OBITUARY

Edward Pyrik

November 7, 1932October 5, 2020

On Monday, October 5, 2020 Edward Pyrik, died peacefully in his sleep in Calgary, Alberta, after a long life, well-lived.

Born in Montreal to Dymetro and Katarzyna, Ed grew up in Goose Village playing hockey on the street using newspapers for shin guards and frozen horse droppings as pucks. As a boy, he sang in the St. Ann’s church choir and worked at a grocery store making 18 cents/hr. When they wouldn’t give him a two-cent raise, he followed the men into the shipyard one morning, picked up some tools, and got a job paying $1/hr. He attended St. Ann’s Boy’s School, then Luke-Callahan High School, playing football with the Rosemount Hunkies. While working at Cable & Wireless Ltd. (later Canadian Overseas Telecommunications Corp.) he became enamoured with a beautiful young secretary named Audrey. He hired his sister, Eugenie (Jennie), for the secretarial pool so he would have an excuse to come down and talk to Audrey. They married in 1956, one of the proudest moments of his life. He took care of her until her death in 2011. Together they had two sons, John and Stephen. From 1965-1968, Ed was president of Hertz Mexico. In 1971, he joined the Jim Pattison Group and moved his family to Vancouver. He served as president of EDP Industries Ltd. then in 1975, he helped launch the Calgary Cowboys hockey team. In 1978, his business successes were recognized with an invitation to join the Young Presidents Organization. Ed loved to laugh, travel, and tell stories. The center and patriarch of his family, he had an iron will and generous nature. He was especially close to his good friend and travel companion Peter, his nephew, Ralph, and his niece, Catherine. He was proud of his grandchildren Ben, Tessa, Dylan, and Josh. His family thanks the staff at the Sage Hill Retirement Residence and the Dulcina Hospice, especially Dr. Sharma, for the care they provided to Ed in his final days.

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Catherine Carter

November 12, 2020

Happy Memories:
Ed’s birthday was Nov. 7. He didn’t quite make it to 88, but here’s to all the wonderful memories and past celebrations.
Ed’s 85th - He got such a kick out of his cards, that he brought them out at Smugglers to display...
He was so appreciative and so much fun to be around on all of our special occasions! Those happy memories always bring a smile to my face. ♥️

Ed’s last visit to Mexico was Feb 2020. We Celebrated Ralph & Catherine’s birthdays at Karen’s Place. He was determined to have fun and no one could stop him from participating wholeheartedly in every family event - Charro Festival, Cheeky Monkey, strolls on the Malecon ; even an impromptu golf cart tour of Bucerias! His walker was never an impediment to his enthusiastic participation .

Bonnie Valentine

November 1, 2020

My sincere Condolences to John and Stephen and their families. My Condolences to Jennie, Catherine, Duncan and all their families. I met Ed in 2000, when he came to visit Peter. I was dating Peter at the time. All 3 of us had a great time visiting and taking Ed site seeing and going to great restaurants. Ed would come to San Diego almost every year after that. I remember one particular time when Ed came to visit and Peter had to work so Ed took me to Mexico and took me to a beautiful restaurant for Mother’s Day! We had a beautiful lunch and yummy Margaritas! Ed was such a generous man and all 3 of us had great times together. We all loved playing golf together! Peter and Ed would reminisce every time Ed came for his yearly visit! They would laugh and laugh remembering all the fun they had in years passed! I’m so glad Peter and I talked with you everyday on SKYPE, before you went into Hospice.
Ed, our hearts are hurting since your passing. But we know you are no longer suffering in pain. Rest In Peace Ed with the Love of Your Life, Audrey. Until we meet again my friend... Rest In Peace 🙏

Beverley Herreilers

November 1, 2020

Dear Family,

We were very saddened to hear of 'Uncle' (to us) Ed's passing.

Ed was a very dear and special soul to us all. I had many lovely conversations with him around multiple topics and he was a good listener. The last time I called Ed was having a massage and I spoke with his son John. The call previous was a quick chat with Ed as he needed to get back to some number crunching he was doing.

We will remember all the nice gatherings at the MacFarlanes', celebrating his November birthday and Christmas 2019 decorating the tree with Jennifer. Seeing Star Wars together and beverages at J's. He loved his pickles, soft gummies and a good martini. I loved all his stories, especially when he was young - one about his Dad's pickle barrel out back,

Catherine, as you recently mentioned, "Ed always brought something positive to the table".

We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Sending you all much Love, Light, Peace, Health and Blessings.

Calling All Angels.

oxobeverley

Norman Zombor

November 1, 2020

I had the privilege of calling and speaking with Ed at his location just before hospice. I told him that I personally did not have too many mentors in my life and that he was indeed one of them.

I remember him telling me how he used to dive and swim in the Saint Lawrence River and attend Montreal Royal games at Delorimier Stadium, much like my father did. I loved hearing about his larger business deals with Hertz, especially in Mexico.

A short friendship, but a very pleasant and close one.

So very sorry for your loss.

Love Norm

Ralph Carter

October 29, 2020

I have so many many dear memories of adventures and times spent with Ed in years past. Ed treated me with such kindness and generosity. In recent years, he never let any obstacles get in his way of his journeys to Puerto Vallarta for our family gatherings. So many more cherished memories of time spent together. Ed’s memory lives in my heart. I miss him very much.
Catherine & I send our deepest condolences to John & Stephen and their families.


Duncan MacFarlane

October 27, 2020

Although I knew Ed from Vancouver and the Mexico trips, I was fortunate to get to really know Ed when he moved to Calgary.
He was a character and very generous. My wife Catherine and he played cards regularly (I was going to say “constantly” 😊!). I rarely played but listening to those two play always made me laugh. They had so much fun !
He was a financial guru and I learned a lot from him - even when we disagreed!
We will miss him a lot but the wonderful memories of cards, holiday DVD’s, dinners and BBQ’s will last forever.

Catherine Carter

October 27, 2020

Ed’s last visit to Mexico Feb 2020. Celebrating Ralph & Catherine’s birthdays at Karen’s Place. He was determined to have fun and no one could stop him from participating wholeheartedly in every family event - Charro Festival, Cheeky Monkey, strolls on the Malecon ; even an impromptu golf cart tour of Bucerias! His walker was never an impediment to his enthusiastic participation .

Catherine Carter

October 27, 2020

Ed’s 85th - He got such a kick out of his cards, that he brought them out at Smugglers to display...
He was always so appreciative, cheerful, and so much fun to be around on all of our special occasions! Those happy memories always bring a smile to my face. ♥️

Kim Carter

October 26, 2020

My favourite Uncle. I miss him already. So many wonderful memories, it's hard to know where to start. Most of all I miss his wonderful stories -- particularly his adventures & observations of when he was living in Mexico. It made me so happy to see Uncle Ed return to Mexico many times over the years, particularly when we celebrated our birthdays together--mariachi style! (https://flic.kr/p/Gfxt6A)

He
met his final days as he lived his life: with boldness, courage, fortitude, and strength.

Much love and condolences to my cousins John & Stephen, and their families.

Much love to my sister Catherine for her care & support of Uncle Ed in his final years.

Xoxoxo
Kim & Michael & family

Susan Maitland

October 26, 2020

Ed was a force of nature within the Pyrik extended family and friends. He will be missed . Our thoughts are with you all...John, Kelley, Ben, Tessa; Stephen, Josh, and Dylan. Sue and Jim Maitland and West Coast family.

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