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Richard Tondu

August 28th, 1964 - January 11th, 2023
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TONDU, Richard Edward, born August 28, 1964 in Burnaby, BC; passed January 11, 2023 in Maple Ridge, BC (aged 58).  Rick was predeceased by his father, Richard Sr., step-father, Bill and brother, Steve. Rick is survived by his mother Judy; his son, Patrick (Katy), grandchildren Jayden, Thea and Greyson; partner, Susan and children, Teanne and Wyatt; sisters, Alita and Juniper (Morgan); brothers, Dave and Ahren; chosen sister, Lisa; along with Patrick’s mom, Shana as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews and many friends. 

Rick loved the outdoors and marveled at the wonders of the universe.  He was a kind hearted friend and always seemed to know just what to say.  Rick was a gentle and genuine soul taken far too early and will be eternally missed. 

There will be a Celebration of Life to honour Rick beginning at 1:00pm at Thornhill Hall, in Maple Ridge, on May 6, 2023.


February 16th, 2023

Rick was the most likeable human I've ever known. 29 years ago he saved me from a very bad break-up. Pouring rain, a two year old on my hip and my belongings on the sidewalk. I didn't know what to do or where to go. I only met Rick twice, but, I had his number and decided to call because I couldn't get a hold of anyone else. So it begins. Without hesitation he came a picked me up and took me and my 2 year old son in. We didn't know each other at all, but, I needed help and he was there.
This was the type of person Rick was and this became the beginning of our friendship and how I became "Mom" to Patrick. Rick and I became besties. He taught me how to love myself again and no matter when I fell down he was always there to pick me back up. He is a huge reason why I am who I am to today. I have so many beautiful memories because of him. Rick was the most genuine human that I've ever met. He always had the ability to listen and to give heartfelt advice. All the laughs we shared and the heartaches we shared...mostly mine because I seem to have picked all the wrong guys. " told you so" he'd say, " I know I know" always my response lol. Lots of ups and downs in our lives, but, always there for each other. I was overjoyed when Rick found a good life and a beautiful woman to share it with. He was so deserving of that and I knew what a good man he could be to the right person. It didn't matter how much time would pass that we didn't see or talk to one another because we could pick up, right where we left off. I hope we can do that again sometime, if indeed there is another life after..... I missed you all the time when we weren't around. I'm missing you even more now that your gone. I loved you dearly and you will never be forgotten.
Whoever says a man and a woman can't be best friends is missing out on what I believe is the best relationship you could ever have.
Thank-you Rick for being mine.

January 28th, 2023

Uncle, life’s not fair. You had so much more to do and experience. I will miss your presence, laugh and hugs. I will also miss joking about how we have to make sure to tell you that dinner is an hour or two earlier than it actually is so that you actually arrive at a decent time lol I enjoyed coming over to your place for dinner, you and sue whipped up some awesome food! I’m so glad you got to live a good, pure life for the last decade or so… love you and will miss you always 💐❤️

Lee & Stephen
January 28th, 2023
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Rick thank you for your kindness, love and laughter that you brought to everyone who had the pleasure of getting to know you. Thank you for being so wonderful to Susan , Wyatt and Teanne. You will be missed ♥️

Lee and Stephen Evans
January 28th, 2023

Rest in peace Rick. You were a wonderful guy. Love Lee and Stephen ❤️

Lisa Tondu
January 28th, 2023

Rick, I couldn't imagine what my life would have been without you in it. We went through alot of stuff over the years and you were MY chosen brother. My life will never be the same without you (Shithead). Love you always.

Patrick tondu
January 28th, 2023
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My father was one in a million, anyone can vouch for that!
I've never met anyone like him, I probably never will but the apple doesn't wall from the tree. That's the most hippy thing I could say about our family right now. Lol
A long line of incredible people and still growing because of who we are as tondu's.
He passed so peaceful surrounded in so much love it was pouring out of the building!
I love you pops ❤️ you will be so missed but your love lives on through all of us and the love you gave all of us.
Grandpa, Anna, Bill, Uncle Steve, aunty Linda/larry , miss everyone so much this has been a hard year of loss for our family but we take comfort knowing you're all together watching over is 🙏

Tania & Mike Borland
January 27th, 2023

We weren’t ready to say goodbye to you Rick. We had more memories to make, more laughs and stories to share. More cabin trips, more beers to drink, more games to play, dances on the porch, sunsets to see. We will cherish all the moments we did have with you and always wish we could have made more. It’s not the same without you. RIP friend.

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