Obituary: Richard (Rick) Charles Pilon – October 30, 2023

Rick Pilon passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family after a four year battle with cancer.  Richard leaves behind his love and best friend, Ann Broughton, his children Raegan (Jason), Robyn and Ben (Vallee), Ann’s son Brad (Chelsea), grandchildren Hunter (Marrissa), Jack, Sonny, Chloe, Parker, Carson and Odin, great granddaughter Aria and his mother Shirley Vera Pilon (Burke).  He also leaves behind his beloved parrot Toots.  Predeceased by his father Charles (Sonny) Frederick Pilon.

The family would like to extend our thanks to Dr. Chapman, Dr. Bock and SouthWest Care Partners for the extraordinary help in keeping Rick at home with his loved ones.

There will be no memorial service at his request.

Rick was well known as a commercial fisherman on Lake Huron for over 40 years from Erieau to Southampton, Ontario as captain and owner of the Benjamin Charles fish tug.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made “In Memory of Rick Pilon” to the Marine Heritage Society supporting Chantry Island Restoration.  In order to receive a tax receipt, please send your name and a full mailing address to

One option is to mail a cheque for Chantry Island Tours at: 86 Saugeen Street, Southampton, Ontario N0H 2L0 or e-Transfer to:   Please ensure that the answer to your question is “donor” (all lowercase).  Your support for our volunteer endeavours is greatly appreciated!  Marine Heritage Society & Propeller Club, Southampton.

Arrangements entrusted to Grey Bruce Cremation and Burial Services.