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Richard Trann

Image by Nick Andréka


January 23, 1953 – May 2, 2024

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Richard Trann or as many knew him in the rock and roll world, Dash. He will be lovingly missed by his daughters, Jennifer, Jessica (Oliver), Emily, & Kate; his ex-wife Roberta; his sister, Rosemary (Morley); his grandchildren, Jasmine, Adam, & Luna; his niece, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Al and Beatrix; sister Maureen; brother-in-law Don; and granddaughter Sarah.

Richard lived with Parkinson’s for many years and died peacefully on the morning of May 2nd at Deer Lodge Centre. Our family is forever grateful for the care he received there and friendships he formed.

Although his life started and ended in Winnipeg, he always called the West Coast his home. He loved the ocean, canoeing, camping, and spending time in nature. He loved dogs, especially the ones he incorporated into his family over the years. Richard loved music and was a great drummer who played throughout his life, his most well-known band being ‘Dash and the Dots’.

Richard loved helping people in need and spent a lot of his life advocating for at risk youth and adults. In Vancouver, he worked with Street Youth Services in various roles of outreach throughout the years. He was involved with the publication of ‘The Slice’ which was completely written, illustrated, and put together by street kids. In Squamish, he worked at the youth center and with the needle exchange. Richard had the gift of the gab and was also a rocking salesman.

Richard was a big supporter of the arts and loved an opportunity to be on stage. He was an extra in tv shows and movies. When asked, he would take to the stage for his daughter’s dance recitals and played an incredible Frank-N-Furter in a Squamish production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Above all else Richard loved his family. He adored his daughters and grandchildren. Over his life he made several trips over to England and Northern Ireland to see his family there.

Richard lived a full life and wasn’t only a good storyteller, he had more of them to tell than most. He had a great smile and laugh; he loved being different and provocative and enjoyed a good debate. He was nonjudgmental, kind and always looking for a good time.

One of his favorite quotes was, “I wasn’t looking too good, but I was feeling real well,” by The Rolling Stones.  His home computer screen saver read ‘Question Authority’ in big bold letters.

We will be holding a celebration of life in Winnipeg on September 6, 2024, at Legion Branch 9 in Elmwood, 920 Nairn Ave. Please drop in between 1:00-4:00pm to join us in sharing memories, music and laughter.

There will be opportunities to share memories and stories of Richard, if you would like yours shared but aren’t comfortable sharing yourself, please pass it on to one of his daughters and they’ll have someone share it on your behalf.

We’ll then bring Richard with us to Vancouver and plan an opportunity to share some stories and drinks. Location, date, and time to be determined.

Richard’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

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Roger Paulsen

May 27, 2024 at 2:30 PM

Richard was a good friend for 40 years, probably my best friend for some of them. Because of Richard I have done many things I wouldn't have done otherwise and some I didn't want to do at the time. I used to say, any day of the week Richard can talk you into doing something you don't want to do. On a good day he can make you think it was your idea, For all the adventures and misadventures we had there are very few I regret. Richard, over the last few years we had little contact but I knew you were there. Now that you've passed there is a hole in my life where you used to be. Rest easy, my friend.

Rick Watson

May 27, 2024 at 2:28 PM

I met Richard about 11 years ago in a trying time in my life. He was very instrumental in helping me through it and had an amazing ability to make you feel good about yourself. He was an amazing man.

Vanessa Paternoster

May 27, 2024 at 4:53 AM

All I can say is thank you Richard. Thank you for being there for me through some of the shittiest times in my teen life. Thank you for answering the phone at 3am when I had no one else to call and answering me non-judgmentally and with kindess and compassion. Thank you for putting up with my shit but also calling me on it, I needed that. You were an advocate for us, for me, and I appreciate that whole heartedly. You helped me through so much but the best thing you ever did was just be there for me and you listened, you heard me when I felt silenced. It is because of awesome people like you that I am an advocate for others today. Thank you for everything. Also, I saw your performance as Frank-n-furter and I tell that story to the youth I work with today. The day I saw my youth care worker in full drag, never to be unseen and forever burned in my memories! Rest easy Richard and thanks again.

Jenn Murphy (Harry)

May 27, 2024 at 4:36 AM

I am saddened to learn of Richard's passing. I met him in my early teen years. He saved me. I had a pretty shitty time and he my a big support to pull me out of the darkness I fell into. He was always there, willing to give his advice and encouragement. Made many memories with the A&D group he ran. As well as the Anger Management one. Such a great man. Rip Richard, thank you for everything ♡

Lauren Coutts

May 27, 2024 at 1:21 AM

Absolutely gutted. My best memories of the worst years of my life involve the care, support and encouragement of this man. Richard, I can only say thank you for believing in me and seeing something in me that I could not see in myself. I think God for your guidance and I am certain that everyonewhose lives you touched are better for having known you.

My heart is with his family, his partner and his daughters, whom he often spoke of fondly, at this difficult time. And I thank you, whole heartedly, for having shared him with all of us. XO

Imre Naphegyi

May 26, 2024 at 6:48 PM

Ran into Richard many times throughout my life. He was always positive making people smile or laugh at a corny saying. Always pleasant with a great attitude about life. He'll be greatly missed in both communities. Condolences to all his family, extended family and many friends.

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