Desjardins, Richard Alexander
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Richard “Rick” Desjardins following a swift battle with cancer. Richard is survived by his adoring wife, Leanne (Bresolin), whom he loved from the moment they met when they first played tennis together. He also leaves behind his loving daughters, Melanie (Geoffrey Martin) and Stephanie (James McDermid), who were the joys of his life. He was the beloved papa of grandchildren Cohen Ratsavong, Bennett Martin, Rosie Martin, Maxwell McDermid and Poppy McDermid.
He will be sadly missed by his mother, Janet (the late Ernie) Smith of Mount Hope, and his father, Larry (Sheila) Desjardins of Port Richey, Florida, his sister, Kathrine (Tony) DelBen of Oakville, his brother Steven (Elise) Desjardins of Newmarket, his sister Donna (John) Hunter of Waterdown, his mother-in-law Adele (the late Pietro) Bresolin, sister-in-law Barbara (David) Sloopka, and brother-in-law Paul (Lee-Anne) Bresolin, all of Guelph. He leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews who always looked forward to spending time with fun Uncle Rick.
Rick was the most sensitive soul. He always had thoughtful advice, always had a ready grin, always had a plan that included others. He loved deeply and was deeply loved. It was always so important for him to show gratitude, so it is no surprise that his spirit chose Thanksgiving Day to leave a lasting legacy.
Rick filled his life with the things that made him the most proud. He loved his work at Encore Promotions, the company he started 35 years ago, where he was able to be creative and concise, and where he established long-lasting relationships in the community. He loved family gatherings and barbeques where he could set up games in the back yard for the “sprogs”. He loved sports and made lifelong friends playing tennis, hockey, baseball, and golf. He helped foster memories for others by organizing the infamous Crikey Cup, where he insisted on following the rules of fair play and camaraderie. He loved music and the beach and the sunset at Southampton. He left a lasting impression on everyone he met.
Though he left this world far too soon, his spirit will live on forever in the many beautiful memories shared by his family and friends. As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Wellington in his honour.
His family will receive friends at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St., Guelph from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021. Due to COVID restrictions, guests must RSVP their attendance through the funeral home website. Masks are mandatory and social distancing will be in place. Also due to COVID concerns and restrictions, a private family funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
“Rise up this morning, smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds, by my doorstep
Singing sweet songs, of melodies pure and true
Saying, ‘This is my message to you.’
Don’t worry about a thing
‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.”
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Richard Desjardins Monday October 11th 2021..
Death notice for the town of: Guelph, Province: Ontario