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David Paul PYSYK

April 6, 1955 - February 14, 2021


It is with great sorrow we announce that Dr. David Paul Pysyk of Spruce Grove, AB, passed away on February 14, 2021, at the age of 65 years. For the past 11 years, David had fought with and beat cancer, but as he always said, “it was the cure that killed him.” His life after cancer was met with a long list of health challenges, but forever the warrior, his will to live was stronger. While he enjoyed all his time with family and friends, his last three and a half years so filled him with joy as he got to see the world through the eyes of his granddaughter, Logan. He was then over the moon to be blessed with another granddaughter, Emma, and finally his grandson, Arlo. David, “Dido”, was never happier than when playing with or cuddling one of his grandkids.

David’s talent as one of the finest entertaining and amusing storytellers was matched only second to his magical baking talents. Anyone who tasted his famous butter tarts or cookies was forever changed by his heartfelt appreciation. David was influenced by both his faith and Ukrainian heritage in his approach to his personal and professional life. A now retired teacher and principal, he positively impacted so many lives, leaving behind a legacy of life, love and laughter wherever he went. David will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years Evie (nee Popowich), son Parker (Andrea) of Edmonton, and daughter Oriana (Morgan) Leithoff of Spruce Grove. He will also be greatly missed by his siblings Patricia (Randy) Ogilvie, Terry (Sherry) and Sonia (Barry) Newman, along with countless cousins, nieces and nephews. David was predeceased by his parents Paul Pysyk (1996) and Anne Nancy Pysyk (2014).

Scheduled viewing Friday, February 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Friends and family must contact oriana.pysyk@gmail.com to arrange a specific time. Funeral Rite Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m. Both the viewing and funeral to be held at St. Anthony’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 6103 – 172 Street, Edmonton, with Reverend Dr. Timothy Chrapko officiating. Interment in Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Sarrail, with Reverend Father Roman Shiyan officiating. Due to Covid-19 protocol we are heartbroken to announce that these services will be by invitation only. As David loved being surrounded by family and friends we invite you all to join us in remembering Dr. David Paul Pysyk virtually by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydeklsnTiPg. We will host a reception commemorating David’s life when health restrictions allow us to do so. If desired, donations may be made to Stollery Children’s Hospital c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul AB T0A 3A0. To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.
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From: Peggy Christopherson
Relation: Lived at St John’s the same time as David and Evie

Our heartfelt condolences to the Pysyk families on David’s passing which was way too soon. His memory will live on in all lives he touched.

From: Harry Wagner

Dear Evie and family – I was very sorry to see that Dave has passed away. He was a good man. I valued the times that I worked with him in Parkland. He was a talented leader and really a model for all of us. I enjoyed the times I spent golfing with him. I think the last time was a few years ago and he came within a foot of a hole in one. I enjoyed conversations about Lac La Biche and Boyle and living in that area. He was certainly one of the good ones and I’m sorry that he’s no longer with us.

From: Adrian Besuyen
Relation: He was my principal at SGCHS

My deepest sympathies to all the Pysyk family at this difficult time. David was a devoted educator, boss, and friend. His legacy will live on through all of us. Take care.

From: Pat Spence
Relation: Friend of Evie.

My thoughts are with you, Evie and family. Hold on to your good memories.

From: Rose & Rick Dehod
Relation: Friends

Dear Evie and Family, we are sorry for your loss. David’s passion for life, family, friends and his community will be a cherished memory for all of us that he touched. He will be dearly missed. Our deepest sympathies. Rick and Rose

From: Barbara Petryshen-Kozak
Relation: He was my principal at SGCHS

My deepest sympathy goes out to Evie and her family at this time. Dave was a great boss, was compassionate and will leave behind a great legacy. I will always remember Dave walking around the track at the tri-leisure. Your smile will be missed.

From: Ruth Hessmann
Relation: Friend

Dear Evie and family. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I think of all the great times we had when I taught with you Evie and the fun we had at staff gatherings. I will keep you all in my prayers.

From: ruth bauer
Relation: Dave was my principal at Graminia School

Dear Pysyk Family,
I had the privilege to work on the teaching staff when David was principal at Graminia School. He was a compassionate, humble man who always put the students and staff ahead of himself. I will always remember his ability to create a positive, warm climate where everyone felt valued and respected. May the beautiful memories you hold be of great comfort to you until you meet again.

From: Terry and Chris Ostapiw
Relation: Friend

Terry and I wish to express our sincere condolences to the whole family. We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing and will cherish all the memories.

From: Lisa Harris
Relation: Friend

Sending my deepest condolences. I will miss his smile and great stories! He was such a great inspiration! Memories are forever .

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