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Born: Oct 17, 1955

Date of Passing: Apr 16, 2005

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RICHARD DEREK BLIGHT The family of Richard Blight is devastated by the recent passing of Rick on April 16, 2005. Rick passed away at the age of 49 years. Rick was a loving husband and best friend to Donna, a wonderful father to Ryan and Sarah; a caring son to Don and Doddy; an only brother to Kathy (John), Leslie (Doug), Kelly (Jim) and fun-loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Also he leaves father-in-law, Don Kerr; mother-in-law Jean Thompson; and brother-in-law Steve Kerr. Rick was born in Portage on October 17, 1955 and attended Oakville Elementary School and Arthur Meighen High School. He grew up playing hockey and at the age of 14 began with the Portage Terriers. At the age of 16, he was playing with the Brandon Wheat Kings and later was drafted in the first round by the Vancouver Canucks. He played with the Canucks from 1975-1980. He was married to Donna in 1978 in Vancouver, and two years later they gave birth to their first child, Ryan. In 1984, their daughter Sarah was born and Rick moved his family back to Manitoba to run the family business in Carman. Rick was a skilled golfer, with many tournament victories to his name. His passion then switched to curling, which continued after his move to Portage to run the Portage shop. He excelled at curling; making several appearances at the Safeway Select with the Don Spriggs rink. Rick loved to spend time with his wife and kids; whether it was barbecuing at home or meeting them in Winnipeg. Rick had a great sense of humour, which his family and numerous friends could all attest to. Rick lived a life that most people could only dream of. He will be greatly missed by all that were lucky enough to have known him. Service to celebrate Rick's life will be held on Thursday April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Portage Curling Rink, 2401 Saskatchewan Ave. W., in the Canad Inn, Portage la Prairie with Rev. Dee McEachern and Rev. Chuck Ross officiating. Interment will follow for family in the Oakville Cemetery. There will be a gathering to follow in the Oakville Community Hall. As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Rick's memory to Portage Junior Curling Club, P.O. Box 337, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3B7 or Portage Junior Golf Club, P.O. Box 715, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3C2 or to a minor hockey association of your choice. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. The Prophet. A tree will be planted and cared for in memory of Rick by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel who are in care of arrangements. 857-4021.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 20, 2005

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Want to pass on my really belated prayers and condol to Donna and the kids. I was a rookie in 1978 and very nervous being at my first NHL camp, Rick let me drive his 280 zx and use his golf clubs to play and hang around with him and some of the veterans. Will never forget that kind gesture. - Posted by: brian drumm (vancover canucks draftee) on: Jun 30, 2014

  • It was only this year that I got a chance to really meet and talk with Rick after we were fortunate enough to beat Rick's team and earn our first ever trip to the Safeway Select. Even in defeat, I sensed that Rick was truly happy for us. I was thrilled to see him again in Selkirk as we prepared for the Select. Of course he gave me a sly grin, a firm handshake and wished us good luck. It is obvious to me that Rick was a genuinely nice man. My sympathy goes out to Rick's family and friends. - Posted by: Kevin Meadows (Acquaintance) on: Apr 25, 2005

  • At this time of your sorrow, as friends, we care. King David of old, when stricken with grief, says these words in Psalm 23: verse 1 and 4 "The lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want." v.4 " Even though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me." - Posted by: Rita & Art Klassen (Friend) on: Apr 21, 2005

  • Donna and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength to get through this difficult time. Lise - Posted by: Lise Turenne (Donna's former hygienist) (Acquaintance) on: Apr 20, 2005

  • Our sincere sympathy to the whole extended family. He was a good athlete and a respected citizen. You are in our prayers. - Posted by: Jake and Carol Banman (Acquaintance) on: Apr 20, 2005

  • It was with great sadness to hear of Rick's passing. We lived in the Oakville area and knew many of the Blight family . Although separated by time and locale, we genuinely hurt for you all. Please accept our sympathy at this time. Sincerely, Tom Wiebe and family -- Lacombe, Alberta.. - Posted by: Tom Wiebe (Acquaintance) on: Apr 20, 2005

  • To the Blight Family, you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Sorry for your loss. Beth - Posted by: Beth Dornan (Family) on: Apr 20, 2005

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