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Born: Nov 23, 1937

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HENRIQUE RIGATTO
1937 - 2019
"Reloj no marques las horas"

Peacefully, in the tender embrace of family, after a rich and storied life full of love, adventure and achievement, Henrique left this world to join the love of his life, Helena who predeceased him in March 2009.
Born November 23, 1937, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the second youngest of four siblings, and a tornado of unruly energy that exasperated his mother and older sister, Henrique possessed a spirited drive and energy that in later years were focused on becoming a doctor, attending university at night so he could work during the day to help the family make ends meet. He married his great love Helena in 1964 prior to beginning his specialization in pediatrics. Inspired by his older brother, a renowned Respirologist, and numerous faculty mentors, he developed a deep and enduring passion for clinical research and championed its importance for improving patient care throughout his long career. His passion took him to do research training in neonatology at the CVRI in California, and then, after a brief hiatus back in Brazil, to Winnipeg, where he established the provinces first Neonatal intensive care unit and its associated world class research program, which has trained and mentored outstanding clinical and academic leaders in neonatology the world over. For him, success and fame were never the main objectives. He always believed that research was always in service of patients first and foremost, and as a dedicated clinician helped countless premature babies and their families over the decades, in Canada and across the world. Patients, students, and colleagues the world over will remember most his kind and nurturing nature, always centered on the deep human experience that is medicine.
Henrique had a zest for life and adventure, and in later years as opportunities arose travelled extensively throughout the world, often in the company of his wife and soulmate Helena. But his greatest happiness was always shared moments at the family cottage in Sioux Narrows. He was an avid fisherman and adored exploring the islands and reefs of Yellow Girl Bay, much to the dismay of the local walleyes. Through his declining years, he never lost his passion for fishing, and for sharing that passion with his children and grandchildren.
He will be deeply missed by his children, Claudio (Lisa), Elisabete (Rhyl) and Ana (Allan); grandchildren, Nicolas, Alexander, Reid, Cristina, Benjamin and Massimo; sister Helena Kauer (Alfredo), in-laws, Marco Antonio (Jannette), Reja (Fernando) and Maria de Lourdes, cousins, nephews, nieces in Brazil, and countless friends and colleagues whose lives he touched.
Henrique and his family wish to thank his caregivers, Flora Mae, Josephine and Imelda whose dedicated love and care were immeasurable and deeply appreciated. We are grateful for the care provided by so many colleagues and professionals as his health declined, and in particular the deep friendship and compassion shown by Dr. Nene Rush. We would also like to thank the staff at Grace Hospital and especially Dr. Owen Mooney, who cared for him in his last days.
A celebration of Henrique's life, with reception to follow, will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., Chapel Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers, Henrique hoped a donation might be made to the Children's Hospital Research Foundation, https://goodbear.ca/

For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
204-885-9715


Publish Date: Sep 14, 2019

HENRIQUE RIGATTO
1937 - 2019
"Reloj no marques las horas"

Peacefully, in the tender embrace of family, after a rich and storied life full of love, adventure and achievement, Henrique left this world to join the love of his life, Helena who predeceased him in March 2009.
Born November 23, 1937, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the second youngest of four siblings, and a tornado of unruly energy that exasperated his mother and older sister, Henrique possessed a spirited drive and energy that in later years were focused on becoming a doctor, attending university at night so he could work during the day to help the family make ends meet. He married his great love Helena in 1964 prior to beginning his specialization in pediatrics. Inspired by his older brother, a renowned Respirologist, and numerous faculty mentors, he developed a deep and enduring passion for clinical research and championed its importance for improving patient care throughout his long career. His passion took him to do research training in neonatology at the CVRI in California, and then, after a brief hiatus back in Brazil, to Winnipeg, where he established the provinces first Neonatal intensive care unit and its associated world class research program, which has trained and mentored outstanding clinical and academic leaders in neonatology the world over. For him, success and fame were never the main objectives. He always believed that research was always in service of patients first and foremost, and as a dedicated clinician helped countless premature babies and their families over the decades, in Canada and across the world. Patients, students, and colleagues the world over will remember most his kind and nurturing nature, always centered on the deep human experience that is medicine.
Henrique had a zest for life and adventure, and in later years as opportunities arose travelled extensively throughout the world, often in the company of his wife and soulmate Helena. But his greatest happiness was always shared moments at the family cottage in Sioux Narrows. He was an avid fisherman and adored exploring the islands and reefs of Yellow Girl Bay, much to the dismay of the local walleyes. Through his declining years, he never lost his passion for fishing, and for sharing that passion with his children and grandchildren.
He will be deeply missed by his children, Claudio (Lisa), Elisabete (Rhyl) and Ana (Allan); grandchildren, Nicolas, Alexander, Reid, Cristina, Benjamin and Massimo; sister Helena Kauer (Alfredo), in-laws, Marco Antonio (Jannette), Reja (Fernando) and Maria de Lourdes, cousins, nephews, nieces in Brazil, and countless friends and colleagues whose lives he touched.
Henrique and his family wish to thank his caregivers, Flora Mae, Josephine and Imelda whose dedicated love and care were immeasurable and deeply appreciated. We are grateful for the care provided by so many colleagues and professionals as his health declined, and in particular the deep friendship and compassion shown by Dr. Nene Rush. We would also like to thank the staff at Grace Hospital and especially Dr. Owen Mooney, who cared for him in his last days.
A celebration of Henrique's life, with reception to follow, will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., Chapel Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers, Henrique hoped a donation might be made to the Children's Hospital Research Foundation, https://goodbear.ca/

For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit www.chapellawn.ca

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home
204-885-9715


Publish Date: Sep 11, 2019

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 11, 2019, Sep 14, 2019

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to Dr. Claudio Rigatto and family. I only met your Dad twice but he was such a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayer are with at such a difficult time. Karen Philip and family - Posted by: Karen Philip (friend co worker) on: Sep 14, 2019

  • I learned much from Dr. Rigatto in NICU. Also, I remember him as always being a natty dresser. And we shared a love of Volvo’s. RIP, Dr. Rigatto. Fond memories! - Posted by: Marlene Stoesz RN (Co-worker NICU) on: Sep 14, 2019

  • Kind, compassionate and caring, Dr. Rigatto was a well respected leader in the advancement of care and survival of the premature and critically ill newborns at the Children's Hospital NICU. As an R.N., it was an honor and a privilege to work at the bedside of the infants with him. My sincerest condolences to you, his family, on your loss. Evelyn Morrissey - Posted by: Evelyn Morrissey (R.N., NICU) on: Sep 14, 2019

  • Deeply saddened to learn of Dr Rigatto’s passing. I had the privilege of both learning from him and portraying him at the children’s hospital beer and skits winter gathering. I recall he really enjoyed my portrayal. At Current literature review club, he always asked the same two questions 1 is it new? 2 is it important? With regard to Henrique his ideas were always nouvelle and his contributions to neonatology indeed important ! Harold Naiman M.D. Las Vegas Nevada - Posted by: Harold Naiman M.D (Resident) on: Sep 13, 2019

  • Henrique was gentle, soft spoken but a deadly force on the tennis court which he enjoyed immensely. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Ramesh Sachdeva - Posted by: Dr.Ramesh Sachdeva (Colleague,Tennis partner) on: Sep 13, 2019

  • Having lived in Winnipeg during 1980-1981 for a period of training in Newborn Medicine and in Otolaryngology we had the unforgettable opportunity to meet Henrique and his wonderful family. Our decision for a fellowship at the Health Sciences Centre had all to do with Dr. Rigattos´s reputation in the field of Neonatology, which brought people from around the world to spend sometime in Manitoba. Aside of Henrique´s position as a scientist and leader of many research projects he was a superb clinician and his passion for life and his family was unique and remarkable. Here in Porto Alegre, Henrique´s birthplace, we feel proud of his achievements and will always remember his inspiring words either making rounds at the NICU, discussing new frontiers on the knowledge of control of breathing or drinking a glass of wine and cheering our friendship. Rest in peace, our friend and mentor. Our condolences to Beth, Claudio, Ana and their families. Manuel Ruttkay Pereira and Beatriz, Porto Alegre, Brazil. - Posted by: Manuel Ruttkay Pereira (friends and colleagues) on: Sep 12, 2019

  • Soft spoken quiet and outstanding mentor and senior colleague. He and Helena were kind and caring to my wife Molly, our children and myself. Sincere condolences to the family. Shashi Seshia - Posted by: Shashi Seshia (Former Colleague) on: Sep 12, 2019

  • A full life indeed. Our thoughts are with your entire family during this very difficult time. Xoxo - Posted by: Laurie and Jeffrey (Friends) on: Sep 12, 2019

  • For many years and WSO Concerts, Henrique and Helena sat next to us at the Winnipeg Concert Hall. We four, my husband Isadore and myself shared out love of music and enjoyed a friendship with the Rigatos. What a delightful, intelligent and charming couple they were!! I am so saddened to hear that both Helena and Henrique have both now departed, but the music plays on in my heart. Cynthia Coop - Posted by: CYNTHIA COOP (WSO FRIENDS SITTING BESIDE MY HUSBAND ISADORE AND MYSELF, CYNTHIA) on: Sep 11, 2019

  • We lived in Winnipeg for two years: from 1979 to 1981. I have worked with Henrique Rigatto at the Children's Hospital of Winnipeg. We did some research on Newborn diaphragmatic strenght and action. Our sincere condolences to Beth, Ana and Cláudio. Beatriz and Francisco Reis - Posted by: Francisco and Maria Beatriz Reis (Friends and colleagues) on: Sep 11, 2019

  • Henrique, Helena and family were our neighbours on Assiniboine Crescent where we enjoyed their wonderful companionship for years. Henrique and Merv were colleagues at the Winnipeg Children's Hospital where Henrique was a superb clinician and contributed immensely to the care of children in Winnipeg for decades. We miss them both and offer our sincere condolances to the family. Merv & Marilyn Letts, Ottawa, ON - Posted by: Merv and Marilyn Letts (Friends, neighbours and colleagues) on: Sep 11, 2019

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