Brent Ricci Hennig

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December 17, 1955 ~ May 2, 2020

Born in: Red Deer, Alberta
Resided in: Tucker , Georgia

Brent Ricci Hennig, 64, of Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Atlanta, Georgia, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 2, 2020. A family service will be held in Atlanta, Georgia with a memorial service in late summer in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Ric” Hennig was born in Red Deer, Alberta and raised in Calgary, Alberta. As a youth he was a talented ice hockey player and retained his skills as a skater throughout his life. As an adult he was an avid golfer; which he loved playing with son, Michael.
Ric Hennig was an energetic entrepreneur. In Calgary, he operated a home building business and worked in pharmaceutical sales and later started a wholesale fax machine business. He was the general manager of a giftware wholesale company in Burnaby, British Columbia. Ric was a founder and chief operating officer of The Kids Watch Company, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia. He held duel Canadian and American citizenship and was proud of both.
Ric loved his family and was proud of his children. He raised his son, Michael and his daughter Cheryl with unconditional love and unwavering support. He was the “block Dad” to all of Michael and Cheryl’s friends, taking them on frequent trips to Kalamaka Lake and golf trips all over British Columbia.
Ric is loved and will be greatly missed by all those in whose lives he was a vibrant part, including his wife Jacqueline Beecher Hennig; his son Michael Adam Hennig, his daughter in law, Elizabeth Hennig; his grandson, Benjamin Thomas Hennig, who he adored and had nicknamed “Putter” in anticipation of future golf rounds together, all of Atlanta, Georgia; his daughter, Cheryl Dawn Hennig of Vancouver, British Columbia; his parents Ronald and Alice Hennig of Vancouver, British Columbia; his brother Randall Hennig (Debbie) of Calgary Alberta; two sisters Dona Lehner (Ron) of Calgary, Alberta and Wendy Streeter (Murray) of Edmonton, Alberta; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.
Friends and relatives who wish to remember Ric are asked to make donations in-lieu of flowers to the Children’s Tumor Foundation USA, or Tumour Foundation of British Columbia (Canada)

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  1. CandleImageI am so sorry for your loss. I hope all of the pictures, memories, and stories give you some comfort. Your dad will be greatly missed but will always be with you in your heart.

  2. CandleImageRic, we met young and married young. Even though we eventually went our separate ways, we did share two wonderful children and lots of special memories. I will always remember when people were down, you had a keen ability to find a way to get to them laughing again. You could remove every cloud from the sky with your infectious humour. You were a mover and shaker and easy to talk to. Controversy was your key to get people talking.

    I am grateful that we remained friends throughout the years and that you found your soulmate in Jackie. Your sudden and unexpected passing is very sad. Condolences and deepest sympathy to all in your family. God Bless.

  3. Was very sad to hear the news of Ric passing. He was always a great dad and friend. Our daughters were school friends and also baseball teammates. Ric and I coached our girls team one season it was a fun time.
    You were one of the good ones who will be missed. Condolences to your children and family.

  4. CandleImageRic, my favourite childhood memories include you and your wonderful children, Mike and Cheryl. You all have been like family to me for so many years. I remember how welcoming you and Jackie were when Jenn and I crashed your house in Vancouver over summer vacation. I know you will always be looking out for your kids and grandkid(s) from afar and you should know that I will always be here for Cheryl and Mike and their families as they continue to grow. Sending my love and thoughts to your family. Tiffany Novotny (Zwarich)

  5. CandleImageRic, we met you while you were managing your distribution business in Burnaby. You joined our Wednesday golf crew. And later, you introduced us to Jackie, the loveliest person from Atlanta. We travelled to Fairmont Hot Springs together, golfed, laughed, and enjoyed the company. We lost touch with you after your move south. We think of you fondly, your easy smile, your fantastic golf drive, and all the good times we had together. It was too soon that you left us.
    Peter and Kathy Stivin

  6. CandleImageRic,
    You raised a great son, and we are glad he is part of our family. May you enjoy many rounds in heaven.

  7. CandleImageI’m so sorry for everyone’s loss. Will carry on the nickname “putter” of baby Ben in your honour. Sending love to everyone whose lives you touched.

  8. CandleImageDear Ric
    You left too soon and left many family and friends saddened by your sudden and unexpected passing. Although I knew you but a few years as we only met when Elizabeth and Mike married, I saw immediately you were passionate about life, family, friends and sports. You introduced us to your parents, Alice and Ron, with whom we have enjoyed celebrations of your Mom’s American Thanksgivings and our Canadian Christmas. You raised two beautiful children who you successfully encouraged to pursue advanced education, play golf and be lasting friends. You were a loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and recently a proud grandfather to Benjamin. You were a salesman, entrepreneur, and innovator, with a keen eye always on the next project. Your love for people was perhaps your greatest trait and is your life-lasting gift to us all.
    I leave you with an Old Irish Blessing, as this is not good bye, but simply Adieu.

    May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rain fall soft upon your fields,
    And until we meet again, our friend,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

    Love Kathleen & Robert Strath

  9. To a treasured uncle, and a beloved big brother,

    Thank you for a lifetime of indescribable adventures, and amazing family memories. Your presence in our lives meant more to us than we could ever imagine, and we grieve for your beautiful wife, children, and grandchild. Our world is smaller and darker without your bright light and laughter to lead us on.

    Miss you and love you lots Uncle Turkey,

    Wendy, Murray, Natasha, Kailah, Shaun and Becka

  10. CandleImageFrom the first day I met Ric and Jackie, I knew I had automatically made some new good friends, that would last forever. It was always a pleasure to get with Ric and play golf, watch college football, play “oldies but goodie” songs, and drink our favorite drink – Crown Royal. He would always pull for my Clemson “Tigers”, but I think he just wanted to make me feel good, whenever Clemson lost (that didn’t happen much). He proved to be a great cook and I enjoyed dining out with them or getting together in our gazebo. Ric proved to be a trustworthy friend and someone you could count on to help at any time. I will seriously miss his friendship and definitely not having him around. – Sam Black

  11. CandleImageRic and Jackie came into our lives as neighbors. Many fun times were had in our gazebo listening to “old tunes”, having a meal, or just visiting. When we had dinner, Ric would always be asked to grill, which he did perfectly. We had great times sharing a great meal at their home, and again Ric would grill and it would be perfect. Every time we went to a restaurant, more laughter, because something hilarious would fall upon us and Ric would comment. Ric picked on me and I would always send it back his way. He would argue with me, and usually win. I loved it and I will miss it. Ric was taken away from his family and friends too soon. He will surely be missed, but the memories will always be with us.
    Tricia Black

  12. I am sending much love & hugs to everyone. My thoughts have been with you all, Ric was truly larger than life.

    I feel fortunate to have grown up with Cheryl. The door to their house (and fridge) was always open for us anytime we wanted. Ric took the time to sit & talk with us. Sometimes it was to spark a debate, or listen to us blab away or to simply just lend an ear. He greeted me with a big smile, laugh & a genuine interest in how I was doing. It’s rare to want to spend time with your friend’s Dad when you’re in junior high school. But I looked forward to coming over, plunking down & have Ric poke fun at me while making us dinner on the bbq.

    He took the time to coach our softball teams, take us boating & camping in the Okanagan, pick us up in the mini van & take us for ice cream…he was invested in our lives.

    As a teenager, I always was a bit in awe of Ric. He seemed to have it all. Two amazing kids, a successful business, a zest for life and and then one day a new lady in his life. I’ll never forget the day I met Jackie. She was in their kitchen & immediately gave me the warmest hug. The sparkle that was always in Ric’s eyes was so much brighter now.

    Ric & Jackie took the time to visit and have dinner with me when I moved to Toronto. Ric poked fun at me, and made sure I ate four courses of food. What sticks out the most from that memory is how much it felt like home to have them there. He told me he was proud of me for going to university & working so hard. He made me feel like my hard work was worth it. He just had that way about him.

    My heart feels heavy, having him gone doesn’t seem fair. I wish I could have visited with him again. Thank you Ric & Jackie for always making me feel like your home was my home. For being a part of my childhood, for being a part of some of my best memories growing up and for being one of the best Dads to all us kids.

    May you rest easy

    Much love,

  13. CandleImageRic, you we’re my favorite brother-in-law. You brought joy and laughter where ever you went. You will be missed by so many. You would be so proud of the service your kids and Jackie planned to honor your life. I hope you heard it all and know how much you were loved. No one can replace you, you were one of a kind and we are all the better for knowing you. See you in heaven, tell mama everything, you know she hated to miss anything! Love, Beckie

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