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KIRYLIUK, Richard “Rich”

January 7, 1967 — August 31, 2021

Born in Saint Boniface in Winnipeg, MB. Rich passed away on August 31, 2021, in Kelowna, BC.

Kerry and Rich met in Winnipeg in 1989. They Married in August 1992. They then moved to Kelowna, BC in 1993.

Rich leaves behind his loving wife, together for 32 and married for 29 years, Kerry; his children Shae, Leigh, and Jordan; and his brothers Rob and Shawn.

He will be remembered as a devoted father and husband. His smile, generous nature, and fun-loving spirit will always be held close in the hearts of those who knew him.

Nothing was ever too much for him when it came to helping others.

Rich loved his job at Kelowna General Hospital where he worked as an LPN since he was 27 years old. He worked in many departments, but for the last 8 years, he worked on the Cardiac Unit 2 West.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful staff at the Hospice House for their care for Rich.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice House Central Okanagan.

A Funeral Service will be held to honour Rich, however, due to the current pandemic restrictions, it will be by invitation only. The family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join by Livestream on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021, at 10:00 AM PDT. A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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 Hospice House Central Okanagan Link: hospicehousekelowna.com




  • Renee says:

    My heart breaks for you Kerry, Shae, Leigh and Jordan. Rich always had a smile on his face and a positive thing to say!! He will be deeply missed, I have nothing great memories of my cousin! Fly High Rich

  • Cindy Aleck says:

    My heart goes out to Rich’s family at this time. As a child my family would visit Rich,, Rob, and their parents, we always had fun. Rich’s father and my mother were brother and sister.. Rich had that amazing smile back then. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace my cousin.

  • Joanne Wynn says:

    Dear Kerry, Shae, Leigh and Jordan,
    I am so sorry for your loss….my heart hurts for you. I was privileged to have known and worked with Rich. I always considered both of you friends. May you find peace moving forward.

  • Elaine Rodwell says:

    Shocked and incredibly sad for you, Kerry, Shae, Leigh and Jordan. Gone but not forgotten. He was a special man and the world is poorer without him.

  • Betty Hildebrand says:

    Sorry for your loss, Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time🙏

  • Diana Reece says:

    So sorry for your loss.I worked with Rich at
    Cottonwoods and will always remember his friendship his kindness and his humor. Rest in peace.

  • Carson Somerville says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing. We worked together at Cottonwoods Many years ago , and at KGH. He was a great guy, always so kind and funny – he will be missed , prayers for your family ,

  • Sonja says:

    I’m deeply sad and sorry for your loss. I’m very fortunate to have been able to see him one more time before he passed. My heart goes out to all of you .be strong ,he will be in your hearts and memories forever ♥️♥️♥️💔

  • Donna Rabourn says:

    Dear Kerry and family, Ian’s and my condolences and prayers on the loss of Richard from this world. We worked with Richard at Cottonwoods, and later would see him from time to time, as we worked at KGH. I will always remember, when a resident was choking on some food, how Richard put his arms around her ( wheelchair included!) and performed the Heimlich maneuver on her and saved her life, breaking his own rib in the process. ( I was not in the room, but heard the story). Richard was always so very respectful of the residents of Cottonwoods. You could tell he saw it as an honour to care for those who once took care of us.
    Ian and Donna Rabourn

  • Chris Morley says:

    So sorry for your loss, Kerry and family – such a tragedy for you all. Although I met him only once, I have fond memories of my visit to you in Kelowna all those years ago while I was on assignment in Vancouver.
    Vale Rich

  • Sarah Hawke says:

    Kerry and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Rich on 2 west for about 5 years. I was always happier when I came in to work and found out that he was working too. He had such a positive attitude, was always friendly and willing to help, and had a great sense of humor. Patients loved working with him and he could always make them smile and laugh. He always talked about his family with such love and was so proud of his kids. 2 west won’t be the same without him and he will be greatly missed by all of us. Thinking of you and sending you and your family love.

  • Robin Posella says:

    Sorry for your family’s tragic loss. Rich was such a great human!!!! I played softball with Rich, when I was younger. His nursing skills saved me twice on the ball field. I will always remember his kindness.

  • Maurice Drewniak says:

    The love he left behind when he would visit us, we now send a little of it back to you, his family! “It’s all good!” he would say, “It’s all good!” Yes, what he left behind with us is “All good!” Gentle hugs to you all!

  • Tina Greenfield says:

    A light in the world has been distinguished and now it seems just little more grey, but the light that shines in you Kerry, Shane Leigh and Jordan because of your love for him will help light the world again. Thank you Richard for all the memories and laughs we shared since grade 9. You lived a blessed life and I was blessed to have known you. Keep smiling and keep laughing was always his motto. So that, and a piece of fudge (or two) – will always make me think of you and smile.

  • Mary-Jane says:

    So much sadness comes to me with the loss of Richard. He was without a doubt the kindest man I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Always had a hug for me. My heart goes out to you Kerry and your beautiful family. Richard will be forever. Loved and missed

  • Sue Neale says:

    Although we met only a few times it was clear how great a love of life and family Rich had, and everyone responded to his
    positivism. It is heartbreaking to see such a lovely man go so soon and I feel so very sad for you all.

  • Marie-France says:

    Dearest family and loved ones,
    I had the pleasure to work with Richard on the cardiac unit at KGH. Richard was a lovely person and so so kind and caring to all patients and colleagues. He will be missed at work. My deepest sympathy to you,
    Marie-France Menard

  • Linda says:

    Dear Kerry, Shae, Leigh, and Jordan,
    I don’t have the words to express how sad I am for your loss. I worked with Rich years ago, but never forgot him. He was a very, very special human, who was taken far too soon, and will be missed from this earth!! The world truly was a better place with him in it. May all the love and memories you shared comfort your hearts, and I’m sure he really will come to you in your dreams!! Say hi for the rest of us.
    Fly High and be at peace, Rich!! You DID GOOD

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