Richard Buss

With sadness, we announce the passing of Richard Buss on September 26, 2021.  He was born in 1936 at Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Richard was a public-school teacher in Ontario and Manitoba for over 30 years.  After retirement, he lived in Alberta and British Columbia.  He spent several years exploring these places before returning to Manitoba to live at his beloved Traverse Bay cottage.

Survived by his brother Danny, wife Helen, son Michael (Linda), Daughter Erica (Paul) son Matthew, grandsons Eric and Alec.

Richard was an avid photographer. He documented the lives of his family and his travels.  He was a lover of wilderness and had a talent for finding beauty in the world’s looked over places.  Many of his prints hang on the walls of family and friends.

Richard was a man of peace with a strong belief in equality, equity, and justice.  He worked to instill this belief in his children and students.  He was possessed of a sharp wit and was known to wield it on any who thought they could out fox him.

A lover of finer things such as a glass of wine, Monty Python, a good song, and the sound of leaves in the wind.

A private memorial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Orange Shirt Society or the Lake Winnipeg Foundation.

Condolences may be posted on Richard’s memorial page by using the comments field below.

Arrangements entrusted to Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services.

3 thoughts on “Richard Buss

  1. Keith Bricknell

    During the Hall-Dennis Report’s tumult and angst, Richard and Helen headed west, and I headed east (temporarily, at least). In the intervening half-century, I have fondly recalled the three years that they and I shared as colleagues in NW Ontario. Richard was, indeed, a credit to his profession and an unfailingly positive influence on those whose lives he touched. His passing is our collective loss.

  2. Garth Minish

    I would like to extend my condolences to Richard’s family.
    Richard taught me in Grade nine in Gilbert Plains,MB. I think about 1960-61.
    I eventually became a Vocational Teacher in Building Construction as well as an Academic teacher.
    I ended up in R. B. Russell School where Richard substituted at one time. It was so nice to meet him again after all that time, and realize he was the same fine person that taught us so long ago.
    My wife of 52 years and I also did the BC retirement thing for 16 years, but are now back in Winnipeg too, with grandchildren.
    Richard will be remembered

  3. Erica Buss

    Thank you for your perspective on Richard’s professional impact. His influence lives on, as I have carried on in the profession. Policies are changing fast again. Hopefully I can live up to his student-centered, compassionate and caring approach to working with young people in these challenging times. Support teachers!

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