We Remember

YAKUBOWICH, Joyce Louise (née Sadowick)

May 29, 1953 — March 24, 2024

On March 24, 2024, our kindhearted and beloved Joyce Yakubowich, who was ever joyful, passed from this life into the next unexpectedly, at the age of 70. In the 1970s, Joyce’s athleticism put her in the public eye for her accomplishments as a Canadian track and field sprinter who competed mainly in the 200 and 400-metre events. She was the 400 m gold medallist at the 1975 Pan American Games, where she also won gold and bronze relay medals. A two-time Olympian representing Canada in the Summer Olympics of 1972 and 1976, Joyce was also a three-time Canadian national sprint champion.  In 1975, she was named Sport BC Athlete of the Year. She was inducted into the Canadian Ukrainian Sports Hall of Fame, and the Simon Fraser University Sports Hall of Fame; a noteworthy accomplishment, considering the University didn’t even have a varsity women’s track and field program at the time in which she attended.

Away from the track, Joyce attended the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University, studying Biology, Kinesiology, and Elementary Education.  Following her studies, she transitioned into working in various office administration roles. Alongside her devoted husband Brad, Joyce celebrated over 50 years of marriage. At home, her nurturing nature shone brightly as she dedicated herself to being a deeply devoted mother, who would do anything to support her children.  Her motherly guidance taught her children the values of kindness, love, forgiveness, respect, grit, and perseverance. Through her years on this Earth, Joyce was able to learn to enjoy life along with all of its blessings and challenges. Joyce considered others before she considered herself, and she believed a good conversation over a meal was one of the best ways to spend one’s time. She always looked forward to outings with her family and spending quality time with her grandchildren, who absolutely adored her. In her later years, her spare time was filled with reading, challenging herself with Sudoku puzzles, and enjoying life’s everyday little moments with her best friend, her husband Brad.

Joyce leaves behind a wealth of cherished memories and hearts full of love and gratitude. She will be forever remembered by her husband, Brad Yakubowich; her children Jennifer (son-in-law Alexis) and Lee (daughter-in-law Kaleigh); and her grandchildren Annabelle, Elliott and soon-to-be-expected grandson. Joyce will also be deeply missed by her mother Lena Sadowick; her siblings, Debbie and Fred; and her nephew and nieces: Daniel, Pamela, Kristina, and Olivia. She has gone to join the spirit of her father, Ted Sadowick.

Joyce, although you are no longer with us, your spirit will live on in our hearts forever.

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