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Moreau; Richard Gilbert “Ritchie”

Posted By Obits On May 7, 2018 @ 12:27 pm In Obituaries | 88 Comments

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MOREAU – Richard G., “Ritchie”, 58, of Port Medway, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 5, 2018 as a result of a tragic boating accident in Port Medway Harbour.
Born in Liverpool, he was a son of the late Linwood and Doris (Clattenburg) Moreau.
Ritchie was a fisherman all his life. He was a former employee with Medway Fisheries before starting his own business with his companion “Liz”, R&L Seafoods. He could always be seen selling his fish products from his truck. He enjoyed bowling in his younger years but will also be fondly remembered for his decorations at Christmastime in a friendly “competition” with his neighbor.
He is survived by his sisters Nancy Moreau (“Mike” Crouse) of Nineveh; Kathy (Chris) Burgess of Port Medway; his niece and great nieces Kayla Burgess (Corey McBride) of Spryfield and their children Lexie, Lita and Lily as well as his niece Sherri Roy of North River and his nephew Brandon Burgess.
Ritchie was sadly predeceased by his companion, the love of his life, Ileta “Liz” O’Connell.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 7 until 9 p.m. with a tribute prayer service at 8:00 p.m. Family flowers only, donations may be made to the Port Medway Fire Department. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com

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Condolence from Judi Maillett on May 7th, 2018 12:42 pm

To the Moreau & O’Connell families & friends, So sad to see 2 young lives taken so soon. I my thoughts & prayers.

Condolence from Laurie and Janet cla on May 7th, 2018 12:55 pm

We are so sorry for your loss he will and Liz will be greatly missed

Condolence from Debbie Wamboldt on May 7th, 2018 1:12 pm

Richie was a good man who always had kind words and a smile . I did not know Liz but I know she was a nice lady. This is a very big loss to Queens . My prayers go out to everyone family and non for peace in your hearts at this very sad time .

Condolence from Fay Moreau on May 7th, 2018 1:18 pm

Kathy, Nancy and family. Words cannot express the saddness that I feel. I am gonna hate walking past the Irving garage and not see him there selling fish. My condolences to you all. May you RIP Cousin Richie

Condolence from Ira and Brenda Huskins on May 7th, 2018 1:26 pm

We, like so many more were so saddened to hear of Richard’s tragic passing. We used to bowl with Richard years ago, and always took notice of his fish truck. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Condolence from Lorenda Veinot on May 7th, 2018 1:40 pm

Kathy, Chris & Family, Nancy, Mike & Family, there are never enough words to say how sorry everyone is for the loss of your beloved brother Richie & partner Liz. Such a tragedy for you all and your community. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish all your beautiful memories of growing up (even the chenanigans that you were telling us about Richie, those will bring smiles to your faces. Your camping memories, card games, Brandon’s stories of working & helping with carpentry “projects” with Richie. Remember all the good times. Sending big hugs to all. from Lorenda, Donnie and family

Condolence from Tammy Skinner on May 7th, 2018 1:51 pm

Dear Kathy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart, love and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Heather Anthony on May 7th, 2018 1:52 pm

Sincere condolences to the family thinking of you

Condolence from Amy Croft on May 7th, 2018 2:09 pm

So sorry for the loss of your brother and uncle Richard. He will be missed by all who knew him. Family and friends are left to try to understand the tragedy of his passing but know that in time it will be less painful and his memory will bring you smiles and not saddness. Hold onto the people you love and draw your strength from them. Prayers and hugs to you all.

Condolence from sheila munroe on May 7th, 2018 2:32 pm

sorry for you lose. Our thoughts are with you
Sheila, Gordon, & Stephen

Condolence from Janice on May 7th, 2018 2:34 pm

To the family, our thoughts are with you during this time. It’s a tragic loss to the community as well. Janice and Ken Alexander

Condolence from Glenda,Burt and family on May 7th, 2018 3:10 pm

Kathy and family Please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Condolence from Jeannie Barton on May 7th, 2018 3:18 pm

Kathy, Chris & families of Ritchie & Liz. I am heartbroken for you all. No words will soften your pain.Please send my sincere condolences to both families. If there is anything I can do to help you all please let me know. Jeannie

Condolence from Vivian and Bruce Croft on May 7th, 2018 3:18 pm

Sending our condolences to the family. Bruce and I worked with Ritchie at Medway Fisheries years ago. Big loss to the community and to whoever knew him. RIP Ritchie

Condolence from Walter and Sherri Miller on May 7th, 2018 3:30 pm

Kathy and all of Richard’s family.

We were so sorry to hear of this tragic accident.Our condolences go out to you all and to Liz’ family although we didn’t know her.

Condolence from Janet and George Fletcher on May 7th, 2018 3:31 pm

We were sorry to hear about Richard. Our thoughts and our prayers are with your family.

Condolence from April Moreau-Whynot on May 7th, 2018 3:52 pm

Kathy , Nancy and families ,
Richie and I spent so much time together over they years and not only did I think of him as family but also as my friend. I know that the shock of this is unbelievable but I know that all our great memories of Richie will keep us going in these difficult days ahead. My deepest condolences to you all and to the family of Liz.
Love April Mike Zack and Zoey xoxo

Condolence from Nina Vaughn Cooper on May 7th, 2018 4:24 pm

Sending heartfelt condolences during this sad and difficult time. May you find strength and comfort through the prayers of others….

Condolence from Marilyn on May 7th, 2018 4:32 pm

This is so sad thinking of all family and friends. Will miss all the fresh fish .

Condolence from Mrs Debbie Freeman Carrier on May 7th, 2018 4:38 pm

I have know Richard for a very very long time . I have known him back in the years . Richard you will be sadly missed .I will always remember you in my heart. I am thinking about you and your Family at this Tragic time . Liz was a nice lady . RIP Person Richard ..Your Friend Debbie Carrier.

Condolence from Jean & Mary Brown on May 7th, 2018 4:53 pm

Very sad news . A great loss. We often stopped at his truck by Irving’s. Always a nice chat. He will be missed

Condolence from June Harlow on May 7th, 2018 5:12 pm

So tragic. Our thoughts are with you.
June and Chess

Condolence from Ken and Wendy Farmer on May 7th, 2018 5:23 pm

Our sincere condolences to both Richie and Liz’s famlies. I think a little piece of all of us has been taken away and touched by such a wonderful couple. We enjoyed every minute that we were together playing cards or just spending time together. Kenny will miss talking to them everyday before and after hauling the crab pots. We were so blessed to be their friends. Rest in peace Richie and Liz. You will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Barbara and Ronnie on May 7th, 2018 5:35 pm

To Richard’s Family,
A tragic and heart breaking loss to the family, community and everyone who knew him. May you be comforted in knowing that many are grieving with you. This has been a horrible shock to all of us and especially to all his loved ones. Share your wonderful memories and take care of each other. We are so sorry for your loss and send our condolences to all of you.

Condolence from Marianne Mercier on May 7th, 2018 5:51 pm

Kathy and the entire family. We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dear brother and his love of his life. Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Marianne, Chris & Mateus

Condolence from Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett on May 7th, 2018 5:55 pm

We offer Our Sincere Condolences to ALL Family Members & Friends in the tragic loss of Richard & Liz. They will certainly be missed by so many . Our communities have lost two Wonderful Friends. Curtis & Linda Maillett of Brooklyn.

Condolence from Amanda Zwicker on May 7th, 2018 5:55 pm

My deepest condolences in this hard time.

Condolence from Marie Wambolt on May 7th, 2018 6:10 pm

Nancy, Kathy and family

I was so shocked when I received a call telling me about Richie death.He and I worked at Medway Fisheries .He certainly was a great friend and co-worker.. Richie will certainly be missed by family and friends and all his customers. Share your memories with family and friends.. Sincere condolences to all the family.and take care of each other.R.I.P my friend.

Condolence from Jim and Liz Fraelic on May 7th, 2018 6:40 pm

Jim and I are so saddened by this tragedy. Richie has been a familiar face and friend to the Fraelic family for many years. It will be very quiet here, not to hear his truck going back and forth as he and Liz worked on getting fish products ready for sale. His apron will remain hanging in the fish plant.

Our heartfelt condolences to his family. Richie and Liz will be missed.

Condolence from Darlene Connolly on May 7th, 2018 6:52 pm

To all of Richard’s family

It was a shock to learn of this tragedy. I did not know Liz personally but from what I hear , they
were very happy together. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Condolence from Darlene and Wayne on May 7th, 2018 7:16 pm

Cathy , Nancy and families, Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all. Darlene and Wayne Trimm

Condolence from Ted and Shirley Tinmouth on May 7th, 2018 7:24 pm

My husband and I are from Toronto and have been renting a cottage for many years at Summerville beach We only bought our fish from Richard ! He was kind , friendly and always saved us a bag of his best “ cheeks” whenever they came in !
We are shocked and saddened by his passing. It will never be the same without him!!

Condolence from LYNN NICKERSON on May 7th, 2018 7:26 pm

I am a very good friend of LIZ OCONNELL and RICHARD GILBERT.I met Richard through LIZ and he was a very nice person. We could alway’s joke around with each other and talk . So my condolence go out to the GILBERT FAMILY.Yes they will sincerely be missed by me and her coworkers. Prayers are going to them. RIP my friends

Condolence from Frank Vaughn on May 7th, 2018 7:30 pm

Our sincere condolences to you and your families. Frank and Darlene Vaughn.

Condolence from LYNN NICKERSON on May 7th, 2018 7:38 pm

My condolence going out to the Moreau family .

Condolence from Joy McDonald on May 7th, 2018 7:49 pm

To the family, so sorry for your tragic loss.

Condolence from Lesley Hepditch on May 7th, 2018 8:48 pm

Sending prayers for your eventual comfort in this tragic loss that your families and the community have experienced.

Lesley Hepditch (Stevens)

Condolence from Bob and Brenda Lohnes on May 7th, 2018 8:50 pm

Kathy, Chris and Families: Our most sincere condolences to all of you on this great loss. We knew Richard for years but just got to know Liz in the last couple of years. We enjoyed time spent with them and will cherish the memories that were made. They will both be sadly missed.

Condolence from Kirk and Donna Whynot on May 7th, 2018 9:11 pm

To the Family, Sorry for your loss, it is so very sad to have lost two wonderful people. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Condolence from Violet (Lohnes) Rhyno& Gary Downton on May 7th, 2018 9:16 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Richard’s and Liz’s Family and friends. Such a tragedy,It has shocked everyone!! R.I. P–Richard and Liz!!!!

Condolence from Barb and Lorne Redmond on May 7th, 2018 9:30 pm

There are no words that would be sufficient enough to express our sympathies for such a tragic loss. Richard’s kindness and humanity touched all who knew him. He will be sadly missed by the whole community.

Condolence from Angela,Ronald and Leigh-ann Young on May 7th, 2018 10:10 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Sherri & Denis Harrington on May 7th, 2018 10:36 pm

Sending heartfelt condolences to the families of Richard and Liz, the whole community is saddened as are all their friends elsewhere.Hoping that it will help in some small way knowing others care and share your sorrow. Two wonderful people gone too soon.❤️

Condolence from John Townsend on May 7th, 2018 10:50 pm

Our sincere condolences to the families of Richard and Liz. We were shocked to learn of this tragedy that has affected so many. John and Betty-Anne

Condolence from Sandy and Barry Cross on May 7th, 2018 11:32 pm

To Richards family, my condolences on his sudden passing, he was a good quiet man whom I only knew from buying my fish from him. I did always enjoyed his Christmas decorating, I might add. He will be greatly missed by many who knew him and bought their fresh fish from him. R.I.P. Richard.

Condolence from Tim McDonald on May 7th, 2018 11:42 pm

To all of Richard’s family and close friends, I offer my sincere condolences. For many years, I bowled on leagues with Richard and there were plenty of fun times. He was a great guy and will be sadly missed.

Condolence from Karen Chute and Michael and Matthew on May 8th, 2018 12:18 am

Loved dearly by all who knew him. A gentle kind man. My cousin. We will miss you. The woman who held your heart must have been a very special person. Rest in peace together.

Condolence from Lewis and vicki conrad on May 8th, 2018 5:26 am

Kathy Chris such a tragedy couldn’t believe it when we heard it so sorry for your loss thinking of you and the family at this difficult time lewis and vicki

Condolence from Harv & Liz Bishop on May 8th, 2018 8:40 am

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with all the families impacted by this tragedy.
May Ritchie and Liz find eternal peace.
Harv and Liz Bishop

Condolence from Connie (Mann) Cole on May 8th, 2018 8:43 am

My sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers to everyone feeling the pain of this shocking tragedy. Dear Kathy I always thought a lot of you and your family and all.the times I remember Richie over the years he always was good natured and happy to chat with me about fishing. The plant when we unloaded fish, baited trawl, kyack season and visits to his truck when I came home. I know I won’t see him on the waters from the shore at dads anymore but I have faith he is not alone but in the company of all the other good people from our fishing community telling some big fishing stories right now. Take comfort in knowing he was at a happy time in his life doing what he loved with his love Liz. Sending hugs and much love at this most difficult time.

Condolence from Janet Falkenham on May 8th, 2018 8:47 am


Sending my sincere sympathy to you and your family at this tragic time. I hope good memories of times you spent with your uncle will bring you some peace. I’m thinking about you, and I’m so sorry.

Condolence from Iva & Derek Wagstaff on May 8th, 2018 8:49 am

Thinking of you at this very sad time. May you find strength in knowing so many people are sympathizing with you and sending their support. Our condolences.

Condolence from Jordan and Anna-Stell Vaughn on May 8th, 2018 8:52 am

To the families of Richie and Liz we send our deepest Sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Scott & Vicki Conrad on May 8th, 2018 8:55 am

To Richard’s family and friends, we are so very sorry to for your loss. Richard, will be greatly missed by so many. It will be so unusual to no longer see him and his fish truck, or in just giving a wave when in Port. He was an all round good guy. You are all in our thoughts during this very sad and difficult time. Take care of each other.

Condolence from barbara jensen on May 8th, 2018 9:01 am

Our thoughts & prayers are with the family at this sad time from the Hemford & District Ladies Auxiliary.

Condolence from Susan Dean on May 8th, 2018 10:15 am

To the family: So sorry to hear of Richards passing. Thinking of you. Susan Dean and Sheila Lowe

Condolence from Pamela (Bolivar) Mansfield on May 8th, 2018 12:34 pm

Dear Kathy….Saddened to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Condolence from Pamela (Bolivar) Mansfield on May 8th, 2018 12:36 pm

Dear Kathy….Saddened to hear of the loss of your brother. Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Susan Levy on May 8th, 2018 1:22 pm

In some way or another Ritchie and Liz have touched the lives of many and will be surely missed in the community and surrounding areas as Ritchie knew so many from his business. Nancy and Kathy and families please accept my sincere condolences in your great loss and may it help some to know that you have the love and support of so many.

Condolence from Dianne (O’Connell) Hemeon on May 8th, 2018 4:22 pm

To Ritchie Family: We would like to send our deepest sympathy to your family. We share in the loss of two great people, we are first cousins of “Liz” on the O’Connell side of our family, and are heartbroken too, but have great memories of “Liz” and have met Ritchie, he was very friendly, and glad that he and “Liz” enjoyed their time together. Hold on to your precious memories. Dianne (O’Connell) & Hughie Hemeon and Kathy (O”Connell) & Eugene Smith, Barrington Passage, NS

Condolence from Darlene & John Chandler on May 8th, 2018 6:04 pm

Nancy, Kathy and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. It is such a shock and just so very sad.
We are thinking of you all and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Richie was a kind and gentle man and he will really be missed by all.

Condolence from Richard Guckert on May 8th, 2018 6:32 pm

I know Richard will be greatly missed. My mother (evelyn Mantorne) and her sister Genesta Wylde were big supporters. they too hailed from Port!! My sincere condolences.

Condolence from Rick and Jo-Ann Baker on May 8th, 2018 6:51 pm

To all of Richard’s family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

Condolence from Terry and Helen Crocker on May 8th, 2018 9:16 pm

We are shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Richard and Liz. As summer residents and neighbours we enjoyed watching Richard driving his boat up the Medway on a gorgeous summer evening while frequently stopping to chat.

When Richard met Liz she gave him a renewed lease on happiness. She clearly was his soul mate as they shared so much together.

Condolences to the Burgess family, the Moreau’s, and Liz’s family. Good people.

The Crockers

Condolence from Doug & Sylvia Zwicker, Brian & Kim Mansfield on May 9th, 2018 8:14 am

We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Pat Joudrey on May 9th, 2018 8:27 am

my sincere sympathy to the family, we were bowling buddies of Richie’s and he was a great guy,

Condolence from Gail, Rickey, & Hannah Joudrey on May 9th, 2018 10:09 am

Nancy, Kathy, & family, sincere condolences to all your family. May memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Condolence from Larry & Grace Stevens on May 9th, 2018 10:31 am

We were shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic accident that took the lives of Ritchie and Liz. Our deepest sympathy to their family and friends.

Condolence from Garnet & Nancy on May 9th, 2018 12:10 pm

Nancy & Mike, Cathy & Chris and Family – “There are no words…but there are heartfelt wishes and healing thoughts; and all are being sent your way to help comfort you during this difficult time.” We viewed the keepsake video – what a beautiful remembrance of the family and your roles, the Big Sister and Little Sister to Ritchie. Cherish the memories.

Condolence from Jordan and Bella Oickle on May 9th, 2018 1:30 pm

Kathy , Nancy and families,
So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. R.I.P. RICHARD AND LIZ.

Condolence from Bob Pulsifer on May 9th, 2018 6:59 pm

We have known many pleasures since moving to this neighborhood. One of the best has been Friday fish night that followed our visit to see Richard. We are shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy .
A great lose to our community.

Bob and Sharon Pulsifer

Condolence from Eileen Dagley White on May 9th, 2018 8:22 pm

A wonderful man has left this world and I find it very hard to wrap my brain around it.To everyone that loved Richie and there were many myself included I am so sorry for our loss because for years he was my family but most of all my dear friend and sometimes my boss as I would work his fish truck when needed. Fun times were had with this very gentle man and I am so glad that he finally found happiness with Liz and I hope that you both are at peace together forever. Soar with the angels Richie love you.

Condolence from Faye Barkhouse on May 9th, 2018 11:12 pm

So saddened to hear of the loss of Richie and Liz. Sincere sympathy to family and friends and the entire community of Port Medway. Richie will be missed by his customers in Queens for his fresh fish and friendly nature.

Condolence from Norman and Bonnie on May 10th, 2018 8:18 am

To all the families:
Sending our sincere condolences at this very sad time.

Condolence from Shirley & Paul Shot and family on May 10th, 2018 9:27 am

To the Moreau family: It is with great sorrow that I learned of Richard and Liz’s passing. I know that no mere words can express the heart felt sorrow that you now feel, but maybe knowing that others share your pain with help ease yours. Richard was a true friend and will always be remember by those that knew him. I pray now that they are both dwelling in the house of our Lord and looking down on you and all their friends. He will be missed!

Condolence from Kim Lohnes on May 10th, 2018 9:28 am

Sorry for your loss, sending condolences to all of Richard & Liz’s family.

Condolence from Adlai Cunningham on May 10th, 2018 11:34 am

Deepest Conolences.
Sure I speak for myself , Jeri-Lynn and all the Sea Star family.

Condolence from Crystal and Darren Flemming on May 10th, 2018 11:40 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Richard and Liz were an amazing couple, they truly were soulmates. Hold fast to all the memories that you had with them. I know we will. We will never forget our time together playing cards, camping and going on our picnic.

Condolence from Robert & Sally Fader on May 10th, 2018 12:43 pm

The Moreau family:

So very sad to hear of this. We have always gotten our fish from Ritchie at the Irving. He was a very kind and gentle man and will certainly be missed.
Our prayers to all the family at this very difficult time.

Condolence from Donald Allan & Victoria Fraser on May 10th, 2018 7:55 pm

Such a tragic loss! Richard will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to the family,

Condolence from Heather Stevens on May 11th, 2018 10:31 am

Kathy, Nancy and family,

The whole community is feeling your pain from this tragic loss. Ritchie will be remembered as a kind, gentle soul whom everyone liked, and he will be missed by everyone. John and I send our deepest condolences to all of you, and want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Teresa on May 11th, 2018 12:04 pm

Nancy, Kathy and families of Richie and Liz…it broke my heart when l heard of this tragedy. When l worked for Joe and Issy Fraelic, l would go get fresh fish for them at their plant where Richie got the fish ready to sell…. I met his Liz there. We always had a good chat. So sorry l couldn’t make it to the visitation due to a herniated disc in my back, but l was there in spirit. Richie and Liz will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all that knew them. RIP Richie and Liz.

My Sincere Condolences
Teresa Smiley

Condolence from Donnie( Bucky) & Brenda Vaughn on May 11th, 2018 11:50 pm

We are so sorry for your loss, Ritchie was one of a kind, always had time to stop & chat ..Incredible insight into the fishing industry..always regarded him as a good friend..he will be greatly missed. .May God & Our Lord Jesus give you strength during this time of sorrow !!! Donnie ( Bucky) & Brenda Vaughn

Condolence from Linda and Stephen Williams on May 12th, 2018 7:22 am

Dear Kathy ,Nancy and families,Just wanted to let you all know that Stephen and I were thinking of you all during this difficult time and sending love,hugs, and prayers to all.I remember Richard coming into the Evans Village Shoppe when I use to work there.He always seemed like a shy ,quiet,smiley guy .But could talk up a storm to Ted about cars and fishing.I know the feeling and heartache of losing a brother so suddenly and am deeply sorry for your loss.May you find comfort in all the good times you all shared together as a family over the years.May God give you comfort and peace at this time.Love and prayers to all,Linda,Stephen and family.

Condolence from John and Nancy Leefe on May 12th, 2018 11:43 am

A great loss to our community. I will miss our chats at Irving.

Condolence from Ken Mosher & Shirley Frank on May 17th, 2018 2:30 pm

Our deepest sympathy goes out to all the family during this sad time.

Condolence from Diane daury on May 27th, 2018 10:15 am

Dear kathy
I am so sorrry of your loss
Love and prayers go out to you and your family.

Condolence from kierstin moreau on January 21st, 2020 12:39 pm

i miss him so much and he will be miss so much and i love him

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