It is with great sadness and much love that we announce the sudden death of Richard Anthony Schudlo at the age of 56, in Parkland County, AB. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Steve and Bernice, Schudlo and his niece, Renee Lester.
He is survived by his wife, Rita, his two children, Jaymee (Duncan) and Joshua; his sisters Barbara, Marlene (Steve), Kristine (Ray); nieces Christie (Igor), Amanda, Shaelyn, Emma, nephews Jordan, Ben; great niece and nephew, Liam and Adessa; Uncle Harry (Emily) Schudlo; Aunt Annie Guydash; Mother-in-law Jeanette Marcotte; and numerous cousins and in-laws.
Rick was born in Spirit River, AB and grew up on the family farm on Violin Road, north of Rycroft, AB. It was on that farm that he developed his strong work ethic, his love for nature, fishing, hunting (animals, rocks and fossils) and his independent streak.
He spent many hours with his friends and on his own having adventures in the fields, creeks, rivers and forests by the Peace River.
He gained his education in Rycroft. He did well in school, though his wit, mischievousness and independence, more often than not, made following the rules a mere suggestion. As a child he wanted to be an author. The love of words stayed strong and though he never wrote a book, his way with words and humour made each conversation, each story, each encounter, just a little brighter, clearer and funnier.
After high school, he went to the “big city”, Edmonton. There he dabbled in a variety of jobs but chose to become an auto-body technician. The ever changing challenges of this profession suited his skills and with his strong work ethic and meticulous workmanship, he established himself as one of the best.
He found city life constricting and settled in the more rural life on an acreage. There he could have the best of both worlds.
Rick was eternally grateful to Nancy, his first wife, for giving him his two children, Jaymee and Josh, his greatest and gratifying gifts. He instilled in them a respect and love of nature. He gave them the freedom to explore and to develop their independence and to think for themselves. He showed them that with never-ending curiosity they, too, would be well rounded and interesting people. And most of all to be kind and gentle. And like their dad, they also grew to have eclectic taste in movies, music, and a love of laughter and wit. He would say, they took the very best parts of himself and improved on them.
When given a second chance at finding someone to share his life with, he jumped. He and Rita fulfilled each other and spent their time together sharing their common interests, supporting each other and enjoying life, their families, friends and most importantly, their time together. Both had found true happiness and contentment. They had a glorious future ahead. But the universe had another plan.
Once you met him and knew him, you realized he had somehow figured out what life should really be about.
Rick was taken from us suddenly and far too soon. We are grateful for the time we had but we yearn for the time not given. He loved and was loved, and that is his legacy. He will be missed.
A private ceremony was held on April 12, 2022 at Parkland Funeral Service, Stony Plain, AB.