Peacefully at Algoma Residential Community Hospice, surrounded by the love of his family on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the age of 43.

Regardless of Rick’s lifelong health battles, Rick persevered with a smile, a firm handshake, and a positive vibe he gave off to everyone.

Exceptional Daddy of Ryan and Tyler.  Loved son of May and James Brooks, and the late Stewart Macknight (Mona).   Cherished brother to Chris, Jen (Scott Slater), and step brother to Kristi Turner (Derek), Peter Tsiobanos, Gary Brooks and Mike Brooks (Wendy McKenzie).

Special uncle to Abby, Jordyn, Kyle and Jenna.  Special nephew of Morris (Jacquline), Shirley Neveu (Terry), Margaret Neveu (Ivan), late Janice Auidi, Leonard Neveu (Sheila), Rose Walshe (James), David Neveu (Wendy), Willy Neveu (Kelly), Raymond Neveu (Lorna), Helena Neveu (Gerry) and Theresa Neveu (Melissa).

Rick will be dearly missed by many cousins, neighbours and friends.  Lifelong friend to Andrew Charrette, and his “usual crew” of lifelong friends.

Friends may visit at the Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre on Sunday, February 12, 2017 for a celebration from 1pm until 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to ARCH would be appreciated, as per Rick’s wishes.

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Pearce, Dr. Spadafora, Dr. Booth for their attentive care (Rick’s way) over the years and to the amazing people at ARCH.

My dear son, you were so brave.  But it was time to let go.  Still I see you in your brother Chris and best friend.  I see you in your beautiful sister Jen and her Scott.  I see you in this amazing family that surrounded you.  I see you in lifelong friends that are always here.  But mostly I see you in your boys.  Ryan is so much like you, brave and his own person.  Tyler always smiling and “I love you”.  So you see my dear, you made a footprint and you’re still here. 

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