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Date of Passing: Jul 13, 2022

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Richard (Rick) Tessler, brother, father and husband, passed away suddenly July 13, 2022 in Cebu City, Philippines, where he lived for the past three years. With him was his wife Bel and children, Rhea and Cecil.
He is also survived by his brother Irv (Deborah) in California; son Marshall in Winnipeg with his wife Lori and son Zachary; daughter Tracey who lives in London, Ontario with children, Esther and Maya. He was predeceased by his sister Barbara Sotolov.
After receiving his B.A. and M.Ed RICK began a successful teaching career that lasted more than 50 years. He taught at schools in Winnipeg, British Columbia, China and the Philippines. Drama was his first love and he also taught many classes in English as a second language. Very dedicated to teaching, he managed to keep in touch with many of his former students. Since the announcement of his passing, many of his students have come forward with tributes talking about how much he influenced their lives.
His last few years in the Philippines with Bel and his new family were some of his happiest. Rick always marched to his own beat and pursued his dreams. He will be missed.
Children's entry: Dad always found a way to get people laughing. He never failed to find a cool adventure to go on and always made it his agenda to make it educational and interesting. Tracey and I will miss his puns, extreme dad jokes and immense and hilarious only fear of flying insects. He brought joy and light into every life he touched. His ability to find a song for every situation was amazing and inspiring. He will be missed.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 04, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • My heart goes out to you, Marshall. Your Dad sounds like a fun, intelligent, adventuresome man. Your description of him made me have so many wonderful memories. I'm certain that your Dad is watching down over you and cheering you on. One day, he'll be there to greet you...perhaps even with a piece of wafer pie. - Posted by: Judith Andrich (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2022

  • Dad, I remember seeing RENT and how your love for the theatre flowed through you and right to me. You always got so excited when anything to do with a musical popped up in our lives. We would break out into song together every single time we were together. I’ll miss our Winnipeg trips. I’ll always be walking “with” you to Tim Hortons on our early morning walks. Our names will forever be carved in the tree at Baba Dorothy’s. I loved how you always fed stray cats and any animal you could care for. We spoke every single day. Your day was my night in the last few years. You’re so missed. - Posted by: Tracey Tesslef (Daughter ) on: Aug 07, 2022

  • My family lived a couple of doors down from the Tessler family on Oak Street, Winnipeg. Rick and I spent too many hours in the basement of the Mall Hotel, playing pool, having stopped in either before or after class at the U of W. Sometimes we were adversaries and other times, partners. Not only was hilarious, he also was a very able pool shark..always accompanied by his very generous smile and good humor. - Posted by: Jeff Braid (Neighborhood friend) on: Aug 05, 2022

  • When Mom said “ One day you will get a rude awakening“ I didn’t think she meant we would lose YOU ! We still have adventures to follow , Junior’s food to eat,and most of all more laughs ! See you on the flip side Love Bro - Posted by: IRV (Brother) on: Aug 04, 2022

  • Although we are cousin, I only had the pleasure of meeting Rick once when he was very young in Winnipeg, before he really started his life adventures. He was fortunate to have a wonderful brother, Irving and incredible sister, Barbara, who I miss tremendously. - Posted by: Ruth Frackson (first cosin) on: Aug 04, 2022

  • Dad, I am so grateful we had the opportunity to travel together back in 2009. Those memories will never die. You gave me a taste of what it was like to live like and with you. Other memories include my first model car build, my first beer, dirt biking, taking my sister and I through abandoned homes in search of lumber and props for drama classes. I even remember you probing me at a young age for prop ideas on stage. Painting myself into a corner in the drama light room at Student Theatre Oak Park (S.T.O.P.) Juniors, Matthew's, Salisbury House and of course The Garwood. Always riding the train at Assiniboine park and my favourite climbing tree at Kildonan park. I can't pass a tree with those orangish berries without thinking of grabbing a handful to throw "ammo" at each other while laughing, or the time you pointed up to the sky to show us something and a bird crapped right on your finger. You loved us, you loved drama, you loved life. The words agenda, maaaaaaaaaybe and weeeeeell seeeeeee, and how you said them will always ring in my heart and soul. You were so infunencial in so many lives in so many ways. I miss you like you'll never know, I hope they have Graham Wafer Pie where you are now. - Posted by: Marshall Tessler (Son) on: Aug 04, 2022

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