Rick Walsh was born on August 26, 1950 in St.John's Newfoundland. He grew up in an extremely small mining town in the centre of the island called Buchans. One of 17 children born to Catherine and Richard, he grew up loving the bush and spending every moment he could hunting and fishing in the bountiful maritime forests.
He left home at 15 to join his older brother Henry and his wife Orla in Toronto - what an introduction to the big city. He worked as a store clerk, miner, boilermaker, welder and was a member of the Canadian armed forces. He eventually settled in the Camrose area with his first wife, Joan. They had a beautiful baby girl, Judi-Lynn who now lives in Edmonton.
He began his real estate career in the Camrose/Provost area where he and Joan owned a welding shop. In 1978, things were very difficult because of interest rates topping 20%. As a result, $1 deals and vendor take-backs were commonplace. Rick still has experience in areas that few realtors today will ever (thankfully) experience. If there is a way to write up a deal, Rick will know how to do it, guaranteed!
After his divorce, Rick sold real estate, but also owned 2 seafood restaurants with a partner in Camrose. He finally decided he should head for the big city and resume his career. Only a few months later, on June 3, 1988, he met his wife, Colleen.
Colleen Dietrich grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan where she was born October 12, 1966. Her maternal grandparents, Flo & Ernie were entrepreneurs since they married in 1927. They wore many hats including owning restaurants, renovating and selling mobile homes (which we would now call travel trailers). Their only child, June-Anne Emery, was the light of their lives.She became a legal secretary. During her training at a business college, she met Vern Dietrich. They married the newly-weds were rocked by a severe car accident which left Vern in a coma for 23 days. When they got back on their feet, they welcomed their only child, Colleen Anne.
The Dietrich family stayed close to the Emery family business, apartment buildings. Vern managed them while June ran an importing business out of the basement of their home. As a result of the home-based business, the Dietrichs made buying trips 3 times a year to Mexico. Not long after selling the apartment buildings, Colleen’s grandfather passed away. That ended the years of schooling in the U.S. and fishing (and spear-fishing) all summer long. Sadly, only 7 years later, June lost a brief battle with cancer and died at the age of 42.
Vern, Colleen and her grandmother Flo were ready for a change. Colleen’s 2 years of University were behind her, but in order to pursue her medical school aspirations, a move was in order. Regina did not have the program in place, so the thee-some headed for Edmonton. They left behind much of Colleen’s paternal family including her grandparents Applon and Ferd who would miss their Sunday visits of sausage eating and cribbage.
Not long after settling in Edmonton, Colleen and another single friend was out one Thursday night, and there, in a most unlikely spot, was the love of her life, Rick. He supported Colleen through 3 more years of University and was there where she finally wore the cap and gown with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Before she had finished her schooling, she had passed the real estate exam and on May 8, 1990, she began her real estate career joining Rick at Re/Max.
Not long after that, Re/Max’s owner and one of its founding members, died at 39.Several months later, the dynamic ones, along with 19 other people, purchased a portion of the office. The group sold it 3 years later and the experience was a very positive one.
After 6 years of dating, Rick finally proposed! Just over 4 years later on August 16, 1998, the 2 eloped (even on themselves) and were married at sunset in Invermere, B.C. Just over 10 months later, along came Hunter Yeshta Walsh. She was 6 pounds 11 ounces and 19” long. Four years and 12 days later, the Walsh family welcomed a son, (son of Richard) Dixon Emery Walsh. Unlike his diminutive sister, he was, and is, a bruiser. Weighing in at 8 pounds 10 ounces and 20” long, he gained 5 pounds in his first month of life! The 2 are inseparable, best friends and truly in love with each other.
After 9 happy years at what became Re/Max Excellence, Colleen & Rick moved to Sutton Group-Challenge Realty. In mid-2005, the owners of that office changed franchises and they are now a part of what is a wonderful group-Realty Executives. Nothing changed but the name on the billboard.
With over 40 years combined experience in the real estate industry and no end in sight, The ‘DYNAMIC DUO’ is still selling houses and finding homes, one client at a time!