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.