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Official Obituary of

Rick Cram

June 14, 1947 ~ March 6, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old

Rick Cram Obituary

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our dad, Rick Cram, on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at the age of 76 years at the Brandon Regional Health Centre.

Dad was born on June 14, 1947 in Hartney, he was the only child of Lloyd and Freda Cram. He was raised on the farm east of Lauder (5-5-23) where he farmed alongside his dad for several years. Sometime during these years, he developed a particular fondness for raising pigs, which would become one of his lifelong passions.

He attended Melgund and Hartney Schools. He told many stories over the years about him and his school chums, who to this day he still felt close with.

He loved playing fastball and often talked about the fun times and friendships that were made throughout those years. He was one of best the fastball pitchers in the league with his pin point accuracy. His ball career started with the Lauder Parklanes and later the Hartney Imperials.

His love of ball spilled over into his love of watching the Blue Jays, which he shared with his children and grandchildren. He was able to attend a major league game in Minneapolis and it was one of the best experiences of his life.

He also enjoyed playing hockey in Hartney which led him to coach the boy’s hockey team for several years and he cherished the memories of those days and spoke of them often.

When we were young his love of travel took us on many family trips. He loved the mountains most of all and enjoyed many trips there with his boys and their families.

He loved Elvis because he was the best singer there ever was or ever will be, also loved the Beach Boys and all 50s and 60s rock music. In his strong opinion, any modern music was not considered to be real music. 

When he moved to Hartney he started cutting wood to sell, we are unsure how many hundreds of cords of wood he cut over the years but he likely kept track of it somewhere. In fact, he was still cutting wood the week before he passed away. Also, while living in Hartney he worked for the district spraying weeds and at one point was driving a grader.

Rick loved to socialize and spend time with family and friends. He always looked forward to the trips to Medicine Hat to visit his sons and their families.

Rick leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and many cherished memories. His stories, and his love will stay with us forever. As we say goodbye, we also celebrate the remarkable life of a man who touched the lives of so many.

Rick was predeceased by his parents Lloyd & Freda Cram, Kathy Cram, Uncle John (Lorna) Ramsey, Uncle Arnold (Bud) Ramsey, Aunty Dot (Orville) Slack and Aunty Lucy Ramsey, Uncle Leighton Cram and Uncle Bill Cram (others from the Cram side are unknown to us), his mother and father-in-law, two sisters-in law and two brothers-in-law.

Rick leaves to mourn his passing his four children; Tami (Logan), Tim (Coby), Dallas (Stephanie) and Adam. His grandchildren; Josh (Robyn), Carly (Tristen), Wyatt (Alana), Tyson, Nick, Rylan and Abby, his Uncle Ron Ramsey, cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date in Lauder, Manitoba.

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