Alexander “Al” William Lypchuk
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Al, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at Vernon Hospice House after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Al was born on June 14th, 1932 in Yellow Creek, Saskatchewan to William and Elizabeth Lypchuk. At the age of 18, he moved to Winnipeg where he met and later married his wife of almost 57 years, Louise. Al spent the majority of his working life in various areas of agriculture. He started out in marketing which took him from Winnipeg to Regina and finally on to Vernon. Al worked for NOCA Dairy, managing the Farm Department before starting his own business, A&L Irrigation, which he operated for 10 years. Leaving the irrigation industry, he returned to his first area of expertise, marketing. He served as the manager of the Interior Vegetable Marketing Agency until his retirement. After retiring, Al took on a new challenge. He made several trips to Ukraine teaching farmers agricultural management skills. This was a treasured time in Al’s life as he was able to share his knowledge and ideas with others, while at the same time exploring his heritage. Throughout his life Al participated in various activities and hobbies. He was a founding member of the Irrigation Industry Association of BC, a member of Rotary, Toastmasters and the Lions Clubs. He obtained his private pilot’s license and in later years spent many happy hours on the golf course.
Al leaves behind to mourn: his loving wife, Louise; children: Glenn (Michele), Lauren (Ward), and Rod (Sandy); grandchildren: Scott (Dawn), Alyson, Jordan (Elisha), and Daniel; Ward’s children: Colin, Robin, and Darby; Great grandchildren: Toby, Alex, and Linden; his best friends, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Carol and John Hocken. Al also leaves behind, his sister Eva, and numerous extended family members. Al was predeceased by his parents, Louise’s parents (Stephanie & Bill Lillies, Joe & Marion Maresse); brothers, Andrew and David; brothers-in-law, William, Ed, Vic, Steve, and Al.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hardy and staff at the Cancer Clinic, the Community Care Team and the staff and volunteers at Vernon Hospice House.
The family requests you join them in a celebration of Al’s life on Sunday October 27th at 1:30 at the Vernon Golf and Country Club, 800 Kalamalka Lake Rd. In lieu of flowers donations in Al’s name may be made to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 27th Ave. Vernon, BC V1T 1S4 or the Tom McMurtry/Peter Baerg Cancer Centre, 2101 32nd St. Vernon, BC V1T 5L2. Al’s family and friends will miss his love, sense of humour and his never-ending appreciation of adventure.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com