Rick (Richard Michael) Skotnitsky passed on September 14, 2022 at the age of 60 in Sicamous, BC, after a short battle with cancer. He was the middle child of Mike Skotnitsky and Jodie (Freeman) Skotnitsky, born on February 26, 1962 in Wetaskiwin, AB.
Rick was born with Cerebral Palsy and had many surgeries at the Edmonton Misericordia Hospital in his early years, along with lots of physiotherapy. He attended Sacred Heart School in Wetaskiwin, followed by Eagle River School in Sicamous after Jodie married Lloyd Gavel and the family moved to BC in 1970. Rick’s new blended family included five siblings altogether, Lynn and Jeff from the Skotnitsky side and Everett, Dennis and Sandra (Sam) from the Gavel side.
In the mid-80s, Rick moved to Wetaskiwin, where he lived for over three decades until he moved back to Sicamous in 2015 to help his aging parents. In Wetaskiwin, Rick worked for a few years in the family business at G&B Rubber and later held a number of other jobs including as a lot attendant at Pioneer Chrysler, helping various contractors, and managing recycling for Boston Pizza. However, Rick’s real passion was the automotive world, and most of his time and energy went into thinking about cars and trucks, hunting for and collecting parts, and fixing up vehicles with his ‘motorhead’ buddies.
Once back in Sicamous, Rick always enjoyed the family get-togethers and the crib tournaments. He was also a big fan at the baseball games, enjoyed hanging out in the gazebo with his neighbours, and going to the beach park regularly.
Heartfelt thanks to several people who were so supportive to Rick, especially in his last year: Sterling Shoucair, Phaedra Budda-Idzan, and Mike Burri, and all the staff at the Eagle Valley Lodge for their exemplary care.
Rick was pre-deceased by his parents Jodie and Mike, and his brothers Jeff and Dennis. Rick is survived by his step-dad Lloyd Gavel, and by his siblings Everett (Dagi), Sam (Diane) and Lynn (Jaime), as well as 8 nieces and nephews, and 8 great nieces and nephews.