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Born: Jan 01, 1939

Date of Passing: May 21, 2021

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January 1, 1939 - May 21, 2021

It is with heavy hearts our family announces that after a lengthy illness Richard Kolodie, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away, with family at his side every step of the way. He will be missed by many, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Maureen, son Michael (Kristin) and their children, Spencer and Cameron, son Colin (Karen) and their children, Riley and Mackenzie; his brother Grant; and sisters; Marjorie Furber, Nancy Kolodie, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter Erin Palamar (Mike Palamar), sister Gayl, brother Bud and sister in-law Mavis.
Richard was born in Winnipeg Beach, MB. He moved to Winnipeg in his late teens and took a job at Manitoba Hydro where he worked for 47 years. He married his wife Maureen in 1962. They had three children. Richard had many talents which he used while building a beautiful summer cottage in Ontario. He was quite the handyman and had a lot of patience helping his children and grandchildren through various projects. He always put family first and would never miss the grandchildren's sporting events. Sincere thanks to Dr. Brian Sharkey for so many reasons.
In keeping with Richard's wishes, cremation has taken place and due to current health restrictions a family gathering will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's memory to his daughter's bursary: The Erin Palamar Bursary in Nursing at St. John's College, 92 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M5.

E.J. Coutu & Co Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 29, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Our deepest sympathy and thoughts and prayers to all the family from Irene and Mark Blackburn. Rest in Peace, Richard and may Divine Light shine upon you. Thank you to the family for noting that "In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard's memory to his daughter's bursary: "The Erin Palamar Bursary in Nursing" at St. John's College, 92 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M5. - Posted by: Mark G Blackburn (friendss) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Although we were so far away because of geography, I have many fond memories of the time we spent together at the cottage and when Uncle Richard and Aunt Moe came to visit. Uncle Richard had such an easy going demeanor, nothing ever fizzed him. Loved our time together - I will always relish our time together. Love you Always, Greg and Family - Posted by: Greg Smith (Nephew) on: Jun 06, 2021

  • Very sorry for your loss, what a wonderful and kind man. Always hanging with him during his grandchildren's sporting events. RIP Richard Condolences to the family 🙏 The Urban’s - Posted by: Colleen Urban (Friend) on: Jun 02, 2021

  • Condolences to the family. Family was very important to Richard. Known as Richard at home, and Dick at work. As my supervisor and then Manager, Dick had a very unique leadership style. He was very supportive of his crews in both their careers and personal lives. He had the walk around style of supervision and always whistled giving the crew a heads up I am around. We worked together for over 30 years and there are lots of good stories. Dick was very personable, willing to help, and to listen. I was his Skip in the Hydro curling league. Haha your turn to buy. Going to work was challenging, very rewarding with technology change and Fun. Dick was a contributor to this work environment. Farewell Howard Doerksen. - Posted by: Howard Doerksen (Co-worker) on: May 30, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to the Kolodie family. I worked with Mike at NFI and together we also represented the Union in the workplace (CAW - UNIFOR Local 3003). Life is short and unpredictable especially during these Pandemic Times. The loss of a loved one is always sad, but its the good memories which helps us to cope with the unexpected and live one day at a time. Take care and stay safe, Tony Zienkiewicz UNIFOR Local 3003 - Posted by: Tony Zienkiewicz (Friend and Union brother to Mike Kolodie) on: May 30, 2021

  • I'm sitting here trying to right this with tears flowing. I am so very sad to hear of his passing. Richard and my dad Don, not only spent their working lives together at Chevrier, they because great friends. When my dad was sick, Richard would come and visit with him in the hospital all the time. When my dad passed, RIchard was an honourary pallbearer. He would come over and check in on my mom, and send us nice cards to let us know that he was thinking of us, despite his own sadness. Maureen, please know that we are thinking of you and your family. There are just no words to say during times like this. We are sending you love and comfort. Our family loved Richard, and I have so many fond memories of Mr. Kolodie. Jennifer Aird, (Susan Aird and James Aird) - Posted by: Jennifer Aird (daughter of Richard's best friend) on: May 29, 2021

  • Words will not fully express who my dear big brother Richard was. From the start he was curious and kind, unassuming and determined. When our Dad left for the W.W. 2 army, Richard was 3 and it was then when he started his life long role of being sure Mom, his siblings and later his own family were watched over. Our home at Winnipeg Beach did not have electricity until Rich was a teen. I remember his joy, when he light up our first string of Christmas lights. Each year after that, he would start in early November getting the lights ready, and I believe this led to his life long career at Manitoba Hydro. Winnipeg Beach was a place where we could roam, swim, build tree forts and skate. I close with this. Richard...When waves lap on waters edge, Warm sand, and skies are oh so blue, The tallest castle we shall build, It's time for me and you. Loving you always, Nancy . - Posted by: Barbara Kolodie (Sister) on: May 29, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Dick's passing, my condolences to his family. I will always be grateful for the opportunities Dick gave me while working for him over my many years at Waverley shop. - Posted by: Neil Effler (Former Senior Tech at Waverley Shop) on: May 29, 2021

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