In Memory of




Obituary for Richard Alexander Kirkby

Richard passed unexpectedly and quietly on Friday, December 8, with his wife Norma at his side.

Richard was borne to Peter and Barbara Kirkby, July 3, 1952, in London, England one of twins. He is survived by his loving and supportive wife Norma, son Cameron (Winkler), sisters Sheila (France), Helen and Diana (UK) and brother Charles (New Zealand) and other family and friends living around the globe. He is predeceased by his twin, Anthony in infancy, his parents, brother Roger and Norma’s parents.

Richard attended day and boarding schools followed by an apprenticeship program in agricultural mechanics.

In 1976 Richard moved to Canada. He and Norma married in 1977. Cameron was borne in 1982. The family lived in Drumheller, Alberta, Portage La Prairie and Winnipeg.

Richard loved his work in the agricultural machinery business. In 1997 he joined MacDon as a Product Manager. Whether working with equipment alongside a farmer or developing new products with MacDon, he was in his element. His work took him to 10 countries not counting the United States. He enjoyed learning about crops grown in other countries while also seeing the world!

Richard was a private person. When diagnosed with colon cancer in July 2023 he told few. He was determined to fight and win. He kept up routines at work and home until his unexpected passing. Some might say “He went out with his boots on!”

Richard’s faith was important to him. He made a commitment to follow Christ and never looked back. We know when Richard passed on December 8, he was received into the arms of “the God that loves him.”

Who was Richard for his family and friends? He was an encourager, a helper, a sounding board and an example of a servant heart.

A memorial service in his honour will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at 10:30 am at The Bridge Church, 620 Oxbow Bend Road, Winnipeg.

Richard was a supporter of Canadian Food Grains Bank. Donations can be made to CFGB in his honour.

Donate online here: The Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Canadian Foodgrains Bank
PO Box 767
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 2L4