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PATRICK WILLIAM RIDDELL

Born: May 22, 1940

Date of Passing: Sep 04, 2017

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PATRICK WILLIAM RIDDELL May 22, 1940 September 4, 2017 With great sadness we announce the passing of Patrick Riddell, at the age of 77, on Monday, September 4, 2017. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 52 years, Fran; daughter Kristen, son-in-law Douglas and grandson William; brothers, David (June) and John (Cyndy), and their families, as well as many close friends and extended family members. Patrick was born on May 22, 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the eldest son of William and Rose Riddell. He attended high school in Chattanooga, Tennessee to pursue football, and later attended Arkansas State University on a football scholarship. Pat completed his university degree in Business Administration at the University of North Dakota in 1964. Patrick worked for Transport Canada for 37 years working primarily on airport divestitures and managing the subsequent ground leases until his retirement in 2012. Patrick loved to volunteer his time with the running and athletics community in various roles including as the race director of the Puma Race series, as Team Manager for the National Team at the NACAC Track and Field Championships, and at the Pan Am Games held in Winnipeg in 1999. He was an executive member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, and received an Order of Sport Excellence Volunteer Service Award for his dedication and commitment to sport in Manitoba, in recognition of over 30 years of dedicated service to track and field. Patrick was an exceptional athlete who completed numerous marathons including, Boston, New York and Minneapolis. He loved golfing at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club and in San Jose del Cabo with his buddies. In his retirement years, Pat enjoyed spending winters at his condo in Cabo and the summers at his cottage in Grand Beach. Patrick cherished his numerous friends and family, but most of all his wife Fran, daughter Kristen, and especially grandson William. Pat loved taking his grandson to the driving range, watching him play baseball and hockey, teaching him the proper running technique, and sitting together watching football. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat's memory to Kidsport Manitoba or to a charity of your choice. Glen Eden Funeral Home and Cemetery 204-338-7111

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 09, 2017

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Gord and I wish to express our deepest condolences to Fran, their daughter, son-in-law and grandson! Pat was a fine gentleman, well respected and always willing to assist others and offer his helping hand! May the love and admiration shared by friends and family of Pat's Memory and Legacy give you some comfort during this sad time! Gentle Blessings and Peaceful Healing... Gayle & Gord - Posted by: Gayle Marchuk (Friend) on: Oct 02, 2017

  • Dear Fran and family; We are so sad to hear of Pat's passing. "What a shock!" He will surely be missed at Laguna Vista. I wish you all the very best and hope you are finding comfort in your beautiful memories. We send you hugs...Iris and Jim - Posted by: iris bahnman and jim brown (friend) on: Sep 18, 2017

  • It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of a dear friend. He was a special member of our Grand Beach family. We will always remember his gracious smile and his special hugs. The times spent on the beach, fun times on the deck, Pat's laughter and positive attitude, his time spent with Bill measuring the course for the annual Grand Beach Sun Run....all fond memories to cherish. Our deepest sympathy go out to our Franny ..his lovely wife, and his daughter Kristen and family. He will be forever in our hearts. - Posted by: Lois and Bill Turnham () on: Sep 14, 2017

  • So sorry to hear of Pat's passing and my deepest sympathies to Fran and her family for their loss. Pat was a tireless volunteer who gave many hours to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Athletics in our province. A remarkable athlete in his own right, he ran some amazing times in long-distance running. While serving on the Board of Directors for the Hall of Fame Pat was the Chair of the Induction Dinner and before that assisted his good friend Dave Lyon in organizing the dinner auctions to help raise much-needed funds for the Hall. I'll miss his good natured sense of humour. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (MB Sports Hall of Fame) on: Sep 13, 2017

  • It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of a dear friend. He was a special member of our Grand Beach family. We will always remember his gracious smile and his special hugs. The times spent on the beach, fun times on the deck, Pat's laughter and positive attitude, his time spent with Bill measuring the course for the annual Grand Beach Sun Run....all fond memories to cherish. Our deepest sympathy go out to our Franny ..his lovely wife, and his daughter Kristen and family. He will be forever in our hearts. - Posted by: Lois and Bill Turnham (Friends) on: Sep 11, 2017

  • I've only had the privilege of knowing Pat for the last four years. However during this time he was a wonderful friend to me, full of advice and encouragement. I couldn't have wished to meet a kinder man. We had many a chat together and I will those immensely. RIP my friend, you will be missed. - Posted by: Will Hession (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2017

  • We met Pat & Fran in 2016. He was a friend and mentor. During our brief relationship I grew to respect his ideas. He was a man of vision, patience and integrity. I will always remember and miss his presidential presence and soft smile. - Posted by: Bob & Maureen Bastedenbeck (Neighbor & Friend at Laguna Vista, San Jose Del Cabo, MX) on: Sep 11, 2017

  • I have always cherished the time I spent with Pat, Fran and Kristen. Always a smile and laughter in the home. my second family for many years as a young person. Our families spending time at the cottage, my mom and Pat volunteering for the skating club, always fond memories. So sorry for Fran and Kristen's (and family) loss. In my thoughts and prayers. Terri and family - Posted by: Terri Studholme (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2017

  • My wife Diane and I are so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. Our condolences to Pat's family. As a young runner, I remember racing in the Puma series. It was a key event for the running community in Manitoba. Later as a race director myself, I was most greatful for Pat's advice, his knowledge, and experience for putting on a great event. The running community is also greatful for the many road courses he certified for distance and national accreditation. He had a way with people. I remember one time we as a governance board for running were in a heated debate. It was on the verge of becoming personal. Pat stepped in and calmed us all down and saying we are all friends and we really all want the best for our running community. He made us realize what we were there for. Sometimes Pat had this look of pure seriousness. It could easily be mistaken for being stern at times. One time I saw this instantly melt away as my wife handed him a "Tim's" coffee during preparation for that early morning race. It was a smile that left you feeling good all week. It's that smile that I will forever remember of Pat. Thank you Pat for all your work and help. - Posted by: Rockford Mckay (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2017

  • An honourable gentleman, an admired leader and most of all a wonderful friend. We will never miss the memory of your kindness! Our love and thoughts with you Fran. - Posted by: David and Janet (Admirers ) on: Sep 11, 2017

  • My condolences to you and your family Fran. His Laguna Vista family will also miss him. - Posted by: Elaine Skulimoski (Friend) on: Sep 11, 2017

  • We met Pat several years ago when he & Fran bought into the same condo complex as us in San Jose Del Cabo, Baja, Mx. We were very fortunate that we got to know Pat visiting, going to dinner and meeting his daughter, son-in-law and little Will who he was so proud of. Ken spent many hours on the golf course with Pat and always enjoyed his company. He was always a gentleman and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He will be greatly missed by us as we feel that we lost a great friend. Ken & Betty VanMeter - Posted by: Ken & Betty VanMeter () on: Sep 10, 2017

  • You were a most appreciated man at Laguna Vista. . ..quiet, careful trustworthy. Thank you!!!!! Amy and Keith - Posted by: Keith and Amy Koehn (Neighbor in Laguna Vista, San Jose del Cabo) on: Sep 10, 2017

  • We will miss Pat very much. He was true friend; easy to laugh and always available to help. Bob will esp miss him as great golfing friend. Our sincerest condolences to Fran and the family. - Posted by: Bob Perreault (Cabo friends) on: Sep 09, 2017

  • We are so sorry to hear of Pat's passing. Pat was one of the kindest, most considerate, and cheerful person ever! The last time I saw Pat was in February in Cabo San Lucas. He and Fran waited so patiently while my two friends and I cleared customs and Immigration at the airport in San Jose del Cabo. After almost 2 hours, when we got to the waiting area, there was Pat with his unforgettable smile! Pat, a wonderful person and a dear friend. You will always be remembered. With Love Connie & Joe Gutierrez - Posted by: Connie & Joe Gutierrez & family (Family friend) on: Sep 09, 2017

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