Elmwood High School will be hosting a Celebration of Rick's Life at the school, 505 Chalmers Ave in Winnipeg on Tuesday, November 18 at 2:00 pm.

The church service for Rick is scheduled for Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at Cropo Funeral Chapel at 1442 Main Street.

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With great sadness, Basketball Manitoba shares the news on the passing of long time basketball coach and teacher Rick Symonds of Winnipeg.  Rick was a a teacher at Elmwood High School where he coached the varsity girls program there for number of years and also served as the convenor of the Winnipeg High School Basketball Conference.   Rick was involved with Basketball Manitoba at the Provincial Team level coaching a variety of female teams in the program in the 1990's and 2000's.  Rick was also very involved as a football coach.  We have lost one of the truly nice guys in our game.

Our sincere condolences go out to the entire Symonds family.


This page will be updated when additional information comes available.  




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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Rick's passing. I did not know him well but in my brief conversations with him as coaches of opposing teams I could recognize his passion for youth,sport and coaching. Can't recall how our games turned out but I remember discussing the experience for the girls/teams rather than the competition. All my best to the family.

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  2. Rick was a great guy with a heart of gold. We worked together coaching the juvenile provincial girls team. Rick would do anything to help others. He wore his provincial team jacket with great pride. God bless his family.

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