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.
Published in The Times Colonist from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2018.