Henry (Hank) Stephen Farynuk

Henry passed away peacefully on July 7th, 2010 in Vernon, BC having succumbed to gastric (stomach) cancer.  He was born in Abernethy, Saskatchewan in 1926. Nine years later his family moved to Enderby and he finished his Grade 12 at Armstrong High School in 1945. Upon graduation he enrolled in Normal School (Victoria, BC) to receive his teaching certificate. Many summer-school years later he completed his Bachelor of Education at UBC. His teaching career of 40 years started in the Christina Lake region, and in the early 50’s he moved to Vernon, taught at Bearisto Elementary and retired as an art teacher at Clarence Fulton in 1987. Hank was a great writer, artist, and a loving Dad/husband to his family. He met his love, Verna at the nurse’s residence and married her in 1956. Together they both celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  Hank and Verna had 3 children, Michael, Bruce, Catherine and 1 grandchild, Scott. In the early years, Hank enjoyed playing softball and was a lifeguard at Kal Lake for the Vernon Army Cadet Camp. During his lifetime, he enjoyed the outdoors, spent his summers travelling, salmon fishing at Telegraph Cove and building a cabin on a mountain lake. One of his last working projects was a marina proposal seen on YouTube under his name. In his retirement years, Hank was compassionate about giving back to the community. He joined Kiwanis International and received a Certificate of Appreciation for his valuable service as Lt. Governor (Div.7) PNW in 2000. He was a dual member of Kiwanis Club of Kelowna-Summit and the Kiwanis Club of Lake Country. Much of his devotion to working on community projects benefited the young, ones in need, and the elderly.  Hank was also a member of the Trinity Chancel Choir and his faith brought him comfort especially in the past few years. The family would like to thank Dr. Mandreck and the palliative care team for their support as Dad journeys into his spiritual life with his wife and son. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baerg-McMurtry Cancer Center. A Celebration of Life Service

will be held on Saturday, July 17th, 2010 at 1pm, at the Trinity United Church in Vernon, with Bob Thompson officiating.  His resting place will be at the Coldstream Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155. 

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