Remembering Richard

Richard Garlick

Chelsea Trails has lost one of its founding members to cancer.

Richard Garlick was a person who lived his passions and one of them was Chelsea’s network of trails.  .  He skied them in the winter every chance he got. And in the Spring and Fall, he groomed and walked them, and just simply loved them.

He lived in the Ridge Group and was the unsung trail steward  for the neighbourhood’.  After 25 years in the neighbourhood, things inevitably changed, new houses were built and the trail system eroded as the neighbourhoods began to fill up with houses.

He along with a number of his close friends lamented the dwindling trail system until one day, a few Chelsea residents decided to hold a meeting and see if there was any interest in creating an official organization to build Chelsea trails into the future of our Municipality. This idea ignited Richard and propelled him into all the actions, meetings, and emails that eventually launched Sentiers Chelsea Trails.  Once he had gotten things going, he had to turn all his energy towards his own health. Unfortunately, that boundless energy for ideas and life was eventually consumed by his cancer and he died in June of this year.

He would be amazed to see the momentum he started and we will all be touched by his memory as we travel the trails…..thank you Richard for leaving us with a legacy for future generations.

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