October 13, 1958 - February 4, 2020
DAVID ALVIN RICHARDS
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of David Alvin Richards on February 4, 2020.
David was predeceased by his parents, May and Al; his in-laws, Vera and Chum Back; and brothers-in-law, Michael and Don.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nancy; sons, Scott and Garrett; daughter, Carly (Frank); sister, Mary (Grant); cousin Rob (Sherri) Gilchrist; sisters-in-law, Carol, and Linda (Rick); nieces, Katherine (Chris); Heather; Kathy (Trystan); nephews, Matthew; Don (Deb); David; and fur babies, Henry, Daisy, and Minnie.
Born in Regina on October 13, 1958, in the middle of a Saskatchewan Roughriders game, David moved to Winnipeg when he was 12. He graduated from St. James Collegiate and then completed his Surveying Technology Diploma at Red River College.
David retired April 1, 2019 after being employed for 39 years as a Geodetic Surveyor with the Province of Manitoba, Surveys and Mapping Branch/GeoManitoba. He Enjoyed his work and felt very fortunate to have worked with such a great bunch of people who became friends.
David’s loves were his family, friends, pizza, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He loved to build things, whether it be with wood or with LEGO. He took great pride turning our house into a home. Christmas was a favourite time of year for David – he loved to decorate our home and make an ornament each year for friends to take home.
Helping Scott and Garrett renovate their home gave him much pleasure, and he was so proud of the work they did. He had looked forward to helping them build fences and decks when he retired. Carly shared his love of crafts and vinyl records, and all three kids shared their Dad’s love of movies, as well as the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Thanks to Dr. Paul Daeninck and staff at CancerCare St. Boniface Hospital; Dr. E. Beshara and staff at Buhler Centre at Victoria Hospital; staff on 5E Medicine at St. Boniface Hospital; Palliative Home Care staff at St. Boniface Hospital; and staff on 5th Floor North at the Grace Hospital for their wonderful care.
To family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours, thank you so much for your words of encouragement, phone calls, texts, visits, rides, errands run, cards, delicious meals, and hugs. We want you to know how much those things have meant to us.
David’s wishes are for you to take a moment to listen to Simon and Garfunkel’s 59th Street Bridge song.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in David’s memory to the Winnipeg Humane Society, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, or CancerCare Manitoba.
“Perhaps love is like a resting place
A shelter from the storm
It exists to give you comfort
It is there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble
When you are most alone
The memory of love will bring you home”
- John Denver
Wherever we go, your memory will be with us.
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