Peacefully at the Sault Area Hospital on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at the age of 78.
Beloved husband of Deborah Nystedt. Loving father of Scott Nystedt (Lorena-Del), late Eric Nystedt, Kim Christie (Jim Cameron) and David Christie (Trisha Lamothe). Proud Grampa and Grampi of Bri-Ann (Bruce), Adrianna, Kaleigh Ann, Asha, Malcolm and London. Son of the late Helen Nystedt and the late Harry Nystedt. Dear brother of Dennis Nystedt (Janice), Betty-Lou Bumbacco (Joseph) and Curtiss Nystedt (Rosemary). Brother-in-law of Susan Boulerice (Robert). Richard will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and by many dear friends.
A private memorial service will be held at the Arthur Funeral Home – Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington Street E. 705-759-2522) (masks required) with Mrs. Helen Smith officiating. Friends are invited to view the service online starting at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 and can be viewed anytime up to 90 days. Go to www.funeraweb.tv and select Richard’s name to view the service. Interment Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation would be appreciated. Please visit Arthur Funeral Home website obituaries to leave memories and condolences as a keepsake for the family.
Rick worked at Algoma Steel as a Mechanical Technician for 31 years. He was so proud to be an honorary OPP, having lost his son Eric in the line of duty. Rick was a real sports enthusiast from an early age. He coached, played and refereed basketball at the YMCA for many years. Rick was involved with the Eric Nystedt Memorial Basketball Tournament and sanctioned Run in honour of his son. He and Deb also loved to golf and enjoyed watching the Sweet Sixteen basketball, Toronto Blue Jays and Green Bay Packers.
In later years, Rick had such passion and keen eye for unusual wood and he became a self-taught carver. His walking sticks, candles, lamps and bowls have travelled near and far. We had many memories of selling our wares at the Canadian Carver, Voyageur Lodge and Tarentorus Public School. Rick enjoyed being a member of the Wood Bee Carvers Guild on Monday nights at the Senior’s Drop-in Centre.
Over the years so many wonderful family and friends have touched Rick’s heart with their kindness and support. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the special memories. Thank you to Rick’s team of doctors, Bruni, Gelmych, Gupta, Mathur, Aziz, Berry, Shaffie, Rebelo and NP Brenda Paat. Thank you also to doctors Beuhner, Wilson, Apostle and family health nurse Jennifer Hendry. An additional thanks goes out to the wonderful nurses on 3B and 1B, especially Kim, who was with Rick at the end. Thank you also to physiotherapist Melissa Cady, Rochelle and the team from Bayshore.