Richard Barry Didow


On August 26th, with the same grace and fortitude that he lived his life, our Rick passed away at age 64. As was his wish, he was in the backyard “oasis” that he created, surrounded by his family. He leaves to lovingly remember him: his wife Marilyn; sons Kyle, Zachary and Aaron (Savannah); granddaughters Zoe, Jayden, Jordyn and Dia; dad Eddy; Sister Jill (Greg); brother Rodd (Zan); father-in-law Larry; sister-in-law Rhonda (Garth); nieces Gracie and Serena; nephew Jon (Crystal); great nephew Logan; numerous extended family, friends and colleagues and of course his current fur babies Wyatt and Abby. Rick was pre-deceased by his mom Ruth and mother-in-law Joanne Bryeide (Lars).

Rick was born in McLennan, Alberta where he enjoyed a childhood that many today would envy. Times were different in the 60’s and 70’s, especially in small-town Alberta. Kids were free to roam, doors were left open and neighbours knew each other. Parents knew all the kids in town so it was difficult to get away with anything, but in Rick’s case that was not a worry because he spent his growing-up years in the bush with his best friend, Grant. They would head into the bush after school and on the weekends. They would often camp overnight. They wouldn’t even take any food, but rather live off the land – perhaps with a mud hen (otherwise known as a duck) that didn’t escape their sling shots, BB or pellet guns. Rick’s parents often didn’t even know where they were headed and would watch them walk down the alley, together with Rick’s other best friend; his black lab Prince. They would always come back home dirty, sweaty, and smelling like a campfire. It was hard to tell who was more tired – Rick, Grant or Prince. Rick loved
nature and the outdoors. That only changed when at age 16 he decided he might like to chase girls instead of animals. He traded the bush for a 1966, 2-door Ford Fairlane, jacked up with mag wheels, in which he would tear off to the neighbouring towns (Falher, Girouxville, Donnelly), or wherever his current new love interest lived.

In 1976 when Rick was 18, after a scrap with his Dad the direction was “Go to the city and get a job”, with the expectation that he would be back in a couple of months with his tail between his legs, begging for forgiveness. What his Dad didn’t know was that “job” would become his life’s work. Rick spent 46 years at Comco. Over the years, he grew from an employee to a mentor and a respected member within the industry. The only thing that you had to learn when working with Rick was his 3-strike rule. This went for his colleagues as well as his children…you know who you are! There were times during the years that his required 8-hour day would turn into 10,12,14…16 hours. In the days before work from home, he would arrive to the office before anyone else, lock the doors when he left and come home for a few more hours, just needing to “tweak this one bid” or “finish this one last thing”. Although he had worked the day before he passed, his final Comco duty was in a text to Marilyn at 7:13pm (who was sitting right beside him): “Text or email Steve and Kyle. I didn’t change my out of office.” This was not only his sense of humour in full display, but also his commitment to the company that meant so much to him.

Having said this, his work never took precedent over his family. Rick met Marilyn when she started at Comco in 1978. Their initial interactions could only be described as a
battle of the wills. Two very different personalities, but that spark was there. By 1980, it was apparent that they would spend their lives together. They married in 1982 and
welcomed their sons in quick succession starting with Kyle in 1984, Zach in 1985 and Aaron in 1987. Needless to say, these were busy times. Rick was a dedicated father,
always taking the 2:00 am shift so Marilyn could get some rest. He never met a diaper that he wouldn’t take on! Through the years, Rick would do whatever he could to support his family; clean-up after a family gathering, laundry every Sunday and assistance with the crazy “projects” that Marilyn would get him involved in. As the boys got older, and at one point all three were in hockey, he would often remark that there were only a few more rinks in Alberta that he hadn’t seen yet. His only regret in those early years was that they didn’t have a daughter. To his delight, he eventually was blessed with 4 grand-daughters to spoil.

Rick was a gambler, he enjoyed the slots, his weekly lottery tickets and any reason to
purchase a ticket. “We’re helping a charity,” he would often say.

Although he wasn’t a fan of flying, he was lucky enough to have seen many places in the world during his travels with Comco. He also looked forward to the annual trip to Arizona to visit Marilyn’s Aunt Lynne and Uncle Terry. There he became a master
margarita maker as Lynne’s bartender for the yearly Mexican Fiesta. Rick was not a big drinker but of course he would have to sample, just for quality control. One year, Terry suggested that they drive to the Grand Canyon and take the helicopter tour. To
everyone’s surprise, he agreed. He would later remark that of all the experiences he had in life, this one brought everything into perspective: “How very small and insignificant a person is in the scheme of things when you look out over that grandeur.”

He was absolutely wrong about that. One good person can effect everyone they come in contact with. Rick was one of these people. He loved fiercely, cared deeply for others, and was always there to lend a hand if needed. In the last months of his life when he could no longer speak, he wrote. He wondered if he had done enough, if everyone that he loved knew how much he did, and if he had made a difference in the world. We did all we could to make sure he knew that he had. His legacy will continue with his family, his Comco Family, and all of those that he touched.

We would like to thank Dr. Trent Dusang, Dr. Hadi Seikaly and Strathcona Homecare for their compassionate care of Rick.

Rick always had a four-legged friend. If you wish, please make a donation in his name to the animal rescue of your choice.

Rick asked that there not be a formal funeral, but instead he requested, “Just have a
party”. The family will be hosting an Open House on September 10th, 2022 from 11:00am – 5:00pm. Please email for location and to let us know if you will be attending.

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22 Condolences

Shawna Montreuil

A cousin is like another sibling. So many cherished memories of Rick as teens and hanging out together up in McLennan. You’ll be missed Rick but never forgotten, always in our hearts. Deepest condolences to Marilyn and family. Love from Shawna, Curtis and Colin xoxo

John Devlin

I was deeply saddened to hear of Rick’s passing and extend my most heartfelt condolences to Marilyn, Jill, Rodd and families.

I have fond memories of many proudly told tales of the adventures of Rick and family over the years.

May your cherished memories of Rick ease your journey through this difficult time.

Al and Nancy McCalder

Zach, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We remember you as a good friend of Ian’s. Please pass on sincere sympathies to your family.

Melanie Grywul

Thoughts, hugs and deepest condolences to the Didow family.
Rick was an amazing man who touched the lives of so many. His humour was… let’s just say you never knew when/if he was joking! That man could hold a straight face while pulling one over on you to the point you were never sure if he was joking or serious. When I first started at Comco I found out first hand. Lol.
I will miss him dearly and am so glad I had the honour of meeting him. He was a wonderful co worker and friend.

Glen Anderson

My sincerest condolences for you Marilyn and Family at this time. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Those we love don’t go away They walk beside us every day Unseen, unheard, but always near Still loved, Still missed and alway dear. All you golfer’s in Heaven lookout, Rick is serious competition.

Suzan Shaske and Bob Sinclair

Dear Marilyn,
We were saddened to read of the passing of your husband Rick and offer our deepest condolences to you and your entire family. In reading your tribute, it is clear Rick lived a life full of happy adventures and experiences, with a loving family by his side. We are thinking of you….
Suzan Shaske and Bob Sinclair

Suzanne Grenier

There really are no adequate words….
No matter how old, or how sick our loved one is, we want them with us forever.
Big heart to heart hugs to Marilyn, Kyle & the rest of the Didow family members .

Berend Roo

My condolences to Marilyn ,the boys and family. I worked with Rick for 43 years. He was our go to guy if we had a problem with a customer or needed an answer to a question that no one else knew. He will be greatly missed.

Ross and Hedy Denham

Hedy and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. The words about Rick show that he was a truly wonderful person. We extend every good wish for comfort to you, Marilyn, and to all in the family during this sad time.

Ermeline Ference

I was shocked to hear of Rick’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you, Marilyn, and the boys. May God comfort you and give you strength for the days ahead.


Marilyn, so saddened to hear about Rick’s passing.
Your beautiful tribute describes the Rick we we’re so fortunate to have shared many memorable occasions with.
Our deepest sympathy to you and the family.


Barb and John Wray

We were so very sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. What a beautiful tribute to His life in reading the obituary. Our deepest condolences to you, Marilyn and your family, sincerely John and Barb Wray, and the Wray Family

Mike Kelly

I’m in my 24th year at Comco but being in Montreal, I only had the occasion to speak with Rick but a few of times. In those few and short exchanges it was clear to me what a warm, and caring person he was. He even sent me a picture of the beautiful relaxing space he created on his property. My deepest sympathy to all.

Janice Reppert

Marilyn, I am so sorry to see that Rick passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family. I worked with Rick at Comco Pipe and he was a great person and will be missed.

Gary Mosier

My sincerest condolences to all of Rick’s family. Marilyn, that was an awesome tribute to Rick. I enjoyed exchanging witty remarks with Rick the past 38 years at Comco. I know he influenced a lot of people in a positive way. It really was a pleasure to know Rick….he will be missed

Jill Didow

The world lost a wonderful caring dedicated man.
I love you my dear beautiful brother.

Ron Anderson

I’d known Rick for over 20 years & his mentorship & inspirational stories will never be forgotten. He strived for perfection everyday & for that he truly made everyone around him better. My condolences to the entire family, He will be missed

Eric and the staff in Stonewall

Rick was always a loyal, hard working Comco staffer. Always pleasant
To deal with, Rick became one of the
Most knowledgeable people in the
Entire industry. I will always miss Rick’s perspective on life. Hard to believe 34 years has passed since
First meeting Rick. Comco will miss one of the most respected
Employees. Our sincerest condolences to Marilyn and the entire family. Prayers are with you.

Kyle Strate

So well written, a great tribute to Rick. He was a family man first (dogs included), I’ll always cherish the times we shared. Always available for you and the boys if needed.

Brad Anaka

Rick is already sorely missed. I always respected the way he conducted himself and really enjoyed our interactions over the years. He was a real perfectionist and expected that from everyone around him. He was a true inspiration to me and I really try to mold the way I do things after how I watched him over the years. The fact that he worked right up until the end is truly remarkable. The work that he put in at Comco will be etched into the way we do things forever so he definitely left his stamp. My thoughts go out to the whole family, especially Zach and Aaron who I had the pleasure to work with as well. Hope everyone is doing OK and wish everyone the best.

Ron Actemichuk

My Sincerest Condolences to Marilyn and to all of Rick’s family and friends. I worked with Rick for 40 years and I considered him a genuine friend and a “one in a million” amazing fellow!! You will be missed forever by so very, very many people. His email address might very likely just reach him up in Heaven as well. I will miss you too my friend.

Cheech Giacobbo

Marilyn, Kyle, Zachary, Aaron and families. My sincere condolences to you all. Rick will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. I have great memories of Rick, may he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish the memories