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Richard Fredrick Flette

17/01/1962 - 26/12/2020

Obituary For Richard Fredrick Flette

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our husband, father, son, brother, and friend to many, Rick Flette on December 26, 2020. Rick passed away unexpectedly after doing what he loved; skating with the local kids on the neighborhood rink, enjoying some fresh air and hockey.
Rick was born in Calgary and raised in Grande Prairie, the city he loved and lived in for most of his life. He graduated from the Grande Prairie Composite High School before going on to earn a degree in political science through GPRC and the U of A. He returned to Grande Prairie to work for student services at GPRC. Then he moved to the Friendship Centre as Executive Director. After five years at the Centre he continued to exercise his passion for assisting the indigenous communities by taking a position with Community and Social Services at the Government of Alberta. While Rick was building his career at the GOA he found time to serve as a board member of the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre as well as being a trustee for the Native Friendship Foundation. In January 2021, Rick was looking forward to a new challenge with the Government of Alberta as Executive Director of Disability Programs for Northern Alberta. A roll in which he would have excelled.
On May 6, 2020 Rick and Ninette celebrated 20 years of marriage. They were the proud parents of two wonderful daughters, Michelle and Anna. Rick was delighted with his girls and spoke often of their many talents and accomplishments. Although there will be many future milestones that will endure his absence, he will always be with them in spirit.
Rick enjoyed many physical and mentally challenging activities. A recent passion of his was assembling models and woodworking. The latter to the benefit of family members who received many keepsakes. He was an enthusiastic ambassador for ‘The North’ and was the city’s and region’s biggest fan.
Rick is survived by his wife Ninette Laliberte, his daughters Michelle and Anna Flette. His parents Lawrence and Patricia, his brothers Mark (Colleen) and Michael (Laura). There are numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and too many friends to possibly mention.
If desired, donations may be made in honour of Rick to the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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I was very shocked and sorry to hear of Rick's passing. My sincere condolences to Ninette, Anna and Michelle, and Rick's extended family. It seems like only yesterday, sitting in the concourse of the college, discussing world events, politics, and sharing quotes. Rick was always a gentleman, had a keen intellect, and was always a passionate defender of the disadvantaged. Rest in Peace. Bruce McDonald and Donna
- Bruce McDonald
I am deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Rick. He was a dear colleague from both Community and Social Services and Children's Services. I particularly appreciated how in the midst of his commitment to meeting the needs of the vulnerable, and willingness to strive to get the best result, he had a great sense of humor and care for others. He will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to Rick's family and loved ones.
- Caroline Hendley
I am so sorry for your loss, Ninette, Anna and Michelle. All my memories of spending time with you include Rick's humour, intelligence, and love of his beautiful girls. You're in my thoughts and prayers. - Sue
- Susan Klus
Our sincere condolences to Ninette, Michelle and Anna and all of the Flette family. We are deeply saddened and we will miss Rick but he will always be warmly remembered. Andrew , Karen Borle and family
- Andrew Borle
Like many others I was totally shocked to hear of Rick's sudden passing. I can't imagine the coming days of grief without your son, father, husband, brother, friend. May your many memories of Rick sustain you now and forever. My deepest sympathy to Pat, Lawrence, Ninette, Rick's daughters, Mike, Mark and the rest of the Flette family. Rick was loved by many and he will be missed. Pam and Eric Chislett
- Pam Chislett
I am so sorry about Rick's passing and my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I had the honor and privilege to work with Rick for the last few years. He was a strong leader with vision, passion and conviction. He was very supportive and would stick with you during difficult times. He is greatly missed. Carol Hicken
- Carol Hicken
There are certain people you encounter on life's journey that are true kindred spirits. I have know Rick for many years, since he was a student at GPRC where I taught. It was such a joy to run into him at Safeway barely a month ago. Such a wonderfully kind, gentle soul. My condolences, Ninette and family for your - and our - loss. Ron Woolley
- Ron Woolley
It's difficult to put into words the loss of Rick has saddened my life, not to mention the enormous void it must be for you and his cherished girls. He has been a part of my life for 38 years and the discussions we would have at the gym and on the trail will forever be in my memories and something that I can keep for myself. He was a great motivator for me and I hope I helped him as well in some way or another. As I continue to run, I know that he is there by my side telling me one of his stories. Miss you bud!
- Richard
I am fortunate to have worked with Rick for the past serveral years, most recently co-leading delivery of provincial Disability Services programming. I admired the knowledge, passion and genuine interest that Rick brought to his work. When we were still travelling (pre-Covid), we would attend meetings in Edmonton on a regular basis - gathering after the meetings for dinner and many interesting conversations. I will miss connecting with Rick both on a professional and personal basis. Rick always spoke of his pride and love of his family. He will be greatly missed.
- Pat Firminger
I was absolutely shocked to hear of Rick's passing. My condolences go out to the entire Flette family. I knew Rick from high school and pictures him in his hockey jacket. Although I left Grande Prairie right after high school I did not know Rick is an adult he was always very kind and it sounds like that carried on his entire life. . Thinking of you all and hope the memories what is the heart ache. Shawna Wright (née Hogg)
- Shawna Wright
I am still in shock hearing of Rick's sudden passing, my heart goes out to his whole family for the pain they must be feeling from such a huge loss. May you be comforted by many precious memories.
- Heather King
Pat, Lawrence, Mark, Mike and Family. I just heard this terribly sad news. I am shocked like so many others. I've known the Flette family since Mark and I were young boy's growing up in Grande Prairie. I have always had a great admiration for Pat and Lawrence and fruits of their labour in raising respectful boys who in turn became wonderful men. Sending prayers and my most sincere condolences for all of you, your families and close friends. James Galasso
- J. Galasso
Dear Anna and Michelle, I am so sorry for your loss. Out of his many accomplishments, it was obvious being your dad was the one he was most proud of. Rick never passed up an opportunity to talk about "his girls." Whether it was recounting stories from your childhood or speaking about your many current accomplishments, his pride and love for you shone through unabashedly. It was clear you meant the world to him. May you always feel his love and pride for you in your hearts, and may you always feel his spirit nearby. With deepest sympathies, Elizabeth Nakagawa
- Elizabeth
Rick was an exceptional colleague, friend, and mentor. He had an amazing sense of awareness in knowing when you needed a kind word, or a piece of advice - and he always did this gracefully and authentically. He worked tirelessly to ensure our most vulnerable had the supports that they needed. He will be missed - my thoughts and condolences to the family, and I take some solace that I had the privilege of his presence over these last few years.
- Allan Govender
Rick always greeted me with a warm smile and never forgot to ask how my (Saskatchewan) Roughriders were doing. My condolences for your loss.
- Derek Boechler
Rick was a great guy as I recall. I haven't spent time with him recently but I met him through my cousin Greg when we were young lads. He was always smiling and fun to be around. My condolences go out to his family and friends.
- Del Sheehan
Ninette and family: I was so saddened to hear of Rick's unexpected passing. My favorite memory of Rick goes back over 20 years ago when I became acquainted with him during a Government of Alberta management course. He was sitting at my table and we politely chatted for awhile and somehow got on the topic of family and place of birth and somehow my grandmother Evie Sanderson's name came up and he said he knew of her that his mother was Pat Flette. I said I know Pat! She was close to my mom Lois Gae Claughton (Sanderson) and my Aunt Betty McDonald. While this was digesting there was a long pause and suddenly Rick exclaimed in an excited voice for everyone in the class to hear "COUSIN"!!!!!!!! It made me laugh. For awhile we worked in the same Ministry (Childrens Services) and our paths would cross at meetings. I was very proud to be his cousin and to watch his career progression and of course never missed the opportunity to exclaim "COUSIN" every time I saw him. Several years back at a family reunion in Grande Prairie and also met Mark and Michael and Ninette. She was so much fun - I could see Rick and her were a great match! I emailed Rick about a month ago asking for information to help me with our family tree. He told me to call his mom Pat which I will do. I will miss him and am so sorry for your loss Ninette and girls.
- Cathy Claughton
Condolences to family and friends.
- Janelle Kynoch
Heartfelt condolences Ni, Michelle & Anna. What a shock. You and Rick were the first people I was introduced to when I was moving up to GP. Later on when I needed a big brother, Rick was there to help out. I hadn't seen Rick for several years now but I have many fond memories. My heart goes out to you at this time. Colleen Hagel
- Colleen Hagel
Ninette, Michelle , Anna and extended family. Richard and I are still in shock about Ricks sudden passing. We have so many memories off fun antics and meaningful conversations. Richard is missing his running buddy, plus the regular motivation and conversations they shared. He was a hard working and family loving man. He will be sorely missed by all but not forgotten. We are at your service if you need anything- please reach out. Hugs to you all.
- Lisa Richard Roy
Rick was always concerned with the well being of those around him. He'd take the time to call and chat if he saw you were having a tough day. He'd always offer for you to call anytime and he'd be there. I'm sure I'm not the only one who benefited from Rick's caring and practical way of supporting and accepting and encouraging. I've only had the pleasure of knowing Rick for just a couple of years of working together. I feel a sad sense of loss of that friendship and acceptance. He was a special guy.
- Toby Schneider
I had the privilege of working with Rick for many years at Children's Services where we worked hard to support the safety and well being of children, youth, families and communities. Rick was a consummate professional, a humble public servant, and a decent and value based family man. It was an honor working with him. My sympathy to family and friends who mourn his sudden passing and celebrate his life and all the good that he stood for.
- Mark Hattori
Our condolences to you Ninette, Michelle and Anna. Rick friendly waves and visits on the path will be greatly missed. His smile brought us joy many times in the short time we knew him. May his joy filled spirit be with you every day. Angie & John
- Angie Peters
Dear Ninette Michelle and Anna, Both Kim and I are absolutely crestfallen to hear of Rick's passing. Rick was always so kind and genuinely interested in how we were doing and how our family was doing. A truly classy guy I was always proud to call a friend. We always enjoyed getting together with the two of you and later with your two girls, usually at Troy and Tracy's. I can think of so many instances of laughter we shared as a group all growing up at the same time, and raising family's. Our world just got a lot smaller with the loss of Rick and his humours take on life. I can only hope that time will heal your broken hearts. Our hearts are with you. Sincerely, Kim and Parker Shultz
- Parker Shultz
Sad to hear this news. Rick was always a treat to talk with and always had a smile on his face.My condolence to all of the family.
- Gerry Brien
Shocking and very sad to hear of my cousin's passing. Always enjoyed his company and fabulous sense of humor. Many laughs together. Thinking of Mark and Michael, Auntie Pat and Uncle Lawrence, Ninette and their girls.
- Holly Hutton
So sorry for your loss Ninette and girls, Aunt Pat and Uncle Lawrence. Taken way too soon.
- Mike Robins
To Ni and your girls Words cannot express my sorrow for you and your family and can't image what you are all going through.. My hearts & prayers will be with you in this very sad time !
- Ann Smith
My heart weighs heavy with the news of Ricks's passing. He was passionate about the work we do and people we serve as Alberta Public Servants. His ambition to make sure our communities are well served and our staff are supported will form part of his legacy. I have worked with Rick for several years and I know the difference his leadership made on a provincial initiatives. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed and thought of often. "Rickster" I will miss you!
- Maggie Carroll
Ninette, Michelle and Anna I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Husband and Father. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow <3
- wendy Doucet
I worked with Rick for many years in Children's Services and then Community and Social Services. He talked about his family often and how the girls in the house kept him in line. He was very proud of his family. I am thinking of you all in this difficult time. Lonnie Slezina from the South.
- Lonnie Slezina
Ninette, so sorry to hear about Richard , may his memory be a blessing...
- David Biltek
We are so saddened to hear this shocking news. Our hearts go out to you and your family at this time of grief.
- Babe Bonnett
- Shawn Roose
I'm so sorry Rick is gone. At GPRC, I knew him as a person of great compassion, commitment, and intelligence. We needed much more of him!
- Laurie Nock
- Jackie Ward
Ninette, Michelle and Anna, we are truly so sad to hear of Rick's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and sending you love ❤ Thinking of you, Mariska, Hope and family
- Mariska Macklin
Our deepest condolences to the entire Flette family on the sudden passing of Rick. Rick was well known in the community and deeply respected. While we had not stayed in close contact over the years, he was one of the first people to reach out to me in the passing of both my mother and father and made sure he was at their respective funerals. I know dad will be happy to have Rick in heaven so he has a reliable right winger to go into the corners to get the puck out. RIP Rick, you will be missed but never forgotten.
- Darin Patterson
Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss Rick was a great mentor and role model.
- Freda Prince
Ninette- I am so sorry to hear of Ricks passing. You are in my thoughts as you go through this incredibly difficult time. Krystal Smith (nee Shmyruk)
- Krystal Smith
I am so sorry for your loss. Rick was a wonderful person who always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. I hope that the wonderful memories you have together will bring you comfort in these difficult times.
- Ivy Dube
I am so sorry for your loss. Rick was a wonderful person who always had a smile on his face. He will be missed. I hope your wonderful memories together brings you comfort in these difficult times.
- Ivy Dube
Ninny, Michelle and Anna. Words cannot begin to describe the kindness Rick had in him. He will be missed by so many and remembered for his generous heart and spirit. All our love to you. Todd, Traci, Lauren and Gracelyn.
- Traci
I am so sorry. Sending condolences to you all! Hugs to you Ninette and to the girls as well. 💜Lisa, Toby, Nathan and Emily Chambers
- Lisa Chambers
Rick was my Director for the 10 years I worked with GoA. I am deeply saddened by his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you say your earthly good bye to him. I am grateful for knowing him. My deepest condolences to all.
- Hope Colbourne
My sincere condolences to the family. Your husband, father and son will be missed by those who knew him and the community. I've had the opportunity to work with Rick on boards, at the Friendship Centre and within government. He had the able to tell it like it was when things had to be done and also make staff happy to see him. Staff enjoyed this. He was great fun at functions. I must say he was like your usual government employee and this was admired by a lot of people. He was exceptional at expressing his love for his daughters and family through stories. He was so proud of you all. Know and find comfort in a community that will miss him as you will too. 🙏
- Joan Mc Dermott
My condolences Ninette, to you and your family
- Lloyd Klunder
My heart is broken for you all. Ninny I love you and the girls and am here for anything you may need. Love Jaime and Dave
- Jaime Lee

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