Richard (Rick) Teske

January 15, 2020 2 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with great sadness and broken hearts that the family of Richard (Rick) Teske of Edmonton announces the passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law and uncle on December 17th, 2019. Surrounded by his loving family, Rick lost his long battle to diabetes and heart disease but was ready to be pain free with our Lord and Savior.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years: Irma, his five children: Ron (Margaret), Doris, Darlene, Jane (Stephen) and Brian (Katja), his grandchildren Aaron, Brandon, Ashley (Roger), Paulina, Konstantin, Anna, Stefan and Erik as well as his in-laws, whom he always regarded as his brothers and sisters: Lily Teske, Herbert (Helen) Tischer, Richard (Evelyn) Tischer and Harry (Alma) Tischer and numerous relatives, many dear friend through work and the contacts while being a life-time member of the Victoria Soccer Club.

He is pre-deceased by those he called his family that immigrated with him from Germany whom, in his final months, he greatly missed: parents Rudolf and Amanda, brother Eugen, cousin Edward and best friend Emil Wendland. Also pre-deceased: his in-laws Richard and Ella Tischer, his brother-in-law Eric (Barb) Tischer and son-in-law Kevin Penman.

Rick was a proud and passionate business owner who finally retired in May of 2018 at the age of 82. He loved all sports but closest to his heart was soccer. Most notably the Victoria women’s teams of which he served as an ambassador across Canada for over a decal. He was always a generous host and welcomed wholeheartedly an abundance of friends and family to his other passions; that of good food and fellowship.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank-you to Dr. Peters & Nurse Judy of the Justik Clinic, Dr. Gulamhusein and Nurses Rhonda and Sue of the Grey Nuns Heart Clinic, Dr. Villeneuve and his team of the Grey Nuns Kidney Clinic as well as the many other doctors and nurses at the Grey Nuns Hospital over the years. A special expression of gratitude to Chaplain Blaine Allan and Nurse Kim of the Grey Nuns ICC unit, who not only cared for Rick in his final hours but also provided gentle and loving support to his family in the hours of their final farewell.

He leaves behind a legacy and will be greatly missed by many.

Celebration of Life
Saturday, January 25, 2020 2:00PM
Grace Point Church,
720-62 St SW, Edmonton, AB.

  1. So sorry. Have known Richard for many years and know he will be sorely missed.
    Our sincerest condolences to Irma and family.
    Joyce & Gordon Caughy.
    Okotoks, Ab.

  2. I have good memories of the Teske Family over 4 decades. Growing up primarily alongside Brian, Jane, and Darlene, I often saw Irma and Rick Teske as we “kids” met up to hang out together and go to activities. I remember Rick as the pool-playing, advice-giving, larger-than-life person in the household, and he was always so full of energy and laughter. I can still see him in my mind’s eye, saying goodbye to us as we headed out the door as he silently lamented that we were off for fun again instead of committing to some work.

    When later in life my own father started having medical problems and wound up at the hospital, it was comforting in a way that Rick was in the hospital at the same time, as my father and Rick could keep each other company and commiserate together. When I spoke to Rick privately during this time, he was kind enough to impart some comforting words and some life advice about seeing our loved ones grow ill.

    I thought Rick would always be around; he had fought so long and always recovered before. I’m sad that he’s passed now, but I still see him in his children, so he is still very much present.

    Please accept my condolences.

    Peng F. Mok
    Morrisville, North Carolina

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