ELMER LUBOMYR PYSH fell asleep in death on January 15, 2006 at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Elmer was born June 16, 1928 in Klimkowka, Poland and came to Canada in 1936 as a boy. He is survived by Mary, his loving wife of 55 years, three brothers, Fred (Lauraine), Joseph (Corry), David (Ann) and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Myron, mother, Appolonia, brother, Daniel and sister, Joan.
Elmer began his adult life as an auto mechanic. However, upon marriage, he quickly recognized his chosen course in life and began serving as a full time minister for Jehovah’s Witnesses for the next 26 years. In 1961 after serving in the travelling ministry, he and his wife were invited to attend The Watchtower Bible School of Gilead in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Upon graduation, they were sent as missionaries to Paraguay, South America. Returning to Canada in 1981, he served continuously as a elder in the local Silver Star Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Vernon.
Elmer leaves behind a large spiritual family that mourns his passing and eagerly awaits the fulfillment of the words in Revelation 21:3, 4: “With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
These words will soon be fulfilled under Christ’s Kingdom. During his life and ministry, Elmer zealously made known this promise to others as he faithfully served his God, Jehovah. He will be dearly missed by all. We look forward to welcoming him back in the resurrection promised in God’s Word the Holy Bible and recorded for our comfort at John 5:28, 29.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 1:00 pm in the Assembly Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses located at 1424 Mission Hill Road, Vernon, BC. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Silver Star Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.