There is a brief obituary for Rick in the Toronto Star today, also online at starclassifieds.com. It was put together from the words of Bill Garrett, and some help from Tony Quarrington, and Mose Scarlett. You have to do a search when you get there.
FIELDING, Rick _ Born December 1, 1944, son of Dorothy and William, survived by his beloved wife Heather, and sister-in-law Linda, passed away March 20th, 2004 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Originally born in Toronto, Rick grew up in Montreal, Quebec, and was smitten by folk and blues music as a teenager. He later moved back to Toronto and in a career that spanned over thirty years toured extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain and the United States. Apart from recording, touring and playing his own music, Rick taught acoustic techniques on guitar, banjo, mandolin and dulcimer, ran workshops on songwriting and professional development for musicians, did custom leather work, and until the last few weeks of his illness, hosted the radio show Acoustic Workshop on CIUT-FM. Above all Rick was a giving person as a performer, teacher, friend, and supporter of the music community. He will be missed deeply by hundreds of his friends and students, to whom he opened up whole worlds of music. ''This earth is just rehearsal For when I'm heaven bound, I'll be well prepared to take my place With harmony and rhyme And sing with the angels when it's time.'' A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. Date Posted: 2004-03-24