Richard B. Lee ’66 died on November 18, 2018, in Brisbane, Australia.
(The following was submitted by the family:)
With heavy hearts we announce that Richard “Dick” Bateman Lee, aged 74, passed away surrounded by his Australian family on November 14, 2018, at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia.
Above all else, Dick cherished his family. He is survived by his wife Dulcie; children Shannon, Sean (Lindsay), Mike (Kathleen), Diana and Karen (Steve); grandchildren Kelly, Olivia, Natalie, Meaghan, Emily, Colm, Finn, and Rowan; his sister Linda, cousin (like a brother) Duncan, many nieces, and a nephew.
Dick is predeceased by his parents, brother John and brother-in-law Bob.
Dick was born in Fredericton to Richard Leroy and Mary Lee (nee Neill). He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, with a major in biology and spent several years in both the Royal Canadian Navy and Australian Naval Reserves. Never straying far from water, he built a career as a consultant, writer, and teacher sharing what he knew best: the sea. Always having a thirst for adventure, he was eager to share his knowledge through his work, which took him from the Canadian Atlantic to Caribbean Sea and the Great Barrier Reef to many south pacific islands. As a writer he spent thirty years contributing to trade magazines concerned with commercial shipping, fisheries and seafood. He also successfully authored and published his own novel, Skipper, focusing on the close-knit relationships formed and honed by the sea.
He will be sorely missed as a husband, father, grandfather, and as a friend.
“…broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.” (Roger Knapp)