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Obituary for Richard "Rick" Makahanuik

It is with broken hearts the family announces the passing of Richard Makahanuik, age 52, in a fire at his home.

The youngest of 5, Rick lived in Thunder Bay all his life. He worked for many years as a proud, dedicated roofer and also worked for a short time at Bombardier. He was very knowledgeable in many ways, had a big heart, and enjoyed many fun times with family and friends.

He would poke fun, make jokes and purposely try to irritate his siblings so he could get a good laugh at their expense. He adored his nieces and wouldn’t let his sisters forget all the free babysitting he did. He liked to brag and reminisce about those days.

Rick enjoyed camping, fishing, going to the beach, and BBQing. His passion was playing hockey and boot hockey - both of which he couldn’t play anymore after his physical injuries. He loved watching football, hockey, and drinking beer; not often missing an opportunity to sign in at the Wayland. He was a diehard Canadiens and Cowboys fan. We’re sure Rick and his life long buddy, Stu, will once again be watching the super bowl together!

Most importantly Rick was a proud father to his sons and they were the joys of his life. Rick was thrilled to watch Richard play hockey and Jaxon at gymnastics. Even though he was in pain he had a blast swimming with his sons. He beamed when he talked of his boys and their accomplishments.

Rick faced many challenges in the last few years which sadly lead to addiction. This was a huge struggle for him and it was so hard for his boys, family, and all who knew and loved him. Underneath all his pain and suffering Rick was a good man.

He will be met up above by his common law wife Josie, who passed away in 2020, his parents, grandparents and many other family members.

He is survived by his twin sons Richard Jr. and Jaxon, Josie's daughter Shyla and her son; siblings Lorne, Brenda (Ken), Wendy, and Gayle (Jim); nieces Stephanie (Rich), Samantha (Anthony), Sharie (Brian), Laura, Trina (Nick), Nadia, and Rosslyn; numerous great nieces / nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Rick's life will be held at the Wayland on Saturday February 25th, 2 - 5pm.

Many thanks to all who supported Rick and to the first responders. The family appreciates all the kind words, prayers, flowers and food.

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