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Born: Apr 13, 1949

Date of Passing: Apr 13, 2022

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April 13, 1949 - April 13, 2022

It is with sadness the family announces the passing of Bill Riches, peacefully at home, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.
Funeral arrangements are pending and a longer obituary will follow.

E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 16, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Sharon I am so sorry to hear that Bill passed away. All of my memories of him are with his big, warm smile and a twinkle in his eyes. I hope you are surrounded by love and support during such a difficult time. You are in my thoughts. - Posted by: Angie Murray (Former neighbour ) on: Apr 30, 2022

  • We wish to extend our deepest condolences to Sharon and Devon over your loss. Our connection to the Riches was through Adoption Options. At the time of our adoption, Sharon had such a deep involvement in our lives, making a daunting and somewhat overwhelming process a loving and wonderful time. Through Sharon we met Bill and so enjoyed our time spent with him. He was truly a kind, loving man and we feel blessed to have had your family in our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Michelle, Gerry and Daniel Hagglund (friend) on: Apr 25, 2022

  • Bill Riches was, in truth, a "prince of a man"! We met over 35 years ago. Bill was already the President of Herzing Business College and I had just been approved by the Private Vocational Schools Division of the Manitoba Department of Education, to open a Private Vocational School. We met through that process. Bill and I came from different worlds. His world was education and although I had been a school teacher in the public school system and was a qualified teacher, the majority of my career had been as a professional model (for over 25 years at that time). Owning and launching a school as well as the world of the Private Vocational School system was a new and daunting experience for me and sometimes it could be overwhelming. I had spoken to Bill a few times about my concerns and he assured me that I was fully capable and able to find my way and to develop a school that would be superb. His faith in me gave me the faith that I needed to have in myself and soon Panache was up and running smoothly. Our school very quickly became the primary source of models from Western Canada for professional models to work, not only in the local market place, but also for the international market places throuhout the world. It was through Bill's encouragement and ongoing trust in me that this was able to come to pass. He was a great friend to me! We also became acquainted socially and Bll and Sharon and my husband Bruce and I attended several social events as well as regular educational conferences, and symposiums through the years. We watched little Devon grow from an adorable toddler to a talented and confident young teen and could always see that Devon was "the apple of Bill's Eye"! Devon even took our Professional Modelling Course and was outstanding in her skills and capabilities. Her interest in modelling did not lead her to become a professional model, but she certainly coud have! Bill and I also served together monthly for over a decade on the Private Vocational Institutions Committee for the approval of new school submissions, or for existing schools to see approval for new courses. It was an absolute eye opener for me. There was a wide spectrum of different types of schools and training including truck-driving schools, beauty schools, business schools and physio-therapy schools to name a few. It was our job as a committee, to determine if the new school or course was developed to the point where it would be qualified to train students to become professional at that subject. It was not so much that we needed to become knowledgeable about the specific content of the new school or course, as there was always an expert in the field who were also included on each committee, but more importantly, that the curriculum of studies was well organised and thorough and that students could be confident that their training would be consistently accurate, complete and thorough. Manitoba's PVI authorization process was known as the most demanding of all and that if you could obtain authorization from our province, you could be confident that your new school or course would be granted authorization anywhere. It was an amazing experience to be included on this comnittee and Bill and I helped to approve a lot of schools and new courses for other PVI Schools. Bill and I remained friends throughout the years and I came to know him as a leader and a man of superior intellect, a kind man with great integrity and dedication to his students and his family, a man with vision and humour and most importantly, a compassionate and caring human being! He was highly respected. He left a big footprint in the Private Vocational Schools sector and in our Winnipeg Educational Community. He will be sadly missed and remembered forever for his kindness, leadership and class. Our hearts and prayers go out to Sharon and Devon on the loss of their beloved husband and dad. E. Jane Campbell - Posted by: E. JANE CAMPBELL (COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND) on: Apr 24, 2022

  • We are sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My son Blair in Saskatoon was in closer touch with him and knew of his health issues. He will be missed by those of us who worked with him in the private school industry. I always looked forward to meeting with him at NACC events. He had a likable disposition and was respected for his contributions at meetings. - Posted by: Barry Chapman (colleague NACC) on: Apr 19, 2022

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