Lloyd Riches

August 28, 1952 - September 20, 2023

In Loving Memory

Lloyd Riches

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:

T: 250-546-7237

2980 Smith Dr,
Armstrong, BC V0E 1B1

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 13

  1. Jennette Riches says:

    It’s been just a week since Lloyd left this world and it still seems impossible. My head knows it’s true but my heart just doesn’t want to believe it. For 63 years Lloyd was my brother and also my friend. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. To Andrew, Christina, Luigi and Nico you are in my heart and in my thoughts. I love you dearly and I share your heartache. Much love to you all. <3

  2. Marialaura Cimino says:

    Ho avuto il.piacere di vederlo in videochiamata quando Jennette e Dabby sono venute in Sicilia. Sono molto dispiaciuta per questa perdita. Grazie per questo racconto della sua vita.

  3. Doug Gallant says:

    Lloyd was a good friend soldier father , I served with him for many years god bless you my friend great memories!

  4. Herb Kenny says:

    Condolences to the family from all members of the Edmonton Branch of the PPCLI. About 30 of our membership served with Lloyd and at our next gather will share fond memories we have of him. He taking from us way to young. Once a Patricia Always A Patricia. At the going down of the Sun an in the morning we will remember him. May he Rest in Peace VP.

  5. Cyndy Mills says:

    Christina, Luigi, Nico, and Andrew,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Lloyd was a wonderful guy! He will be missed I am sure!
    Love Cyndy Mills

  6. Debbie Traver says:

    They say it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. For many years I dreamed of being reunited with my siblings and finally it came true. Even if only for a short time with my big brother Lloyd but I truly felt like I’d known him all my life. I will treasure the memories we got to make and the discoveries of things shared. Every time I eat a butter tart or watch NCIS, I’ll think of Lloyd. Forever in my heart xo

  7. Dawn & Hal Sinclair says:

    Our condolences to Lloyd’s family and friends we were shocked and saddened to hear the news of his passing . A quiet guy with a twinkle in his eye always .
    Dawn & Hal

  8. Bobby Linhares says:

    Luigi my dear old friend, please know that your wife and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you a big hug from Laval.

  9. Eva Pope says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. He followed Ed way too soon. My deepest condolences to the whole family.

  10. Ron Lundie says:

    Thank you for the wonderful words about Loyd. I am a friend of Loyds and do not want to bother his family in their time of grief. Would you mind notifying me when Loyds celebration of life is going to occur. I would very much like to attend. I would really appreciate it. Thank you for your time.

    Ron Lundie

  11. Carol Johnson says:

    Christina, We are sad to hear of the passing of your father. Please know that we are sending warm hugs to you, Nico and Luigi.
    Much love,
    Carol and Cliff

  12. Darcy strynadka says:

    So sorry for your loss. We meet Lloyd when we lived across from Tolko Armstrong, he was a great neighbor we shared lots of laughs. I called him the ghost as I would be busy and he would all of a sudden be behind me , man he laughed as I jumped 20 feet in the air. I also knew if I needed a hand he would always help. It was our place where we had Christmas in July he was a big part of it, he was sadly miss this July. Rest easy my friend. Don Odiorne and Darcy -Hunt-Strynadka

  13. PPCLI says:

    On behalf of all ranks of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Headquarters, please accept our condolences on the recent passing of Lloyd Riches, a proud member of our Regiment. His name will be added to our Last Post so his Regiment and friends whom he served with will remember his spirit and history.

    Regimental Major
    Maj Steven S.A. Zivkow, CD

    Regimental Warrant Officer
    WO Gregory G. Davis, CD

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