It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Victoria Keryluk. Vicky, age 86, passed away peacefully at the North Vancouver Hospice with family by her side. Victoria (Mandryk) was born on the family farm in Shorncliffe, Manitoba. As one of five siblings – three girls and two boys - her early years were very happy and full of love.
Her life’s adventure began when she married Bert Keryluk, a service man in the Canadian Armed Forces. At a young age of 21 years, she never looked back. She moved across Canada embracing each new posting with her husband. Vicky and Bert were married for 62 years.
When they moved from Bagotville, Quebec, to the Comox Valley, British Columbia, they knew that Courtenay was where they wanted to retire one day. Purchasing a home in Courtenay allowed her to enjoy her love of having her own garden. Her home always had a welcome mat out for friends and family, who would end up going home with some of her harvest, including any fruit that was in season at the time.
She was very much an advocate for education. Even though her education was limited by the demands of farm life, she was immensely proud that both of her children earned university degrees.
Vicky threw herself into her volunteer work. Community meant a great deal to her. She was recently honoured for volunteering for over 30 years with the Comox Valley, St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary. She was also excited to be actively involved with the Ukrainian Club. Before she moved from the Comox Valley to North Vancouver, she was thrilled to see so many new Ukrainian families join the club. It was time, she said, to pass the reins to the new members – with their new ideas and new ways of doing things.
She moved to North Vancouver to be closer to family. She had a lot of different plans she wanted to do after her move, but unfortunately, they did not come to fruition.
Vicky is survived by her sister Mary Starodub and brother Willie Mandryk, (Vera Mandryk), her son Ken Keryluk (Melissa Wee) and daughter Sharan Clark (John Clark), and grandchildren Zac, Stephanie, Jack, and Mac Keryluk and Ashley and Harrison Clark.
She will be greatly missed.
Many thanks to the medical teams at Lions Gate Hospital and the North Shore Hospice for their professionalism, kindness, and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, please support one of Vicky’s charities: The Cancer Society, The Canadian Red Cross, and The Kidney Foundation.