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Court, Richard R. P. 'Dick' '50

Richard R.P. ‘Dick’ ’50 was an outstanding athlete at Ridley College spanning the years from 1944 to 1950. Dick excelled in football and hockey at Ridley and he was awarded the Lieutenant Richard Reynolds Schmon Memorial Scholarship to attend Princeton University, where he played hockey and captained the Ivy League team. After the death of his father who had founded Court Industries Company Inc. in 1919 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Dick became President of the Company in 1956. Court Industries became Court Holdings Limited with its core businesses being parts manufacturing for the auto industry and providers of niche services. Under the ownership and leadership, of Dick and his brother Doug, the company grew from its original location in St. Catharines to a company with 35 different locations in 15 countries in North and South America, Europe and Asia and pioneered a company culture of family, safety and pride for its employees, with a focus on giving back in their respective global communities. As a volunteer and philanthropist, in addition to his support of Ridley, Dick was an avid supporter of the St. Catharines community which included many St. Catharines Minor Hockey programs, the YMCA, Brock University, The United Way and St. George's Anglican Church. A member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and The Rotary Club, he served on Ridley’s Board of Governors and as a Director on all of his businesses and the Rodman Hall Arts Centre. After his retirement in 2003, Dick served for many years as a Board of Director of The Court Group of Companies and Court Holdings Limited. Following in the family footsteps are: Dick’s children Bill '81 and Suzanne ’86; Dick’s grandsons Nicklaus '24 and Jack Mooradian ’26. Dick’s mother, Bessie Court, also served as President and Past President of the Ridley College Family Guild from 1948-1950 and his daughter Suzanne '86 now serves on the Ridley College Family Guild Executive. Dick died in St. Catharines on February 5, 2018.
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