Richard James Squires

March 29, 1943 to April 29, 2017


It is with great sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of a very special man Richard James Squires, Passed on April 29,2017 at the Health Science Centre at the age of 74 years. Predeceased by his parents Robert and Alice (nee Butt) Squires and parents in law Winnie and Michael Parrell. Leaving to mourn with loving memories his wife Leona (Lee), sons Rick (Tammy) and Dean (Kristen) of Georgia, USA, poppy’s special little angels Kate, Richelle and Drew, special brother Robert Squires (Shirley), extended family: Carm Berger (late Tom), Marie O’Brien (Robert), Beverly Steele (Graeme), Richard Parrell (Bernice), Dan Parrell (Josephine), Howard Parrell (deceased). Dick will be sadly missed by his nephews, nieces and cousins and his little furry buddy Brandy. Richard was born in St. John’s on March 29th, 1943. He was the Grandson of Sir Richard and Lady Helena Squires, growing up on 55 acres of beautiful Midstream (now Bowring Park Extension). Educated at Holloway School, Prince of Wales College, & Bishops College, Lennox Ville QC. He started his career at the National Bearing Company (in Montreal), returning to St. John’s to work at JC Pratt & Co., and then starting two successful companies. In 1971 after a short courtship, he married Leona Parrell and together had two sons, who they are so proud of. In 1977 at the age of 34 with empty pockets Dick started Atlantic Specialties. In 1994, started Overhead Door (Nfld) Limited, which is presently run by his son Rick; while his son Dean is with Cox Communications USA. Richard enjoyed socializing with his buddies Dick, Stubby, Ron, Joe, Tom, Jim, John, Bob, Bren and Terry and many others. He had a passion for traveling, cars, Elvis and carpentry/renovations -always had a project on his mind. He is also going to be missed by many of his friends from the St. John’s Elk’s club where he has been a member for many years; as well as his special lawyer Jim Vavasour and long-time accountant Bill Dawe. Thank you to doctors and nurses at Eastern Health for your kindness shown to Richard over the past years. Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road. Visitation will take place on Monday, May 1st, 2017, and Tuesday, May 2nd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, and 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Funeral Services will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel, on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, at 2p.m., with interment to follow in General Protestant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s memory may be made to the Canadian cancer Society or Elk’s Club.



2-4 p.m. on May 1, 2017

7-9 p.m. on May 1, 2017

2-4 p.m. on May 2, 2017

7-9 p.m. on May 2, 2017

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Wednesday May 3rd

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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Mrs. Squires and Family. I was saddened to learn just yesterday of Richard’s passing. I recall the wonderful telephone conversation we had one evening that Robert went over to your place and we four chatted about memories of growing up at Midstream. Please accept my sincere sympathies.
Dale Russell FitzPatrick
Roaches Line

So sorry to hear of your husband Richards passing
Deepest condolences to all your family

Rick and family

DEEPEST SYMPATHY. My thoughts are with you all

Rick and Family,

Sad to hear of Richard’s passing. Condolence’s to all.

Lee and Family. We are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

rick and family sorry for your loss

Leona and family:
We are so sorry to hear of Richard passing and extend our deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.

Lee, Rick, & Dean,
Sorry to hear of Richards passing.
Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Rick and Family
So sad to hear of your father’s passing.
My condolences to you and your family, your mother, and your brother.

I was saddened to hear of Dick’s passing . We were great friends and working collegues in the 70’s. Dick was an inspiration to many of us . My sincere condolences to Leona and family . Rest in peace , Dick .

Lee and Family. So sorry of Richard’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

Rick and Family,
Sorry to hear of your loss. Treasure all of your wonderful memories.
Sincerely, Ron Bavis

Lee and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. We have great memories of your company, ;much laughter and fun at our homes, your cottage, during your travels in Florida and Regatta Days in John’s. May the many beautiful memories of your years together bring you comfort during your time of grief. Wishing we could be with you to celebrate Richard’s life. Sending you big hugs. Will see you soon.

Leona and family

Sorry to hear of your husbands passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.Your good memories and years together will help you with your loss. God bless Rosalind Caines

Lee, Rick and Dean

I am so saddened to hear of Richard’s passing.
I will miss him dearly. He was a very best friend to me. We have had great chats at the Elks Club over the years.
Mary and I send to you and his extended family our condolences.
May he rest in peace

Tom and Mary Hickey

Dear Leona and family,

I was so sorry to learn of the passing of Richard. We always called him Richard. He was a classmate of mine through elementary, junior, and high school, and along with being cousins we were very close friends. Many a time I slept at Midstream or he slept at 42 Newtown Road. He and I and some friends were required to make weekly visits to Lady Squires when she lived on Barnes Road. I am left with treasured memories.

My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.


Jack Drover
Sackville, NB

Lee and family

My sincerest condolences to you and your family. He and David shared some good times. I’m sure they will once more.

Lots of love.
Gennie Murphy(David/ Spudds)


My deepest sympathy and condolences go out to you and all the Squires Clan. I remember your Father fondly back in the day at our Montreal location when you and I were cutting our teeth and learning the business from both of our Fathers back in our youth. I’m truly sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers. Jim Schram Lynx Industries

Rick and Leona, I have fond memories of dealing with your father. My deepest Sympathy to you and your family.
Denis Hachey

Our deepest condolences to Lee and the family . Dick was a good man and will be missed . Lots of great memories at the Elks over the years .
Gary , Lynette and Annie Hennessey

Lee, So sorry to hear of Richards passing. Sending our Deepest Sympathy to you, Rick, Dean and families. We go back a long way and had many good times together.
In Friendship, Olive and Ed.