Town­ship names Elmira street in mem­ory of Richard Rank

The Town­ship of Wool­wich ded­i­cated an in­ter­sec­tion in an Elmira sub­di­vi­sion to Richard Rank at a cer­e­mony Aug. 31 in front of his fam­ily, friends and town­ship con­tin­gency. Among those in at­ten­dance were Rox­anne Rank, Kyle Rank, Cae­len Rank, Mayor Sandy Sh

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - ALI WIL­SON [ALI WIL­SON / THE OB­SERVER]

A FOR­MER WOOL­WICH

EM­PLOYEE and prom­i­nent mi­nor sports booster who passed away three years ago now has a lasting memo­rial.

Fam­ily and friends gath­ered in Elmira’s South Park­wood sub­di­vi­sion August 31 for the ded­i­ca­tion of Richard Rank Road.

Rank passed away Jan. 3, 2014 at the age of 57 after suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack at work, where he had had a 25-year-ca­reer in the town­ship’s pub­lic works de­part­ment.

“Every­one knew him, but more im­por­tantly he knew every­one,” said Mayor Sandy Shantz at the cer­e­mony. “He was a friend to every­one.”

Rank was de­scribed as gen­uine, en­thu­si­as­tic and ded­i­cated to his com­mu­nity.

“Richard made many valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Be­yond his job with the town­ship, Rank was lauded for his out­stand­ing com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and gen­eral pos­i­tive hard­work­ing at­ti­tude that left a gap­ing hole in the com­mu­nity after his pass­ing.

Rank at­tended Elmira District Sec­ondary School, he met and later mar­ried his high school sweet­heart Deby. They raised three chil­dren, Kyle, Gar­rett and Cae­len, in Elmira.

His younger son, Gar­rett Rank – an am­a­teur golfer and NHL ref­eree – spoke of the mem­o­ries he had of his fa­ther and the ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity that was shown at home.

“It brings back a lot of mem­o­ries of my fa­ther. Hon­estly, it is a re­ally cool hon­our to have a street named after him,” he said. “A lot of the times when the phone would ring for hockey games up at the arena that needed an of­fi­cial or the early morn­ings or late nights that he was out plow­ing snow, those are the kind of the mo­ments that you look back and re­al­ize all that he gave to the com­mu­nity.”

Over his years in the com­mu­nity, Rank was a fre­quent ref­eree and avid hockey dad – a fund was set up in his mem­ory to help sup­port fam­i­lies who can­not af­ford to send their chil­dren to hockey.

Back in 2015, a ref­er­ees room at the Wool­wich Memo­rial Cen­tre was ded­i­cated to Rank.

“And to­day we would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ded­i­cate the nam­ing of Richard Rank Road as part of the new­est sub­di­vi­sion in Elmira de­vel­oped by Bird­land De­vel­op­ments,” said Shantz.

The Richard Rank Road will be home to new de­tached homes, in­ter­sect­ing Wood­berry Cres­cent in the south end of Elmira.

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