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Born: Feb 22, 1914
Date of Passing: Jul 25, 2004Offer Condolences or Memory
ELSWOOD RICHARDS It is with great sadness that we say good-bye to our beloved husband, devoted father, loving grandfather and great-grandfather. Elswood Richards, who passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2004, was predeceased by his brother Bob Richards and his sister Barbara Rannie. Elswood is survived by his lifelong love and best friend Ethel; his daughters, Mary Hartmann (Lee Kirsch), Norah Richards (Tibor Bodi) and Peggy Peterson; his grandchildren, Aaron (Maureen), Aislinn, Mercy (Will), Curtis (Kathy), Jesse, John and Ryan (Lynne) his great-grandchildren, Ophelie, Sarah, Avren, Leo and Rosalie. Elswood was extremely proud of his Winnipeg roots, where his family resided since the late 1800s. He was born at 97 Yale Avenue on February 22, 1914 to Stanley Crawford Richards and Norah Ann Whitla. Elswood was a dedicated and widely respected manager at Canada Packers for over 40 years. In the early years of his employment, he worked in Sudbury where he met the love of his life, Ethel MacLeod Robertson. They were married on New Years Eve, 1941 in Coppercliff and moved to Fort Frances where their three daughters were born. After ten happy years surrounded by a wonderful community of friends, they returned to Winnipeg for the remainder of his life. The true focus of Elswoods life was his family and friends. Gentle, kind, loving, affectionate, honest, loyal and extremely sharp, he was loved and respected by all who knew him. Many of our happiest memories as a family centre around our time at Lake of the Woods. From the first year of his life, Elswood summered at the lake, beginning in 1914 at his grandparents camp, Erin Castle, on Coney Island. In his younger years, prior to injuries from an auto accident, he was considered "one of the most promising of all young Canadian rowers." He passed down his love of the outdoors, his enjoyment of the water and his skills in boating, fishing and swimming to all his children and grandchildren, as well as a deep affection for the lake he loved. Elswood was a true gentleman and has been a role model for us all. Words cannot express how sorely he will be missed. A memorial service will be held at St. Georges Anglican Church, Grosvenor and Wilton, Winnipeg at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. July 30. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 Broadway - 1-877-230-0438
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 29, 2004
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