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Date of Passing: Jun 07, 2020

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Peacefully and surrounded by family, Richard (Dick) Woodsworth passed Sunday evening, June 7, 2020, at the Stonewall Hospital, at the age of 70, ending a long, hard fought battle with Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Lynne; and daughters, Shirley (Iain) Palmer and Mary Woodsworth; as well as grandchildren, Austin Woodsworth, Nicholas, Sydney and Caris Palmer. Also survived by his brother, Joe (Prince Albert, SK); and sisters, Mary Woodsworth, Susan (Ron) Valade from Saskatoon, SK, and their families. All will miss his weird sense of humour.
Retiring after a 45 and a half year career with The Northwest Co. (Northern Stores) in 2015. During his career he travelled and worked in some 130 locations in Canada, in various positions, with 12 moves with the company. It was in Saskatoon that Richard started his career with the Hudson Bay, packing china for local delivery, while attending university. After three years he applied to go to the "North" with the company, ending up in Shamattawa. From here, his journey began, going to Island Lake, Berens River, The Pas, Leaf Rapids, Thompson, Nipigon (first store as manager), Red Lake (with company change to The North West Co.), Sioux Lookout, Winnipeg office (loss prevention), back to Sioux Lookout (remote dso), and finally back to office in Winnipeg, from where his job took him on travels throughout the Northern parts of Canada.
He devoted his time to spoiling his grandchildren, gardening, golfing, walking the family dog "Oliver", and enjoying trips to the family cottage in Alberta.
You would find Dick out early each morning, rain or shine, weeding, pruning, and attending to the overabundance of flowers, and to his small garden, overflowing with vegetables, every day. He was constantly on the move, never sitting long, always kept busy.
Thank you to home care for their support during his battle while at home, and to Palliative volunteer Bill, for his support and company to Dick and the family.
The family wants to thank all the staff at the Stonewall Hospital tremendously; from the team that ensured his room was spotless, to the kitchen for his meals, to the caring nurses, doctors and especially the health care aides. Their compassion and caring during his months under their care was exceptional and so greatly appreciated. Thank you to Dr. Graham for the sensitive, compassionate support he provided during the last year of Dick's care.
Thank you also to CancerCare Manitoba, especially to Dr. C. Harlos and Denise Klassen for their outstanding care and support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stonewall Palliative Care, or to CancerCare Manitoba.
There will be a private family interment.

MacKenzie Funeral Home
204 467 2525

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 13, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • I worked with Dick during my time at NWC & was a great guy to work with. So sorry for the loss & may he RIP. - Posted by: Malcolm MacDonald (Co-Worker from North West Company) on: Jun 25, 2020

  • Dear Lynne and family, Andrea and I would like to offer our sincere condolences for your loss of Dick. He and I worked together for a number of years while he was SM in Sioux Lookout and DM and DSO at Head Office in Wpg. Dick always had a smile on his face, had good ideas, was always great with his customers and could deal with the Chiefs on a one to one basis in NW Ontario. Dick was well respected throughout the Company, both HBC and NWC. Andrea and I were just talking about the time we had an anniversary dinner at 529 with you and Dick to celebrate Dick's anniversary with the NWC. We all had a wonderful evening celebrating and Dick had a smile which was ear to ear!! He was very proud of his family and always talked about his grandchildren and how much he enjoyed being around him. He had an infectious personality and smile and we always had fun when Dick was around. He will be sadly missed by everyone that knew him. Our sympathy goes out to you Lynne and your family. Dick was a special person whom I will miss. I could always count on Dick in every sense of the word when we worked together. Kind regards, Peter and Andrea Brown - Posted by: Peter and Andrea Brown (Supervisor (General Manager retired, NWC)) on: Jun 13, 2020

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