Historic Sites of Manitoba: Will and Jeanine Richard Memorial Park (615 Hethrington Avenue, Winnipeg)
A park at the northwest corner of Hethrington Avenue and Daly Street South in Winnipeg, backing on to Winnipeg Transit’s Brandon Garage, was formerly known as Hethrington Park. Following the deaths of architect Will Richard and his wife Jeanine Lively, local residents and friends of the couple instigated its renaming on 23 May 2015.
Willis Herman “Will” Richard was born at Bismark, North Dakota in 1943, the son of Clifford Richard and Edna Richard, and spent his first 12 years living on the family farm before returning to Bismark. There he completed high school, met Jeanine Lively during college in 1964, and in 1967 graduated with an Architecture degree from North Dakota State University. The next year, he was drafted into the US military and was stationed in Europe from 1968 to 1970. Returning to civilian life, he worked a few years for three development companies at Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving in 1975 to Winnipeg to work for the Qualico Development Company. He focused in residential architecture, specifically infill housing. Around this time, he married Susan Wilma Cormack and had a son. The couple divorced in 1987. In addition to his architecture pursuit, he was also a master woodworker and was known for opening his shop to the community.
Jeanine Lively was born at Brainerd, Minnesota on 29 November 1944, the daughter of Ernest Lively and Lina Lively. She graduated from Washington High School, Brainerd Community College, and the University of Minnesota. She was married and widowed twice, first to James A. Rhinesmith, with whom she had three children, then Allen R. Murschel.
In October 2000, Will and Jean were reunited. They married in April 2003 and took up residence near Hethrington Park, where they became actively involved with in the community. Jean died of cancer on 29 March 2010 and Will died of heart disease on 16 July 2014.
Winnipeg Family Division file FD87-01-10078, Willis Herman Richard & Susan Wilma Cormack, Court Registry System.
Obituary [Jeanine Lively Richard], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 2010, page B9.
Obituary [Will Richard], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 July 2014, page B17.
Winnipeg Estate file PR14-01-98355, Willis Herman Richard, Archives of Manitoba.
City Centre Community Committee - Minutes (Minute No. 235), 9 September 2014, City of Winnipeg Clerks Decision Making Information System.
Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services - Agenda, 24 November 2014, City of Winnipeg Clerks Decision Making Information System.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 25 December 2015
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