Richard Bender

Richard Bender

1947 - 2023

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Ric passed away suddenly, while cutting his grass on Friday, June 2nd, 2023. Our loss is immeasurable, but so is the legacy of love he left behind.

Ric is survived by his wife and childhood sweetheart, Betty. They were married for 52 wonderful years. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter Bonni-Anne, grandson Ben (Kaitlyn), granddaughter Jane (Liam), and granddaughter Emma, along with her dad, Bob. He will be forever missed by his son Travis (Melanie), and their children, Chase and Claire.

He is also survived by his brother Bob (Shirley), sister-in-law Diane (John), and sister-in-law Janet (Ernie). His many nieces and nephews were deeply loved, and they will all miss his goofy jokes and uniquely original stories.

Ric was an educator for 48 years and influenced the lives of so many students, with Ralph, Jerry, and Barnsey being among his favourites. He was a devoted coach his entire adult life, focusing on basketball, football, and hockey. He won championships in each of these sports, at multiple levels, and was so very proud of all his teams. He also had the recent privilege of coaching Emma’s basketball team.

Ric cherished all of us and was always there for everyone. He was so proud of all of his grandchildren, and never missed an opportunity to tell us how special we all were. It is very difficult to sum up a life that touched so many other lives. He really had a wonderful life and we will miss him for the rest of ours.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Variety, the Children’s Charity of Manitoba, Unit A – 440 Don Ave. Winnipeg, MB R3L 0S4.

In keeping with Ric’s wishes, a private family service will take place.

Rest in peace, my darling.

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