In Memory of Dr. Richard Tapper

Posted by David Minuk in Illegal Curve News on May 21, 2012 — 14 Comments

On Saturday, May 19th the city of Winnipeg lost a tremendous human being, when one of my best friends Richard Tapper passed away.

Aside from his family, friends and his work, if there was one thing that Tapper lived and breathed it was all things sports with a special emphasis on the Winnipeg Jets.  He loved attending Jets 2.0 games and got to as many as he could during the inaugural season.

I cannot possibly sum up his life or what he meant to his friends with a few snippets.  Suffice it to say he was simply an amazing person who had a positive impact on people, someone who has left us way too quickly.  He will be missed.

Tapper Eulogy:  Here is the eulogy that Jordan Farber and I read in honour of Tap.

Winnipeg Free Press:  His life made our world a better place.

Canadian Jewish News:  Young leader packed a lot into his short life.

14 responses to “In Memory of Dr. Richard Tapper”

  1. GFL9966 says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with you guys and the rest of his family & friends on this tragic passing. If you know what he passed away from please post more information as it comes available to you. 

  2. AllyK00 says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time.  Will be thinking about you and his family this week.

  3. Richard had cancer. Died from complications related to cancer.

  4. Dave,
    long time no speak. Richard was a great guy. Glad I was able to spend some time with him at Begs’s wedding and catch up.

  5. ps241 says:

    I did not have the pleasure of meeting Richard but just reading about him here makes me realize I know I would have liked him he seems like my kind of person. my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was lucky enough to have met and know Richard. Special thought go out to his family and closest friends.

  6. ICdave says:

     Ally do you remember meeting him?  I introduced you to Richard at the Home Opener on Portage after we left Moxies.

  7. ICdave says:

     Good stuff Richard.  It was a really nice service today.

  8. ICdave says:

     He was the best.  Great guy.  Thanks for the kind words.

  9. ICdave says:

     Thanks Greg

  10. AllyK00 says:

    You know, i had to come back to this article 3 or 4 times over the past day, because i knew i had seen that smile somewhere, and i was sure i recognized him.  When i got home from work tonight i was going to ask you guys if it was him that i met.  There’s a picture of us together on the article about my trip.  I absolutely remember meeting him, and his enthusiastic greeting, with hugs and did you see this/that etc.  I remember thinking to myself, i bet this guy greets everyone like this, like hes so excited to meet them, for the first time, or 50th time.  I have been keeping all of you guys in my thoughts, and please pass my condolences on to his wife.  What an unbelievable tragedy for your community.

  11. Condolences to all his friends and family. Winnipeg lost a good one. Richard was very much responsible for me being able to carry around my children after they were born, something that I will never forget. It took a few years of adjustments, but my back feels better than new. His positivity will be missed.

  12. Colin Wright says:

    I worked with Richard Tapper years ago for a summer at Camp Massad.  Richard was a great guy, a natural leader, and I am saddened to learn of his passing.  RIP.

  13. Mack1955 says:

    My wife and I were patients of his for the past five years. We will sadly miss him and his care, spirituality and friendship he gave us. He was truly a fantastic human, all our prayers go out to him and his family.
    Mack and Susan Kirton

  14. Karol Thorsteinsson says:

    I just found out that Richard passed. This sucks. Back when we were in high school, he was always pretty upbeat. Nice guys always get taken first. :/

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