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WARREN, Richard Lorne

Posted By Obits On March 28, 2016 @ 2:06 PM In Obituary | 33 Comments

September 11, 1958 – Treherne, Manitoba
March 25, 2016 – Okotoks, Alberta

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Rick at Foothills Country Hospice Okotoks, AB on Friday, March 25th, 2016.

He leaves a legacy with his loving wife Shannon (Goodridge) of 33 years; his sons Brett (Jenn) and Kyle (Emily) and daughter Lyndsey; father Richard (Bud) and mother Lorna (Moysey); sisters Kim Warren (Nelson Madsen), Kerry Warren and Deb Thoms and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Rick was born on the 11th of September, 1958, in Treherne, MB. The Warren family moved east to Toronto, ON, in the summer of 1964. In his final years of high school, Rick returned to Manitoba to live with his Auntie Marg and Uncle Jack on their farm near Rathwell. His time on the farm led him to the University of Manitoba and the Faculty of Agriculture where he acquired not only his Diploma in Agriculture in 1981, but also developed many lifelong friendships. It was there that he met his wife, soulmate, and fellow Aggie, Shannon. Upon graduation Rick began his agricultural career with Elanco in North Battleford, SK, followed by a move to Regina in 1983 where Rick and Shannon began their life together. In 1988 they moved to Carman, MB, and started their family. In 1996, the family moved to Calgary as Rick continued his career at the Dow AgroSciences head office, ultimately working with Elanco/DowElanco/Dow AgroSciences for 35 years.

Rick will be remembered as a great sports enthusiast. He coached his sons in hockey and was an active member in community sports. Family was everything to Rick, his close loving relationship with his parents and three sisters was always a priority and he looked forward to their time spent together including the Papa Bud annual golf tournament. This was time for visiting and sharing family stories. He loved spending summers at the Goodridge family cottage on Lake of the Woods, the outdoors, fishing and enjoying a rum and coke during happy hour with friends and family on the dock.
Rick spent the last year battling esophageal cancer with great courage and dignity, remaining positive throughout his entire illness, never once expressing any grievances and all the while still supporting his entire family.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg, located at Stradbrook and Nassau, at 2:00pm, Friday, April 1st, 2016 with Rev. Paul Lampman officiating. A Celebration of Life will take place at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E.) at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 16th, 2016. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

The family would like to thank the wonderful and compassionate doctors, nurses and staff at the Foothills Medical Centre and Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their care during the past year. Heartfelt thanks to the Foothills Country Hospice in Okotoks for going above and beyond expectation when it came to caring for Rick and his family during his last week. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Foothills Country Hospice Society, PO Box 274, Okotoks, Alberta, T1S 1A5 or the Alberta Cancer Foundation c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial.

In living memory of Rick Warren, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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Condolence from Glenn Dawes on March 28th, 2016 3:40 PM

So sorry for your loss. I’ve known Rick for a long time, and I have many fond memories. His humour was genuine, his insights were precise, his impact is immeasurable. And he will be missed greatly by all of us who knew him. My condolences, Shannon, to you and your family.

Condolence from Eleanor and Don Rudd on March 28th, 2016 4:32 PM

Shannon and family. Such a sad time for all who knew Rick through family connections, community and/or work. He never changed, and had a gift of putting everyone at ease with his humor and creative style. Loved working with him.

Condolence from Brenda Major on March 28th, 2016 6:02 PM

My sincere condolences Shannon to you and the kids. I had no idea Rick was ill. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

Condolence from Scott and Laura Szarka on March 28th, 2016 6:16 PM

Shannon and family,
We are so sorry for the passing of Rick. His sense of humor and deep, genuine kindness will be sorely missed.
Rest easy Rick, you fought a great fight.
Scott, Laura and Gwen Szarka

Condolence from Wendy Gold on March 28th, 2016 6:29 PM

Dear Shannon and family. So many people are thinking of you and want you to know the profound regret on the loss of your husband, father, son, brother and son. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He leaves you with an extraordinary strong family which he can be so proud of. Wrap your arms around each other and hold tight while you celebrate the life of this fine man.

Condolence from Cheryl Stewart on March 28th, 2016 6:47 PM

Very sorry for your loss, hoping you find strength in your memories…
Cheryl (Leslie ) Stewart

Condolence from Dave Anderson on March 28th, 2016 7:32 PM

Shannon and Family
Deepest condolences to all of you in this time of sadness and reflection. Rick will be missed by many but will continue to be a source of inspiration to family and friends. Rick’s positive attitude through this last year has been tremendous and something that we can learn from. I will have many fond memories of our time together.

Condolence from Lee Dechaine on March 28th, 2016 8:12 PM

Dear Shannon and family. Our condolences. Warm, genuine and sincere are words that come to mind when I think of Rick, qualities that seem so rare today. You will be in our families thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Laura Laing on March 28th, 2016 8:45 PM

So very sorry for your loss Shannon- for you, your family and all of us who he touched with his genuine kind and fun loving heart. Thinking of you. Laura Laing

Condolence from Al Friesen – Past Chair MSF on March 28th, 2016 9:40 PM

Rick represented Elanco at the annual Manitoba Sunflower Festival in Altona, Manitoba….As a prairie boy he knew full well the importance of a business presence and support in a small community….We appreciated the financial support, but more importantly, his enthusiasm, and professionalism that he brought to our community and festival….Thanks for the encouragement, and inspiration, Rick

Condolence from Jean and Bryan Staples on March 29th, 2016 8:08 AM

Dear Shannon and family,
Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear of your loss. What a pleasure working with Rick … he would light up the Winnipeg office by simply walking in the door. We are thinking of you all at this sad, sad time.

Condolence from Jamie Denbow on March 29th, 2016 10:19 AM

Shannon and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Rick’s passing, my heart goes out to you. Rick was a fantastic co-worker, mentor and friend. His humor, optimism, kindness and constant loving and adoration for his friends and family was something to be admired and has helped make me into the husband and father that I am today.
Good bye for now Rick and good luck on your continued journey. You live on in the hearts of so many.
Jamie Denbow

Condolence from Kim McConnell on March 29th, 2016 7:01 PM

Shannon and family, we’re thinking of you during this painful time. We’re also recalling great memories of our friend, Rick. His wonderful smile; his great laugh; the true enjoyment you felt when you had chat with him over a coffee, a meal or a rum & coke. Rick left a positive impression on all of us. Thank you.
The journey continues …
Kim and Carolyn

Condolence from Ron MacEachern on March 29th, 2016 11:49 PM

Shannon & Family
So sad to hear of Rick’s passing. Really tough to accept when he was such a young man. Our Sympathies & Prayers are with you in your time of sadness.

Condolence from Ian McNeill on March 30th, 2016 10:02 AM

Shannon and Family
We were very saddened to hear of your loss. Rick was always a positive, warm and friendly person in his personal and professional life. He set and example to all of us! We are thinking of you and praying for your continued strength in this difficult time.
Ian and Diane McNeill

Condolence from Paul Arsenault on March 30th, 2016 10:51 AM

Dear Shannon & family,
We were very sad to hear of Rick’s passing, our deepest sympathies. I always enjoyed the Warren family gathering’s like the annual Papa Bud golf tournament and being in awe of Rick’s presence and great memory as he recited family stories from growing up and over the years. I will also personally cherish the memories I have of running into Rick at Winnipeg sporting events like the Goldeyes, Bomber’s, Moose & Jet games. He had a passion for life that was evident, he will be truly missed.
Paul, Shauna, Nate & Nicholas Arsenault

Condolence from Pennie Mitchell & girls on March 30th, 2016 5:08 PM

Dear Shannon & family…Sometimes there are no words to express the feelings of the heart…but I pray your hearts will be lifted as you remember all the wonderful times you had together. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

(unfortunately, can not be with you Friday – working)

Condolence from Michael and Jacquie Downs on March 30th, 2016 6:21 PM

Shannon and family,
Condolences on the passing of Rick. Some people are taken from us way too early and it is hard to understand why. May the memories of your time together, and love of your family and friends help you through the days ahead. Although I have not seen you guys in a long time, I remember he was always smiling. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mike and Jacquie Downs

Condolence from Harold Hamre on March 31st, 2016 12:18 PM

Rick was always a class act. He was a pleasure to know and to work with. He left us way to soon and will be missed.
I wish Shannon and family strength at this difficult time.

Condolence from Wendy and Grant McCormick on March 31st, 2016 2:42 PM

We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Rick was a wonderful man. Grant and I are thinking of you and your family. We wish you the chance to recall all of the great memories of Rich and reflect on what a wonderful person he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Grant and Wendy McCormick

Condolence from Donna Sales on March 31st, 2016 5:41 PM

To Shannon, Lyndsey, Brett, Kyle and Family,
We are so deeply saddened to hear of Rick’s passing. We have such fond memories of Rick and know his family meant the world to him. We are thinking of all of you and sending our deepest condolences and warmest thoughts. This must be such a painful time, may the most precious memories help you through.
Grant, Donna, Kate and Lindsay Sales

Condolence from Pat Baldock on April 1st, 2016 9:02 AM

Dear Shannon & Family,
We are very saddened to hear of Rick’s passing. Our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

(Saddened, we’re unable to be with you Friday)

Pat and Carol Baldock

Condolence from Al and Val Irvine on April 1st, 2016 12:30 PM

Shannon. We are saddened to hear of Ricks passing. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

Condolence from Pat and Ron Poitras on April 1st, 2016 9:33 PM

Rick will never be gone in our hearts. His love and beautiful soul will live on forever, how lucky we were to have had him in our lives, just not long enough.Love to you Shannon, Brett, Kyle and Lyndsey, take care of each other…xoxo

Condolence from Susan and Jeff Groeneveld on April 6th, 2016 2:48 PM

Shannon and family,
So sorry to hear about Rick. He was truly a ‘gentle man’. Our thoughts are with you during this sad time. There are no words to fill the life that Rick leaves behind, but we will always have fond memories of Rick Warren, and that is a legacy to cherish indeed.

Condolence from Ellen Flookes on April 11th, 2016 12:28 PM

I am honoured to have known Rick’s kindness and good humour. We have been truly blessed by his presence among us. May peace and love bring comfort to the Warren family.

Condolence from Cheryl Grocock on April 11th, 2016 1:17 PM

Shannon, my deepest sympathy goes to you and your family during this hard time.

Condolence from Vance Parder on April 11th, 2016 1:47 PM

Shannon my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. From the day I met Rick, he always treated me like he had always known me. He was definitely one of the good ones that left us all far to early. Take comfort knowing he will always be with you.

Condolence from Greg and Irene Nanton on April 14th, 2016 2:11 PM

Shannon, Brett, Kyle and Lyndsey,
Irene and I are so sorry for your loss. We were very fortunate to call Rick a friend and we will truly miss him. We are sorry we can not be there for his Calgary memorial, but we will have you in our hearts.

Condolence from Donna Gillis on April 15th, 2016 8:34 AM

Shannon and family,

Our sincerest condolences on your loss and the long battle leading up to Rick’s passing. We will join you in spirit for his Celebration of Life and then again this summer at the lake we hope you will join us to toast the many years your shared together and the joy he brought into your lives.
Peace to you all. Donna Gillis and Harry Kopeschny.

Condolence from Barbara Gillis on April 15th, 2016 9:19 AM

Sorry I just heard about Rick’s passing. My sincere condolences. I hope at this difficult time you know there are a few of us there that have you in our hearts even if we haven’t kept touch as much as we should have.

Condolence from The Rosentreter’s on April 15th, 2016 6:01 PM

Shannon, Brett, Kyle and Lyndsey
We are so sorry to hear about Rick’s passing. We know this is a hard time for you, but
we also know that your family is blessed with so many great memories of Rick.
Our thoughts are with you all.
Terry, Janet, Jay, Craig and Kyle

Condolence from Darla Borbely on April 16th, 2016 9:47 AM

Shannon and family,
Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
Sincerely Jim, Darla, Brendan & Alanah.

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