December 22, 1928 - June 14, 2013
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After 84 years Ed passed away peacefully at home with his wife Irene at his side. He was born to Anelia and John Yurechko in Port Arthur, Ontario. Ed forged many lifetime friendships throughout his earlier years, attending school and apprenticing at New Idea Sheet Metal for his journeyman ticket. Among the many stories we have heard about his younger years include the Finn gymnastic club, the Northbelt Savages, his boxing days, and his love for hockey, which began when he played in the Lakehead. Ed married Irene Lidstone, together they started a family and moved west to Duncan, BC in 1967. Ed's passion for fishing and boating began and was shared with many of his good friends. His involvement at Fuller Lake Minor hockey began when he coached his son's team. He continued his committment to hockey serving as the Fuller Lake Minor Hockey President and he contributed to bringing Junior B hockey to the Cowichan Valley. Ed was also a member of the Duncan Curling Club, the Cowichan Golf Course and the Duncan Legion. Ed was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 276 and he practiced his sheet metal trade with pride until he retired in 1994 from Griffiths Sheet Metal in Duncan, BC. Ed and Irene enjoyed their trips back east and holidays to hot spots with friends and family. Retirement brought more time for fishing , bowling, golf and supporting his grandchildren in many activities. Ed fought a brave and courageous battle against cancer with the love and support of his family, friends, Dr Dan Phillippson , Dr Neilson, Drs Goulard and Coppin of the BC Cancer Agency. Many thanks to the amazing support from the Palliative Care Nurses that enabled him to end his journey at home. Ed is survived by his wife Irene, of 56 years daughter Nola (Andrew) Jackson, Frank Yurechko, Margaret (Mike) Pilon and his three grandchildren Brett (Christine), Laura (Derek) and Katie Jackson.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday June 21, 3:00 p.m at H.W. Wallace Centre, 5285 Polkey Road Duncan BC V9L 6W3. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation in Ed's memory.
Published in The Times Colonist from June 16 to June 17, 2013