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Eric Edenson Coke Richards (1881-1952)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, June 6, 1952

Headline: Eric Coke-Richards Passes in 71st Year, 1952

    Mr. Eric Coke-Richards, resident of the Yukon for 27 years, passed away in Whitehorse General Hospital last Monday evening June 2nd at 7:30 pm. after a lengthy illness.

    Funeral services were conducted by the Whitehorse Masonic Lodge from Christ Church, Thursday afternoon, Rev. Norman Tannar officiating.

    Mr. Richards brought his family to Whitehorse in 1925 and for many years was employed in the dry goods department of Taylor & Drury Ltd. During his early years here he took an active interest in community affairs and under his capable directorship to amateur dramatics, many plays were presented with local talent.

    He is survved by his wife in Whitehorse, daughters Mrs. Dora Norman and Mrs. Wilda Warren in Vancouver, B.C. and Mrs. Joyce Yardley, Carcross, Y.T., son Ray at Headley, B.C,, brother Leslie at San Francisco, California, brother Edward and sister Roselys in England. There are also several grandchildren.

    Mr. Richards' elder son, Edward "Ted" was killed in RCAF action over Germany in World War II.