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RICHARD (DICK) HENRY WRIGHT

Date of Passing: Dec 10, 2016

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RICHARD (DICK) HENRY WRIGHT With sadness we announce the passing of our father and grandfather Dick on December 10, 2016 at Seven Oaks Hospital at the age of 90. He was predeceased by his loving wife Shirley and older brothers Johnny and Bob. Dick is survived by his four children, Dawn Torbiak (Dan), Danny (Lorrie), Sid (Ann), and Bruce (Gloria, daughters CJ and Carman) and by his brother Peter (Joan). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Lindsay, Andrew, Allison, Sydney, Roman and Kylie as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dick was born on September 24, 1926 in Driffield, Yorkshire, England. He immigrated to Canada on the ship Antonia with his mother Violet and three brothers arriving in Halifax on December 30, 1929. After being quarantined for six weeks with scarlet fever, the family was finally reunited with father John in Manitoba. The family moved to Petersfield and eventually settled in West St. Paul where Dick spent the rest of his life farming, working, and raising his family. In 1943 on his 17th birthday, Dick joined the army and was assigned to the Infantry Corp in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada. During training, he was sent to Suffield, Alberta where he was a test subject for gas experiments and war research. Dick survived the gruelling three-month station and returned to civilian life as the war ended. In 1956, Dick married the love of his life Shirley. They built their home on Grassmere Road and raised their four children. Dick had many talents and worked at a variety of jobs including market gardening, boat building and carpentry but his main passion was farming. In 1951, he purchased farmland in Blackdale, West St. Paul and grew many grain crops. To supplement the farm income, Dick also had a long 31-year career at Eaton's Warehouse working in a variety of departments. After retirement, he continued to farm, raising sheep and goats following in the tradition of his father. Dick was blessed with a long and mostly healthy life. It was only in the last few months of his life that his health declined. The family would like to extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to the Seven Oaks Hospital nursing staff on 5th floor Units 1 and 2 and Dr. Endleman, Dr. Buchel, and family doctor Dr. Singh. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation. Dick will be deeply missed by family and friends. His foresight and strong work ethic will guide all who knew him. Funeral Service will be held at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with viewing prior to service. Interment in St. Paul's Anglican Church Cemetery in Middlechurch.
Publish Date: Dec 15, 2016

RICHARD (DICK) HENRY WRIGHT It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our father Richard, on December 10, 2016, at Seven Oaks Hospital, at the age of 90 years. Funeral Service will be held at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg, on Saturday, December 17, at 10:30 a.m. with viewing prior to the service. Longer notice will follow in Thursday's edition.


Publish Date: Dec 12, 2016

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 15, 2016

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Dick was a very interesting man. The times I went to the farm he was always kind and helpful showing the sheep and the goats. He had pride in his beautiful roses. He will be missed - Posted by: Anne Lee (friend) on: Dec 15, 2016

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