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Date of Passing: Aug 02, 2021

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Richard passed away at the Grace Hospital on Monday, August 2, 2021.
He is survived by his wife Gwen and had recently lost his only son Scott.
A funeral will be held for both at a later date.
Longer notice to follow.

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 07, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Richard was quite the remarkable talented musician, organist and dedicated Musical Director for both Holy Trinity Church and the Senior Citizens Choir. He was always ready to share his talents in music and was the gifted organist at Holy Trinity Church for many years. Over the years, despite various health conditions that would cause him great pain, he maintained his commitments to his Choirs (Holy Trinity Choir) and (Senior Citizens Choir). His determination to bring out the best of our voices and musicality made us work hard enough to raise applause within the Church walls, something that rarely happened. In addition Richard took us, the Senior Citizens Choir to Festival where we wowed the younger singers present. A group of long in the tooth singers still singing our hearts out... we won a Gold for our surprisingly awesome efforts!! One day after one of our church services where we had made a great effort with few voices; I commented that the choir Anthem wasn't too bad! His response was "That wasn't BAD at all!, he was quite pleased with what his choir could do with a few voices! Richard worked very hard, pain or no pain, and was very dedicated. I imagine that his time to join the heavenly realm of musicians/organists must have been met with quite the resounding reception. There is a mighty choir awaiting that will be creating sounds of awesome beautiful music. May all the pain he endured be replaced with unimaginable joy! He is sadly missed by his choir family and especially his loving attentive wife Gwen. / Submitted by Eileen - Posted by: Eileen McDowell (Friend and Chorister at Holy Trinity Church) on: Sep 16, 2021

  • I'm so sad to hear of Richard's passing away. I was blessed to work with Richard when I was the Interim Rector at Holy Trinity a few years ago. I remember he was excited to learn that I could sing and was pleased to teach me the Eucharistic Prayer that he had composed for Holy Trinity's main service. He even made a CD for me with him singing the responses; so, I could practice in the car on my way to the church. I was so impressed with his musical gifts and it was a delight to work with him. My Husband and I send our deepest sympathies to Gwen as she grieves the loss of her beloved husband and partner. I'm sure Richard is playing that heavenly organ and accompanying his son Scott who was an amazing singer and who preceded him to paradise last year. - Posted by: The Rev. Karine Snowdon (former co-worker) on: Aug 17, 2021

  • I was privileged to know Richard through his Pipes Alive Concerts over almost 10 years at Holy Trinity through being a downtown office worker but more importantly, organ-nerd. These were free, noon-hour concerts, which I suspect would not have otherwise happened had he not given his gifts so freely. For any fan of organ music it was a true delight -- he played a wide variety of ancient and modern organ music, and thrilled us from time-to-time with his own improvisation. On a handful of occassion I had the opportunity after a concert to thank him for his 'labour of love' and when I indicated to him that I had a desire to play the King of instruments one day he challenged me to come visit him for lessons. I was sad that COVID put an end to concerts -- I think the last time I heard/saw him was at Ash Wednesday 2020. Fortunately I kept all the organ concert programs and even have some audio/video. I look forward to meeting him and hearing him play in Heaven. I will always be thankful that he gave downtown Winnipeg those noon-hour concerts and fear that no one will ever fill his shoes. May he rest in peace..."to be absent from the body is present with the Lord". My prayers and thoughts are with his family and the Holy Trinity family - no doubt there will be large organ shoes to fill. Blessings, Jason - Posted by: Jason Kuffner (Friend & Fan) on: Aug 07, 2021

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