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The essence that was Cliff, has left his frail body. He has returned to the pool of light that contains the essence of those who have gone before and those who are yet to come.
Predeceased by his parents, Lena Hackshaw and Elias Jones Richards; his son Kenny Richards, and his brother-in-law Specky Brathwaite.
He leaves behind, to cherish his memory, his wife Wanda Richards (nee McKenzie); his children, Kelly Richards (mother Bev) and Cherissa Richards (mother Ruth). He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Samantha, Shayne, Tasha and Elias, plus seven great-grandchildren. He leaves his sister in Trinidad, Joycelyn Brathwaite and her three daughters, Debra, Sandra and Dawn and their children and grands. He also leaves behind his McKenzie in-laws, and others, Richards and Charles cousins, plus numerous friends.
Cliff was born in Trinidad and Tobago in September 1934. He came to Canada in April 1957 looking to further his education (Psychiatric nursing in Moosejaw) and to travel. He ended up in Winnipeg, going to university, working on the train to fund his schooling, and becoming a schoolteacher (he was teaching in Trinidad before he came to Canada). Cliff taught at Stonewall Collegiate until he retired, a job he loved.
Cliff took part in cultural pursuits over the years. He wrote the lyrics for many of his calypsos and sang under the sobriquet The Mighty Fe. As he liked to say "He was the Calypso Monarch of All of Manitoba in 1985"! He also took part in what had been an annual parade, Caripeg, and was involved in ACAM in the early days. He was an outspoken person, and he was many things to many people.
A Celebration of Life will take place later in 2022 due to Covid restrictions at this time.

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If friends and family wish, they can donate to Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3B 1M3 or Diabetes Canada.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • My condolences Wanda. - Posted by: Fred Barnes (Co-worker) on: Jan 04, 2022

  • Requiescat in pace, my friend. - Posted by: Lennox Borel (Friend) on: Dec 30, 2021

  • Mr. Richard's was a fantastic teacher, who will be fondly remembered by his previous students. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Donna Klassen (Former student) on: Dec 28, 2021

  • My condolences on the passing of Mr. Richards. He was by far my favorite teacher at Stonewall collegiate and he made sure his classes were never boring. He made every student in his classes feel involved and always went out of his way to give help to any student who would ask. Truly a special person and he will be missed. - Posted by: Chris Rathgaber (Student SCI) on: Dec 28, 2021

  • Sending my hugs and heart to the family of Mr. Richards. I was a student of Mr. Richards at Stonewall Collegiate in the mid 1980s. Oh how I know how I got on his nerves….. you see I did like to talk, and socialize….. I was quiet but one of those that loved to talk. No matter where I sat in Mr. Richards class he just seemed to hear me every time. Then in his deep accent came, “Miss Harrrrgravvves! You get to work…Miss Harrrrgravvvves!” I can hear it plain as day. Oh he made me laugh. I will never forget this great teacher of mine. Rest Peacefully Mr. Richards - Posted by: Chris (Christine Hargreaves) (Student) on: Dec 28, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Clifford’s family. He was my Chemistry teacher at Arthur Meighen school (Portage la Prairie) in 1966 and was indeed an unforgettable character! - Posted by: Laurel Sarginson (Former student) on: Dec 27, 2021

  • My condolences to Kelly and all the family, Rest in peace Clifford. D.Frost - Posted by: Dennis Frost (Friend) on: Dec 27, 2021

  • Condolences to the fsmily and friends of Cliff. I remember fondly his time in ACAM especially his involvement in Folklorama. May he find eternal peace. - Posted by: Lucinda Gordon (Acquaintance) on: Dec 27, 2021

  • A man who influenced the lives of many. It was a great pleasure knowing you Cliff. Rest in Peace my friend. - Posted by: Harold Rampersad (Friend) on: Dec 27, 2021

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