RICHARD MICHAEL SCHELLENBERG
Richard Schellenberg, age 47, died on Monday, January 17th, 2022, in Winnipeg.
Richard was born on February 4, 1974, in Ottawa. He was a beautiful and engaging boy who grew into a handsome and charming man. He was notoriously good at storytelling. A trip to the supermarket, in his recounting, became an epic journey. And every journey with Richard involved laughing until your sides ached.
From the time he was a small child, throughout the entirety of his life, Richard was vigorously egalitarian and enjoyed the company of people from all walks of life. He befriended many people who were ignored or battered by the rest of the world and was a staunch champion for those who needed him.
In his youth, Richard lived the Canadian dream as a particularly skilled hockey player. His parents logged many hours at many different rinks as he rose from the local neighborhood team to Midget AAA.
Richard spent most of his work life in the hospitality industry, managing multiple bars and pubs. His priority was to keep his guests happy, which meant he made sure the food was tasty, and the drinks weren’t watered down. His karaoke version of Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line” was legendary. In addition, he was an especially supportive boss. His staff members were happy to sing his praises, even when he wasn’t nearby to listen.
Richard’s most recent work was perhaps his most challenging, as a manager of multiple properties. He was in his element, putting out fires, both literal and figurative, and famously, creatively responding to an actual fire marshal’s demands.
Richard was fortunate enough to forge relationships with several extraordinary girlfriends. The romantic component of those relationships didn’t always last, but he and his family remained friends with those wonderful women.
The joy of Richard’s life was his extraordinary daughter. The other members of his family are forever grateful that she remains the most precious aspect of his legacy.
Richard is survived by his mother and father, Sonia and Chuck; his beloved daughter, Mia; his girlfriend, Michelle; his older sister and her husband, Ingra and Ron; his younger brother, Jeff; his gorgeous cat, Mr. Jingles; and an extensive extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
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