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PATRICK WILLIAM RICE

Born: Sep 15, 1931

Date of Passing: Dec 19, 2020

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PATRICK WILLIAM RICE
September 15, 1931 - December 19, 2020

Patrick was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and was predeceased by his parents, Helen and Robert Rice; his brothers, Robert Rice and Edward Rice and his sisters, Mary Hedges and Helen Rice.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nan Lindley Rice (nee Jackson); his sons, Steven Rice (wife, Vivian), Patrick Rice (wife, Jennifer) and Mark Chalmers (wife, Debbie); his daughters, Shelley Loreen Hildebrand (husband, Dave), Alisa Seydel (husband, Harvey) and Alana Martin; his grandchildren, Cameron and Kevin Rice, Katie Scarlett Overwater, Allister John Ledrew (wife, Joani) and Sara Morgan Seydel and his new great-granddaughter Hailey Angela Ledrew and several nieces, Linda and her partner, Craig, Mary Ellen and her family and Donna and her family.
Pat loved life and lived every moment of it. He loved the outdoors and when he wasn't downhill skiing, he was usually skydiving. He was the oldest skydiver in Canada who regularly jumped. He made his last jump at 80 years old when he jumped with his granddaughter Sara, on her 16th birthday. He had planned to purchase his ski pass to Holiday Mountain sitting there for this season. He was an inspiration to his family and he is going to be missed.

High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies
on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I have climbed
and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, -
and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of –
wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I 've chased the shouting wind along,
and flung
My eager craft through footless hulls of air..
Up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights
with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew-
And, while with silent, lifting mind I 've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space.
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements
wiebefuneralhomes.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to Pat's family. I knew Pat from his days at Bristol Aerospace where he worked in the Tool Crib (mid eighties). That is where I met this white haired "teenager". I say that with love, as he had more life and energy than anyone else I met. He was able to organize a sky diving experience for about a dozen of us, and we all jumped. He played a fair game of softball with us as well, and he encouraged all of us to downhill ski. He was surrounded by co-workers in their mid twenties, and was accepted as kindred spirits. The last time I saw Pat, he was "working" at a golf course, how fitting now, as that is how I will always remember him, active, smiling, always in good humor and with a wave and a "see ya around fellas". He was rare, and the world is a little greyer without him in it. Doug L. - Posted by: Doug Lyons (work & play friend) on: Jan 02, 2021

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