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Date of Passing: Dec 06, 2021

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Richard Williams passed away in his sleep on December 6, 2021, at 77 years, after a short battle with cancer.
He was preceded by his wife he loved of 53 years, Joan (Pulyk). He will be missed by his daughters, Ricki (Braden) and Kari (Stu), grandkids, Haley, Brett (Budster), Zak, Cashden and Reid. He also leaves behind sister-in-law Bev Michalick; Gary, Lisa and their families, sister Pat Bisset, brother Wayne Williams (Florida), predeceased sister Doreen Dobratz, and Aunt Ollie Rosnyk (St. Albert).
Rick was born in Winnipeg and knew someone everywhere he went. He was famous for telling jokes and stories. Rick volunteered for three decades coaching hockey in North Kildonan and Transcona and taught at R.B. Russell until he retired in 2001. He loved golf and worked at Larter's and the Meadows as a Marshall for many years.
He enjoyed travelling and going to Club Regent, mostly, to visit people. Family was the most important thing to him, and his daughters were fortunate enough to enjoy his last holiday together in Mexico in August. He was the best dad anyone could ever ask for; he provided his daughters with so many wonderful memories!
There will be a celebration of his life this summer at the family home he has loved since 1964. A golf tournament in his honour will be hosted by his best friend Stu Watt.

We will miss you everyday Rock' N Rick!

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 11, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I'm so sadden to see this. Rick was an amazing teacher! He made it easy for me to want to come to school, because he was so caring. When he noticed my last name, he started asking if I knew some people, told him they were my uncles and dad. He told the greatest stories about his family, trips and what he wanted for his children. He truly was a special gifted man. - Posted by: Sherrie (Former student) on: Jun 09, 2022

  • I have known Rick and his wife Joan for most of my life. He was like a second dad for me when I was growing up. He was the first person to call me Smitty, never by first name. I just want to pass on my heart filled condolences to his two amazing and wonderful daughters Ricki and Kari, and their respective partners and children. He will be so missed. Love you Ricki and Kari! - Posted by: Karen Lesley Smith (Close Friend) on: Jan 07, 2022

  • I was fortunate to work with Rick for 13 years. Rick was a fun and caring teacher who was always willing to help anyone who needed a hand. He truly loved teaching, but was most proud of his family. My condolences to his girls, Ricki and Kari. - Posted by: Wendy Cooke (Coworker ) on: Dec 18, 2021

  • My condolences to the entire Williams family on this huge loss. I am so fortunate that not only did I get to work with Rick in 1993, but I also get to work with his daughter now. It was so wonderful to re-connect with Rick through Kari-lin two summers ago. He was an inspiration to me when I was just a young teacher starting out, wondering how did I end up at RB Russell? He became a mentor to me because of his kindness, patience, and empathy. Rest in peace, Mr. Williams. - Posted by: Bonnie McEachern (Friend and coworker) on: Dec 13, 2021

  • I was fortunate to know Rick when he was course marshall at the Meadows. He was known for his “zingers” and had many laughing at his stories and jokes. He also loved my father-in-law's spiced meat buns, and I was happy to bring him a dozen of them last Christmas based on his recipe. I will truly miss his sense of humour and his friendship. Your stories and memories will continue on. RIP Rick, and for the occasional golf tip . . . his last being “roll your wrists you dumb ass”! - Posted by: Frank Kuerten (Friend) on: Dec 12, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to family and friends .., Rick and I were neighbours and went to Dufferin elementary school in the early 50s … several years ago it was a very pleasant surprise to bump into Rick and son-in-law at Granite Hills golf course where we had a very interesting and enjoyable reminiscence visit … RIP Rick - Posted by: Jim Chester (Old friend ) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • I met Rick in 1989 on my first day working at R.B. Russell. He took me under his wing and introduced me to all the staff, which became our "family". We remained friends after we both retired. Rick was a wonderful, caring, story and joke telling man who was always willing to help. I will truly miss his weekly check-in calls that always began with "Hey Lucky how's it goin" and our solving of the world's problems. Rest in Peace my dear friend - Joannie is waiting for you. My condolences to Ricki and Kari and their families - he loved you all to the moon and back! - Posted by: Janice Rathbone (Friend and coworker) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • Sorry for your loss Kari, Ricki, Pat and families. I have fond memories of Richard from years ago when he visited the farm. - Posted by: Lori Grandmont (Tomyk) (Cousin) on: Dec 11, 2021

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