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Born: Jul 27, 1949

Date of Passing: Feb 21, 2021

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard Walter Edward Dykes on Sunday, February 21, 2021.
Rick will be remembered by his wife of 47 years, Margaret, along with his three children, Eric (Melanie), Kari and Ian. He is gone too soon but leaves us with hearts full of love and wonderful memories.
Born July 27, 1949, Rick grew up St. James before marrying and raising his family in Charleswood. He was very proud of being a Chartered Accountant and enjoyed a prolific career in public service, including his lengthy tenure as a senior manager with the provincial Treasury Board Secretariat.
Rick's favourite place in his last years was the front porch of the beautiful little house we built together on our family property in Gimli. He loved nothing more than a comfy chair, a fresh cup of coffee and being with his family.
We will miss Rick's big laugh and warm hugs, and we are truly blessed to have had him in our lives. We love you forever.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Dear Marg and family, We just got back to Gimli and I was so sorry to hear from Grant Hjorleifson that Rick had passed away. He was such a lovely man and you were such a lovely family. It was my honour to have been your family doctor for so many years....and now as neighbours in Gimli. I loved watching you develop your beautiful home here with such obvious care and love. I hope to be able to see more of you when Covid is over. Much love and sadness....Gwen - Posted by: Gwen Kalansky (Friend) on: Apr 28, 2021

  • I had the privilege of working with Rick at the Treasury Board Secretariat. Rick was a terrific mentor and colleague. He was also a very kind and caring person with a great sense of humour. I learned a tremendous amount working under Rick in a short period of time. My deepest condolences to Rick’s family. - Posted by: Matthew Dryburgh (Colleague ) on: Mar 16, 2021

  • Rick and I were colleagues at Treasury Board Secretariat for 30 years or so. I will always remember his wit, his infectious laugh and being able to manage every curve ball thrown his way. He leaves a great legacy, especially in the hearts of his family, friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Fran Gropp (Colleague and friend ) on: Mar 09, 2021

  • I am truly saddened to hear this news and my heart goes out to Rick's family. I met Rick in 1998 when he became my boss and mentor at Treasury Board Secretariat. I will always remember his boisterous laugh and his dedication and keen sense to detail. His teachings stick with me today and I am proud to say I occupy "Rick's Office" now at TBS. He will be missed. - Posted by: Todd Callin (Work Colleague ) on: Mar 08, 2021

  • Margaret, Kari and Ian, we are sending you all of our love and condolences as you navigate the unimaginable loss of your beloved husband and father. Peace and love, Barb and Kathleen - Posted by: Barb and Kathleen (Friends) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Rick's family. Rick and I work together at Treasury Board Secretariat for many years. He was a very kind man with the best booming laugh. He will be missed. Please email me at There has been a string of many kind memories of Rick that I’ve received. I would like to share them with Rick’s family. - Posted by: Vernon DePape (Colleague) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • My heartfelt condolences to Kari and the entire Dykes family. I did not have the pleasure to know Mr. Dykes, but knowing the sharp wit, laugh and sense of humour of Kari, I am quite sure that the apple has not fallen far from the tree, and I would indeed have enjoyed knowing Mr. Dykes. I hope your many memories give you all much comfort. - Posted by: Christie Reid (Friend of Kari) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • Rick was a dynamic force throughout his career in the public service. His heart was always in the right place, supporting important decisions with dedication and care. My condolences to his friends and family, he will be missed. - Posted by: Aurel Tess (Colleague ) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • Dear Margaret, Kari, Ian and Eric, With heartfelt sympathy while you remember and treasure Rick always, we offer our love and support from a distance. I can tell by the stories and by pictures of Rick that he was a very special husband, father, friend and co-worker. May you always remember his laughter and the good times and know that he is resting in heaven as he was a very good man. Love Nancy and Jim - Posted by: Nancy Mattiussi (friend) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • Ian, I only knew your dad as a customer, but I will tell you he was one of the nicest people I had met over the years, with a kind smile that was nothing but genuine. I am so sorry for the loss to your family. Take care and my thoughts are with you and your family. Lesley - Posted by: Lesley McCombs (Co Worker of Ian) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • Being friends with Kari for almost 3 decades I essentially grew up in the Dykes household. I have so many fond memories of sitting and chatting with Mr. D (Dad) and the rest of the family during the many days and nights I spent in that house. A house full of love and warmth. He was one of the kindest, most sincere and gentle people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. My heart is broken. Sending so much love to everyone in the family who I know are hurting deeply. - Posted by: Andrea Ormiston (Family friend) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • I worked with Rick at Treasury Board Secretariat. He was a smart, diligent and thoughtful colleague, who took much pride in his work. My sincere condolences to his family. Tannis Mindell - Posted by: Tannis Mindell (Work colleague) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • I had the great privilege of working with Rick at Treasury Board Secretariat. He was an exceptional mentor and inspiration many of us, aptly described by a mutual friend as the gold standard. The courtesy and respect he showed to everyone and his quiet sense of humour made him a calming and reassuring presence in a high pressure environment. His memory will be cherished. - Posted by: Michal Kubasiewicz (Colleague) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • Leah and I offer our sincere condolences to Margaret and the kids, we know how much you loved one another. I met Rick in 1992 on my first day of work with the provincial Treasury Board Secretariat. Rick’s laugh was booming out of his office and as I passed by, I saw that he had his feet up on the corner of his desk, looking like he owned the place. We became instant friends! We spent lots of time sharing a coffee in each other’s office, having a laugh while discussing work, or life, or the projects we were working on at home. In later years Rick would regularly drop by my workshop and we would make progress on some carpentry project of his. I loved those times. I feel truly blessed to have been friends with Rick, he was as kind hearted a person as I’ve ever met. - Posted by: Konrad Erickson (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2021

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