KOLNER, Richard Wesley

Obit Richard Kolner

Richard Wesley Kolner, of Trochu, AB, beloved husband, father, and brother, entered into rest on Thursday, May 2, 2024. Richard was born July 12, 1961, in Calgary, AB to Andy and Corrie Kolner. He was the youngest of 5, and an adored ‘little’ brother. They moved to Stewart, BC in 1970, and then Terrace, BC a couple years later, where Rich spent the majority of his child and adolescent years. Growing up Rich found a love for hockey, a love that continued into adulthood, and one that he was able to share with his family, especially his brother Tim and son Dylan. He played junior hockey, including with the Dutch National Team in his family’s homeland, Holland, and then with the Army’s “Strong Contenders”. When he was no longer playing himself, he continued to show his passion by being a referee, proud ‘Hockey Dad’, NHL fan, and eventually ended up working at the Trochu Arena with his love, Brenda. If there was a game on, no matter what team or league, he could be found watching it. Rich enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1984. He served for a total of 11 years, and his work took him to Cyprus and Yugoslavia. Rich was very proud to serve his country, and notably recognized for his dedication, supportiveness, and merriment in the face of difficult work. A letter from Rich’s Sergeant reads “He never hesitated to give up his own time for the benefit of others. His excellent sense of humour has always been a plus for the morale of his fellow workers, and a benefit when so often dealing with the public.”. In spring of 1989, while stationed in Winnipeg, MB, he met Brenda. They shared many years of love, fun, and travel before marrying in October 1993. They welcomed their son, Dylan, in July 1995. Being a Dad was one of Rich’s greatest joys and honours. Rich’s work took their family to Kneehill County, where they eventually settled in Trochu, AB, which they have called home for 17 years. Rich worked in highway services for 20+ years, where he was a hard-working and respected co-worker, and eventual foreman. Rich is, once again, recognized and remembered for his morale-boosting attitude and sense of humour throughout these years. Rich could often be seen walking through town with their dog, Billy, and was always quick to share a conversation with, or a wave to, neighbours and friends. Rich will be remembered for his love of his community, his pride and passion for his family, his strength, his enthusiasm, and, most importantly, his kind heart. Richard is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Brenda; son, Dylan (Alli); sisters, Alda Kolner, and Joanne (Kim) Nelner; brother-in-law Brian (Gail) Lawson, and sisters -in-law Darlene (Lorrie) Gustafson, and Gale Lawson; uncle, Ben Maaswinkel, and aunt, Ann (Bob) Harper; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Richard’s name can be made to: Trochu Fire Department, or the Trochu Arena. Kneehill Funeral Services, entrusted with arrangements. 403-443-5111.