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Born: Nov 01, 1945

Date of Passing: Jul 13, 2019

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Richard Sorby of Niagara Falls, Ontario passed away on July 13, 2019.
He is survived by, and will be forever loved and missed by, his wife Judy (Wolkowski) sons, Jason (Cristina) of Toronto, Ryan (Stephanie) of Toronto, and his adored grandchildren, Emily, Max, Thea and Luke. He is also survived by his sister Gale (Sabatini) of Winnipeg, brother-in-law Grant (Wolkowski) of Winnipeg and several nephews and nieces.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 1, 1945, he was preceded in death by his father Bill (1987), his mother Bernice (1989) and his brother Allan (1984).
As a young man in Winnipeg he enjoyed playing the drums in a local Rock & Roll band where he would spend nights and weekends performing at various venues - eventually giving this up to join the corporate life. Rick spent the early stages of his marketing career in Winnipeg where he began a long and successful career in the Canadian retail industry that spanned over a period of 30 years working for all the major retailers in Saskatoon, Vancouver and Toronto. He retired in 2001 as Executive Vice-President Marketing and Officer for Sears Canada, Toronto. Retiring to Niagara-on-the-Lake with his wife he then began to once again enjoy his passion for painting converting the garage into a painting studio, spending time at the cottage in Haliburton, enjoying winters on South Padre Island, Texas, travelling, and throwing fun-loving parties for all his friends and neighbours. He will always be remembered by those that knew him best for his big heart, compassion and generosity to those that were not as fortunate as he was.
The family would like to give special thanks to all those who extended their support during the past three years.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Kidney Foundation of Canada in Rick's name.

Memories, photos and condolences may be shared at

Arrangements entrusted to
5917 Main St. Niagara Falls, ON L2G 5Z7

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of Rick's passing, Judy. I often thought about you and Rick and wondered how you both were but had no idea of how to get in touch with you. I recall the first time Rick met you. He told me that he was determined that you would be his wife. Lots of good times with Rick when we were in our late teens and early twenties. It's a shame we never knew we were living so close to each other - you in Niagara on the Lake and me in Oshawa, Ontario. My sympathies to you and your family. - Posted by: Douglas Alexander (Friend) on: Jul 26, 2019

  • So very sad to read of Rick's passing. His hospitality and storytelling ability were very much enjoyed. The stories of his travels to Europe, meeting Gina Lollabrigida and other celebrities, through his work at the Bay were fasctinating. Especially to someone from little Winnipeg! He was such a talented artist too. Glad to see the boys inherited that. Sending much love! - Posted by: Jo-Ann Finney (Cousin) on: Jul 17, 2019

  • Judy. Pat and I offer our sincere condolences. Although we haven’t seen you in awhile, you and Rick were thought of warmly and often. Val Stanger - Posted by: Pat and Val Stanger (Friends ) on: Jul 17, 2019

  • My sincerest condolences Judy, Jason and Ryan! My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Denise Gagné - Posted by: Denise Gagné (Cousin) on: Jul 17, 2019

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you Judy and your family at this time. - Posted by: Joe and Suzanne Kiazyk (Judy’s cousin) on: Jul 17, 2019

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