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Date of Passing: Sep 26, 2021

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With sadness, we announce the passing of Richard Buss on September 26, 2021. He was born in 1936 at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Richard was a public-school teacher in Ontario and Manitoba for over 30 years. After retirement, he lived in Alberta and British Columbia. He spent several years exploring these places before returning to Manitoba to live at his beloved Traverse Bay cottage.
Survived by his brother Danny, wife Helen, son Michael (Linda), daughter Erica (Paul), son Matthew, grandsons, Eric and Alec.
Richard was an avid photographer. He documented the lives of his family and his travels. He was a lover of wilderness and had a talent for finding beauty in the world's looked over places. Many of his prints hang on the walls of family and friends.
Richard was a man of peace with a strong belief in equality, equity, and justice. He worked to instill this belief in his children and students. He was possessed of a sharp wit and was known to wield it on any who thought they could out fox him.
A lover of finer things such as a glass of wine, Monty Python, a good song, and the sound of leaves in the wind.
A private memorial will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Orange Shirt Society or the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.

Condolences may be left on Richard's memorial page at

Arrangements entrusted to
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • One of my most memorable teachers when I attended Aberdeen Junior High in the 80's. Mr Buss was patient, kind and always spoke with purpose, his words rang with a passion for life, learning and discovery. For Halloween at school one year he dressed as King Arthur, never has a costume refracted the class act he truly was. He treated everyone around him with respect, to his students, he motivated and nurtured them, never forming biases based on background or living circumstances. One phrase Mr. Buss used that stayed with me, passing along to my own children, "Choose your future before your future chooses you." We were all fortunate to have the brief time that we did with Mr. Buss in our adolescent years, but in that short time, he taught us lessons for a lifetime. - Posted by: Dustin (Student) on: Feb 20, 2022

  • I am sad to hear about Uncle Ritchie's passing. I will always remember him as a soft spoken, humorous man. I cherish the few times I was able to see him and, in later years, the email correspondence we kept up for a period of time. My condolences to my cousins and Aunt Helen. - Posted by: Darryl Buss (Nephew) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • I'm sorry to hear of Richard's passing. I have many fond memories of Richard at Chief Peguis J.H. He was an independent and original thinker, and a pleasure to work with. My deepest condolences to Richard's family on their loss. I trust that many fond memories will offer you comfort in the days to come. No one truly dies until no one remembers. - Posted by: Evar Balodis (former colleague) on: Oct 07, 2021

  • My condolences to the family! - Posted by: Anne Drozd (Friend) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • I remember my dad and mom (Jack and Freda Dutton) sharing their memories of Richard when he taught in Gilbert Plains. They both smiled when recalling their time spent together. I was given a picture of Michael and myself in a playpen in our back yard. You are in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Linda Dutton (Gilbert Plains Friend) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Mr. Buss was one of my middle school teachers at Chief Peguis School in the 70's. I have fond memories of being in his classroom. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Hildy Doerksen (Student) on: Oct 02, 2021

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