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Sean Richardson

$57,240.00 (raised so far)

About Sean Richardson

On April 18, 2021, we all lost someone who we were lucky enough to call a friend, coach, husband or father. Sean’s passing, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, deeply affected all that knew him and left everyone asking how this could happen to such a young, vibrant, and wonderful person.

Always available to listen and help, Sean was a person who gave his time, attention and support in the most generous manner possible. His devotion to his family and students was uncompromising and his ability to bring a smile to the faces of the people in his life was inspirational.

Sean had a passion for developing junior golfers with aspirations of university and professional careers. Through his years of teaching, Sean or “Coach” as known to his students, was instrumental in the development of many top junior golfers who have proudly represented UBC on past and present teams. His accomplishments as a coach are exemplified by the number of his former students who have been fortunate enough to earn scholarships to pursue their education goals and, in several cases, moved on to professional tour careers.

The Sean Richardson Memorial Fund has been created to further one of Sean’s sincere beliefs: that no junior golfer should be denied access to university programs and the highest level of competition due to family finances. Sean truly believed that access to funds should never preclude a young athlete from reaching his or her true potential. This scholarship fund will further Sean’s vision of creating a fund where aspiring student golfers can attend a top tier university program regardless of means or family income.

The goal of the Sean Richardson Memorial Fund is to raise sufficient funds to create a perpetual award for one male and one female student athlete awarded by the University golf program in Sean’s memory. All support would be greatly appreciated.

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The impact of your support

Your gift will pay tribute to Sean’s life and career by supporting student athletes at UBC Okanagan. Gifts will be directed to the Sean Richardson Memorial Fund, with final decision on the award description and student eligibility made in consultation with the family.

Messages of Remembrance

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  • When I started working with Sean in 2009 at Predator Ridge, I told him I had aspirations to win the high school provincial championships in my grad year and that I was willing to do whatever it took to get there. Not only did Sean radically transform my golf game in a short period of time, I gained a friendship in which our lessons would involve us swapping stories related to our mutual love for fishing and the outdoors. I was so fortunate to call Sean a friend for over a decade. From spending time on the golf course to participating in a number of fishing derbies together to the time that I got caught in a windstorm alone and had to leave Sean’s boat at a friend’s dock on Okanagan lake overnight 😅 He was such a kind, patient and generous person. The times that we spent together will be cherished forever ❤️

    Jordan Oelrich, Student
  • I now teach golf, and many of the lessons I give now are the same lessons Sean gave me growing up. He also gave me my first fly reel when he found out I was getting into fishing. I offered him money, but he wouldn’t take it and said “just enjoy it”.

    Brady Stead, Former Golf Student
  • On behalf of the kids and I, we want to thank everyone who has donated to the Sean Richardson Memorial Fund. As the write up describes, Sean was always there for his family, his friends and his students. There was little that gave him more joy than seeing those he cared about succeed. We are so thankful that his passion for golf and the success of young golfers will live on in this way. Tracy, Kiana, Alexis, Colin and Ewan

    Tracy Hansford, Wife
  • A few weeks before Sean's passing a few of us invited him to join us at KYC for a few refreshments. Despite really struggling with his illness Sean jumped at the opportunity and we had a great evening. In typical Sean fashion, first thing the next morning he sent me a text thanking us for the evening. He went on to say "but I thought I was being invited for A beer, not 8 beer"!

    Willie Cheyne, Friend, student
  • Sean would often tell us he was having a bad day if it took 2 of our swings to figure out what was wrong!

    Glenn and Karen Bucholtz , Students of Sesn
List of Donors
All Donors
  • Brenda Nastiuk

  • The Harvest Golf Club

  • Kevin Kaardal

  • Wade & Danica Redden

  • Celebrating Sean Richardson - The Harvest Golf Club

  • Ross Marrington (BCgolfguide.com)

  • The Cactus Tour LLC

  • Brady Stead

  • Mike Lee

  • Debbie Pyne

  • Braden McKay

  • Anonymous Donation

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