NYKILCHUK, Andrew John Jr
On May 9, 2016 Andy passed away surrounded by loved ones at Hospice House in Kelowna. Born in England in 1943, Andy was one of thousands of war time babies born to Canadian soldiers and their English wives while stationed in there in WW2. Growing up in Edmonton Alberta, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the early 60s and earned an overseas posting to 4 (F) Wing, RCAF Station Baden-Soellingen, Germany and subsequently to 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta. Leaving the RCAF, he then served with the City of Edmonton Police Department in the early 70s.
A keen storyteller, some of Andy’s favourite tales from his police time was when he provided security for the Pope’s visit, saved a man’s life doing CPR, the many policeman’s parties BBQing on the deck in the middle of Edmonton winter, and from the air force days, organizing the base parties with kegs upon kegs of beer by the riverside.
His love of telling tall tales went with his passion for entertaining with elaborate food and drink, some of which was a bit experimental. After their mother was hospitalized for a short time and Andy was left to cook for his three young children, they begged their mother to never get ill again. But in later years, with a few cookery courses, dinners became an event with printed menus and little handmade flags to indicate the homemade dips on offer.
For the last two years of his life, Andy was joined on his travels by his partner in love Brenda, and many new and happy stories were created with trips to the UK, Ireland and Arizona. He is survived by his sons Patrick (Crystal), Bryan (Michelle), daughter Teresa, their mother Marie and three grandsons: Justin, Adam and Jake. He was predeceased by his mother Joyce, and survived by the rest of his Alberta based family, father Andrew Sr, sisters Diane Colby (Bruce), Deb King (Chris) and brother Martin.
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