Stephen MENDRYK

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MENDRYK, Dr. Stephen
With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of an inspired educator, an exceptional athlete and a truly authentic human being. On November 17, 2011, Stephen Warren Mendryk bravely departed, at the age of 83, following a lengthy battle with congestive heart failure.
Born in Edmonton, Steve soon demonstrated athletic prowess playing on championship teams in baseball and hockey; playing on the Golden Bears Basketball and Wrestling teams; and as an Edmonton Eskimo when the team achieved Grey Cup victories in 1954, 1955 and 1956. He won the Wilson Challenge Trophy for Most Outstanding Male Athlete (1952/3) and was inducted into the Edmonton and University's Sports Halls of Fame and, as a team member, into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. Academically, Steve followed his passion for sport by receiving a Masters degree (Berkeley) and Ph. D. (Oregon) in Physical Education. During this time, he also became a Professor at the U of A where he taught, conducted research, wrote over 50 scientific articles, volunteered on many committees, coached and mentored graduate students for nearly 30 years. Steve also loved to golf and build houses and helped his children with their homes.
Steve is survived by his wife, Jeanne, daughters, Marlene (Bob) and Michele (Greg), son, Wayne, four grandchildren and four sisters. A Celebration of Steve's amazing life will take place on Thursday, November 24th at 1:00 p.m. at Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church, 51 Woodlands Road, St. Albert. In lieu of flowers, please direct contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Published in The Edmonton Journal from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2011
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