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Date of Passing: Jan 03, 2016

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RICHARD LEONARD DUDEK A good coach sees in you, what you can't see in yourself. It is with heavy hearts we share that on January 3, 2016 Richard Dudek passed away. Richard grew up in the North end of Winnipeg, he played Football and attended University in Bemidji and also winning the Vanier Cup with the Manitoba Bisons. Richard worked for many years for the City of Winnipeg in training and development. Coach Dudek spent more than 50 years on the football field as a player, coach and community leader. Once retired, Richard continued on with his private consulting business and was active on many volunteer boards. Richard's kind and supportive demeanour made you feel like you could tell him anything without judgement, while he puffed away thoughtfully on his pipe. His love and passions carried onto to his children, Adrienne and Adam whom had a special and close bond with their father. Richard was predeceased by his parents Irene and Stan; and now watches over daughter Adrienne; son Adam (partner Shannon); sister Linda (Ken, Andrea, Cam); and brother Daniel (Cheryl, Addison). He also leaves behind many, many players and colleagues who looked up to him and will cherish his memory. Thank you to the amazing staff at Concordia Hospital and Home Care. Thank you to the Gibson/Jansen families, Christine O'Donnell and the entire football community for it's over whelming expression of support. A memorial gathering will be held at West Kildonan Curling Club on Monday, January 18 at 7:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined. May you now have the best view of the field. KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-956-2193

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 09, 2016

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Coach I will miss you and all your life lessons. You were one of the best people I ever knew and you all ways kept it real with us. You were like a father figure to us. In my experience coaching and scouting in the CJFL CIS, CFL, and NCAA you are hands down the coach that I all ways thought of. Seems like yesterday you inspiring us to go harder and make a play. You were all ways there for me Coach. I love you Coach God Bless - Posted by: Nick pankhurst (player) on: Feb 05, 2016

  • Had the pleasure of knowing and working with Richard for many years. He was a fun guy to be around and his impression of Shultz from Hogan's Heroes was priceless. Played International Fastball with Richard way back when, and although he was the biggest guy on the team,he was the fastest guy on the team. He should be remembered as well, for the time and effort he spent coaching young kids from the North End in hockey and football over the years. - Posted by: John Mirus (Friend and co-worker) on: Jan 15, 2016

  • I got to know Richard at West Kildonan Curling Club several years after he had hung up the cleats. As a curler Richard was a great sport, competitor and socializer. You have to credit a guy who gets out and plays with a prosthetic leg and then takes up wheelchair curling and then brings the national wheelchair curling championship to Winnipeg. Richard was most at home in the boardroom. He loved to regale you with how his latest project was going to save the world. He never stopped spinning new ideas and no one was better at pressing the flesh and raising money for Curling Club expansion than Richard was. He was President of West Kildonan CC in 1983-4 and in more recent years, in recognition of his support and hard work, was named an Honorary Life Member of the Club. Heartfelt sympathy extended to Adam and Adrienne from The Past Presidents of West Kildonan Curling Club. - Posted by: Denis Laliberte (Friend) on: Jan 13, 2016

  • What a kind and wonderful man. He gave so much to others and asked so little in return. I was so honored to have him come and visit a couple of summers ago as we had not seen each other in quite a while. He will be so missed by so many people, especially those who were on the receiving end of his kindness. Will miss you, Richard. - Posted by: Shirley Dudeck (First cousin) on: Jan 11, 2016

  • We were saddened to hear of Richard's passing. Our sympathies to Adrienne and Adam and the rest of the family. We remember Richard as a kind and understanding man who was very generous with his time as a volunteer coach and executive. We were glad to know you Richard, may you Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Aubrey and Moira Settee (Volunteers with Richard at The North Winnipeg Nomads) on: Jan 10, 2016

  • RIP cousin Richard you were a sweet man, everyone will miss that and our deepest sympathies to your family - Posted by: Shelley and Wes Rasmussen, Beaumont, Texas (Cousin) on: Jan 10, 2016

  • Richard, even though we didn't see each other all that often over the many years that I have known you I have always had a lot of respect for you. You have had a positive influence on many people in your lifetime! Going to miss you my friend. - Posted by: John van Stelten (Good friends.) on: Jan 10, 2016

  • Richard was a special person whose heart was made of gold. He gave you so much and was a friend to everyone who knew him. Call him "Mr. Football" cause he lived it,loved it, and gave freely to make sure everyone played! He will be missed and always remembered. May you rest in peace ! - Posted by: Jim Swail (Co-worker and friend) on: Jan 09, 2016

  • I remember going to see Richard when he lived on Cathedral ave.I also remember a picture of him holding up two team members,one on each arm when he played football. He at one time had hobby of detailed model of infantry on a sheet of plywood. That was pretty cool. RIP RICHARD. - Posted by: David Dudeck (1st cousin) on: Jan 09, 2016

  • We curled together and served on the Executive of West Kildonan for several years. Rich had a great sence of humor and I'll forever remember going into the MCA bonspiel with him and playing crib with him between curling games. Not mentioned in Richard's obituary, but worth noting, was his tireless efforts on behalf of West K, both in fundraising and procuring grant money for renovations and building a new 5 sheet facility. Richard will be missed. - Posted by: Jim Livingston (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2016

  • A good friend and colleague who always made people and things better. Rest in Peace my friend. - Posted by: Stephen Sumka (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2016

  • A good friend and colleague who always made people and things better. Rest in Peace my friend. - Posted by: Stephen Sumka (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2016

  • A good friend and colleague your passion for making people and things better will be your legacy. Rest in Peace my friend. - Posted by: Stephen Sumka (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2016

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