It is with great sadness, much love and a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our beloved Rick, who passed away peacefully with Valerie, Wayne, Gerry and Roger by his side, on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the Grace Hospital.
Rick was born September 29, 1947 and lived in the Norwood Flats until his family moved to Victoria, B.C., eventually returning to Winnipeg a short time later. Rick and Valerie were married June 16, 1973 and moved to the Norwood Flats in 1979, a neighborhood they both loved.
Rick start working with Dents Sausage in 1964 as a truck driver, left a few times, and eventually returned to work as a sales representative. In 1991, he became a partner in HMS Foods Ltd./Dents Sausage. He later bought out his partners, Roger Fontaine and Margaret Stewart and ran his much-loved company until he became ill. Over the years, Rick’s customers became his friends.
Rick was predeceased by his mother and father, Dorothy and Colin West, his in-laws, who became his second set of parents, George and Florence Sul; his brothers Doug and Allen; sisters Patty and Betty; and nephews Jimmy Lounsbury and Dougie West. He is survived by the love of his life and best friend, Valerie; brother Bob; sister Kathy (Jim) Lounsbury; brother-in-law Cliff Neiser; sister-in-law Shirley West, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, many good friends and “Fake Family”.
A special thank you to the ICU at the Grace Hospital, Dr. Ball and Dr. Eshun, and to Wayne who was like a son to Rick and took care of HMS meats when Rick became ill. Also, thank you to Barb and Bruce, Gerry and Wendy, Jeannette and Artie, Karen, Debbie, and many more, too numerous to mention, for all the love, support and help.
In keeping with Rick’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in Holy Family Church, 778 Archibald Street.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in memory of Rick may be made to the Lung Association of Manitoba, 204-825 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1M5
E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS