Allan Richens memorial fund

About Allan Richens

On December 31, 2012, the last surviving founding member of the Gatineau River Yacht Club, founded in 1962, passed away. Allan was an extraordinary man – an avid supporter of our club throughout 50 years and also widely recognized by our Chelsea Municipality and by our community generally as a leader of a very broad range of community service activities.

He used to visit the club daily to swim off what we have affectionately named “Richens Point” and we will all miss his tall figure and amiable smile walking along the catwalk as we prepared to sail or on returning after a wonderful race.

All of this and successive generations of those who sail and enjoy our island paradise would not have been possible but for the vision and commitment of Allan and our other small group of Founders those many years ago. See Allan Richen’s Obituary.

Allan Richens Memorial Fund

In consultation with his family we have agreed to set up a permanent Allan Richens Memorial Fund in his memory- fittingly dedicated to both providing youth sailing bursaries to deserving young people sailing in our Junior Program and/ to support our increasingly successful Youth Racing Team.

This is the second Appeal to build this memorial fund through your donations leveraging private sector sponsorship and municipal and government support. We also intend to hold one fundraising event each year.

Allan would have been so very pleased for this to be a key part of his wonderful legacy to the Club.

Please donate generously. Your donation recognition is cumulative over time – so encouraging you to donate annually and move your recognition to the next level.

Donation Options

  • By cheque payable to “The Gatineau River Yacht Club (Allan Richens Memorial Fund)” Mail cheque to:
    Gatineau River Yacht Club,
    Box 1766, Chelsea QC J9B 1A1.

Levels of Recognition

  • All who have donated $50 will be listed on the GRYC website as a Friend of the Fund
  • All who have donate $100 will be listed on the GRYC website as a Silver level Friend of the Fund
  • All who have donated $250 will be listed on the GRYC website as a Gold level Friend of the Fund
  • All who have donated $500 will be listed on the GRYC website as a Platinum level Friend of the Fund
  • All who have donated $1000 will be listed on the GRYC website as a Diamond level Friend of the Fund

See List of Donors and donations to date.

Although GRYC is a non-profit organization, it is not a charity. Therefore, donations are not eligible for tax receipts.


Allan had many interests in life, primarily centred on the out of doors. His career choices reflected that beginning with the Royal Canadian Navy, followed by pioneering days in aerial photography and subsequently in the then emerging technology of stereo photogrammetry with the National Research Council. He was on the team that developed the camera at the end of the CanadArm for the US Space Shuttle program.

He was an avid sailor, and was a founding member of the Gatineau River Yacht Club in 1962 set two small islands at Gleneagle, Quebec. He could often be seen circumnavigating the islands with his characteristic, rhythmic breaststroke; most recently in September of this year. He was an accomplished skier, both alpine and cross-country and could be seen cutting an elegant figure at Camp Fortune on his 220cm telemark skis long after the world had gone to shorter, more sophisticated equipment. Cross country skiing remained his winter pastime and he would regularly ski more than 20 km per day. He was well known in the Gatineau Park, including by the NCC who he felt needed to be kept on their toes. He wanted to ensure the old trails in the Park were not forgotten and had Watsford’s Look Out restored for all to enjoy. In the summer and autumn he led hikes along the old pathways and delighted participants with the stories of the families who had lived on the land prior to the creation of the Park. He was an active member of the Gatineau Historical Society and a regular contributor to the local newspaper, the Low Down to Hull and Back. Allan took up golfing on retirement and went on to be a mainstay of the senior men’s team at Larrimac Golf Club. He often represented the Club at local tournaments and was particularly proud of breaking par at the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Club, St. Andrew’s, Scotland.

He retired early and enjoyed it shamelessly; rotating between Canada, Florida and England to capture the best points of the seasons. He loved being outside and passed that onto his children and grandchildren. He was also very community-minded. He was a municipal councillor, school board member, active in the Legion both here and abroad and a driving force behind the highly entertaining reunions of the Association of Aerial Surveyors.

Allan was an active, healthy, vital man until laid low by a rare fungal infection in late November. While he rallied and was well on the way to recovery, he was unable to fight off a secondary infection. His passing was unexpected. He is much loved and remembered by Joyce, his wife of 57 years, his daughters Jennifer and Janet, his grandchildren James and Graeme, his sister Dorothy, his niece Ann Elisabeth, nephew Eric and the remaining family in England.

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Allan Richens Memorial Fund
List of Donors (as of June 1, 2017)

Donation Donor Level Donors

$1000 & above Diamond Friend

$500 to $999 Platinum Friend

$250 to $499 Gold Friend Simone Choy
Jack Des Brisay & Barbara Schultz
Richard Oslund

$100 to $249 Silver Friend Heather Gilmour & Stephen Wolfe
Andrea Lockwood
Barbara Martin
The Newing Family
Sean & Christine Payne

$50 to $99 Friend Patricia Black
Trice Cameron
Noha Fuad
Keith & Jane Horner
Richard Yeo & Patricia Curry

Donors being named on our above wall of honour are for all donations of $50 and above.
To those supporters of the Fund donating less than $50 your donations are also highly appreciated and acknowledged .

Many thanks to all of our generous donors!