On the evening of June 10, 2021, Richard, Dad, Bumma passed away peacefully at Wellington Hospice in his ninth decade. He was the beloved husband of Helen Wojcicki (nee Krupa); father to Caroline (Patrick) and Mark (Beeneta); and grandfather to Anita, Timothy, Hannah, and Peter.
Many wonderful memories were shared with his family, including siblings-in-law Danina (Peter) and Richard; beloved family members Nyah and Celeste; nieces Amanda (Mike), the late Vanessa (2020), and Alysa (Timothy); and nephew Jonathan.
Loving comments from Helen and Mark: The cherished and only son of the late Apolonja and Stanislaw Wojcicki, born in Montreal in 1939. After attending D'Arcy McGee High School, military cadet camps, and Loyola
(Concoria) University (B.Com
m), his journey as a lifelong learner began.
He was a Grenadier Guard, a stamp collector, and an avid Montreal Canadians (HABS) fan. His charm and skills in poetry and rhymes, gardening, and cooking helped to win the lady in the red dress, Helen, his true love at first sight, at a friend's home in Montreal. He met his treasured soon-to-be in-laws, the late Honorata and Stanislaw Krupa.
Helen and Richard were married for 57 years. They transitioned from Montreal to Guelph with their two children in 1974. They guided Caroline and Mark through school, music, sports, mushroom picking, euchre and visits to Babcia's farm. As their children grew, they built the family cottage on Lake Conestoga. Over more than ten years, and with the help of many "volunteers," it became a haven for warm family dinners, raspberry picking, and trips to the Drayton Festival (always enjoying an ice cream cone during intermission).
As years passed, Helen and Richard took great joy in watching their grandchildren grow. They joyfully participated in their many activities, cello concerts, dance recitals, hockey games, swim meets, and soccer games. They truly loved to travel felt very fortunate that they were able to spend time in Europe, India, New Zealand, and Egypt. For relaxation, spent time in Arizona and Horseshoe Valley with family and friends. Richard always kept a meticulous diary of his adventures. Every detail was documented, and every trip had a beautiful scrapbook to accompany it.
He loved entertaining (often in costume) at home or on the deck with his dry wit and clever dad jokes. He loved playing Santa Claus (almost convincing his grandchildren that he wasn't Bumma). He taught his guests how to make pierogi from scratch and served up delicious meals of bigos or cabbage rolls. In later years, Helen and Richard enjoyed long neighbourhood walks and tending to their garden at St Ignatius, a tradition which has been continued by his loving grandchildren.
Richard enjoyed his work at PV Tax, engaging with customers and serving his community. He also did volunteer tax preparation for those in the community who were unable to go out. He volunteered his time at Big Box Action Group, Homewood (cappuccinos extraordinaire), Meridian, and Tour de Guelph. He regularly attended mass and his Catholic spirituality and Buddhism was deeply important to him.
A loving message from Caroline: Richard was the oracle of the family. He was always ready to offer wisdom, a rock who was sure of his place and purpose in life: a beautiful wife, a loving family, success in business, sweeping travel, and a peaceful death.
"Thank you" was one of Richard's favourite phrases. It may have been one of the last uttered from his lips, in his calm, quiet voice. He meant what he said: he was truly thankful for everyone and everything that was a part of his life. The Wojcicki family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Amy Tan at the Grand River Regional Cancer Center and Dr. Ben Chan at the Guelph General Hospital for the kind and compassionate care Richard received over the duration of his illness.
They would also like to thank Hospice Wellington, the exceptional attentiveness to his needs will never be forgotten. I must thank you, Dad, for the innumerable qualities that you passed on to us:
organizational skills, listening ears, a patient demeanour, a tolerant attitude, and an accepting nature. May you rest in the knowledge that a part of you lives in each of us, and you will be missed always.
A last thought from Helen: We thank the Lord for the years had with Richard, Dad, Bumma, Spouse and friend. Richard will always remain "The Wind Beneath My Wings"
A visitation for the public will take place on Monday, June 21st from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St. Guelph. If you wish to attend you must RSVP for a time slot on his memorial page on the funeral home website. Due to the COVID restrictions, the service will be for immediate family and friends only. All are welcome to join the live stream on the internet via ZOOM on Tuesday, June 22nd at 2:00 p.m. Link is on his memorial page at www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com
If so desired, memorial donations to The Drop In Center or the Guelph Humane Society would be appreciated by the family. Donations can be made online following the charity link or in person at the funeral home.