Bob Buckle, a good friend of his and a visitor with Rick one time too, wrote a nice page for the newsletters up their way.
Rick Senkler, March 1, 1945 – March 9, 2016
Rick was born March 1, 1945 and raised in Victoria’s Oak Bay area.
He became a Certifed Accountant by about 1970 and went to work for
various public entities such as Victoria Water Board and B.C. Transit,
guiding them through the computerization of their accounts.
I frst met Rick as a member of the Juan de Fuca Railway Association in the mid 60’s. This was a small group of
folks who got together once a month to show our pictures and view flms on railway subjects. We also organized
excursions to various points of interest.
By the early 70’s Terry Fergusson had purchased the 4'-8-1/2” gauge Hillcrest #10 Climax locomotive and was
moving it to Victoria for his Victoria Pacifc Railway. We were all involved in giving him a hand and doing a lot of
the bull work and having a lot of fun doing it.
About this time Rick married Mary Nation and they bought 2+ acres on Quayle Road in Saanich where he built
the Pheasant & Quayle 7 ½” and 3 ½” ga. track of about 700 feet. In 1972 the Vancouver Island Model Engineers
[VIME] was formed and Rick became a member in 1973. He ofered the group the use of the track once a month
in exchange for help in building it. Members of Juan de Fuca Railway Association also pitched in. During this
time Rick bought Joe Brown’s incomplete but running CPR D10 loco. VIME operated there with great success
until about 1980 when VIME moved all operations to the Saanich Historical Artifacts Society grounds in Central
Saanich where they had been building raised and ground level tracks since 1976.
Sometime after Mary died in 1991 Rick moved to the Vancouver area to take up a position with B.C. Ferries at
Horseshoe Bay. There he became an active member of BCSME for a number of years until moving back to
Victoria in 2002 where he rebuilt the house on Quayle Road and did a bit of work on rebuilding the P & Q. After
a few years he sold the Quayle Road property to another VIME member and moved to a North Saanich view
Over the next years he became increasingly active in other community organizations such as the Saanich
Historical Artifacts Society and their foundation as well as the Horticultural Centre of the Pacifc and Gyro
International. During this period he also became V.P. Finance for VIH Aviation Group, a large helicopter and
fxed wing aircraft operator headquartered at Victoria International Airport. He really loved this job and its
perks. Rick has, over the last year or so, slowly retired from this position and taken to regularly visiting
Maricopa and Joshua Tree clubs in the winter months.
Rick also purchased the ‘Mogul’ 2-6-0 built by Allan Halliday after Allan’s death. Rick’s son Phillip can be seen
running this loco all around the Pacifc Northwest.
Rick and his new love, Joanna Drewry, bought another nice home in North Saanich where they developed
beautiful gardens and held many garden parties, the greatest of which was their wedding in August 2014.
Rick was elected president of Saanich Historical Artifact Foundation in February and was on the board of the
Horticultural Centre of the Pacifc. He was the Chair of the Board of Variance for the Municipality of North
Saanich for the past 3 years and served on the Board since 2008. He also assisted VIME with its fnancial
Rick became ill on March 7 at a Gyro executive meeting and passed on March 9. He will be missed by a great
many friends and associates all over the west, particularly his wife Joanna, son Phil and daughter Heather.
The Whistle Page 7 April 2016