It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Richard “Rick” Bourre, our son, father, grandpa, friend and life partner. Rick was born in Chapleau, Ont. on Aug. 17, 1968 to Douglas and Linda Bourre.
At age five, the family moved to Rainy River, Ont. and this is where Rick would really make his mark on the world.
He was a skilled hockey defensemen, spending many years at the Rainy River Rec Centre as a player, coach and fan. Eventually Rick's love for the sport would take him to Emo, Ont. where he would coach his daughters along with many other girls and boys.
Rick was a passionate outdoorsmen. In 1976, his parents became owners a beautiful cabin on Lake of the Woods.
Here, Rick spent the summers relaxing and enjoying the company of his family and friends.
As summer would fade into fall, Rick's hunting adventures would begin.
You could find him up the ridge looking for a partridge, waiting in a tree stand for a deer or on the Aulneau Peninsula with his brother scouting out a moose.
Rick had also recently began hunting in Geraldton, Ont. as well.
He had many passions but his biggest was helping others. There was always an open door, a warm smile and a pot of coffee ready to be made in Rick's home.
He helped many people become better versions of their self. His drive to make the world a better place also became part of his job.
Rick worked at the Rainy River Hospital as a tradesmen. He joined the union executive and became president of CUPE Local 4807.
He spent many hours late into the night educating himself on different acts, polices and procedures.
Rick also sat on the Northwestern Ontario CUPE council as the vice-president for the Fort Frances region. He helped arranged for educational courses to be held in the area.
Rick had a great sense of adventure. For many years, this could be seen at the Emo Speedway every Saturday night. Rick raced both a street stock and Bmod car.
After racing came his motorcycle. This was a passion he shared with his fiance, Tammy. Rick and Tammy shared the last four years together.
They took many trips on their motorcycle, visiting places such as Grand Beach, Man., Banff and Wisconsin Dells.
His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his fiance, Tammy Collins; parents, Douglas and Linda Bourre of Gameland, Ont.; brother, Michael Bourre of Gameland; children, Jessie Bourre (Sean) of Geraldton, Lindsay Bourre (Leslie) of Barwick, Ont., Chris Lysiuk (Laurel) of Elm Creek Man., Amanda Drury (Josh) of Rainy River, and Ryan Drury of Banff, Alta.; his grandchildren, Haydn and Hana Lysiuk of Elm Creek and Kaleb Johnson of Barwick; and the mother of Jessie and Lindsay, Vivian Lysiuk of Emo; along with many family and friends.
Rick also leaves behind three Labrador retrievers, Si, Hunter and Duke, who will miss him deeply.
Rick is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Claire Firetto and William McFarlane; paternal grandparents, Joy and Alfred Bourre; and his Aunt Carol Bourre, Aunt Lois Clegg and Uncle Bill McFarlane.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Memorial donations in honor of Rick can be made to the Rainy River Rec Centre by cheque, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, ON, P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com