Toronto EMS mourns the loss of a family member, EMS Supervisor/Paramedic Rick Boustead |
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It is with great sadness that Toronto Emergency Medical Services announces the
passing of a dear friend and colleague, Rick Boustead, on July 1, 2002.
The Toronto EMS family offers our most sincere condolences, thoughts and
prayers to Rick's wife, Debbie, all of the Boustead family, and Rick's many,
"The passing of Rick Boustead is a tragic loss for Toronto EMS and for the
whole community with which he was so engaged. All of us strive, in our lives,
to make a positive difference in the world. Rick Boustead truly succeeded in
achieving this goal," said Ron Kelusky, General Manager of Toronto Emergency
Medical Services. "His volunteer and community service efforts made this city a
better place to live, and he elevated the Paramedic profession he loved so much
by his dedication to it. He will be deeply missed."
Rick served with distinction as a Toronto EMS Paramedic and Supervisor for 27
years. Since 1999 he has helped to promote paramedicine in his role as Media
Relations and Communications Supervisor. He twice received the Award of Valor
and the Award of Merit, as well as the Toronto EMS William Allen Award.
Last week, Rick was recognized in two ceremonies that touched him deeply. On
Wednesday, one of Rick's most beloved charities, the Toronto Children's
Breakfast Club, renamed its Falstaff club 'The Richard Boustead - Falstaff
Breakfast Club for Kids' in his honour. The following day, Lieutenant Governor
James K. Bartleman recognized Rick's exceptional career by awarding him the
prestigious Federal EMS Exemplary Service Medal, the first ever received by a
Among the many other charities to which Rick devoted his time and spirit were
the: The Canadian Association for Riding Disabled, Hospital for Sick Children
and Variety Village Telethons, United Way, Children's Wish Foundation, Youth
Assisting Youth, The Baby Emma Trust Fund, Salvation Army, numerous women's
shelters, Seaton House, the Fred Victor Mission and Scott Mission, and the
Canadian Cancer Society.
Visitation will be at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East (at
Midland Rd.), Toronto, on Thursday, July 4 from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday, July 5
from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
The funeral service will be held at Carruthers Creek Community Church, 599
Bayly Street East (at Lakeridge Road), Ajax, on Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m.
To ensure that his great spirit of giving lives on, Rick's family is
establishing the Richard Boustead Foundation for Childrens' Charities.
Contributions can be made at the funeral home and through the following:
· Toronto EMS, Attention: Bruce K. Farr, Director of EMS Operations, 4330
Dufferin Street, Toronto ON M3H 5R9; or
· Scotiabank, Office of the Vice President Commercial Banking, Scotia Plaza, 44
King Street West, 2nd Mezzanine, Toronto ON M5H 1H1