In Celebration of

Richard ''Rich'' Eastwood

April 6, 1938 -  September 15, 2018

Rich was an exceptional man who was loved by many, and generous beyond generous. Rich approached everything in his life at “full-speed” and his viva-la-vie attitude and determination were remarkable -- there was absolutely no quit in him. Rich passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Rich was the beloved husband of Beverley; cherished father of Rick (Andrea) and Barb Spears (Kevin); proud Grandfather (Hank) to Jessica (Leigh), Megan, Drew and James; and loving brother of Jayne and Tony and brother-In-Law of Margot Matthews.

Rich was the epitome of a self-made man yet attributed all of his success to having surrounded himself with smart and wonderful people. In 1980 at the age of 43, Rich used every asset that his wife Beverley and his parents Frank and Helen Eastwood had to buy Central Box & Container Ltd., a small packaging company in Mississauga with ten employees. Today, based on Rich’s extraordinary leadership and natural entrepreneurship (others may refer to it as a level of rare competitiveness!) and his unrelenting focus on solving customers' problems, The Central Group of Companies is recognized as a Platinum member of Canada’s Best-Managed Companies and employs 500 people in North America. Rich has built a unique, innovative and thriving business with a genuine family culture of care for everyone.

To say that Rich was an avid sportsman is an understatement; he was interested in Golf, Tennis, Fishing and Skiing, and he fanatically supported every Toronto professional sports team and every Canadian athlete with pride. Rich’s favourite place was his cottage on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka, surrounded by his family and friends, and puttering in his garden or racing around in his prized antique wooden Greavette boat / Gentleman’s Racer, the “BlackJack”. Rich loved spending Canadian winters in California at his home in Palm Desert with his wife Bevie and cherished their time with great friends and golf buddies. Rich was also very fond of his dog and best pal Josh, and grand-dogs Disco, Chief, ZigZag, Boe and Bear.

Rich wore his heart on his sleeve and his famous credo are words for us all to live by and will live on for generations to come: Work hard, play hard and give and get as many hugs as you can.


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Joseph R Palmeri (AICC friend)

Entered September 20, 2018 from Jamestown New York ( USA )

Rest in peace friend, we had some good times at AICC meetings
Your Friends Joe & Helen Palmeri

Robert Richards (Cousin)

Entered September 20, 2018 from Toronto

Rich was a great person and very kind. The greatest teller of jokes I have met. Fun to be with. I fondly remember growing up with Rich in the Muskoka summers.We will all miss him.

Ron and Susan Heller (Freind)

Entered September 20, 2018 from Guelph

Richard was truly a " man's man" with generosity and kindNess for everyone.
It was an honour and privelege to have known him . Time spent with Richard was truly memorable.
Bev and Family : So very sorry for your loss.
Thinking of you.
Ron and Susan Heller

Barry Hoffman (Friend)

Entered September 21, 2018 from Burlington, ON

I had the rare pleasure of knowing and working with Rich in Central's early years, and his involvement with Independent. He was a connusmate gentleman and all round class act. The industry is poorer for his passing. A life well lived. Rest in Peace
Barry Hoffman ( Domtar/Norampac/Cascades- 1972-2013)

Marilynn Booth and Terry Reid (Friends)

Entered September 21, 2018

Terry and I were so fortunate to get to know Rich and Bev and share many happy times together in Toronto and in Palm Springs. Rich was always the most generous and upbeat man. He loved Bev and his family beyond words. His legacy of enjoying life and empowering people will live on forever. Our sincere condolences to Bev and the family


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