It is with great sadness that we share news of the sudden passing of Rusty Durant, 58, on Sunday, February 23 of 2020. Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, and Friend, Rusty’s presence and loss is felt deeply by many.
Born on December 10, 1961 in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, to Ellen and Hans Christensen, Rusty spent his childhood, teenage, and adult years in complete adoration of his parents and brother Ian.
Having finally met his match when he came across Laura in 1997, Rusty was absolutely delighted when they married in December of 2012. She was, and is the complete love of his life.
Rusty loved a good laugh. He gave a mean Donald Duck impression. He made superior BBQ sauce and his homemade bread garnered line-ups in the kitchen. He loved camping. He was a dog guy, and loved getting dogs (his and others) worked up. He knew his way around a good string of cuss words. He worked hard and often and loved it. Still, Rusty was the master of unfinished projects. He was incredibly generous and would drop everything to help a family member, a friend, a friend of a friend. He cared about the important conversation surrounding mental health. He could be just as whimsical as he could ornery. He was also as comfortable in the theatre as he was in front of a schooner of beer and two pounds of wings. He had respect for any place that could serve up a good burger. If his t-shirts offended you, he was all the more likely to wear them and even his best shoes had paint on them. His coffee was strong and muddy. He liked the word “kiddo.” He was a jungle gym for his nephews, niece and grandchildren. He gave huge, enveloping hugs. He always ended phone calls with “bye for now.” He loved deeply, without expectation or limits.
Rusty is survived by his loving mother Ellen, wife Laura, her children Audra, Edmund (Julie) and Amy (Joe), his daughter Amanda (Benjamin), sister-in-law Tammy, nephews Brayden and Garrett, niece Cassandra, grandchildren Clark, Paul, Ivy, Constantine, Pearl, Dylan, Eric, Jordan, Anna, Prairie and Lilac, and many friends and neighbours who hold him and his memory close.
I am so sorry for the world’s loss for such a great, loving man. I always enjoyed serving him and Laura beer and wings and the years after running into him or them and catching up. The world has lost a wonderful person and the sound of a genuine heartfelt laugh. To the family, thank you for sharing him with the rest of us, sincere condolences.
Rusty always made me laugh. I always enjoyed running into him and Laura at mulligans. My deepest condenses to Laura and your family.
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Rusty was truly a one of a kind. He and my late husband, Shawn, were joined at the hip in their younger years. He was a loyal friend with a very large heart. After Shawn’s accident Rusty loyally stuck by him with the two of them getting into all sorts of predicaments, sometimes sketchy but most often hilarious. One story involves Kenny holding the handles while bumping the wheelchair down a very long and narrow set of stairs which ended with the two of them tumbling down to the bottom. When I first met Rusty, the three of us spent a lot of time at a local eatery. He would let out what seemed to me to be the longest & loudest ear piercing belch. He knew it mortified me and thought it hilarious to see my horrified reaction, while the two of them laughed hysterically. His warm hearted and caring character though, is part of what endeared him to people. I can only imagine the hole he’s left but also the many cherished memories his loved ones have to hold dear. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.