August 28, 1952 - September 20, 2023
In Loving Memory
Lloyd Edward Riches passed away suddenly on September 20, 2023 at the age of 71.
Our family was not expecting Lloyd’s life to end so soon. We are all devastated by this huge loss and he will be missed. He was someone who could always be counted on and remained true to his word. He would give people a hard time, and that’s when one would know they were well-liked. Lloyd had a knack for finding the humour in situations and had a hearty laugh that will stay with us forever (his grandson does quite the impression).
He moved to the Okanagan in his later years and loved the outdoors — spending time tying flies and fly fishing from his small boat, bow and rifle hunting, and being in nature. He loved taking family and friends out for savoury and fruit pies (not the ones with the “vegan in them”) and sharing with them the beauty of his surroundings. Lloyd was a huge fan of friend and local artist Valerie Roger’s paintings — her talent struck a chord with his love for the Canadian wilderness.
Lloyd took great pride in being a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces — serving on peacekeeping missions in Cyprus, Croatia, and the former Yugoslavia. For close friends, he would have incredible stories to tell of his 25 years of service in the military. A career highlight was his time spent in Canada’s Northwest Territories teaching survival skills North of 60º.
Lloyd enjoyed going to the shooting range regularly and keeping up with his target practice, riding his motorcycle and chatting with other enthusiasts, and practicing Tai Chi. At home, he enjoyed watching military documentaries, action, Western, sci-fi and Hallmark movies, and daily news from the comfort of his favourite chair — all while partaking in his favourite vices: Coke, wagon wheels, and anything with cherries in it.
Lloyd was preceded in death by his father, Cecil and his mother, Jennie. He will always be remembered with much love from his family, including his children: Andrew, Christina (Luigi), his grandchild: Nico, and siblings: Jennette, Debbie, Linda, and Bob. He also leaves behind Cashew, his golden pup.
He will be missed by friends he’d made at the Enderby Legion, in the military, at the Christmas in July events (where he would play Santa), during his time working at Tolko, at the shooting range, and in and around the Enderby community.
We can all find solace in knowing he’s been reunited with his best friend, hunting and fishing partner, Ed, and his parents, Jennie and Cecil.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, November 5, at 1 pm at the Enderby Legion.
Donations to the Poppy Fund in Lloyd’s memory would be gratefully appreciated. Donations can be mailed to:
The Royal Canadian Legion National Headquarters
86 Aird Place
Ottawa, ON K2L 0A1
Or made directly to the local legion.
Arrangements entrusted to
Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-546-7237
Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services: