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Born: Feb 11, 1930

Date of Passing: Mar 06, 2021

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February 11, 1930 to March 6, 2021

With much sadness we share the passing of Alistair Riddell, aged 91, in Riverview Palliative Care Unit.
He was the loving husband of 59 years to Helen Riddell (nee Rowley), brother to Myra Wilkie (John), father to Heather (Ken), Craig and Jennifer (Perry) as well as grandpa to Stephen (Morgan), Christina (Daniel), Katie, Emma, and Callum.
Alistair was born near Glasgow, Scotland. While growing up his father's work took them from New Castle on Tyne to Kobe, Japan, Vancouver, and Montreal. As a young man, Alistair studied Naval Engineering and worked aboard ship as a Junior Engineer for two years before deciding that engineering was not his passion and entered McGill University to study theology.
A friend, Jim Rowley, introduced Alistair to his younger sister Helen and in June of 1961, Helen and Alistair were married. In June 1962, he graduated from McGill United Theological College and was ordained into the United Church of Canada. Alistair took the call to a 33 plus year career in Ministry in southern Manitoba in the communities of Elgin, Killarney, Morden and Rivers. They then retired to Winnipeg in 1995. Even after retirement, he continued to do supply ministry in various communities in southern Manitoba as well as participating in several committees in and outside the church serving communities locally and abroad.
Our family enjoys happy memories of camping and travelling during summer holidays in Manitoba and across Canada visiting family and friends along the way. Following their retirement, Alistair enjoyed the Chaplin's Curling League and Alistair and Helen took in many plays at the theatre and concerts with the symphony orchestra along with more travel across Canada and abroad.
Alistair had a gentle nature and a good sense of humour. He will be well remembered for his quiet, thoughtful and compassionate manner, sharing his perspective, offering ministry, and living with integrity.
We thank you for all your gestures of love, support and prayers.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that any donations be made to Riverview Palliative Care Unit, St. Mary's Road United Church or to the charity of your own choosing.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions a small family memorial service is planned. A recording will be available online at a later date. To sign the book of condolences please visit

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Condolences to you Helen and family and sending love and light as you grieve. Our family has fond memories of Alistair’s time at Rivers United. - Posted by: Naomi Russell (Friend ) on: Mar 14, 2021

  • Helen and Family, My condolences of the passing of your husband and father. I enjoyed working in the United Church office in Killarney, preparing the weekly Church Bulletin. His sermons were always inspiring. Take care and stay well in this time of uncertainty. Olga (Rupp) Morrow Winnipeg, Manitoba - Posted by: Olga Morrow (Rupp) (friend ) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • Dear Helen and Family. We were saddened to read of Alistair's passing. We have fond memories of your time in Morden. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. - Posted by: Fred & Myrna Mayor (Friends) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • Helen and family, our sincere sympathy to you all. We had many good times with you all and will miss Alistair’s friendship. Take care. - Posted by: Carol and Walter Hargest (Friends ) on: Mar 13, 2021

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