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Memorial Bench


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Updated 2024 03 17

Conceived 2023 06 15



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Richard & Alice Kolisnyk




Richard & Alice Kolisnyk
Memorial Bench
Kildonan Park
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Photo of Richard and Alice Kolisnyk memorial bench plaque

Memorial bench plaque honouring Richard & Alice Kolisnyk


Treaty 1 Territory Land Acknowledgement
Recognizing traditional lands of the Anishinabe (Ojibway),
Ininew (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota,
and the heartland of the Métis people.
Our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.
It is an honour to have a memorial adjacent to memorials
for Chief Peguis and Tommy Prince.


This bench was erected June 15, 2023,
17 years after Richard's service,
Looking directly in the pavilion windows,
Where his children read eulogies to him,
And to Alice, family and friends.

"Take time to stop and smell the roses."
Dad always said to
"Stop and smell the roses" and
Mom always exclaimed "I never had time".
Yet she lived beyond 101 years!

Dad and Mom brought us here often,
For picnics in the summer, and in winter,
To skate on the frozen pond and
Toboggan or sled on the snowy slopes,
Down onto the frozen creek.

When you sit on the bench,
You are several metres from
The Ten Commandments, inscribed
On a large granite rock monument.
Commandment 6: Honor thy father and thy mother.

Dad's nickname was Rocky, and
The Ten Commandments echo the essence,
Of our upbringing and societal relationships
with love and without prejudice to other beings.
So, the bench is ever more aptly located.

Take time to stop and smell the roses,
Watch lovers, family and friends skate and sled,
Watch geese guard and care for their goslings,
As Dad and Mom did for their little ones.
Live and love ourselves and one another,
As they did, and as we all should.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."


The last verse of the above prose was by Robert Frost.


The integrity of Richard and Alice and their progeny
is well known to countless friends and family.
Like all caring, intelligent, and educated people,
they believe in peace, environmental protection, justice, and
respect the rights and privileges of other beings and people,
including other races, indigenous, and 2SLGBTQ+ peoples."


Photo of memorial bench facing pavilion

Memorial bench facing towards Peguis Pavilion.


Photo of memorial bench from the side

Memorial bench from the side with geese in the background.


Photo of memorial bench next to Ten Commandments monument

Memorial bench next to The Ten Commandments Monument.


Photo of memorial bench from across pond

Memorial bench seen from West side of Peguis Pavilion.


The family expresses gratitude for the bench to:
Larsen's Memorials, Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Warren and Martin of Parks North, City of Winnipeg,
Karl of Parks and Open Space, City of Winnipeg,
Darcy of Kildonan Park, City of Winnipeg, and
City of Winnipeg crews that constructed, assembled
and installed the bench.






Richard Gilbert Kolisnyk
Memorial Page

November 13, 1927 to June 9, 2006

Photo of Richard Kolisnyk

Richard "Rocky" Kolisnyk

Printed in Winnipeg Free Press, June 13, 2006

RICHARD G. KOLISNYK, NOVEMBER 13, 1927 to JUNE 9, 2006 - Peacefully, with family at his side, Rich passed away at St. Boniface General Hospital, survived by his wife Alice (nee Scales), children Donna, Douglas (Carmen), Robert (Susan), and Karen (Paul), grandchildren Keith, Matthew, Kelsea, Savannah, brother Ken (Bernadette), black lab Chance, and many family and friends. Rich was predeceased by his parents Paul and Sophie and brothers Mel and Ray.

Rich was born in Detroit, raised in Winnipeg, and attended Isaac Newton. He worked for Manitoba Government Telephones (MTS) and TransCanada Pipelines in Morden, and then for Air Canada as a mechanic for 36 years in Winnipeg and Edmonton, until his retirement in 1988. "Rocky" loved his football (senior league quarterback), hockey (Morden, Scotland, Winnipeg, Edmonton, old-timers), golf (six hole-in-ones), and enjoyed canoeing with Alice, Donna and friends. Rich volunteered for many groups such as the Manitoba Rec. Canoeing Assoc. He was a great welder and metal artist and all-around builder and handyman sharing his talents with many family and friends. Rich loved playing cribbage, especially with Alice. He was a strong, caring, sharing and loving man and is missed greatly by all.


He fought his last battle so valiantly
     A battle he should have not lost

Exceptional courage and strength he showed
     Alas his body and heart slowed

Richie, good night, sleep well, sweet dreams
     Your spirit and soul
     will continue to beam

Our hero and knight in shining armor
     We miss you so much,
     our hearts are filled with sorrow

     You have taught us all so much
     from beginning to end

     You now lead the path
     so we can all meet again

     Rest peacefully "Daddio"

The family thanks St. Boniface General Hospital for their care. Donations may be made in honor of Rich to the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation towards the purchase of new hemofiltration dialysis machines used in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Cremation at Knysh Funeral Home. Friends and family are welcome to gather to remember Rich between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM on Thursday, June 15 at Partner's Deli, Peguis Pavilion, West Kildonan Park. Or visit www.wilds.mb.ca/rich.



Margaret Alice Christina Kolisnyk (nee Scales)
Memorial Page

April 24, 1921 to August 4, 2022

Photo of Alice Kolisnyk

Alice Kolisnyk

Obituary and Memorial Pages Posted On Web 2022 August 12

Peacefully, Alice passed away at St. Boniface General Hospital. To view the obituary, videos, memorial pages, and other information select the following links.

Visit the Ethical Death Care tribute page for a wonderful video of Alice's life and her obituary and to post a Tribute to her.
Alice Kolisnyk Tribute

Visit the Wilds of Manitoba Memorial page in honour of Alice's life, with an evolving memorial and links to other videos and resources about Alice.
Alice Kolisnyk Memorial

Visit the Nonagenarian Canoeist page for inspirational videos of Alice canoeing
Nonagenarian Canoeist


Printed in Winnipeg Free Press, August 13, 2022


April 24, 1921 to August 4, 2022

On August 4, 2022 Margaret Alice Christina Kolisnyk moved on peacefully with family by her side.

Alice's family kindly requests that you honour her memory by visiting her tribute pages at EthicalDeathCare.com and wilds.mb.ca/alice to see memories, photos and stories by those who knew her.