Rick Pavlov, P.Eng., PMP passed away at the Southampton Hospital on Saturday, February 27, 2021 with his wife by his side at the age of 54. Loving husband to Carla Pavlov (nee Rathburn) and wonderful father of Dylan Pavlov.
Sadly missed by his parents Pauline and Mike Pavlov. He will be fondly remembered by his Mother-in-law, Nancy Rathburn of Sarnia, Ontario and Brother-in-law, Kevin Rathburn of Naples, Florida USA. Rick is remembered by many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Predeceased by his grandparents Helen and John Pavlov of Hamilton and Sina and Wasyl “Bill” Szczuryk of Hamilton and his Father-in-Law, George Rathburn of Sarnia.
Rick was an amazing father and enjoyed many sports. He excelled in golf and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys football team and the New York Yankees Baseball team. He was a proud father, excellent guitar player and enjoyed “Jamming” in the Mancave with his son, Dylan. He even enjoyed building electric guitars for other musicians in his spare time.
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The whole family enjoyed boating on the St. Clair River, Lake Huron from Sarnia to Southampton and fishing in the Saugeen River. Rick was often called “Captain Rick” by friends and family.
Educated at McMaster and Western Universities he graduated Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics Class of ’91 at McMaster and Project Manager Professional (PMP) Western University. Rick was a Senior Project Manager at the Bruce Power Nuclear Station in the Project Management & Construction Division.
He also held several positions within the construction and heavy industry sectors including with OPG Thermal at Lambton Generating Station, Courtright, Ontario as Department Program Manager 2004-2008; Raussaun Services Inc. in Toronto as a Project Manager 2000 – 2004, OPG in Toronto, Nuclear Waste Management Division as a Senior Project Planner 1998-2000; Columbian Chemicals Canada Ltd. in Hamilton as Senior Project Manager 1997-1998, CGC Inc.(United States Gypsom Corp,) Hagersville, Ontario 1994-1997 as a Project Engineer; LaFarge Canada Inc. in Hamilton, Ontario Plant Engineer 1991-1993.
Rick craved knowledge and continued professional development in various areas throughout his career spanning three decades. His friends and colleagues at work miss seeing him cruise into Bruce Power in his truck known as “Big Blue.” He will be remembered for his colourful and unique sense of humour, huge heart and tireless work ethic.
Rick was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable brain cancer, in May 2018. He knew this day was coming and his response was to do something good with his illness and tell his story for the “Light the Way” Campaign. Rick found the light in the darkness by helping to raise money for a new MRI in Owen Sound with the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation in Southampton, Ontario.
If desired, in his honour, please consider memorial donations to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation or to the Canadian Brain Tumour Foundation.
Due to covid restrictions, a private family visitation and funeral Mass will be held Friday, March 5, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00pm at Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton, Ontario. Those that wish to view a recording of the funeral service can visit the Eagleson website after March 7, 2021. Rick’s wishes were to be cremated.