Reuben Bickford

Obituary of Reuben Bickford


Bickford, Reuben

We celebrate the life of Reuben James Bickford who passed away peacefully on April 15th, 2023, in his 82nd year. Dedicated to his family, Reuben lived a humble and loving life including 58 years with his wife, Elaine. He raised and mentored two loving children, Rodney and Collette, welcomed into the family his daughter-in-law Marjorie and son-in-law Ron, and then continued to share his legacy of love and family with his grandsons Jordan and Nathan and granddaughters Emma, Olivia, and Gracie.

Reuben is predeceased by parents Samuel and Katie Bickford, brothers Leander, Eneas, Cyril, his sisters Minnie, Irene, Ethel, and Pauline as well as, twin siblings Wilson and Mabel. Leaving to mourn his brothers Rex, and Bram (Angie) and sisters Rita (Reg), Muriel (Bill), Gloria (Johnny), Linda (Charlie), Caroline, Nina (Albert), Olga (Gerry), and Kathy (Bob). Also, a large circle of nieces and nephews.

Throughout his life, Reuben demonstrated the virtues of honesty, compassion, faithfulness and generosity. He was a fun spirited soul who took on many passions and loved the beach and ocean. He loved to laugh and spend time with family, lifting spirits and telling stories; to him family was everything. We will miss his quiet, gentle, and loving soul. We are incredibly grateful to the whole community that cared for him and shared in his life.

 Visitation will be held at Hickey’s Funeral Home, 570 Conception Bay Highway, Conception Bay South  on Monday, 17 April, from 1-3p.m. and 6-8p.m. and on Tuesday, 18 April, from 11 a.m. - 1p.m. Private service to be held afterward for immediate family. A celebration of Reuben’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Newfoundland or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. To send a message of condolence, please visit

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