey. Nephew, Lee. Many special cousins and relatives.  And great friends, Lanny, Mackenzie, Manny, Randy, and many more across the planet. Richard felt spiritually connected to First Nations, and in his memory, donations can be made to the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation through the MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, Delhi (519) 582-1290 (  A Celebration of Life is being planned for dear friends and family.  If you would like to attend, please send an email to his daughter, Jenny at and she will share details once confirmed. 


A Memorial Tree was planted for Richard
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Murphy Funeral Home