Evgeny Sotnikov
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On Monday evening Evgeny chose to set his spirit free from a two-month struggle treating insomnia and depression, leaving ripples of devastation among a multitude of grief-stricken mourners: his fiancée and best friend, Kirsty Jack (and her family); his parents Zohra and Boris; his sister Olga, her husband Grant, niece Sophie, nephew Elliott; his many friends made during his UVic Kinesiology and UBC Occupational Therapy programs; his colleagues and friends from his career as OT with RJH; his workmates from RIV/TCC where he worked during university years; and his many friends and acquaintances made while he took up his main passions of guitar, squash, and ultra-marathon running.

Born in Murmansk, Russia, Evgeny travelled far from Russia to Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, Calgary and Victoria. He remained an avid traveller, keen to discover new experiences. He and Kirsty enjoyed many trips together, and had plans for more next year. He lived life with an uncommon passion and determination, often amazing his friends and family with his accomplishments. He raised money for RIV playing his guitar in coffeehouses; he performed stand-up comedy; participated in poetry readings; and ran several ultra-marathons in 3 years, the most recent being Mt. Finlayson—Mt. Work 100K where he won, breaking the course record in September.

His vital physical energy was matched by an active mind. He loved playing games with groups of friends and also playing pranks or just sharing a laugh. He shone with a unique intensity that will never be forgotten by so many who shared his orbit.

Memorial will be held on Monday, December 10th at 10AM, First Memorial Funeral Services, 4725 Falaise Drive.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest a donation to Archie Courtnall Centre.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2018.
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July 26, 2019
Evgeny, I do not know you but by chance I looked up the winner of the ultramarathon you won. I too am struggling with some issues currently, but I hope it will pass and I will run the 50K this year.

Your achievements continue to inspire. I wish you only peace.
December 14, 2018
Ev you have a beautiful soul. The few months we spent working together will never be repeated or forgotten. We took an incredible task and owned it. Not a day went by I didn't look forward to our morning banters and deep thought and conversations. You hid depressiin too well my friend. Rest peacefully in your long sleep. Much love.
Hali Whittingham
December 14, 2018
I had the pleasure of having Ev as a student in 2016 at CBI. He was so smart and energetic, and even though I was his teacher, I learned many great things from him. It was clear how much he loved his Kirsty, and he was so excited about his plan to finish his ultra marathon then propose to her. When he came back to CBI this year, I was so happy to hear how he went through with his big proposal plan. Kirsty, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and Ev's family. May he rest in peace.
Heidi Swan
December 12, 2018
Evgeny and I had shared many adventures over the span of our friendship during the UVic years...I will always remember him as the most talented, charismatic, inspirational (and sassy!) ray of light, filled with positive energy and big dreams. My heart breaks for Kirsty and the family in this time of devastating loss. , - rest easy, my friend.
Yulia E
December 11, 2018
What a tragic and devastating loss. Ev was an incredible man, with a zest for life and a passion for accomplishing the epic. I'll never forget seeing him on course at Finlayson Arm 100 in the dark. While I didn't run with him (he was so fast!), I had the pleasure of sharing a couple race courses with him. Run on, Evgeny... you will be deeply missed. Condolences to Kirsty and also the rest of his family.
Lisa Fehr
December 11, 2018
So very sorry to hear of the lose of Evgeny, my heart is filled with sorrow and my mind has so many questions. I'm writing mostly to those close to him that he has left behind please find solace in the knowledge that I am saying a prayer for you. I especially want Kirsy to know how much she is loved and how sorry I am for her lose as well as the families involved. This is a horrible loss and only time can help take some of the sadness away .Love you aunt julie
December 10, 2018
Thank you Evgeny for your inspiration, creativity and authenticity. I am sorrowful you are gone but, will honour your life and our friendship by challenging myself the way you inspired me to.
To Kristy and family my deepest condolences and love.
Sandra Mcleod
December 10, 2018
So sad to hear of his struggle. My thoughts go out to his fiancé, family and friends.
I am a fellow therapy colleague.
Stacy Sherman
December 9, 2018
What a bright spirit. What a loss. May he have peace.
Halima Thompson
December 9, 2018
I am shocked and extremely heartbroken to hear this news. I have many fond memories of Evgeny. While he was completing his undergrad at UVic, he volunteered in the human anatomy lab that I coordinated. We shared many wonderful Laughs and moments. I remember he would frequently bring his guitar to class and play for the students prior to labs. He had a genuine care and passion for passing along his knowledge to the next group of students. He always seemed to have a smile on his face for everyone. We continued to keep in touch on social media. I was amazed at what he did with his ultra marathoning career as well. He certainly was a wonderful, unique, talented and passionate individual.
Evgeny, thank you for your time, commitment, and friendship when we knew each other at UVic. You will be dearly missed. I send out my love and prayers of support to his fiancée and family at this time. May God bring a comfort that surpasses understanding to your hearts during this very difficult time of grieving.
Stefan Scott
December 9, 2018
I am very saddened to hear of your loss...My thoughts and heart are with you all at this most difficult time.
Mike Waters
December 9, 2018
I'm sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to Kirsty and Ev's family in their unexpected loss of this very special young man. I worked with Ev at the Royal Jubilee Hospital over the last year whenever I was assigned to the unit he was working on. We didn't know each other well, but he always stood out to me as a person with great knowledge, curiosity and a passion for life. The last time I saw Ev, I teased him about wearing shorts to work and showing off his legs... to which he replied with a big smile and sparkly eyes, "Yes, I'd rather be running!" and then he practically jogged down the hall! When we first worked together, I asked him how to pronounce his beautiful name, having read it on the team board and not wanting to make a mistake. He quickly and reassuringly said, "just call me Ev." It made me feel like he was welcoming me as a friend, which was a nice thing, young senior that I am. Ev had a nice way of making a person feel cared for and special by taking the time to stop what he was doing and listen. I regret not taking more time to get to know Ev and hear about his engagement to Kirsty, his love for music, his achievements as a runner,and some of his travel adventures. I do know he had an inquiring mind and deep appreciation for people and life. I am so very sad to know he is gone, leaving behind so many who loved him, and now must mourn his loss. Rest in peace dear Ev, and may your version of heaven have beckoning, open paths with endless, tireless trails and the sunniest of skies. To Kirsty and Ev's family, friends and colleagues --- please accept my sincere best thoughts and prayers for this young man who has left the world too soon. His presence and gift of friendship in-the-moment will always be remembered and treasured.
Pauline James Curtis
December 9, 2018
Such a kind and generous spirit. We talked about our shared trouble and I am devastated for all of us about the loss.

I'm sure he would ask us to be kind to both ourselves and each other. He was that kind of person.
December 9, 2018
My heart goes out to Kirsty; I was so impressed in Aug 2017 when Evgeny proposed to Kirsty at the end of my Fat Dog ultra race which he did in 31 hours.
Heather Macdonald
December 9, 2018
Thank you, Eve, for the fascinating, thought-provoking conversations and the super fun jam session. I feel so lucky I got to hear you shred (so talented!!) and I bet you're rocking out with the greats now.
Amelia Whitmore
December 9, 2018
I worked with Evgeny and mentored him in his early working career as an OT. I never encountered such a motivated, eager, passionate and proud OT. Our OT world has lost a light. Evgeny never let negativity get the best of him and his strong determination in achieving his goals were evident whether it be music or running. He was a truly authentic person who I had always admired for his athleticism, determination and passion. My compassion and condolences go to Evgeny's fiancee and family.
Melissa Lee
December 9, 2018
My heart breaks and is devestated with the loss of Evgeny. Was there something he knew that we did not? Did he not know how much he was loved? Could we have saved him? So many questions that run through my mind. I wish he were still here.
Evgeny was an inspiration to me. He leaves behind the most caring, kind and beautiful fiance. He leaves behind his legacy. He leaves behind his friends and his loved ones.
He was there for others, his charasmatic nature always lit up the room.
Evgeny was a protector, a colleague and what I felt would be a life long friend. He welcomed me into his, "wolfpack." My point is- He cared.
Evgeny did onto others as he hoped others, would do onto him. Such a rarity that I was always excited to see and support him in his newest journey or adventure.
Evgeny truly was the kind of person one could trust and he left us all too soon.

I have been devastated by his loss as has my partner and I know this has impacted many.
Evgeny left his mark in this world as a marathon runner from having broke and made new world records to almost representing Canada (on behalf of Croatia) had it not been for a stress fracture earlier in the year.
His writings had so much depth, to his love for others and to those in need. Evgeny seemed to have it all.
I even remember how he tried to help those with disabilities and bring about a support group for those struggling with mental illness... he was always wanting and trying to make a difference. He succeeded in doing just that.

We lose a man who symbolized love and good faith. We lose someone that deeply impacted many hearts.

Sending all those impacted by his loss my compassion and condolences.
Especially to his beautiful and loving Kirsty. Sending you all of my love. Evgeny, you will be forever missed.
Tori Botten
December 8, 2018
So very sad to hear of the struggle and loss of Evgeny. He was a positive, dedicated team member at RJH. Always a smile and eager to help. A genuinely kind spirit who will be greatly missed.
Evelyn Savage
December 8, 2018
I worked with Ev, and he was a caring dedicated clinician. I will remember his smile and eagerness to help where he could. We often talked of his running, i will miss him and wish his family peace and comfort in dealing with the loss of a wonderful spirit.
Kathy Norman
December 8, 2018
This breaks my heart. Ev was a lovely guy and such a pleasure to work with at RJH. I am so sorry for his family and friends, who now have to live without him. Please know his heart was one of the best we had at the hospital and he brightened my experience there immeasurably. He will be terribly missed.
Cathie Chase
December 8, 2018
I'm so saddened to hear that this world has lost Evgeny. He was a talented force for positivity in this world. I'm sorry he struggled and sorry he is gone. Much love to Kirsty and his family, friends, colleagues, and fellow OT colleagues.
Allison Patterson
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