Andrew Carey Lapa

1959 ~ 2011

Andrew Carey Lapa of Pitt Meadows passed away on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 51 years of age.

He is survived by his loving mother Erna, brother Kenton Blair Lapa, aunt Alona (Albert) Burger of Faust, Alberta, special cousins Vaughn (Suzanne) Richardson of Ladysmith, Claire (Tom) Richardson of Nipigon, ON, and Cindee Richardson of Thunder Bay, ON, nieces Kirsten Burger and Natasha Burger both of Faust, AB, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Thunder Bay, Ontario and Saskatchewan. He was predeceased by his brother Kevin William Lapa in 1985 and by his father Andrew Lapa in 2008.

Carey was born on November 1, 1959 in Fort William, Ontario and grew up in Kamloops B.C., attending school in Westsyde. He graduated from Westsyde Secondary 1977. He attended the University of Alberta, then University of British Columbia and received Bachelor Degrees in Arts 1986, and Recreation Education 1988. At UBC he became a member of the B.C. Thunderbirds Football team. In 1983, he was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger Cats. In 1988 he received his Professional Certificate from the College of Teachers and teaching became his true vocation. The Vanier Cup received national recognition in 1982 and the team was inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

He completed his Masters in Arts Education at San Diego State University 1993. He taught high school briefly in Kamloops and returned to Vancouver to teach at Centennial High School for several years. He settled at Terry Fox Secondary in Port Coquitlam where he remained for 16 years. He taught Physical Education and was the Offence and Defensive Line coach for the Senior Ravens Football team for many years. Last year he headed the Jr. Ravens football team as Head Coach.

His love was family, friends, football, and hockey. He loved teaching kids and tried to instill positive values and commitment. He wanted them to develop passion for the game as well as skills. He wanted to motivate them to greatness. The team he loved so much was the Green Bay Packers and Toronto Maple Leafs. It was their game Green Bay Packers vs Philadelphia that he was rushing home to see.

Carey was past president of B.C. Secondary School Football Association (BCSSFA). He was attending their annual General meeting the day before his death. He was well connected with other school and sports in the community. He was active in his local teachers union. He loved fantasy football and fantasy baseball. He loved the camaraderie spent with his friends. He loved Shuswap Lake and spent holidays and summers there. The cottage become top priority for him to learn? How to Do? maintenance skills.

The family would like to express appreciation to all of Carey?s friends who have been so supportive, with a special thanks to Gerald Shong, Paul McNaughton and Mac Gordon, fellow teachers and friends of Carey?s in Vancouver.

The Funeral Service will take place at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 22, 2011 in the Kamloops United Church, 421 St. Paul St., with Reverend Teri Meyer and Chaplain Mary Widmer officiating.

A Bursary/Award is being established at Terry Fox Secondary School in Carey?s honor. Any donations are gratefully accepted by contacting the school at 604 941 5401. Memorial donations may also be made to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, 1589 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 5V7.

Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577

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