Richard William Weichel

11 May, 193022 September, 2021

Richard William Weichel May 11, 1930 – September 22, 2021

We wish to announce the passing of Richard (Dick) William Weichel, in his 92nd year. He was a good husband to Helen “O’Reilly” for over 65 years, a father to Gregory and Thomas (Debra) and grandfather to Colby (Ryan), Riley and Jackson. Son of the late Charles Weichel and Frances (Poffenroth) of Elmira, Ontario. Brother of the late Donald (Joan Wittington) of Elmira and the late Marie Schmitt (Art). Dick worked with RBC for 16 years before going out on his own, joining Mutual Life of Canada, for the remainder of his career. He and Helen moved to Peterborough in 1960 and decided it was a great place to raise their family. Dick and Helen were pioneers when they bought, cleared the land and built their cottage on Buckskin Lake in the Haliburton Highlands in 1969. Many wonderful memories of this great family adventure are still being made today and hopefully will continue for generations to come. Growing up in Elmira, Dick had many stories of his youthful adventures, which he shared with all. His politics never waivered (long lineage of Conservatives). He believed that we live in the best country in the world. He was proud of his father and uncle’s contributions during WWI and especially proud of his brother who flew as a Lancaster crew member in WWII, completing over 30 missions. Dad loved sports and loved to cheer on the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Peterborough Petes and both the junior and senior Laker Lacrosse teams. Most of all, he loved to watch his grandchildren play organized sports. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. A Private Memorial Service/Public by Livestream will be held in the chapel of Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre on Monday October 18, 2021 at 11:00 am. (, scroll down to Mr. Weichel, select, scroll down to services, select Join by Livestream). Special thanks to the staff at Empress and Princess Gardens; Dr. Morelli, Sherri and the palliative team at PRHC; Julie and the A2 Stroke Unit team; as well as the PRHC Gatekeeper, Bernice. Donations may be made to Peterborough Regional Health Centre or Five Counties Children’s Centre.


  • Private Memorial Service/Public by Livestream

    Monday, 18 October , 2021



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Bernadette Pettipas

17 October 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Sending my thoughts and prayers your way.

Geoff Backa

15 October 2021

Sorry to hear the news. When I was a teenager, Dick always had time for a chat with me as I cut the grass between our houses or was out shoveling snow. Meant the world to me that he was interested.

Brian and Jan Balcombe

15 October 2021

Our condolences to the entire Weichel family. Our interactions with Dick and Helen over the years that we were neighbours were memorable. What a nice, long life Dick enjoyed. Brian and Jan

Brenda Walden (BACKA)

12 October 2021

Heartfelt condolences to the family.
Helen, you and Dick were wonderful neighbours to my parents, making many memories, many years ago...

Marion Nie

10 October 2021

Dear Helen and family,
My deepest Sympathy on the passing of Dick. Dick sold me my first Insurance Policy and he maintained a close contact over the years. Helen and I worked together in ICU at the the former Civic Hospital. Dick was very proud of his Sons accomplishments and was equally proud of his grandchildren. I’m sure you will all miss him very much. My thoughts and Prayers are with you all.
Love Marion

Susan Shaw

10 October 2021

Dick and Helen both were in my past. He as the first insurance agent for my life and our homes from 1968-1987 when we moved from Peterborough. My husband still has one from the company which changed names. I worked with Helen at PRHC [better known as Peterborough Civic]. He was a very caring and professional agent and his advice was always given and taken wisely. Our thoughts are with you Helen and your caring family at this time.

Susan Leeson

9 October 2021

Dear Uncle Dick,
In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place no one else will ever fill.
Love Hugh, Sue, Barb and our families

Catherine Green

9 October 2021

Tom and family

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Both you and your family are a credit to his memory. He certainly blazed trails.

Catherine Green

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