Dave Richards

A photo of Dave Richards

Service:

Celebration of Life
Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club
Friday January 10, 2020
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Remembrances will be shared starting at 7:00 p.m.

It is with sad hearts that “Team Richards” announces the recent trade of David Charles Richards, Dave to his friends, to “Team Heaven”.  His family and close friends were with him in the final negotiations and wished him well with his new team.  Coincidently the new team has many players from his past who he respected and loved including his parents Amelia & Charles Richards.

Dave was married to his wife Trudy for 47 years and they made so many, many great memories as a team with family and friends.  They added players over the years; Jamie and wife Dana along with their beautiful caring daughters Andie and Scottie (his baby girls), Joel and wife Jacquie with the very handsome and talented young men Finley (Finn always said Grampa was his best friend) and Cohen (his big boys).

Loving Older Brother to Ann & Keith Wellwood and Kathy & Mark Brunner.  Awesome Brother-in-Law to Raymond & Pat Stone and Mark & Vivian Stone.  A fun Uncle to many nieces & nephews, Dave leaves behind a large extended family who he loved and so many, many friends who he adored, loved having fun with and making lasting memories with.  He will sure miss all of the time spent with his BFF Mike Rumble, his great friend Doug Johnston and of course all of his long-time friends including those from Wednesday Beer Boys, the Golf Course and his great team mates from Senior Hockey.

Dave was a great Montreal Canadiens fan who loved baseball and hockey.  He played baseball for many years.  Dave played his last hockey game Thursday morning the day he was traded.  He coached Blenheim Minor Hockey for a few years and then was a trainer and equipment manager with the Blenheim Blades for a few years, which both Jamie and Joel played for.  He was with the team in 1994-95 when they went to league finals.  He was inducted into the Blades Hall of Fame in 2012.

Dave was always so proud of his two sons and their accomplishments.  He adored his two beautiful new daughters-in-law who were more like daughters and he was always excited and ready to watch and boast about his Grandkids activities

The trade will be finalized with a “Celebration of Life” for family and friends to be held at Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club in Blenheim, Ontario on Friday January 10, 2020 from 6 – 10 p.m.   Feel free to wear anything Montreal Canadiens and of course funky socks…two of Dave’s favourites.

Team Richards charity of choice is the Blenheim Blades.

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I am truly sorry for your loss.

Dear Trudy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours sons during this difficult time. Please accept my deepest sympathies on Dave’s early passing. Such a loss for so many.

The Earth has lost another good one. Dave was a great guy with a terrific sense of humor. I'm sure you'll miss him terribly, and hope your wonderful memories of him help you through this difficult time.

Dear Trudy, Joel, Jamie & Family One of my favourite memories of Dave was when Trudy & Dave would drop by Dan's on Christmas Eve. We shared so many laughs. I'm honoured to have known such a great guy and to call him my cousin. My deepest sympathies are with you, now and in the days ahead. Love & Hugs, Dawn Ann, Clint, Griifin & Lexi

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and family. Sincere condolences from Ralph & Gayle. Dave was one of a kind. We worked hard and played hard together for many, many years. Dave and I received genuine pleasure from each other's company and conversations. As you know, when I received the news about Dave's passing I was sitting in a bar in Panama. I shed a tear and then had a beer and toasted the white haired old bugger. He would have liked that. Many fond memories ….. never to be forgotten. All our love.

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and family Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Everyone has lost a great guy that is gone way too soon. May the great memories of Dave help you all through this difficult time. Hugs. Brad & Donna

My condolences to Trudy, Jamie, Joel and families on the loss of a wonderful man. He will be missed by all who knew him. Always a smile and kind words spoken whenever you saw him.

so shocked to hear of Dave's passing. he and dick worked together out at southwestern regional centre for a lot of years . the stories...….. please know , Trudie, that he was a well loved man and we both shall miss him. God's peace be always with you and your family. love bev and dick

Trudy, Jamie,Joel and families. Sending my deepest sympathy to all. Dave was simply one of Blenheim’s finest. It seemed that many of our conversation we had entailed family. Such a genuine person that touched so many!

The world is a little darker on the death of a man who was community oriented, kind, gentle, good, decent, down to earth and always willing to help. Dave was a friend to all who was also justifiably proud of a family to whom he was utterly committed. He will be very fondly remembered by all those into whose lives he entered. Gone to soon. Please accept our sincerest sympathies.

Our condolences, so sad to hear of your loss. May your happy times help in the times to come.

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and families. So are so sorry to hear of your loss. May all of your great memories help in this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Don & Dorothy Osborne and family

ALWAYS A GREAT FRIENDLY GUY. OUR MEMORIES OF DAVE ARE FOND. WE WISH THE FAMILY DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR HIS EARLY PASSING. DOUG & LIZ

Trudy and family. Darrel and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Dear Trudy, It has been a while since we last talked, but you and Dave were amazing Blenheimites. You openly participated in so many of the wonderful activities that Blenheim has to offer. You will have so many wonderful memories of your families life together. Please accept my condolences to you and yours. Sharren

Trudy, Jamie and Joel.Our sincere condolences to you and your family.A wonderful gentleman has left our community, Dave will be missed by many. Hugs. Susan and Brian

Our condolences Trudy and family ,so sorry for your loss . Thinking of you . Sincerely Glenda and Family

Trudy and family.... so sorry for your loss. Dave was a great guy. He was great to work with in the day.

Trudy and family, We are so sorry to hear about Dave.Our deepest sympathy.

Team Richards: We're very sorry to learn about Dave's passing. It was great seeing Dave (and Trudy) at the rink...always with a smile and some kind words. Please accept our condolences. Matthew, Sara, Jack and Sam Smith

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and families, I was so very sorry to hear about Dave. I know my parents (Luann and Carl Phair) will miss him a lot. He was a funny and super kind man. Sending you all support and prayers during this difficult time.

Dear Trudy and family so sorry to hear about Dave.Our thoughts are with you. Neil an d Cory Simpson

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and families. Dave= husband, father, grandpa and to us, a wonderful friend. He made everyone welcome and comfortable. Our condolences on your tremendous loss. We hope that your memories of family moments and all of the laughs and good times with Dave help sustain you through your loss.

My sincerest sympathies to Richards family. May your love for family and friends help you through this very difficult time

Dear Trudy, Jamie,Joel & families As well as the entire Richards family We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies to each and every one of you.

Dear Trudy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I believe my husband Wayne worked with Dave at the SWRC at one time. I know this is a difficult time for you and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Lynn Clark

Trudy& family; We are very sorry for your great loss. Dave was a great guy. You and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.

Trudy and family Thoughts and prayers for all for your loss

Trudy & Family, Thinking of you & your family. Hoping all your wonderful memories will help get you through this difficult time. Sending lots of love & prayers to you. Bill, Teddy, Jil/Paul, Juli/Vince & Jodi/Gabe

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of one of SRC's and Lincoln's best. Ken Newton & Liane Snobelen

Dave was a great man who’ll be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Trudy, Joel, Jamie and families. Much love and deepest sympathies, the Butler Family

I worked with Dave at the Southwestern Regional Center. Please accept my condolences. Dave was a great guy and will be missed.

My condolences to Kathy, Ann, Trudy and family. I am truly blessed to have known and laughed with David. We didn’t get together nearly often enough but if we ever needed David it was reassuring to know that he was always there. He is already dearly missed. Kathy and I keep you all in our thoughts and carry David’s memory in our hearts. My best to you all, Mark Brunner

We just heard of Dave’s passing from our son Matt. We are shocked and saddened by this news . After working with Dave on many jobs he became a close friend. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community . A nicer friend is hard to find and this team lost a great coach.

Dear Trudy, Jamie and Joel and families, I am so sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Denise Massicotte

Trudy, Ann, and families, we are saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. Thinking of you at this very difficult time. You have so many memories to cherish.

We were shocked and saddened to hear that Dave had passed away, so suddenly. He was a great friend who will be missed by so many. Our thoughts are with you Trudy, Jamie, Joel and your families. I’m afraid we will not be able to make it to the “Celebration of Life”, but we will take the time to toast Dave on Jan 10th, and thinking of all of you. Mark and Cathy Willmore.

Trudy, Jamie Joel & families So very sorry to hear of Dave’s trade 😢 How lucky team heaven is to get him although he will be dearly missed by the Richards team after so many fun years , unconditional love, great memories and dedicated service to his life time team ! Wishing team Richard peace during this difficult time ! ❤️🤗🙏

Trudy and all your family members, our deepest condolences , sharing your great loss, sending you blessings and God’s guidance.

So sorry to hear about Dave’s passing. Our payers are with you.

So sorry and saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. You are in our thoughts Trudy and family. He will be missed by so many. Worked with Dave at SRC.

Trudy and Family. ..Our deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. Dave was a good guy. R.I.P. Sincerely Charlie and Barb.

Dear Trudy and family I am deeply saddened by your loss and you are in my prayers during this very difficult time. Dave was a great friend to me and both of you were always so kind to me whether through our golfing times or at your backyard gatherings it was always and always will be in my memories. Dave was an exceptional guy and he will be sorely missed by everyone. Thinking of you all.

Trudy and family...Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband and father Dave. Marty and Vicki Pawlak (Kylies' inlaws)

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Trudy..our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It's a sad time for all of us who were lucky enough to spend time with Dave. He was just a super guy! We so enjoyed time spent in the summer on the golf course with him and for sure Florida will be a whole lot less fun this year. Love and peace.

Our heart-felt condolences to the Richards family. Your team captain has accepted a new position but will forever be cheering his family on from above.

Our deepest sympathy to Joel and Jacquie as well as the whole Richards family. We are so sorry for this great loss. We are thinking of you.

Trudy, Jamie, Joel, Ann, Kathy and families. So deeply sorry to hear of Dave's passing. He was a person who valued family, friends & community and will be greatly missed by all. Dave will always be one of our English Street comrades and said that growing up as kids in a neighbourhood would bond you forever. So true, so true....our thoughts are with you all. RIP Dave Richards

Dave will be missed by all, such a friendly and given person. Sometimes people would get Trudy's Dave and my Dave mixed up due to the nice head of hair they had. Rest in Peace

I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. I worked with Dave at SRC for many years. He will be greatly missed.

Please accept my sincere condolences during this sad time. Prayers for the family and friends. There is a special bond between a grandfather and grand children. I’m quite sure he was considered by all of his grandchildren to be their best friend. They have lasting memories, as you all do. God bless Team Richards.

So sorry for your loss Trudy, Jamie, Joel & families. You have a great circle of family & friends that will help to deal with your loss. He was a great man and will be missed. XOXO

Our sincere condolences to family. May your fond memories hold you through the sad days.

We are Jacquie and Joel’s Aunt and Uncle. Our deepest condolences to the Richards family and friends

Trudy and family, Such a loss to you and the entire Blenheim Community. One could always count on Dave to lend a helping hand and then stay for a beer. Now Ted has his golfing and hockey partner with him and oh yes, his beer drinking partner, too! Cherish your precious memories. No one can take those away from us. Sincerely, Brenda.

We are so sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.

I am so very for your loss Trudy Joel Jamie and family . He was one of a kind such a great friend of dads. My sisters and I were fortunate to experience the Wednesday night beer boys gathering after dad passed away.. lots of stories.. lots of laughs and memories that we will hold on forever. Thinking of you all at this difficult time 🤗

Trudy & family, we are truly saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a wonderful dedicated man to his family & work. Enjoyed working with Dave many years at SRC. His sense of humour will be missed by all. Pat Taylor

Our deepest sympathy

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and Family, We are so sorry for your loss! Dave was a great guy and always had a smile and a friendly hello for us. Take care of yourselves and keep each other close during this difficult time. Family and Friends are everything....

So sorry to hear about the sudden loss of Dave, there are no words that can ease the pain. Unfortunately I can't be there for his Celebration of Life as I will be in Florida. Thiinking of you all. Hugs Sandy

So sorry for your loss

Dear Trudy, Jamie, Joel and family There are no words to describe how devastated we are. Our hearts hurt for all of you, our adopted family. He was such a fun and caring man always being the attentive host. Let all the great memories help you through this sad time Love Kaye & Fred

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and families. So many great memories of families growing together. Hockey and baseball games played over many years. A man, who could be counted on in all areas of life. RIP Dave. You will be missed.

So sorry to hear of your loss of such a great guy, he was always thinking of a way to support his community, he will be sorely missed by all, thinking of you all xo

Our thoughts are with your whole family, he will be missed by many!

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and family - We are heartbroken for you and have had you in our thoughts since we heard of Dave’s passing. He was a great and generous man. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Sending warm thoughts across the miles. Dave will be so missed by everyone who knew. Blenheim has lost one of it’s best.

Dear Trudy, Jamie,Joel and family, Jim and I would like to sent our deepest sympathy to you and your family during such a difficult time. Dave will always be remembered in our hearts. HUGS❤

Our thoughts are with your whole family, he was a wonderful man!

Jamie are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. I know you have many wonderful memories of your Dad that you can cherish.

Trudy and family.... sending thoughts and prayers...may you find peace with your friends and family and comfort with all your wonderful memories....He will be truly missed...

My condolences to Trudy and the Family. I hope your wonderful memories warm your hearts during this time . Trace.

Our sincere condolences Jamie, Joel and family. Dave was a Realy great guy. We worked with him at Southwestern Regional Centre. So sorry.

Unbelievable that this has happened. No words can express our families condolences to the whole Richards clan. He will be missed by all who knew him and his mark will be remembered. Your all in our hearts and prayers during this time. Scott, Mary, Melina, Kristian, Jack and Donna Turk

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and families. We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a great man and wonderful friend to many. I have fond memories of BFF Mike and Dave doing cement work for me for various projects ... truly a class act. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Cherish all of your wonderful memories to help manage your loss. Sincere Condolences.

Trudy, Jamie and Joel. My honour to know Dave. He will be missed by all; truly a wonderful guy. Chatted many Thursday’s at the course, miss him already. With sincere condolences, Mike.

Our sincere sympathies on the passing of a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend.

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time of sorrow and grieving. (Mike & Kathy McCracken and family)

Trudy and family, We offer our deepest condolences on the passing of Dave. May you find peace with your family and friends, and comfort in your many wonderful memories. Sincerely, Myra & Don Pettit and Shayna Taylor

Sorry for your loss. It is truly a sad time. We send our prayers out to your family. Bob and Pat

Trudy, Jamie,Joel and families, Our deepest condolences on your loss! Reade & Sherrie Spence.

Dave you will forever have a place in my heart RIP

Trudy, Jamie, Joel& families. So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Dave. He was doing what he loved hockey & a beer, surrounded by friends. The only thing missing was his family. Dave was just an all around gentleman with a big heart. Hold tight to his any fond memories. Prayers to you Trudy & your family. R. I. P. Dave.

There are just no words to comfort those in such a great loss, just know so many are sharing your lots and thinking of all you family. At Peace Dave.

Shocked and saddened to hear of sudden passing of Dave our deepest sympathies Trudy, Jamie Joel and family Thinking of you

Sincere condolences. 🙏

My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Dave was a good friend who I have come to know over the years at the Thursday afternoon get together's at the Legion. He will certainly be missed I know by all those that have known him throughout his life.

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and families our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cherish the memories now and in times ahead.

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and family we are saddened to hear of Dave's passing-Sending our condolences. Rest in Peace Dave, you will be missed-

Trudy & family. We are truly saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. He always greeted us with a smile and took the time to chat. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Trudy, Jamie, Joel and family...my sincere condolences on Dave's passing. He will be remembered for his smile and awesome sense of humor. He will be missed. Susan (Baltzer) Blonde

Trudy, Jamie and Joel, I am saddened to here that Dave has passed away. He will surely be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Rest in peace Dave. Bill Bentley

Trudy and family, very saddened for the loss of Dave. So kind and so very very proud of his family. We both worked with Dave for many years and always thought he was one of the GREAT guys.

My condolences to Trudy and family. Good man

My condolences to the entire Richards family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time .

Sincere condolences to Dave's family.I knew Dave from the SRC days.

Sincere sympathy. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Praying for strength and peace to carry you through the difficult days ahead.

Our condolences to You and your Family at this difficult time.

Trudy & Family: I was Dave's defense partner for 5 years every Monday & Thursdays. We never called each other by name, it was always PARTNER. The one liners we gave each other before and after the game I will never forget. There was a lot of laughs but during the game and we would be on the bench it was how each of our Families are doing and what happened on the weekend . I knew when he was going to hockey games in London or the skating carnival last week. He Loved and was very Proud of his family. His was a Friendship I will never forget. Partner watch over all of us until we meet again. Aikey

hi Trudy and family, my sincere heartfelt thoughts an d prayers to you and yours on learming of david's passing, a super guy and will be missed. sincerely GAIL.

Trudy and Family. We are so sad to hear about the loss of Dave. You have our Deepest Sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Richards family.

Trudy and family, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Dave. He will be missed by many in our small community. May he "Rest in Peace"

Trudy and Family. Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

You and your family are in our thoughts at this very difficult time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Trudy and all your family. Florida won't be the same. Will miss this great guy for a coffee in the a.m. Hugs Joyce and Bill

Trudy and family, so sorry for your loss. Dave was a great guy and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Linda/Mike Lanz

Thoughts are with the Richards family. Davey was a great man to be around. I am proud to of been able to know such a good man.

Trudy and family - we are so sorry for your loss. Treasure all your great memories as you travel this difficult healing road. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.