Kevin J. Rice
June 27, 2023
RICE, Kevin J. – Passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at the Louise Marshall Hospital at the age of 72. Loving husband and soulmate of Susan Rice for 50 years. Special Dad of Jeff (Julie) Rice, and Pam Carson. Loving PA of Courtney, Alli, and Nicole. Dear brother of Jim (Linda), Sheila (Al), Sharon (Mark), Rita (Steve), Doug (Cathy), and Len (Kim) (their children: Mitchell, Matthew, Michael and Lexi); and brother-in-law of Harold. Fondly remembered by his aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Predeceased by his parents Pat and Helen.
Kevin was raised and lived his entire life on the family farm in Proton Township. His passions include hunting, helping others, and sharing good conversation. Above all, he loved spending time with his family who will miss him dearly.
Visitation will be held at the England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, Mount Forest, on Friday, June 30th from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. with parish prayers at 6:45 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 046045 Southgate Township Road 04, Conn, on Saturday, July 1st at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery. All are invited to a luncheon following at St. Mary of the Purification Roman Catholic Church, 310 Parkside Drive, Mount Forest. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Lung Association or the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario would be appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.englandfuneralhome.com
Dear Susan and family:
I am so sorry to hear of Kevins passing. I remember him fondly and I’m sure the Proton Community is feeling his loss deeply.💕
To the Rice family: We send our deepest sympathy. – Barry & Thelma Rawn— Barry & Thelma Rawn, July 10, 2023
My sincerest condolences Susan and family. Kevin was always cheerful and helpful whenever we crossed paths while I was on the mail run. He will be missed.— Kathryn Roe Guerin, July 2, 2023
Sending our condolences to the entire family. Remember the fun times and cherish and share the memories. Sending Prayers for peace and comfort to you all at this difficult time. John and Michele— Michele and John Kleinsteuber, July 1, 2023
Dear Susan and family, Jim and Linda and all of Kevin's family and friends
We were sorry to learn of Kevin's passing; our hearts go out to you all at this sad time.
Please accept our most sincere sympathy. We know he will be deeply missed.
Bob and Ellie Mueller, Cambridge
Susan, Jeff, Pam & the Rice Family - Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of Kevin, a devoted husband, Dad, Grandpa & caring sibling. Remember the good times & cherish your memories.— Ron & Marian Flanigan, June 30, 2023
My deepest condolences to Susan and the entire Rice family on your loss. Whenever I have been back to Proton for a visit and run into Kevin, he always made you feel that he was so happy to see you and took the time to have a good chat. Such a smiley, friendly cousin! My thoughts are with all of you at this time.— Margaret Rice, BC, June 30, 2023
Susan, Jeff, Pam & the Rice Family - Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of Kevin, a devoted husband, Dad, Grandpa & caring sibling. Remember the good times and cherish the happy memories.— Ron & Marian Flanigan, June 30, 2023
Susan and family: We were saddened to hear of Kevins' passing. Mike enjoyed working with Kevin at WM. May you get through this sad time through prayers and the comfort of friends and family. Our sincere sympathy to all.— Mike and Lynn Reeves, June 30, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Our condolences to the Rice family. Our thoughts are with you 🙏— Ken and Margy Smart, June 30, 2023
Dear Susan and Family,
We are deeply saddened by the news about the death of Kevin .We are so very sorry .This must be a very difficult time for you. Please remember that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Kevin was such a kind soul ,who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May God bless you and your family during this time and always.
Imtinan &Johannes Bahjat
Sorry for your loss.
Susan so sorry to hear the loss of Kevin, Sincere condolences to your family and extended families. Donna— Donna Krueger, June 30, 2023
So sorry for your loss Susan.He will be surely be missed.liked coming for a visit when we could.— Larry and Jennet Schmidt, June 30, 2023
Dear Susan and family, Jim and Linda and all of Kevin's family and friends
We were very sorry to hear the news of Kevin's passing. Our hearts go out to you all at this sad time.
Please accept our most sincere sympathy.
Ellie and Bob, Cambridge.
My condolances to the family
Monika and Dennis and Danny
Our deepest sympathies to you Susan, your family and the entire Rice family. We remember seeing Kevin and Susan years ago at the annual Tractor Elimination Draw in Seaforth. Even though neither of us ever won, it was nice to see them there. And certainly we have met the entire Rice family at different functions over the years. It was very evident that Kevin grew up in a very close and loving family and they will now support you Susan and your family. Sending strength and hugs for the days ahead.♥️🙏
Jane and George Zwep
(Neighbours and friends of Steve and Rita)
Susan and Rice Family,
We were so saddened to hear this news. I have such fond memories of Kevin growing up as a neighbour. He truly had a heart of gold.
Sending you condolences and hugs from afar,
Shelda and the McQuillen Family
We are all very sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing . Kevin was such a kind , happy , hardworking man and was a fantastic co-worker of dads for many years . I remember the smiles on his and dads faces when we were Christmas tree hunting. They had the love for their children and nature in common as well as extremely strong work ethic and customer relations . . Your home was a warm and welcoming one and I will cherish that memory . Kevin always had a smile and we will always remember his great hearted nature and he left a somewhat low key but yet remarkably positive impression on the room he walked into as I remember . Our love is sent to you all in the next coming weeks and onward . With love , The Reid’s— Trina , Donna and Ron Reid, June 29, 2023
My condolences to you, Susan, your family and the Rices. 🙏— Patricia Parsons (McCabe), June 29, 2023
May your happy memories together bring you comfort. I will remember him as a kind and peaceful man who brought laughter and love to the parties. I will hold you all in my heart.— Isobel Webster, June 29, 2023
My condolences to the rice family. I met Kevin through his nephew greg right away he was very friendly and kind. I have good memories of our bear hunt together. Rest in peace— Josh Vander burgt, June 29, 2023
Sincere condolences to Kevins family.— Ken & Karen Thompson, June 29, 2023
Your have our heartfelt condolences Susan & family! May your memories of Kevin keep him forever in your hearts! RIP Kevin.
Norm & Janet Freiburger
My condolences. Sending love and aloha from myself, my husband, Blake, and our two daughters, Anela (22 months) & Malia (4 wks). Thinking of you all during this difficult time.— Nahelani Webster Parsons, June 29, 2023
Our deepest condolences to the Rice family
From John, Barb (litt) and Dave Campbell Families, Grant and Isabell (Campbell) Fraser
Sorry to hear this news. Kevin always felt like a brother to me. T Q— Tim Quantz, June 29, 2023
My heart goes out to all of Kevin's family. Sending you my deepest sympathies, Julie— Julie Deans, June 29, 2023
They don’t make them like Kevin anymore. I don’t know what it was but he always had a resilience to get things done - right. As I knew him he thought things out before he went through with anything. Always always genuine. He had a stubbornness about him that served him well. With him in heaven, a lot of deer are safe.— Steve McCabe, June 28, 2023
Susan, Jeff and Pam, and to all of the Rice family,
Sincere condolences to all of you. Kevin always had time to say hi and help when needed. Our brother Dirk enjoyed his many visits with the Rice families, and I know he treasured your friendship. Kevin's smile will certainly be missed.
— Lois Scott, June 28, 2023
Our deepest condolences to The Rice Family in the passing of Kevin.
Lois Gary Bradley Pamela Scott and families.
My deepest condolences to Susan and all of the Rice family, as well as all of Kevin and Susan's friends.
My dad grew up on a farm in Proton Township not far from Kevin and they have remained friends all of these years. My dad valued his friendship with Kevin and loves to share stories of hunting trips and such. It saddens me to know he lost one of his last "best friends" whom he would talk too on the phone regularly. Kevin was a good man and I know he is already deeply missed.
Stan Beckner's daughter
To Susan and family…our neighbours and friends….I loved Kevin’s smile. Our bulls fought, when they ended up in same field..I was so young but still remember…Kevin and Dad just stood around talking…when I got upset, they both said, they will tire out before they hurt each other…..Kevin at our place with his dog…looking out at a field, and saying to his dog: “hog” and off went the dog for the groundhog….when I got my little Sprint car stuck and Dad asked Kevin to help get it out..he came, looked at the little car and laughed, and said “.he could just pick it up”. He was so nice, sweet, and will always remember he had tears in his eyes at my Dad’s funeral. Dad was so happy that Kevin and Susan’s son bought our farm….”it will stay in the family”. Susan, may all YOUR memories get you through this tough time..❤️— Jacqui Pickett, June 28, 2023
Our condolences to the Rice family, especially Susan and Jeff. Kevin was a good man, and always there to help. We will miss Kevin's welcoming and warm words, and that brilliant smile which he gave to all who met him. Everytime we heard the song by Jason Blaine "They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore" we thought of Kevin. We are thinking of all of you in this time of grief. He lives on in Jeff and Pam, and the grandkids.— Stuart and Kathryn McGill, June 28, 2023
Susan and Family
Our sincere condolences on the passing of Kevin!
So sorry to hear of Kevin's passing.
Our condolences to all family and friends.
Gary & Gwynne Smith
Susan and family, Jim and Linda, Doug and Cathy and the rest of the family members. Jim and I were so sorry to read this.
Our sincere condolences to everyone.
Jim and Ruth Penwarden
Mitch and family,
Very sad to hear of your Dad's passing.
Please accept my most sincere condolences.
Susan and family, Rick and I are so very sorry to hear this. Please accept our sincere condolences.— Ruth Truax, June 28, 2023
Our sincerest condolences to Susan,Jeff,Pam and families.
“Goodbyes hurt most when the story isn’t finished”