In Memory of Richard Nannini
We are saddened to announce the passing of Richard Nannini, on January 16th, 2022 at the age of 81.
Beloved husband of Elizabeth Nannini (nee Heffron). Loving father of Michael (Faith) and Miel. Cherished grandfather of Astrid, Daphiny and Madeleine. Dear brother of Louise Karabatsos.
Richard was a lover of all sports, especially golf and tennis. He greatly enjoyed playing rounds in Florida over the course of 16 years with the good friends he’d made, and loved to finish off at the 19th hole with them in South Shores. In Ottawa, Richard was a proud member of Outaouais Golf Club (now Rockland) and made many lasting friendships there. In the more recent years when Richard was unable to golf, he still kept up with his dear friends Jim and Jerry, and they would go out to enjoy weekly breakfasts together.
Growing up, Richard left school at the age of 17 when his father passed away, but returned to attend UC Irvine Campus where he completed his degree in Economics, of which he was very proud.
He went on to work in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, both in Saskatoon and in Ottawa. Richard devoted countless hours to his work commitments and was a mentor to many.
Richard didn’t eat to live, he lived to eat. His wife, Liz, loved to cook his favourite dishes from scratch and the whole family adored his enthusiasm and passion for food. He always appreciated a quality fine dining experience or finding a new hidden gem of a restaurant and would rave about the meals to his friends and family.
Speaking of friends and family, Richard was a most caring and giving husband. He loved to dance, had the best laugh, and would take the family on road trips every year when the kids were growing up. He was known for his love of music and would play his favourite tunes on those long trips.
As a father, Richard taught Michael and Miel how to play sports and loved going to see them play, always there cheering from the stands. Summer vacations were planned with his kids enjoyment in mind, and those beautiful memories will be cherished always. Richard was very proud of his kids and all of their accomplishments.
Another great source of joy we’re his grandchildren – Madeleine, Astrid, and Daphiny. Richard would light up at the sheer mentioning of his granddaughters and cherished his time with them immensely.
We all love you dearly, Richard, and your presence here with us is sorely missed. We know you’re at peace now.
The family will receive relatives and friends at Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Rd., Orléans, on Thursday, January 27th, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Funeral will be celebrated at Divine Infant Church, 6658, Bilberry Dr., Orléans, on Friday, January 28th, 2022 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his honour to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Lung Association would be appreciated.
I had the great pleasure of working with Richard at Treasury Board. He was an accomplished negotiator and was well respected by both unions and management sides as honest and knowledgeable. But I think more importantly he was a very good man. He sought out and valued everyone’s opinion, and was always cheerful and friendly. I am sure he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Liz, our prayers are with you and the family at such a difficult time. We will miss Richard so very much. We remember fondly the manyNew Years Eve dinners in Florida and our Monday golf games there.
Bob Mitchell and Carol Cooper
Our deepest sympathies to Liz and family. Richard, a good man, will live in our memories. He, and Liz, have our eternal love and respect. …Rob and Paula Menard
Liz, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. You were fortunate to have enjoyed the game of golf together. Bonnie Robinson
Uncle Richard was a great man. I enjoyed many rounds of golf with him, watching the Leafs games always provoked laughs and us chatting for the whole game about players past and present.
I’ll remember him most for being able to be at the table for some of these meals. To see first hand his love for his wife Liz, his children Mike (Faith) and Miel, and his grandchildren too. He is cherished by so many family and friends.
Lots of tee times in heaven, & mulligans too Richard, I’m sure the 19th hole is free of charge. Have a drink and a laugh with Mom after the round for us!
My sincere condolences, Liz, to you and your family.
Dear Elizabeth and family, I enjoyed playing golf and having breakfast with Richard, jerry and Jim. I loved his humor so I often teased Richard above his Toronto Maple Leafs. We will sorely miss him.
I wish you all peace and comfort at this difficult time.
My sincere condolences go out to the whole Nannini family. Richard was a very nice man.