Farewell Rick

January 31, 2013 · 5 comments

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Rick Nu'u on January 30th, 2013.  Our thoughts are with his wife, Zoe Norcross-Nu'u and his family.  We  share this grief with his extended ohana at the Hawaiian Canoe Club.  Rick,  originally from New Zealand, first came to Canada for a coaching stint with  the False Creek Racing Canoe Club, moved to Maui, and then returned to live  in the Comox Valley.  He was a mentor and inspiration to many of us, giving  his time and energy to developing and promoting Canadian outrigger.  His  death is a loss in so many ways to so many people.

Many have been calling, emailing and texting as to how they may be able to help support Zoe and her girls in this time of devastating grief and stress.  Suffering the loss of a husband and father is difficult enough to deal with without worrying about money.  There are many expenses to deal with immediately and it has been determined that a monetary contribution to the family is the best way to help at this time.  If you wish to help please contact stevenwbutcher (at) gmail.com for more information.  You can also contribute by PayPal to norcrossnuu (at) gmail.com or by email transfer to zoeandthegirls (at) gmail.com.

ruth matson January 31, 2013 at 9:04 pm

How tragic …such a loss …of an inspiration,friend and mentor to all who met Rick. Our family of paddlers has lost several …one is too many by their own hand. or presumably so.. What must we do as a family of paddlers and friends to reach out…to invest our spirit …that
we could embrace her /him so ..that we could support them in their time of personal need..? Is that not what we are about ? the greatest sense of being a paddling family? of being of the water. of being friends. If there is a way we can support Zoe & the girls ..let us do it .

Allan Lavender February 2, 2013 at 12:45 am

To my brother who left Aotearoa so many years ago. if i had known that hurried embrace earlier this year was the last time i would ever see you alive, i would have held you longer. Too the people who knew Rick, you have been blessed in knowing a truly loving Man. I send my aroha to Rickys Whanau. See you on that Waka on the other side my bro.

Jan Walker February 2, 2013 at 9:10 am

Rick was the best of the paddling world. Generous with his time and kind to those of us with less skill. He was a truly wonderful person and will be sadly missed.
My heart goes out to Zoe and the girls.

CORA Communications February 2, 2013 at 11:47 pm

A memorial and ashes ceremony was held today for Rick by the Kihei Canoe Club. Kimokeo conducted the ceremony prior to the Shoreline Challenge small boat race. The race was dedicated to Rick and moving forward will now be called the Rick Nu’u Shoreline Challenge. A number of people came forward and told heart warming stories of Rick, clearly he has made an impact on so many lives of paddlers through the years. OC6 canoes paddled out and circled up for a pule and a hui hou paddle raising. The canoes and sprinted to the shoreline in Rick’s honor. This was followed by the Kihei kids performing the Maori haka’s they learned while in Calgary. It was a perfect day for paddling and many people canoe out to honour Rick’s memory.

Steve Willgoose July 19, 2014 at 8:06 am

I knew Rick from the False creek dock when I was training there years back.
I didn’t know him long since I was heading out of Vancouver and to the Sunshine Coast when he came to the club.

He always had good strong advice and a no nonsence way.
I think about him from time to time and smile.


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