Pacific Spirit Regional Park was designated as a park in 1989 thanks to the hard work and dedication of many passionate individuals. Dr. Richard (Dick) Stace-Smith was instrumental in the creation and planning for many Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, including Pacific Spirit and influential in the protection of the Camosun Bog. It is with deep sadness and gratitude that we remember Dick and his contributions to conservation efforts in and around Vancouver.
Dick was born May 2, 1924 in Creston, BC where he grew up and then went onto post-secondary studies to obtain his doctorate in Agriculture and a career with Agriculture Canada.
Dick is well known to many naturalists for his extensive volunteer contributions over more than half a century. As president of the BC Nature Council in the 1960s, he led the formation of the Federation of BC Naturalists in 1969. He served as FBCN president, as president of Vancouver Natural History Society, and as Conservation Chair for decades with the joint VNHS-FBCN Committee. Dick also served as co-chair of the Fraser River Coalition and Resolutions Chair for FBCN (BC Nature), as well as a founding director for the BC Naturalists’ Foundation in 1990. Dick passed away on January 17, 2017. He was pre-deceased by his wife, of 64 years, Joan, in May 2015.
Dick is fondly remembered for his skills as a diplomatic meeting chair and coordinator for conferences and workshops, where he was always tactful and respectfully involved all points of view.
A Celebration of Life for Dick will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at West Point Grey United Church, 4595 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, at 2 pm. All welcome.