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GUTOR, Richard Charles

April 14, 1951 – Yorkton, Saskatchewan
January 5, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Richard, on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the age of 67 years.

Richard was born in 1951, in Yorkton, SK, the only son of Alex and Lucy. After marrying Lynda in 1971, they started their life together in Regina, SK. Richard graduated from the University of Regina in 1978 and began a very successful finance career in the information technology industry. After many years working in Regina, his success gave him the opportunity to transfer to Calgary, AB, where he moved his family in 1993 to begin another chapter. Richard built momentum in Calgary working as an executive for several successful companies including ISM – Information System Management Alberta as the CFO, DMR Consulting Group as the Director of Business Development, and Bell Intrigna Inc. as the CFO. His final destination was a key role at Telus, working throughout Canada as their Chief Negotiator and Vice President. After retiring in 2014, Richard enjoyed going for breakfast at the Willow Park Golf Course a few times a week. He became an avid spectator of hockey and football because of his grandson, attending most games up until his last days.

Richard is survived by his wife Lynda of forty-eight years; two sons, Colin and Chad and his wife Charmaine; and two sisters, Irene and her husband Ken; and Grace. He also leaves his three beautiful grandchildren, Chase, Chloe, and Charley; along with many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law. We will all miss him.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Diabetes Canada, 220, 6223 – 2nd Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1J5 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 1112, www.diabetes.ca. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Richard Gutor, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I was very sad to hear of Richard’s passing…but I smile when I think of the good times I spent working with Richard when he was with ISM Alberta(and I was with IBM) and then again as we both worked at TELUS.

    Richard was skilled, knowledgeable and decisive. But more importantly he was a friend, a good listener, had a tremendous sense of humor and a zeal for life. He often brought a smile to my face during difficult negotiations and stressful deals.

    I will always cherish the times we spent together and will continue to think of him often.

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  2. We are honored and blessed to have known your Richard. He was truly a blessing in our life and we will miss his friendly smile and heartfelt laughter. Our condolences and God Bless.

    The Tang Family

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  3. Stewart Davenport :

    My thoughts go out to the Family.

    Richard was a mentor to me at TELUS. I have so many good memories of our time together…many laughs.

    Best Regards,
    Stewart.

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  4. I enjoyed my time talking to Richard. When he came south for the winter we discussed politics, differences and similarities and always found common ground. I will miss his humor and quick wit. Rest in peace. Take care Lynda and family. Max and Sue Birkel

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  5. Jennifer Parton :

    My deepest sympathies on the passing of Richard. I had the honour of working with him at TELUS over the years and learned so much on the art of negotiations. His knowledge and passion were second to none but what I will always remember most is his ability to make everyone laugh in the most stressful situations. His stories, quick wit and laugh are always my first thought when I think of him.

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  6. Carolyn Chorney :

    My deepest condolences to Richard’s family. I had the honour of working with him in Calgary, for ISM Alberta. He was such a brilliant and good man. I loved his sense of humour and his ability to take any situation and move through it with ease, leading others through his insight. May he Rest In Peace.

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  7. Sharon and John Niedermaier :

    We will miss our best neighbor and dear friend. He left us much too soon. We had lots of good times with him and Lynda over the last many years. We can’t imagine what life will be without him next door. Our deepest condolences to you, Lynda, Colin and Chad and family.

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  8. Richard was a trusted, determined and loyal collaborator on numerous transactions at TELUS. His ability to focus and reach agreement across large groups made him invaluable. More importantly though was his humour, mischievous smile and love for his family. You could always count on a laugh from Rich at the toughest moments. He was often on a plane (I am sure the airlines will miss him) and frequently had funny stories about the people he met on his early morning walks in Vancouver. He also loved a good suit and his tailor. We spoke not that long ago and I am glad for the experience. We had a few laughs, chatted about his health, grandchildren and folks at TELUS and agreed to reconnect soon. It is good to have these warm memories of Richard, I hope they help his loved ones as they grieve his loss.

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  9. Ken & Shirley Manz :

    Condolences to Richard’s family on their loss. It was a pleasure knowing and working with Richard at ISM, Regina; many years ago. I remember him as a caring, knowledgeable and jovial individual. He was a true negotiator, even to the point when he was occasionally ‘low’, I’d have to ‘negotiate’ with him on having some sweets to bring him around (we both are type 1 diabetics on insulin). Rest in peace Richard!
    … Ken Manz – Regina

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  10. My deepest condolences to you, Lynda, and your family on the loss of Richard. I was his colleague at ISM Alberta and I truly enjoyed working with Richard. He was an inspiration to me and to many others and he will be remembered with great fondness.

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  11. We are so sad to hear this news.
    Richard was very special to me. What a great loss.
    My thought are with you at this sad time.

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  12. Michael LeBoldus :

    A nice man and caring godfather. My thoughts are with the Gutor family. Love, Michael

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  13. Robert Hansen :

    Although I never knew Richard very well I would like to say a belated thank you to him for finding me a job in the taxi business years ago.Very kind of him,may he R.I.P.

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  14. My deepest condolences to Richard’s family on his passing.

    I had the pleasure of working with Richard over the course of a few years at TELUS and came to appreciate his keen business acumen and ability to navigate his way through the “deal”. His quick wit and to the point approach made the experience that much more enjoyable. I think often of those times and it always brings a smile to my face.

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  15. Scott Johnston :

    Our deepest condolences to Lynda and the family on Richard’s passing. Barb and I have many fond memories of our social and business activities.

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  16. Gerald and Sylvia Fiske :

    Our deepest sympathies to Linda and family. Richard and I worked on many projects while we where both with ISM and he was such a valuable resource on the team. We have stayed in touch over the years and I will surely miss his call over the Christmas season and our chance to reminisce and laugh about old times. He was so proud of his family and spoke of them each time we connected. Rest In Peace my friend!

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  17. Michael and/or Barbara LeBoldus :

    Dear Lynda and family
    With Deepest Sympathy on the loose of Richard who was a dear friend. May you find the Strength you need to see you and your family through this difficult time. We remember him with great fondness. RIP Richard
    Mike and Barb LeBoldus (Moose Jaw).

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  18. Diane Ganshorn :

    I knew Richard at University, at Peat Marwick, and again when he went to ISM in Regina. He was always kind, always insightful, and his love for his wife and family was always evident. You have my condolences.

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  19. Barb Furuness :

    Dear Lynda and Family,
    I am sending our deepest sympathy to Lynda and family on Richard’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I always enjoyed seeing Richard at our Bon Appetite dinners. I really enjoyed his cabbage rolls at our Christmas dinner. He had a good sense of humour. I will miss him. Lynda cherish the wonderful memories you had with Richard. He will always be your Guardian Angel. He certainly earned his angel wings. RIP Richard.

    Barb and Don Furuness

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  20. Lauri Fystrom :

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Richard. Thinking of you Lynda and Colin and Chad and all the family. So sorry for your loss.

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  21. Sorry for your loss Lynda and family. Thinking of you now and in the future.

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  22. Jacquie Cumming :

    So very sorry to hear of your loss, Lynda. Our condolences to you and your family.

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  23. Just heard about Richard, special guy many memories . Hugs to you and the boys Linda…. Honker..

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  24. Irene Berthelet :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Lynda. Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Hugs. Irene

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  25. Maureen Drohomirecki :

    I had the pleasure of working with Richard at ISM Alberta. He was the most supportive leader I’ve ever known. Always willing to teach and guide us through new challenges. I’m so grateful we had a chance to connect just before Christmas, wish we had more time. I admired his amazing work ethic but will remember his laughter the most, many days it was an all out giggle. I’d work what I thought was a long day and head home only to get a call from Richard hours later. Some crazy work excuse but really he just didn’t like being in an empty office. I would give anything for one last call. My deepest sympathy to all his family.

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  26. I was shocked and saddened to hear about Rich. My heart felt condolences to Lynda, Colin, Chad and their families.

    Rich and I shared many business adventures together and I couldn’t imagine a better partner. He excelled at what he did in a very tough and stressful business environment. Despite the long hours, he always had that twinkle in his eye and that infectious laugh.

    Rich was “one of a kind”. He was a loyal friend who will be forever in my heart. Rest in Peace my friend!

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  27. Bruce Gillanders :

    I had the great pleasure to know Richard and work with him at Telus over an extended period. We shared common roots with both of us hailing from Sask and then moving on to Alta.

    He was excellent at his craft and had a unique way of bringing deals together by working with people on both sides of the table. If Richard was involved chances were very high for business success.

    Moreover his wit, experience, honest – straight forward style made him a pleasure to work with and to know.

    My most sincere condolences on your loss.

    Bruce

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  28. Richard was one of the best Managers that I ever had. He was demanding but that was to push everyone to excel. Whenever you had a problematic situation and you went to Richard, he would say, “Don’t bring me a problem if you haven’t come with a solution!”. We always had a stash of orange juice close to Richard’s office for those days he forgot to eat and his sugar levels would drop. Lynda said we spoiled him at the office, but everyone loved Richard and looking after him became part of our jobs. I feel privileged to have worked with Richard and been a part of his ISM Calgary team. That was the best job I ever had and although I have met up with Richard over the past few years, I will miss our lengthy discussions and catching up on what our families are doing. Good bye my dear friend. I will see you again.

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  29. Liane Wittmann :

    Oh Richard, how I will miss you! Best mentor I ever had. Richard hires me when I was 24, quite green but he believed in me and pushed me to be the best I could be. Although he often made us work long crazy hours he was the first to recognize the hard work and compensate for it. He had such a generous heart. I will miss him dearly! Rat is peace my friend, I know you looking down on us and will continue to quietly lead us from above ❤️

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  30. Merv Sandberg :

    I am very sorry to hear the sad news regarding Richards passing. Many long hours and laughs at JDF functions bring back many memories. My condolences to Lynda and the families.. my thoughts are with you.

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  31. Matthew Pieszczynski :

    My thoughts and prayers go to Lynda and family.
    For many years I was Richard’s go to driver in Edmonton. We had a great conversations and many laughs during rides to and from airport.
    Rest In Peace Richard.

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  32. I learned the ropes of outsourcing negotiations at Richard’s side for ISM Alberta. One fond memory that comes to mind is a -20C snowy weekend stay at an Edmonton hotel in early December for negotiations with the Alberta Govt (where the doorman knew Mr. Gutor well). It was not nice outside but Richard and I managed to make it fun by having a few cognacs and chuckles in the hotel bar. So many very fond memories – Richard was a superb mentor, friend and colleague. My heartfelt condolences to Lynda and family.

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  33. Our Sincerest Smpathy to Lynda, Colin, Chad and family. Richard was my daughter, Carolynn’s Godfather and one of our family’s oldest and dearest friends. Richard was a proud and loving family man. His sons meant everything to him. Richard and Lynda were childhood sweethearts. I loved hearing Richard refer to Lynda as My Lovely Bride, never just my wife even after forty eight years of marriage. Keep your memories close of your good times with Richard. He will live on in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace Dear Richard

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  34. In the 80s, I shared many highs and lows with Richard Gutor. In those days we were both more prone lows, even if we didn’t know it. Richard was a leader in the early years of the Regina/South Saskatchewan Chapter of JDF/JDRF. He was instrumental in putting the Chapter on a firm financial basis, contributing significantly to research to find a cure, a long term and primary goal of JDRF. I’ve missed Richard since he left Regina and I will continue to miss him and remember him fondly. Our hearts (Lauren and) go out to Linda and family.

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  35. Ken & Jo-Ann Fiissel :

    Linda both Ken and I were completely shocked at the news of Rick’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and if we weren’t in Mexico we would’ve been at his service. Know that we will keep you in our prayers and ask God to help you through the sad days. Take care of yourself and enjoy times with your boys and grandkids. Sending you a huge hug.

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  36. Marty & Dorothy Bokitch :

    Our Condolences & Sympathy to Lynda and Family in the passing of Richard. We treasure the great times we had with Richard & Lynda in Regina.

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  37. Marilyn Kennedy :

    Lynda and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.

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