Passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020 at the Thompson Hospital at the age of 33 years.
Tim was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on August 24, 1987.
Tim was the youngest of 5 children in the Richard family, who grew up in Sandy Bay First Nation. As the youngest, he endured quite a bit of teasing down the line from 4 older siblings. Tim was, in every way the baby of our family, his nickname of Sunsee Bear stuck with him for many years. When he was young he enjoyed playing outside and riding his bike. He also spent a lot of time over at his Grandma Suzanne’s. Tim was also the youngest of the grandchildren. He and his Koko enjoyed each spending time together. She got a puppy for them to keep company during visits, who they named Animush.
During his high school years Tim excelled in shot-put and discus. He won numerous events in Manitoba and went on to compete at the Indigenous Games, where he won a gold medal. Tim also had a natural ability to start fixing and doing automotive repairs at home with his Dad. Tim had many high school friends who enjoyed his laid back, humorous company, many of who he still kept in touch with.
Tim graduated from IBMS in 2005. He went on to attend Assiniboine Community College, where he obtained his certificate in Heavy Duty Mechanics. He worked for many years in Portage la Prairie with Blights Equipment. Portage is also the birth place of his oldest son, Timothy Jr, and his daughter Alicia.
Tim was always the first one to help anyone with any kind of vehicle problems. He was effortlessly strong, easily completing a 2-man job on his own. Tim also loved hunting. His hunting trips to Duck Mountain with his brothers and his Dad were something he always looked forward to. Let’s not forget Tim’s trucks! He was a fan of all things to make his trucks bigger, better and of course louder, the louder the better. You could hear Tim coming from miles away; revving and flooring his truck around were a defining trait of who Tim was.
2014 is when Tim made a spur of the moment trip to travel up North with a stop in Wabowden. He met Megan his first night there and instantly enjoyed her company. They shared the exact same sense of humour. Nothing was off limits for their joking ways, not a day went by where they didn’t share unstoppable laughter. Wabowden is where they made a life together, Baby Ryder made their family complete. As a family, they enjoyed the outdoors. Tim loved the north, hunting or on the lake fishing is where he liked to spend time with his closest friends in Wabowden.
For 6 years Tim made Wabowden is home. When Megan passed away in 2017, he buried a big piece of his heart with her. Along with Megan’s mom, Sheri, they made sure the boys had all the extra love they needed. Tim never let a celebration go by without involving Megan. They undoubtedly were the definition of True Love.
He leaves to mourn his oldest brother Justin, his sister Pam and his twin brothers Casey and Elvis.
He will be sadly missed by numerous nieces and nephews, who always made the most of their time spent with their comical Uncle Tim. He was always the one to bring laughter and lightness into the room.
Treasured memories of their Dad, Tim, will not be forgotten by his children Timothy Jr, Alicia and Ryder.
The family of Tim wish to express deep appreciation to the community of Wabowden, Manitoba. He often spoke highly of his extended family and friends in the small town. This is where Tim developed an enjoyment for fishing and boating. The past 6 years in Wabowden is also where Tim began one of his greatest passions, of being a Hockey Dad. His pride and presence was felt in many rinks across the north. Wabowden is also where Tim met Megan; their love for each other has lasted through loss and sorrow. He is now back with his soul mate, an eternal love he was lost without.
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