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CARL RIDD

Born: Aug 17, 1929

Date of Passing: Mar 29, 2003

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CARL RIDD On March 29, 2003, with his family at his side, Carl died peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre after a short, valiant battle with leukemia. He is lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 50 years, Beverley; daughters, Laurel (David Taubner), Karen (Gordon McIntyre) and son Brian (Dawn) grandchildren, Sean and Meagan Taubner; Andrew, Mark and Emma Ridd; and Daniel and Ben McIntyre-Ridd; his brother Paul (Norma) in Alberta; and many extended family members. Carl was born in Winnipeg on August 17, 1929. He attended school in Winnipeg and Fort William, and received degrees from the University of Manitoba, United College (now University of Winnipeg) and Drew University (Madison, New Jersey) from which he earned a Ph.D. in Religion and Literature. He was ordained by the United Church of Canada in 1958 and served the Emerson - Dominion City charge from 1958-1963, and Eastside Methodist Church, Paterson N.J. (1964-66). Returning to Winnipeg in 1966 he built the Religious Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg, teaching there for twenty-nine very happy years. In 1973 he was given the Robson Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 1989 he won the Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service. Carl loved all sports and excelled at most he tried but his great love was basketball. He loved its complexity and the demand for the highest level of imagination. Known as King Carl, he was a member of the Canadian Olympic Basketball Team in Helsinki in 1952 and a member of the Canadian team at the World Basketball Tournament in Rio de Janeiro in 1954, where he was selected to the Second All-Star team. He was elected to the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. Carl continued to share his love of the game through coaching basketball teams at Rossbrook House. He once said that All I know about life, I learned from sport. Carls passion for justice and peace is well known. He was an activist for many issues such as human rights, including gay and lesbian rights, economic and social justice, ecological concerns, Muslim-Christian dialogue, and the well-being of the inner-city. Carl was one of the founders of Project Peacemakers, a local peace and justice organization. He was a frequent commentator on U.S. militarism and nuclear weapons disarmament. He was one of the first Canadians to become involved with the people of Central America and their struggle against oppression. Carls concern for our planet was reflected in his participation on the Manitoba Environmental Council (1980-85), chairing of the Manitoba Energy Council (1983-88), and authoring parts of the submission of the United Church of Canada to the panel reviewing Nuclear Waste Management and Disposal in Canada. More recently, he was a member of two forest management committees in Northwestern Ontario. Carl had a deep critical mind and was an excellent scholar, developing extensive knowledge in a wide variety of disciplines. He became in his own words a pretty good amateur economist leading him to become one of the editors of The Eyeopener, a 4-page quarterly for ordinary people, addressing economics, ecology and community. He was a prolific writer, authoring over 400 articles and addresses in the fields of literature, culture, religion, social and political life, athletics and ethics. Many friends and family were the lucky recipients of poetry written for them on special occasions. Carl was an avid supporter of the arts community, including music, theatre, and the spoken and written word. In music, his particular love was the flute, which he played in his youth. Carl treated everyone with respect. He gave all who knew him the freedom and encouragement to excel. Many people depended upon his wisdom and honesty to help form their social conscience. He had the courage to speak the truth as he saw it. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Carl was a loving and generous husband, father and grandfather. He often said that he played his way into life, which was evident in his joy of playing with children. The cottage at Clearwater Bay was his special sanctuary, where he loved spending time with his family and caring for his beloved trees. The family would like to thank the staff of GD6 and the MICU for their compassionate care. A service to celebrate Carls life will be held on Saturday April 5 at 1:00 p.m. at Augustine United Church where he was an active member of the congregation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Project Peacemakers (745 Westminster Ave.), the Augustine Oak Table Ministry, or the Carl Ridd Scholarship in the Humanities at the University of Winnipeg. An action for peace and justice would be the most fitting tribute. THOMSON FUNERAL CHAPELS 783-7211

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 03, 2003

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