Rick Vandervoort

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Richard Christopher was eager to enter this world as he hardly waited to get to the Hanover Hospital to arrive. He was born on July 23, 1961 to parents Frank and Rita (Cox) Vandervoort and joined older brother Tom. The Vandervoort family was now complete, calling Chesley home. The boys attended Chesley Public School before moving onto Chesley District High School where Rick graduated in 1979.

Upon graduation, Rick joined his father at the family business. He soon enrolled at Fanshawe College to begin his mechanic apprenticeship. Rick attended school in London and completed his workplace commitments at home beside his father. He completed his apprenticeship on June 20, 1983, completing his dream of becoming a licensed mechanic. Rick's learning was not done there as he furthered his education in the coming years. In 1985 he completed a course allowing him to work on propane vehicles. He then finished his diesel endorsement (truck & coach technician) in 1987 and electrical upgrades in 1990. One might ask what brand of vehicle Rick enjoyed working on the most? Well, GMC of course!

While working at the garage Rick was introduced to a young woman by the name of Nancy Janssen. The year was 1987. Their relationship did not start out well as I am told Rick stood Nancy up on the first date. Imagine... a no show. In fact, she skipped out on a wedding that she was to attend that evening. Funny thing is that Rick forgot that he was to bartend at this same wedding and he neglected to inform Nancy of this error. She was filled in on all of this when her sister returned home later that night from the wedding. Yikes! After following Rick around town the following week, they eventually made amends and began dating. The couple dated for a few years before marrying at Holy Family Catholic Church on December 22, 1990. The couple soon settled in Elmwood.

A memorable story was told of Rick attempting to help out a friend in need, while trying his hand at farming. His friend Brad Law was to go away for the weekend and Rick was left to care for his cattle. Somehow the animals managed to get out of their pens and Rick was tasked with rounding them all up and returned them to their rightful spots. He was so proud of himself! When Brad returned home he asked Rick if there were any problems. Of course, Rick replied, "No, everything went great!" at which point Brad asked him why the calf was in with the bull? Apparently, Rick struggled to tell the difference in genders... you'd think he might have asked his girlfriend (Nancy) who grew up on a dairy farm, right?

Word has it that in his prime Rick was phenomenal on roller skates. In addition to being a fabulous skater, he could perform a variety of difficult tricks and was a talented dancer. He also thoroughly enjoyed diving, obtaining his license and spending many hours underwater in Lake Huron. Nancy and Rick welcomed their son Brad on April 13, 1995 and made their family complete with the arrival of Jodi on March 22, 1998.

Most days were spent putting in long hours at the garage. Rick began his workday at 9, took lunch from 2 - 3, leaving him enough time to catch up on the odd soap opera (yep, you read correctly), and then back to work until 7 - 7:30. When not at work Rick loved tinkering at home with small engines. It is no surprise he was most comfortable in his coveralls working with his hands. 

Rick liked his toys as well. Before kids, he owned a rather quick go-kart with a Honda engine. This mean machine could travel in excess of 90 miles an hour, so it is no big surprise that Rick was forced to downsize before the kids arrived. After the kids were born, he often allowed them to experience these toys on their own at a young age. Jodi was driving on her own at just 3 years old, much to Nancy's chagrin, and also had her first accident. Big surprise... right! In the winter months, Rick spent countless hours pulling the kids around the house on their GT's, with his old Olympic snowmobile. The kids have many fond memories of trick or treating with their dad around Elmwood.

He also loved Easter. Every year, he would go out in the backyard and hide approximately 170 eggs for the kids to find on Easter morning. Some hiding spots were so good they weren't found until years later! There were also the memories created at the cottage at Six Mile Lake, fishing and tubing with the kids. When it came to their vehicles, he always asked when they last checked the oil and reminded them to fix any issue as soon as possible as things were only going to get worse, not better. These memories and many more will live on in his children for years to come.

Rick apparently liked to collect everything and found it very difficult to part with things... to say he was a packrat might be an understatement. In recent years, he liked to check out "buy & sell" on the iPad, with his last purchase being a new pressure washer for the family. Did they throw out to old one? Nope, he wanted to fix it up and sell it!

Rick's favourite dish? Well, kroketten of course! Go ahead, look it up, I did. It is a Dutch dish that was prepared with love by his sister-in-law Diane. After his first stroke, Rick began to enjoy sweets more. This meant more Popsicles and Timbits. Although not much for TV, Rick and Nancy always enjoyed tuning into the yearly World Junior Hockey Tournament and supporting our young Canadians.

He was a prankster with a great sense of humour who loved all those around him dearly. He treasured socializing with friends and was known to enjoy the odd Labatt Blue product, either at the shop after work or with friends in Elmwood. Who could forget his jokes? Rick was always ready with a new joke and in recent months even phoned family members just to tell them his newest, greatest joke. He loved making people laugh and enjoyed seeing a smile on the faces of those around him.

Sadly, life forever changed for Rick and his family on Easter weekend in 2014 when he suffered a severe stroke. He persevered and completed a successful 5-week rehab only to experience another stroke 4 days following his return home. Unfortunately, this forced Rick's hand and he had to retire at the age of 53. Although limited physically, Rick remained positive and tried to make the best of every day. Sadly, he was recently thrown another blow and diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. Rick lived out his remaining days, at home, the way he wanted it, supported by friends and family. He passed away surrounded by those he loved on Friday, April 10, 2020 in his 59th year.

Beloved husband of Nancy (Janssen). Loving father of Brad and Jodi (Aaron Heipel). Rick had high hopes of seeing the arrival of his granddaughter, this August, but unfortunately, it was not meant to be. Cherished son of Rita Vandervoort of Chesley and loving brother of Tom (Sandy) of Elmwood. Rick will be dearly missed by his large extended family, the entire Janssen family and many close friends. He was predeceased by his father Frank Vandervoort (2017).

The love and support of family, friends, and the community is so important at times like these, and even more so when we are not permitted to gather to support one another. Please leave a detailed condolence, or perhaps a favourite story, or a way Rick touched your life - something to inspire a measure of comfort and hope to all who read these comments. Thank you!

Please consider this as your invitation to join Rick's family, as they take Rick on his final drive. The procession will begin at the former Vandervoort Garage on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. and will conclude at his final resting place in the Chesley Cemetery. Given our current gathering restrictions please remain in your vehicle throughout this entire tribute. A private family interment will follow.

Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Dave and Heather Middleton
April 24, 2020
So sorry for your loss , we have many fond memories of the service centre.....
Our deepest sympathy to the family
Dave and Heather
Brad & Jayne Tibbo
April 16, 2020
What a great final drive for Rick
Deepest sympathy to the Vandervoort Family
Remember that smile he always had
RIP Rick
Gone too soon ????
Brad & Jayne Tibbo
April 16, 2020
What a great final drive for Rick
Deepest sympathy to the Vandervoort Family
Remember that smile he always had
RIP Rick
Gone too soon ????
Duane and Theressa Stade
April 16, 2020
Our sympathies to Nancy and family, Rita, Tom and family. Rick always since I can remember had the biggest grin ear to ear. Despite his health the one sticks in my mind he would not have anyone carry anything to his vehicle for parts he would do it himself. One day he had Nancy bring him for a drive just so he could walk into the building to show us how he was doing and tell a joke. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and the Chesley community on the whole. A void not many would ever be able to fill. I am sure he and Frank are switching tires up there right now and laughing because it’s snowed the last few days. May he Rest In Peace. Again sincere sympathies to all affected by Ricks passing
Peter & Jacqui Knipfel
April 16, 2020
To Rita, Nancy , Tom and families. Please accept our condolences at this difficult time. Rick was always friendly and always smiling whenever we filled up at the service station.
Paul & Colleen Schultz
April 16, 2020
Deepest sympathy Nancy, Brad, Jodi and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Anne and DonMcLean
April 16, 2020
Fr. Francis at St. Raphael's Parish
in Burlington, will be saying a mass
for Rick Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m.
Because of the Coronaviris it will be
private. Rest in peace, Rick. I'm
sure by now you and your Dad will be
sharing jokes up in heaven.
Love Aunt Anne and Uncle Don (McLean. Nancy keep strong.
Sherry Caldwell
April 16, 2020
Dear Rita,Nancy all of the Vandervoort family.
My deepest sympathy on the passing of a wonderful son,husband,father,brother,cousin ,uncle and dear friend.
May all your memories help you all through this time.
With the social distancing in effect it is even more difficult to show our support and love.
May all the prayers being said for you all bring you the comfort you need today and the days ahead.
Rick was a wonderful guy. May his love shine down on you from heaven.
Sincerely,
Sherry Caldwell
Amy Doofenbaker
April 15, 2020
My sympathy to Rita and Vandervoort families. Rick and Frank were always cheerful and friendly when I stopped in for gas or car repairs. Good old fashioned, kind, service with a smile and often a joke. Take care of yourselves in this difficult time.
Larry & Karen Buchanan
April 15, 2020
Thinking of you Jodi & Aaron and the whole family.
May you be strengthened by the memories of your Dad!
Sending Love Aunt Karen & Uncle Larry
Bryan & Jill Crawford
April 15, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to Rita and family.
Jack and Ellen Cavill
April 15, 2020
Our sympathy is extended to you Nancy and family, Rita and Tom and family. We are very sorry for your loss and are thinking of you. Hold close to your memories.
Terry
April 15, 2020
Nancy Jodi Brad. Please accept my condolences on Ricks passing. When I was first looking at houses in Chesley I drove into Chesley and picked up a nail in my tire. My realtor called Rick and by the time I had finished looking at houses my tire was fixed and ready to go. That left a lasting impression. Rest In Peace Rick.
Scot and Rhoda Beckenhauer
April 14, 2020
Nancy, Brad and Jodi, we are thinking of you all. Your memories and each other will get you through this difficult time.
Robert and Donna MacMillan
April 14, 2020
Nancy, Brad, Jodi and the Vandervoort family: We send our deepest sympathy at this most difficult time. We have so many great memories of good times with Rick. It was such a privilege to know him. He was an amazing man in so many ways with a kind generous heart. He will be dearly missed. Until we meet again my friend.
Mark & Michele Smailes
April 14, 2020
Nancy & family, Rita, Tom, Sandy & family. We are so sorry to hear of Ricks passing. We will always remember his big smile any time we went to the garage or saw him on the street. Although he was challenged by his health the past few years, he was fortunate to be surrounded by all of you...his loving family.
Dan and Tracy Subject
April 13, 2020
our deepest sympathies to Nancy and family and to Rita, Tom, Sandi and families. Rick will certainly be missed . thinking of you all.
Nancy & Bev Nickel
April 13, 2020
Sending our sincerest sympathies to you Rita & family. Rick was always such a jovial upbeat type of guy. Wishing you comfort & strength in the difficult days ahead.
Henry & Christine Winkels
April 13, 2020
Rita, Nancy & Family
Our condolences to you all.
Thinking of you
Carol M. Jarvis
April 13, 2020
Deepest condolences to the Vandervoort families.
Chris and Heather Winkels
April 13, 2020
Nancy and family,
Thinking of you at this difficult time. May you feel comfort from the thoughts and prayers of family and friends.
Arlene Erven
April 13, 2020
With my sincere sympathy to Rick's wife and children, his mother and brother. As a teacher at CDHS I remember Rick in my English classes. He was a delightful student with a ready smile, infectious humour and he insisted on telling a joke now and then. Both Rick and his father Frank serviced my vehicles over the years. They were always obliging and helpful. Rest in Peace, Rick.
Bonnie Leslie
April 13, 2020
Nanc, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Rick were true ‘sweethearts’.
Marion vanderwel
April 13, 2020
So sorry Nancy and family for your loss. May you receive much srength in the up coming time.
David McRae
April 13, 2020
So sorry for your loss.
Dave Hetherington
April 13, 2020
So sorry for your lose. Rick and I spent a lot of time together in our youth.
One of my favourite memories is one night, in the middle of winter, we were using Frank's green Blazer to move Rick's Camaro into the pit at Brent Swigers. Rick made it over the hill while I waited with the truck. After about 5 minutes I could still hear the engine revving, so I hopped in the truck and up the hill I went. Well, Rick got unstuck and we ment at the top of the hill, that plow pretty much destroyed the from of the car. We pushed it back and left, laughing all the way.
Rick was a great friend and will be greatly missed.
Dave and Nancy Spencer
April 13, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the family. We loved pulling up for gas and seeing both their smiling faces! Please hold dear those fond memories! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Casey Kuiper
April 13, 2020
Im sorry for your loss win i used to live in Chesley Rick was my mechanic on my vehicles and did a good job he was always honest with me he is and always a good man
James Woods
April 13, 2020
Please accept my deepest Sympathy at this time.Enjoyed stopping in to get gas and a pop and to sit and listen to the stories with Frank, Rick, Julie and Gerry.
Dan & Vanessa Gowan
April 13, 2020
Very sorry for your loss. Always loved when Rick would come into MEI to pick up parts. He would grab the parts and start heading out the door then quickly turn around to tell one of his jokes. He’d always leave us all laughing then out the door and back to work. Hasn’t been the same without him and Frank.
Dale and Carole Woods
April 13, 2020
We can only imagine the scene in heaven as Rick was reunited with his Dad. Their friendly, professional service to the town of Chesley, with smiles, jokes and fun is a rarity and will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. Dodey and Carole.
Randi Varga
April 13, 2020
Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your son, husband and father, Rick.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers
enola mackinnon
April 13, 2020
My heartfelt condolences. Such a very nice man.
Mackinnon/Ferguson
The O’Connor’s
April 13, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Both Rick & Frank were special people to us.
Rick was always so kind and friendly to everyone.
Our deepest condolences.
Terry Murphy
April 13, 2020
My deepest condolences to all of Rick's family, no matter were it was Frank and Rick always fit definitely will be fondly remembered by all
Donna McKeag
April 13, 2020
Rita, Tom and families.. So sorry to hear of this sad news. Always remember Rick in the kindest ways, so much like his father..Now they are together..Stay strong..
Trudy Kuiper
April 13, 2020
So sorry for your loss.
Diane & Allan Wilson
April 12, 2020
Are prayers are with the family. Frank & Rick were a team that I greatly respected. They were always cheerful and polite and provided great service . Rick will be greatly missed by his wife and children and his mother and brother. I pray that God's peace be with them during this time of mourning
SCOTT DIRSTEIN
April 12, 2020
so sorry for your loss Rick was a great guy he will be missed you have my deepest sympathy
Merv and Marj Blake
April 12, 2020
Our deepest condolences to all of Rick's family and after searching for sufficient to say we've decided-- no matter were it was Frank and Rick always fit
Dan & Cathy Kelly
April 12, 2020
Nancy, Brad & Jodi
Rita, Tom, Sandi, Keri & Alaina
Please accept our deepest sympathies during this sad time.

As cousins... I remember the things we did together as kids, which puts a smile on my face and hapiness in my heart.
When were kids we met every Christmas and BBQ's in the summer for a Cox feast.
As we grew up, even if we didn't see each other or speak often, those memories always kept us in touch.
Cathy & Dan Kelly
Rick and Joan Denomy
April 12, 2020
Nancy, Brad and Jodi
Deepest sympathy to you and your extended family. I will always remember Rick from the garage. He would always have a friendly greeting and time for a quick joke or two while filling the car. He always had the biggest smile and seemed to really loved what he did. Hold your happy memories close to your heart.
Jeff Nixon
April 12, 2020
Sorry about your loss
Jim and Sandra Reeves
April 12, 2020
Deepest sympathies to your family. Never easy losing a loved one and especially hard with all that is going on. On behalf of all the Benn family know we are all thinking of you at this most difficult time.
Joni & Wayne Lang
April 12, 2020
Nancy and Family, we send our thoughts and prayers to you at this difficult time and the days ahead. Myself, I remember Rick from the Chesley days and the garage. I don’t think there was ever a time when I saw him he didn’t have a big smile! I’m sure Rick and his Dad Frank are in their garage once again doing what they loved! May all your memories help ease your pain. ????????
Penny and John Crawford
April 12, 2020
So sorry for your loss Nancy & family and Rita Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Laura Winkels
April 12, 2020
Nancy, Brad and Jodi, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Gaye Smith
April 12, 2020
So sorry to hear of Rick's passing. Condolences to his family. He was always such a special character. Always had a smile and a friendly greeting. He will be missed.
John and Karen Winkels
April 12, 2020
Nancy and family, we are very sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you at this time.
Robert & Pam Bell
April 11, 2020
Nancy, Brad & Jodi
Rita, Tom, Sandi, Keri & Alaina
Please accept our deepest sympathies during this sad time.
May you find peace in your many years with Rick, he will be dearly missed.
Thinking of you...
Gail and Glen Bumstead
April 11, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Rick family at this very sad time. I remember roller skating in Neustadt every weekend I remember rick and his buddies would come in from chesley. He had some very funking roller skating moves, he always had a smile and his laugh was something else. When we moved to chesley we took our vehicles to be fixed at the garage usually got our gas there to, he would always have a smile and was always so nice never remember him having a bad day, I remember him as loving his live and family. He will be missed I'm sure. And again deepest condolences to Nancy and the family.
Loraine Harrison-Karl
April 11, 2020
So very hard to believe Rick has left us. An amazing man and father and a true friend. I remember when Rick and Nancy first moved to Elmwood, and of my dad walking Nancy down the aisle when they got married. You welcomed my children into your home as if they were your own. You will never be forgotten Rick and will always be remembered for your laughter and smile and kind heart.
Until we meet again my friend ????

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“New renovations are very inviting and warm. All your new cards and books are very heart warming and keepsakes.”

Valerie Long

"Staff were outstanding. Overall, it was great. Everything was perfect."

Susan Laver

“Staff is exceptional!... All needs were met.”

“Service was beyond expectations… Already recommended to various people.”

Steve Thomson

“Could not have been more useful – very satisfied! I would highly recommend Rhody Family. Thank you ever so much for your professionalism and expertise.”

Dave Hillier

“Honestly, you and your staff made this time in my life the best it could be and were extremely helpful, respectful, professional and accommodating to my needs and my family’s needs, especially providing me with a space to feed [my child] if needed. Thank you for everything”

Olivia Strucke

“Everything was perfect; it’s always nice to have lots of options.”

Kevin Dailey

“Thank you for all your empathy, compassion and professionalism. Our family… is very grateful that we chose Rhody Family Funeral Home to look after our loved one.”

Siobhan Bell

“Your services were excellent. Thank you again.”

Debbie Eidt

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