Richard Pakula 1951-2021

At home and in the presence of family and love.

Predeceased by parents Henry and Leocadia, brother Zenon (wife Carol), brother-in-law Ted Catton.

Survived by his wife and loving companion of 32 years, Linda Rodegard. Also survived by sons David and Matthew (Krissy), grandsons Colin and Owen, brothers Edward and Stefan; sisters-in-law Bev, Judy and Dorothy; nieces Laura, Emily and Rebecca; friends Vicki and Kathy; his Boustead girls.

We are bereft at your passing.

You gave so much – of joy and now sadness.

Your life and your love have made us stronger and wiser, calmer and more secure, and we have been enriched by your care and companionship.

The memories you left us with will one day bring us peace.

For your humour, your understanding, your constant support and strength, your steadfastness, your generous heart – so many and more reasons – we are thankful.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for choosing the brownstone.

Dear Richard- a gearhead, a Sherlock and mystery fan, a tinker, a reader, a schmoozer, a west-end guy, appreciator of Cuban style relaxation, a lover of life, a puzzler, a wit, a family man, a complete man.

Gratitude to Dr. Lo and St. Joseph’s oncology team for practicing medicine with hope. Thanks also to the Dorothy Ley Centre, Dr. J and Vlad, Laurel, Natasha, Medina for seeing the person behind the disease.

There will be an autumn service, Richard’s favorite time of year.

In tribute to Richard, please express a kindness to another or donate to any worthy cause.



Burial / Entombment / Cremation


October 26, 2021
From my family to yours, we are so very sorry to hear of Richard's passing. He truly had a heart of gold. Our deepest heartfelt sympathy's to his loved ones. May every tear shed be a wonderful memory. Much love and hugs from his Aunt Helen, cousin Maureen, and her children.
May 02, 2021
Doug Wighton
To Linda and family, The hearts of your friends and former colleagues from the past years are saddened to hear of your loss. Linda, after all the years in the trenches together I never knew that we had a HUMBERSIDE connection through Richard until this was sent to me by a friend and I saw your name. (And it was confirmed by Beth Ashton). Although Richard's name was familiar I had to look him up in the old HERMES and found him a year behind my cohort. As I was not too familiar with him I assume he was a nice guy and didn't hang around with us no-goods and troublemakers. And, of course, that would be confirmed by his long time as your partner. I am sorry that I cannot express my condolences in person to you and your family, as these strange times do not allow, but please know that my thoughts are with you.