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Born: Nov 19, 1961

Date of Passing: Jan 23, 2021

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November 19, 1961 - January 23, 2021

Suddenly and unexpectedly on January 23, 2021, we lost our beloved son, brother, uncle and friend at the young age of 59 to a heart attack.
Richard left us much too soon, leaving us with fond memories and a great example of how to treat others with kindness, generosity and humour.
Richard was predeceased by his father, Edward. He leaves to mourn his mother Victoria; sisters, Glenda and Karen; nieces and nephews, Abby, Nolan, Kelsey and Blake.
Richard retired from the City of Winnipeg in 2013 after working for 35 years. While retired he enjoyed travelling to Cuba multiple times a year, where he supported animal shelters and eventually came home with two of his own adoring dogs, Milala and Meda.
Family gatherings, lending a helping hand, comical comments and eclectic collections are what defined Richard. Anyone who knew him knew his heart and he definitely made lasting impressions on those he met with his outgoing nature and interesting conversations. You were always left with a warm smile, wave or his legendary peace sign, and a "si si, bueno, bueno".
Richard was very much looking forward to road trips with his friends on his new dream Harley and conquering home renovation projects.
A special thank you to Jeannie and Moe, all of his neighbours, and all of the people he called a friend.
Memorial donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or the Heart & Stroke Foundation on his behalf.
Prayers and a private family service was held on February 5, 2021 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home.

Thank you for always being there
Thank you for all your kindness
And for all the years we shared.
You will live forever in our hearts
And always in our prayers
We love you and we miss you.
Rest in Peace Richard.
Right On!

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • I had the pleasure of working with Richard for a number of years before his retirement. For those that new Richard you will not be surprised for me to say that there was never a dull moment. In the end Richard was a giving person who would do anything for his friends and family. He will be remembered and missed. - Posted by: Tim Holmes (coworker) on: Feb 12, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the family , so sad to here Richard left use to soon . He will be missed , he was one of a kind an I’m glad to of had many good times with him . He told me we’re going riding this summer! Rest In Peace my friend 😒 gonna miss your laughter an kind heart but still have the great memories to cherish. Long time Friend Svany Gislason! - Posted by: Svany Gislason (I was a long time Friend ) on: Feb 08, 2021

  • πŸ‚β€πŸ‚ Sending my deepest heartfelt condolences. I have fond thoughts of Richard from Our school days, always kind, such a beautiful Soul. His passing was much too soon. May All who Love Richard, wander the path of remembrance, reminiscing on cherished & precious memories that breathe comfort & strength into tearful hearts. Keeping you in my thoughts and surrounding all of you with much Love and healing light as you journey through your greif at this most difficult time . πŸ‚β€πŸ‚ - Posted by: Josie Christensen (Childhood friend ) on: Feb 08, 2021

  • Dealing with a loss is never easy. We never forget our loved ones, their memories will always live in our hearts! My deepest sympathy to all the family. - Posted by: Stanley Small (cousin) on: Feb 07, 2021

  • To the family, sorry for your loss. Memories are what keep us going. I have many fond memories of Richard and his amazing family. King Edward Street was a great place to grow up. Too bad life gets in the way and we lose contact. Tell people how you feel when you can. Life is special. I looked through my child photo album and found a few nice pictures, First day of Kindergarten, Richard on his tractor with friends and of course the Birthday Parties. - Posted by: Pat Fedorchuk (nee Johnson) (Childhood friend ( first boyfriend)) on: Feb 07, 2021

  • Oh Vicky i am so sorry to hear this! Richard was such a special guy! Condolences to your family! RIP Richard - Posted by: Janice Geske (friend) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • It is nice to read that Richard turned out to be a good man. One time we went with his family out in the country, I can't remember if it was a grandmother or not but it was a farm, Richard and I buggered off to play and we had a book of matches. We ended up lighting a small section of a field on fire, it got out of hand quickly but we managed to stomp it out, I believe to this day it was us sweating that helped put out the flames. We went back to the house, had lunch and Mr. Dubowski said time to go. As we were driving home down the road, Richard and I both noticed the entire field was aflame, At that moment we swore to secrecy to never say a word of the farmer's field we destroyed... we found out a time later that the Farmer went out and burned his field minutes after we booted it. I remember also Mrs. Dubowski when you stepped on that open can.. here is something that I wrote and it fits good here too... "We all have one hourglass of time, I am glad I was some of your sand" It was nice to see you Glenda in the elevator.... Dave from 354 - Posted by: Dave Johnson (Childhood friend) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Richard and I didn’t know each other well but I am aware of how helpful he was to our neighbourhood and friends. Every time we would run into each other, he would be laughing and telling jokes, certainly a welcoming presence when we first moved across the street. Richard had a love for his dogs and other wildlife who called our street home. He will be missed. - Posted by: Meredith Daun (Neighbour) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Vicky and family on Richard's untimely passing. I have fond memories of playing pool at your home on Marjorie street, going to Polo Park and just hanging out with the guys. Richard had a way of always making things more fun, he was truly a good guy and will be missed. Sincerely, Dwayne Haas - Posted by: Dwayne Lawrence Haas (childhood friend) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • My heart felt sympathy to the family in the loss of your son, brother and uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time! - Posted by: Colleen Penner (Friend) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • My sincere condolences on the loss of Richard from another kid on King Edward Street. When we were little we belonged to the Hot Shots and Copa Cabana Club, with our clubhouse being the garbage can hut on the Johnson property. Cherish your memories, sounds like he had a very kind heart - Posted by: Margaret Kokorsch Zed (Childhood Friend) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • I would like to give my condolences to Vicky Dubowski and family. My heart goes out to you on the passing of your son Richard. - Posted by: Glen Armitage (Childhood friend) on: Feb 06, 2021

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