Passing of a Member


September 14, 1956 – June 20, 2024

After a courageous battle with cancer, it is with deep sadness that we, his family, announce the peaceful passing of Rick (aka Moose) at home.
Rick is survived by his wife Michele, his children, Elyse (Kyle) and Justin, grandson Blake, and extended family and friends across Canada and in England.
Rick was born at the Portage La Prairie hospital and shortly thereafter adopted by Marjorie (nee Kennedy) and Raymond Vezina into a large, boisterous, loving extended family.
He spent his childhood in Stockton and Glenboro moving to Winnipeg as a young teen, making lifelong friendships, excelling both academically and athletically – in particular track and field.
He loved living in the country and told many wonderful stories of attending a little one room school house, walking through the snow to Christmas concerts, and fishing in the creek beneath his Grandads hill. To a born and bred city girl, it sounded magical. We were so happy to give Elyse, Justin and later Blake similar experiences growing up in Springfield and at the cottage in Matlock. What times we have had Rick.
Rick spent his working life with Air Canada and the IAMAW, wearing a variety of hats, helping many people along the way.
How do you put into words the measure of a man among men. Those of us lucky enough to have walked beside him through this wonderful journey we call life will each have our own special memories to comfort us at this time.
We find ourselves on different time zones once again Rick, but I know we will find each other again. Thank you for a wonderful life, be free now to run as fast as you want wherever you want my love.
For as long as I live and everywhere I go, I will search for pieces of you, I adore you Dad, all my love Elyse.
Our family would like to thank the army of people who have contributed to Rick’s care over the last six and a half years. You are all simply the best at what you do.
At Rick’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no funeral. We will celebrate his life later this summer.

Arrangements entrusted to: Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 29, 2024, Jun 29, 2024