Richard Seldon Day

Passed 05/26/2020

Obituary for Richard Seldon Day

DAY, RICHARD SELDON, age 58 of Upper Rawdon, NS passed away on May 26, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. Richard was born in Dartmouth, NS on December 6, 1961. He was the beloved son of the late Hazen S. Day and the late Edna W. (Fonce) Day.

Richard was a family man first. He was the happiest with his wife, Nancy and his children, Andrew, Ryan & Laura. He was so proud of the amazing young adults that had become and constantly bragged about each of them. He loved his home in Upper Rawdon and spending time at his cottage at Jackson Point, NS with family and friends. He had a passion for cars to which he made into a career that he loved as an auto technician for 38 years. He earned many awards and achievements over his career including; graduating with honours and top of his class in 1982, won many Master and Grand Master Technician awards with GM Canada and Subaru Canada, and represented Subaru Canada at the World Grand Master Technician in Japan. He started his career with Bob McDonald’s Chev Olds and worked the past 14 years as a fleet technician with HRM Emergency Fleet Services with the Halifax Regional Police Department. He loved his 1954 Chev Pickup and enjoyed many hours proudly cruising in it and attending many cars shows where we met some amazing friends. His kindness and love of life brightened the lives of everyone he met.

Richard will be sadly missed by his wife of 31 years, Nancy (Cluett) Day, and children; Andrew (Nicole) Cluett, of Gore, NS, Ryan (Chelsea Aulenback) Day of Halifax and Laura Day of Halifax. In-Laws, Gerald & Hilda Cluett, brother in laws – Roy (Margaret) Cluett, Rick (Darlene) Cluett, sisters in law Milvena (Wayne) Rose, Thelma Cluett and many nieces and nephews. His uncle Arthur (Sherry) Day, his aunt Margaret MacMillan, his many cousins and all of his dear friends.

He is predeceased by his grandparents and brother in law Ronald Cluett.

The family would like to thank Dr. Adams, Dr. McNeil & Dr. Gehrig and the PCU at the Truro hospital. A special thanks to our palliative team Dawn & Dr. Smith and the amazing VON who cared for Richard over the past year.

Please note due to Covid-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada or Canadian Cancer Society (NS) or to a charity of your choice.

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Nancy & Family- We were so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that our thoughts & Prayers are with you at this time. Connie & Ken
- Connie MacMillan
For Nancy ,Andrew, Laura and Ryan and his many other family ,and friends I send you my condolences and a big virtual hug. Like many I was very lucky and proud to have met Richard. When he was the master tech at Subaru I was just out of trade school and had started working with Richard and Andrew. Richard was always one to have something funny ,witty and informative to say or share no matter the situation.Always had many nice things to share and talk about family wise. A great man and mentor. For an apprentice just getting into the trade it was a very nice place to be.You just wanted to be a sponge for all the info and tips in the work day he and the other great guys would have to share. Serious and humor wise , I would not meet another master tech like Richard on my way to being a red Seal.I feel lucky to have been there at that time. Many years later Richard and I would cross paths a bit.It could entering leaving the same local stores or the gas station,or seeing each other on the morning commutes.He was always proud of his family and their needs 1st and his enjoyment of cars close 2nd. No matter where or when you met Rich he always took the time for you.It may be to, catch up with local events, insight on house repair or a tough time when a family member is not doing well. He cared. I was very sad when I had learned his health battle the past few years through friends.He taught and accepted so many people on his journey.I feel fortunate of the times working and speaking with Richard. His inclusive,caring spirit and drive lives on in many of us.His lesson to me was from day 1 do not give up on a task, if it was made by someone it can be repaired. He will be missed by all. Thank you Richard.
- Nathan Crawford
Dear Nancy, we are so sorry for your loss. He was a dear and kind man who seemed to have the ability to lift people's spirits even in the face of hardship and sadness. We'll never forget Richard's humour and upbeat attitude. The depth of his regard for you was something really special and our thoughts are very much with you as you try to navigate this difficult time. Hugs from the both us. -Freddie and Victoria
- Freddie
Nancy and family I am saddened to hear today of Richards passing I had the privlidge of working at Dexters Subaru as service manager with Richard His talent to repair whatever was put in his bay was true passion of his character and ability You were always a good friend Rest in peace my friend Subaru Lou
- Louis Hammond
I am so sorry to hear of Ricky's passing. I only met him at the funeral home when Edna died. He was very friendly and pleasant. I knew his parents, Hazen and Edna. Hazen was my first cousin.
- Rosemary Staple
Nancy, Andrew, Ryan and Laura. We are so sad to hear Richard has left us. He was one of the most kindest, caring and funny people we knew. We have so many fond memories of him. He will be in our hearts forever. Our sincerest condolences to you all. Kendra, Curtis, Sarah and Andrew Somers
- Kendra Somers
I am very sorry for your loss. If Richard lived in downtown Dartmouth we started school together at Greenvale school. Richard would call on me daily and carry my books to school everyday. Based on his obituary he remained a gentleman throughout his life. I am very sorry for loss. I have always remembered Richard.
- Annette
Sorry to hear of Richards passing. I worked with Richard at the Halifax Police Garage. My sincere condolences to Nancy and family. He was always up for a challenge and enjoyed a good laugh.
- Brian Beaton
Nancy, Andrew, Ryan and Laura You have lost an exceptional husband and father and we share your sorrow in the loss of a wonderful friend and neighbour. The pride Richard had for his family and home and the standards he set for himself in all aspects of life were beyond commendable. Rest in Peace Richard. You have earned it.
- Dick and Elsbeth
To Nancy, the Cluett and Day Families: Sorry to hear of Richards passing. Though only met Richard a couple of times many years ago at a festival in Ramea and again in Burgeo i would like to send my condolences on behalf of Georgia, Jamie, and myself to all effected by his passing.
- Shawn Cossar
Laura and family , We are saddened by your loss. Although we never met him , we could see how special he was through your eyes and stories. We hope those both will bring you comfort. Thinking of you Angela and Douglas.
- Angela
Nancy & family I was so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time! Lynn Sedge
- Lynn Sedge
For the short time I knew Richard , he sure made it evident how much he loved his children ,and you could certainly tell how much love there was between the two of you ,Nancy . I am so sorry for your loss . Please take Care - Sheena
- Sheena
Nancy, Andrew, Ryan and Laura. I am sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you have many fond memories to help you through this time.
- Mitch Frail
We are so sorry to hear of your loss Nancy and family, our thoughts and prayers are for all of you at this time. Norman and Lisa.
- Norman Dugas
To Nancy and family: Thoughts are with you at this time. Joy Morash
- Joy Morash
Nancy, Andrew, Ryan and Laura, I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Richard's passing! He was a wonderful guy! I have alot of wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. Hugs and prayers to all of you! He is no longer suffering and is at peace. Love you you all!
- Amelia
My condolences to Richard's family. I was surprised to hear of his passing. He was a real gentleman and when you went to the Halifax Regional Police garage he would not hesitate to assist you in any way he could. Always great to chat with him and he was an asset to the Halifax Regional Police. We have lost another good person.
- Cliff Falkenham
Richard could do the hard things and do them well, laughIng and holding friends close. Bless all of you at the end of a very hard journey together.
- Brenda Main
I was shocked a saddened to read about the passing of Richard this morning. I am retired from the Halifax Regional Police Service and because I was a Patrol Supervisor I had weekly contact with Richard at Headquarters garage for several years. He was a pleasure to work with, he always made time for me and always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. Rest In Peace my friend! Cordell Poirier
- Cordell Poirier
My condolences to the family and friends of Richard's. I had the honor of meeting Richard 16 years ago when I first became an apprentice at Dexter's Subaru. I was placed with him to learn the ins and outs of automotive trade. Richard taught me many great skills that I still apply to this day. I spoke often of Richard especially many years later when I became a red seal technician, while training new apprentices in the trade. I still remember and laugh at how he used to send me on a coffee run and then use his IR thermometer to tell me I had to go back and get another one because it was .25 degrees too cold, that little smile he did always made me laugh. Richard inspired me to strive to be the best I can and always put the customer first. Thank you Richard. I will always speak of you as one of best mentors I had in my career. You were a gifted technician and a great man.
- Dylan Rockwell
To Richard's family and friends I met Richard when he joined the Halifax Regional Police fleet maintenance staff. He was a great guy, polite , professional and he was accepted into our Police family from day one. It didn't matter if I was driving one of the cruisers or my Harley, he always was willing to get my problem solved . Richard brought his passion to work every day, and he was a true team player that was sorely missed when his illness sidelined him. Thank you for sharing his life with our Police Family Sincerely Michael P. Spearns Sgt Ret'd HRP
- Michael Spearns
My sincere sympathy to you and the family Nancy. He was a wonderful person and I know you have many fun times and good memories to hold in your heart. Love and prayers to you all.
- Vikki Mytruk
Nancy, I was so sorry to hear of Richard's passing. He was a kind, generous man. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please hold all of your wonderful memories close to your heart.
- Mary Burke
Nancy, Andrew, Ryan & Laura, We are deeply saddened to hear of Richard's passing. We hope you are able to find healing and peace in all of your memories. Paul has many fond memories of time he spent with Richard. Our deepest sympathies. Jeanette and Paul
- Paul & Jeanette

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