It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Richard Andrew Stanley Todd on July 16, 2018. He was 56 years old.
Richard was born in Edmonton, Alberta to parents Frank Louis Todd and Mary Todd (Gladstone). He was raised in a large Metis-Cree family and grew up with his Metis culture, hearing the sound of the fiddle and the Cree language spoken by his parents. His earliest years were spent in Westsyde where he attended elementary and secondary school. In his adult years, he returned to school for adult upgrading and was very proud of his accomplishments.
Richard worked in reforestation and was a hard worker. There he met many lifelong friends. Unfortunately, Richard was injured while working and was not able to work in the field again.
As a young man, Richard enjoyed most sports and especially boxing, winning numerous trophies. He learned how to fish at a very young age and he, in turn, taught his younger brothers and sister. He was at home on the river fishing and being close to nature. Richard had an affinity for animals and was seen in the family as the spiritual one, an old soul. Richard was known for his love of family, his kindness and his generosity of time, material things and most of all his spirit. He was well loved and accepted for those who came into contact with him. His sense of humour and his love of music endeared him to many. One could often find Richard playing his harmonica for wherever he was, including musical gatherings at the Park or the Church that he was connected with.
Richard is survived by daughter Erin Tanner (Eustache) and husband Marlin Tanner; sons Richie Todd and Ricky Todd; grandchildren Teckla, Teleal, Mirren, Lilly, Marlee; brother Jim Todd (Jeanette); sisters Ellen Ahdemar (Larry), Debora Todd Draney (Reg), Sharon Todd (Terry), Mary McNiel (Chuck) nieces and nephews Misty, Jay, James, Brandie, Darryl, Marilee, Brett, Corinne, Jerri, Dustin, Jasmine, Ethan, Halle as well as great nieces and nephews.
Our family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Crossroads and Interior Health, most notably Brenda and Bill, who worked tirelessly and consistently with Richard over the last several years.
Celebration of Life: Friday, July 27th. Viewing: 11 – 1 p.m. Service at 1:30 p.m. in the Schoening Funeral Chapel