Rioux – Peacefully, at the Prince Edward Home, Charlottetown, PEI, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Kevin Paul Rioux, of Charlottetown, age 58 years gained his special "Olympian Wings" with his loving "Sue" by his side. Born on October 5, 1963, in Campbellton, NB, the family soon after moved to Summerside, PEI. Beloved son of the late Tom Rioux, the late Ethel (Shearer) Rioux. With much love and heavy hearts Kevin will be forever missed by his siblings, Michael (Susan) Rioux, Oyster Bed, Margo (David) Gallant, David (Mary) Rioux and Debra Rioux, Summerside. Also survived by Uncle Frank and Audrey Shearer, Campbellton, NB, several nieces, nephews and cousins. As well by his Martin Street Group Home "family", Miramichi, NB. Predeceased by brothers Kerry Rioux, Carl Rioux and niece Carly Rioux.
Kevin was a very special Down Syndrome person who liked to be treated as others. Throughout his years even with various disabilities, Kevin was always happy, gave out so much love, laughter, tickles and big hugs to all he loved! Kevin participated for many years in the Special Olympics Track & Field and Bowling teams obtaining numerous medals, trophies and was a recipient for "Best Sportsmanship" multiple times! Kevin had many great loves he so enjoyed such as watching hockey games however Montreal Canadians were always his #1, listening and grooving to his music, rocking for hours, watching favourite movies especially Fonzie (and he wore the jacket with Thumbs Up!!!) , Hulk Hogan - wrestling and his cartoons, going to workshop, swimming in Doo Doo's & Janet's outdoor pools, shopping with Sue as he loved to dress up, visits and vacation over the years with family yet he always loved to get "home" to his wonderful long-time friends at Martin Street. Kevin asked for little but his favourite treats; from a young age were always "Hubba Bubba" MacDonald's & Pepsi! Anyone who had the pleasure to know Kevin instantly fell in love.
We extend heartfelt gratefulness to ALL caregivers to Kevin over the years at Martin Street Group Home. Kevin excelled in his abilities from a young age more than the medical prediction at birth due to each and everyone of you who loved Kevin so much.
Personal thank-yous will be delivered, however we extend sincere gratitude to Everyone who helped in any way to bring Kevin home as well to all staff and new friends of Lady Slipper Path for their kindness and special care Kevin received during his short time in LTC.
Resting at Moase Funeral Home, Summerside. No visiting or funeral service by request. Interment to take place at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, memorials to Special Olympics PEI in memory of Kevin's participation over many younger years as an outstanding Athlete would be gratefully appreciated.
Down Syndrome people give so much more .... anyone should be honoured to know them.