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Hand, Tyler James

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

Passed away after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer with his family by his side on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the age of 34.  Survived by his loving wife Kristy Folk, his parents Richard and Sandra Hand of Calgary, sister Christie (Dominic) Pituch of Calgary and their children Ryan and Kyle; parents-in-law Anton and Darlene Folk of Kelowna, brothers-in-law Rod (Ramona) Folk of Kelowna and their children Ashley and Carley, Chad (Susan) Folk of Toronto and their children Nathan and Julia, Ryan (Carri) Folk of Kelowna, maternal grandfather John Kempson and paternal grandmother Leona Carter.

Born in Calgary and came to Kelowna 12 years ago.  Tyler was an amazingly outgoing and caring person, loved by all those who met him.  He excelled in his career as a pilot and appreciated his view of the world  from all altitudes.  A Celebration of Tyler’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tyler Hand Memorial Aviation bursary: www.okanagancollegefoundation.ca then click donate now button www.alumni.okanagan.bc.ca – click donate then click other in options and type in Tyler Hand memorial.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

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The service for Hand, Tyler James is scheduled for Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250.860.7077

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  • Mary Smith says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. I admire you for your strength and courage that you maintained throughout this journey.
    Mary Smith

    • John McCann says:

      Ty was a “TRUE GENTLEMAN”
      so kind and gracious; he made the
      World a better place. He was loved
      by all. Our Condolences to family
      and his WONDERFUL parents who
      Raised a very Special Man who
      touched all our Hearts
      God Bless
      John McCann

  • The Bolt Supply House says:


    It is with great sadness that we learned that Ty finally lost his battle with cancer.

    Ty was well-liked by his friends and colleagues at Bolt for his openness, enthusiasm for life and great spirit. In addition to being a tireless worker, Ty was a positive influence in the company who always had time for customers and his fellow workers. It was a real loss for us when Ty decided to move on but we knew he would do well at whatever he decided to pursue.

    On behalf of The Bolt Supply House, I would like to offer our condolences on Ty’s passing. He will be truly missed.

    Regards Kurt

  • Trina & Keith says:

    Kristy & Family. Our thoughts are with you through this hard time. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

  • Branka and Dik Hanson says:

    Dearest Kristy and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time.

    Love and prayers to you all
    Dik, Branka, Anthony and Allan Hanson

    Frisco, Texas

  • Brandi McLauchlan says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Tyler’s passing.

    I attended school with Tyler through West Dover, Baz and Forest Lawn. Although we did not stay in touch after school, the memories of him are burned in my mind; he had a quick smile, a sharp wit and was a true and loyal friend.

    May you all be comforted in the days ahead.

  • Rob Harkins says:

    My condolences to Kristy and Ty,s family. I met Ty when he graduated from High School and worked with my wife Sher at Bolt Supply in Calgary while he pursed his flying career and built his time up. We shared a great passion for flying and was so impressed that he followed his dream and became a comercial pilot. He was also was one of the most genuine people I have ever come across in my 52 years of life and feel honored that I got to spend time with him and call him a friend. 2 summers ago myself and Sher visited Kristy and Ty while we were in Kelowna and caught up on all the changes in our lives and his. We will cherish that visit for the rest of our lives and he will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. I will miss you buddy.

  • Mike and Donna Dickson says:

    Kristy and family, our hearts and prayers are with you. We pray God will give you all a peace within

  • Tamara Hanson says:

    To Kristy and family, and the Hand family:
    I know there are not enough words to express how sorry I am to hear of Ty’s passing. Ty was truly one of the good ones and will be incredibly missed. Please know I am sending lots of light and love your way.
    Tammy, Cole, and Gabrielle.
    PS: Shane sends his condolences as well.

  • Barry Spring says:

    Dear Kristy and family, My thoughts and love goes out to you and your family at this time. I know that Ty will be missed by all.

  • Glen Campbell and Barbara Leavitt says:

    Rick and Sandy,
    Thinking of you and sending our love…
    Glen and barb, St. Marys, Ontario

  • Peter Wannop says:

    To Ty’s family,
    What a wonderful young man.
    Enjoyed working with Ty in Kelowna at Bolt Supply House.
    Ty was energetic, fun, responsible, and dedicated.
    I will miss him..
    My deepest condolences.

  • Steven Barnes (one of Ty's many scout leaders) says:

    Dear Kristy and Family/Rick and Sandra:

    I am very sorry to hear of Ty’s passing. Please accept my and my families deepest condolences to you and your families at this very sad time.

  • Don & Carol says:

    Kristy And Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. So sad

  • Crystal Hanson says:

    Dear Kristy, Folk & Hand families,
    We are deeply sorry to hear of Ty’s passing. He was a kind and genuine person and he will be terribly missed.
    We are sending you our love and condolences.
    This photo is a favourite of ours:)

  • Heather Morris says:

    Kristy and family: We are deeply saddened by the news of Ty’s passing. He was such a warm and good-natured individual and he will be missed by many. My heart felt condolences to you at this time.
    -Heather and Ryan Morris

  • Gervais Randrianantenaina says:

    I was sad to hear today the passing of Tyler. Even I did not have the opportunity to meet him personally I know the courage to battle against cancer since my father passed away last year from the same thing.

    Today, my thoughts are with all of you.


    Gervais Randrianantenaina
    FO DH4 calgary

  • Ken&Chris Hehn says:

    Kristy,we are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending our love and condolences . Ken & Chris Hehn

  • Teresa Banka-Reid says:

    Dear Kristy,
    I’m so very sorry to hear of Ty’s passing. Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Teresa Banka-Reid

  • Sher Harkins says:

    Ty had a smile that could stop the world.I feel incredibly blessed to have have been able to call him my friend for the last 16 years.I have alot of very fond memories of our time together and work and play 🙂 Ty cared about everyone, and you just felt really GOOD when you were around him. Be at Peace my Dear Friend, you are Free to soar in the sky Eternally, and when I look up, I will always think of you.
    Sending Blessings of Love to Ty’s beautiful wife Kristy,his parents Rick and Sandra,and the rest of Ty’s Family.

  • Jason & Erin says:

    Kristy, we are deeply saddened by your loss. We are very disappointed that due to the weather we are not able to come out and celebrate Ty’s life with everyone. We both feel very grateful that we had Ty in our lives as we do not know of a better man or a more genuine friend. He will be deeply missed and our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. We love you both.
    Jason Young & Erin Henderson

  • Uncle Rick says:

    Dear Kristy, So very sad to hear of your loss. TY was a genuine, wonderful man,and it’s such a tragety that he had to be taken by this horrible decease. My heart goes out to your family and Ty’s family.We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.God Bless You. Love, Uncle Rick

  • Peggy Barnett says:

    Sandy/Rick and Kristy, Sorry to hear of Ty’s passing. Was hoping to see more of you all now I’m back in the west. Wish I could be there for you.
    You’re in my prayers.

  • Jeff and Jane Raby says:

    Rick and Sandy, and families,
    We were so sorry to hear of Ty’s passing. It has been a very difficult journey for you all, and we pray for healing and comfort in the coming weeks. We know that you can reflect on the messages of love and support and gain strength from these. The world was a better place for Ty’s great friendships and his joy of life.

  • Liz Barnett says:

    my sympathies to all – I know you will miss Ty deeply!

  • Andrea & Kevin Adler says:

    Dear Kristy, Sandy, Rick, Christie, Dom and family,
    We were so sad to hear of Ty’s passing. We have always admired your family’s demonstration of kindness, generosity and hard work. Ty inherited all these qualities from you and faced life with a smile. Sending you our love and deepest condolences.
    Love Kevin and Andy

  • Tom Hartai says:

    Sandy/Rick and Kristy:
    Sandy I have been following your son’s story through Heather Hope in Ontario who is an employee and a friend of mine. My name is Tom Hartai. I am a fellow pilot and a brain tumour survivor. I wanted you and all your family to know how sorry I am for your loss. I am also a father of 2 great children and cannot begin to know how you are feeling. I have become quite active with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada since my scarey ordeal. I have learned that 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour every day. There is so much that is not known about brain tumours..but the Foundation is making progress to help find answers like what causes them and how best to treat them.
    As the President of our local COPA Chapter 177 (Canadian Owners and Pilots Assoc)I wish to also extend to you all of our deepest condolences on the loss of a fellow pilot, but more importantly, your son and husband. In memory of Ty and with your permission I would like to inform our National monthly publication (COPA Flight)of the bursary you have set up in Ty’s memory…and perhaps different
    Flying Clubs or individuals can donate from across Canada. Ty’s memory will live on. Please let Heather know and she will let me know.
    God’s Blessings to you all.
    Tom Hartai thomas.h@cabletv.on.ca

  • Ted Kaye says:

    Kristy, Rick, Sandy and Family
    I was really hoping I could attend the service for Ty tomorrow but unfortunately the Chief Pilot and I were unable to come up with coverage. Coincidentally I’m flying from Calgary to Kelowna and back tomorrow morning so will definitely give Ty a wing wave as we depart over Kelowna.
    Tyler was an instant friend when we met at Carson and truly one of the good guys. I will miss him greatly.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Deepest condolences,
    Ted Kaye and Family
    AC Jazz F/O YYC

  • Kevin and Andrea Adler says:

    Dear Kristy, Sandy, Rick, Christie, Dom and family,
    We were so sad to hear of Ty’s passing. We have always admired your family’s demonstration of kindness, generosity and hard work. Ty inherited all of these traits from you and faced every day with a smile. He will be missed terribly. Please accept our deepest condolences and love.
    Love Kevin and Andrea

  • Todd & Patti says:

    Dear Kristy, Hand and Folk families:
    We were greatly saddened to hear of Ty’s passing. Ty was talented and loved and will be missed by us both. Our deepest condolences.

    Todd and Patti

  • Todd & Patti says:

    Dear Kristy, Hand and Folk families:

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of Ty. He was a talented and genuine human being that will be greatly missed by us both. Our deepest sympathies.
    Love Todd and Patti

  • Joanne McLeod says:

    Sandy and Rick, Bev and Pat,
    I want to send my sincere and deepest sympathy to you and your families, on the news of Ty’s passing. I was saddened to hear earlier in 2013 of his illness, and his long battle against it. You are in my thoughts at this this very difficult time.

    Joanne McLeod

  • Jarrett Kratzer says:

    Kristy and family,

    I am terribly sorry for your loss. Tyler was truly an unbelievable guy. He was great to work with and a friend for life. Back in Calgary he was always the first to get all the crews together for a night out. Looking back puts a smile on my face, and I’m sure glad he was a part of my life. He was kind, honest and a genuine as they come. Ty man, you will be missed.

  • Dana McEwan says:

    Kristy and family,

    All of our love and thoughts are with you during this time. Kristy, I remember you and Ty on your wedding day, and I was struck by what a beautiful and charming couple you two made. That image will always stay with me. Throughout Ty’s heroic battle, your strength and support inspired us all.

    Cory, Dana, August and Lily

  • Pat and John Turner says:

    Rick and Sandy, Kristy and Christy: We have followed Tyler’s life through his many accomplishments, his wedding and then the sad journey with brain cancer. We were only lucky enough to meet him a couple of times but saw photos many times as Glenn and Sarah shared each happy event. How fortunate you were to have him in your life. Now that he rests in peace you will be forever grateful to carry his love and memory in your hearts. God bless,
    With sincerest sympathy, Pat and John Turner (Sarah Hand’s sister and brother- in-law)

  • Ron and Bonnie Nutz says:

    To Kristy and family, we are saddened for your huge loss.
    “Your loved one is not gone, just shifted.
    Heaven is not a faraway cloud in the sky;it is parallel to earth at a higher vibrational frequency.Just like radio and television stations are next to each other on the dial but at different bandwidths, so too two is your loved one to you. You can feel his presence as a vibration. Each person has a vibrational frequency, like a snowflake’s individuality.So if you think about your loved one, trust that this sign that he is with you.”

    As the song says he has left YLW and has gone “higher”
    Our thoughts are with all of you.
    Love Ron and Bonnie Nutz

  • Nancy Lewis says:

    My Condolences to the family and Kristy, Ty was an amazing guy and I was lucky enough to grow up with, I met him in Elementary and we became best friends through to Junior High, the world will miss his infectious smile. Thank you so much for streaming and sharing the memorial, it allowed those of us far away to be part of it.

  • Amanda, Shawn, Kenadi, Tucker and Chesnee O'Donnel says:

    Kristy, Hand and Folk families,

    So sorry to hear about Ty’s passing. May his love from above comfort you at this time and in the difficult months ahead. Heaven has gained one amazing guy. Ox

  • Linda Holzer says:

    Kristy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Ty’s passing. From all I’ve read he was a wonderful person. Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to meet him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Linda Holzer

  • Celeste says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Ty was one of the most kind, caring and wonderful people I have met and he will be sadly missed Xo

  • Dan Boucher says:

    To Kristy and Family,

    My sincere condolences to your’s and Tyler’s family. Although I never had the chance to meet him, I’m sure I would have eventually had the pleasure of either flying with him, done some training together, share some ‘hangar’ flying war stories and some laughs..

    Take care and God bless..


    Dan Boucher, CRJ Captain, Montreal

  • Murray Folk says:

    Dear Kristy, Folk Family and Hand Family, all of our love and prayers are with you in this time. Our deepest sympathies.

    Love Murray, Anna and Garrison

  • Rae and Judy Newman says:

    Kristy,Hands and Folks

    Unfortunately we are away and therefore were unable to attend Ty’s memorial service. We are so saddened but want you to know that you are in our thoughts. From what we have just read Ty was loved by so many and will be missed greatly. We send our condolences to Kristy and both families. Love Rae and Judy

  • Neil and Judith Fimrite says:

    Kristy. Words don’t seen enough, we are thinking of you today. The memory of Ty’s wonderful smile will always remain in our minds and warm our hearts. Come visit if you need a get away.

    Love Neil and Judy

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