Richard (Rick) Louis Jeffery passed away suddenly December 7, 2021, at his home in Dangriga, Belize. Rick is the fourth child born to Stan and Rheta Jeffery on March 20, 1961, in Fort Frances, Ontario. He grew up in Fort Frances spending summers at the family cabin on Reef Point
He attended grade nine at Crozier Seminary in Onamia, Minn., where he excelled at cross country running. He returned to Fort Frances High School where he graduated and went on to ace the Small Motor Marine course at Rainy River Community College in International Falls.
Following some training while working at Great Bear and North Air in Fort Frances, Rick moved to Winnipeg to maintain, install and repair gas pumps and car washes until reoccurring health issues led to early retirement.
Throughout Rick’s life he sought out and befriended people offering friendship and help. He was a loyal and true friend! He would quite literally give the shirt off his back if you needed it and was always there to help. He loved to laugh at himself and his inventions but had an amazing talent to bring things together to make something better. He was a go-to mechanic, fix-it-all technician, builder, advisor, you name it… Rick was the master of it! There was absolutely nothing he couldn’t fix or solve. He loved challenges. Whatever he couldn’t do, he would improvise and most of the times make it 10 times better! Then he would celebrate with an ice-cold coke and yell “it is freaking insane that was all it took!”
Rick had a lifelong passion to play and always found willing partners. He loved to expose adults and children alike to the fine arts of four wheeling, roller skating/blading, potato guns, rockets, fireworks, bow and arrows, waterskiing, knee boarding, scuba diving, field car racing and of course, bonfires.
Rick’s adventures took him to Belize over 10 years ago where he fell in love with the warm people and country. Rick purchased property in Belize, spending six months in Belize and six months in Winnipeg before assuming residency in Dangriga, Belize, in November of this year. Rick’s chosen family is larger than any of us know and includes people in Belize, Canada, the U.S. and likely other parts of the world. Rick had chosen family and friends wherever he went who enriched his life and took him in as a brother, uncle, godfather and best friend.
“This too shall pass” was Rick’s mantra. No matter how difficult life got he kept saying “this too shall pass!” “I am waiting for a worldwide awaking where everything is shared and there are no hungry or sick people!” Those words were his… a man with a heart of gold.
Rick was a man of his word. If he promised you something, he would make sure he did it. Rick made a huge impact in each and everyone’s life that he touched. He was the best friend. He lived a wild and impactful life which words cannot do full justice to, and he will be missed terribly. Rick’s life lessons are: there’s a solution to every problem or challenge; hard times never last; always stick to your promises; and always believe there is good in everyone.
Rick is survived by his mother Rheta (Len) and his siblings Theresa (John) and their children Madison and Nicholas, Bob (Tammy) and their children Tara, Darren and Tracey, Michele and her children Robert (Jasmine), Adam and Samantha (Joel) and Dan’s children Amanda (Jeremy) and Ashley (Aaron); former spouses Liz and Shannon; and numerous aunt, uncles and cousins.
Rick is pre-deceased by his father Stan (Pat); brother Dan; grandparents Reginald and Madonna Morrish, Bob and Delia Jeffery; his aunts Arleen (Jack) Steinke, Esther (Don) Dodd, and Roberta Jeffery; and cousins Barry Dodd and Pat Steinke.
The first celebrations of Rick’s life will occur December 23 in Dangriga, Belize, and other dates and locations are to be determined.