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RICHARD (DICK) BAYER (published on June 26, 2010)

RICHARD (DICK) BAYER Peacefully, with family at his side, Richard passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at the Taché Centre at the age of 76 years. Left to cherish Richard's memory are his wife Bernice (Rochon); son Gerald (Jocelyne); and daughter Janet (Ron); grandchildren, Eric, Martin and Alain; brother Robert (Mariette); and sisterin-law Aline Grouette (Alain), as well as numerous nieces , nephews and friends. Richard was born in St. Boniface and attended Provencher School. He did well academically and enjoyed playing sports, especially hockey and football. Dad joined the CPR (in his father Louis' footsteps) in the freight claims department. He started as office boy and quickly moved up the ranks. He retired as Western Regional Claims Manager in 1992. Richard was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing with family and friends; he especially loved the post-hand analysis! Friday nights in the fall and winter were reserved for bowling and poker games with the boys'. Camaraderie, friendly competition and good-natured ribbing were always present no matter how the pins and cards dropped. Dick's love of bowling lasted all his life. The lanes at the Club La Verendrye were his second home and he served as president there for many years. Dick loved the horse races and spent many summer evenings at the track trying his luck, or skill, as he would say. He was a big Blue Bomber fan and had season tickets for many years. He also loved the Habs and, when he lived in the Marion apartments, could be heard for blocks cheering, or cursing, depending on who scored every Saturday night. Known as Chick' in his younger days, Dad went out on a New Years Eve date with a young girl from La Salle. Bernice and Dick were married a year and a half later and moved to St. Boniface after a couple of years in La Salle. They had a long and happy marriage. The love between them was readily apparent and had a big impact on their children and friends. Dick and Bernice had many parties either in the rec room or outside in the pool and gazebo (The Bear Pit). Dad was well liked and respected by everyone and that was a reflection of his character and personality. A big thank you to the fourth floor staff at the Taché Nursing Centre, they made Dad's last days as comfortable as possible. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29 at Desjardins Funeral Chapel, 357 Des Meurons Street. We'll have these moments to remember... DESJARDINS 233-4949 1-888-233-4949

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