Phyllis "Marlene" Yurichuk (nee Fisher)

August 15, 1934February 14, 2021

Marlene quietly passed away in Nanaimo, BC during a beautiful snowstorm, in the early morning of Feb. 14th, at the age of 86. Born in Vancouver and raised in Steveston, BC, she was predeceased by her parents, Stella and Cecil Fisher and her sisters Velma and Shirley. Marlene is survived by her loving husband, John (62 yrs of marriage), her children, Sandy (Doug), Robert and Susie (Kirby), her 5 adored grandchildren, Dougie, Danny, Natalie, Nathan and Noah, her sister Mickey, her brother George (Sylvia) and many nieces and nephews.

Marlene graduated from Richmond High in 1952 and carried her strong athletic abilities with her all through her life. She became an inspiring Elementary school teacher at the age of 20 yrs. and started her career in Victoria BC. After a few years, she and John moved back to Richmond BC where she taught until 1992. Marlene was passionate about teaching and truly touched all those who she taught or worked alongside with. She loved to organize staff lunches and parties and was always the first to celebrate a special occasion for a friend and colleague. She had a heart of gold.

Marlene enjoyed travelling and cruising the world with John at her side, and together with family and friends they explored many beautiful countries. Throughout her entire life, Marlene loved to spend time outdoors, whether it was gardening, camping, waterskiing, golfing, skiing at Manning Park, swimming in the ocean and in her younger days… taking part in long distance road rallies.

Marlene loved to entertain and was a very talented cook. Together with John they hosted many wonderful parties that usually involved a martini or two! Special memories run deep for those summers spent on the beach in Lantzville where family and friends gathered yearly to enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, clam and oyster digging and cliff diving at Maude Island. Throughout it all, Marlene had an incredible “zest for life” and truly carried an inner “joy” and “fun spirit” with her, wherever she went.

Marlene was incredibly proud of all her children and grandchildren and always took a great interest in all their accomplishments. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. (Mom loved the snow so it is with special significance that she quietly passed while her entire family had snow falling around them.)

The family will be holding a private Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC Cancer Society in Marlene’s memory.


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Phyllis "Marlene" Yurichuk (nee Fisher)

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Lorna Ruthman

March 1, 2021

We shared many a Monday night, talking and playing Mah Jong with Sharon & Marilyn. Looked forward to our special birthday lunches together. You were a good friend Marlene and I will miss you and our times together. Love to your family at this time.

Bosso Gill

February 27, 2021

Longevity is a sign of deep friendship. Marlene and the”crazy eights”have been friends for over 40 years. We can’t recall a harsh word between us.
We met at Woodward school in Richmond and quickly bonded into a group of “8”. Our principal M. Smith affectionately called us the “crazy 8’s”. The bond has stayed strong and vibrant well into our retirement years. Marlene was thoughtful and kind whose hospitality and fun loving spirit created many special memories for us
Marlene you will not be forgotten...”TRUE FRIENDS will leave footprints in your heart” Eleanor Roosevelt
Bosso Gill
Sylvia Downton
Norma Varcoe

Maurice Lenglet

February 27, 2021

Marlene was among the most pleasant people I graduated with in 1952. Her broad smile will always be remembered. Rest peacefully.

Maureen Ross

February 27, 2021

To Sandy Long and Family: In 2017, as a member of the Sea Island Heritage Society, I had the pleasure of interviewing Marlene regarding her time at Sea Island Elementary in 1960-63 and, as well, her entire teaching career before and after those years. She was a delightful and most willing subject with so many stories of her family settling in hard times on the Island, mixers at Richmond Junior Senior High School, teaching full-time and balancing it with Intersession, the horror of having to teach Phys Ed full-time (until it got changed), raising a family simultaneously.....there were many hearty laughs. And we did all this over the phone! She had a genuine concern for people and will always be a beautiful treasure to cherish. Our sincere condolences.

Don Taylor

February 27, 2021

In 1992, I was honoured to speak at Marlene’s retirement. Privileged to be at Woodward School with her for 15 years, I was able to share so many stories of a staff-mate that was a terrific teammate. I use the sports analogy as Marlene was the Best, and that included being a talented player in our numerous Staff vs Gr. 7 Student games of soccer, hockey, volleyball, basketball, baseball. Yes, we played them all and Marlene showed her athletic skills and spirit in all.
Students, parents and staff held her in the highest regard. She was passionate and personable. Woodward staff worked hard to make the school a special place. Marlene was exceptional in her contributions - so valued and respected by all.
The staff socials were special, and often included husband John. Together, John and Marlene were a ton of fun - always adding to the laughs! Wendy and I have these memories, and wish to express our sincere condolences to all in Marlene’s family in your loss. She was very, very special to so many …

Don Taylor

Claire Morriss

February 24, 2021

Deepest sympathy and condolences to your family at the loss of a 'beautiful spirit', so gracious to all her knew her.

Kind regards,
Claire Morriss

Harold Steves

February 24, 2021

Great memories of Marlene when we were kids and they lived on 2nd Avenue opposite Lord Byng School in Steveston. Marlene’s mom Stella and my mom were friends and we visited frequently. She will be remembered.

Marion Hodges

February 22, 2021

Angels in heaven must be joyful to be welcoming Marlene. If you were lucky enough to be her friend you knew she was always ready to assist, in any way . she was the originator of , The Crazy Eights . The Crazy Eights were Teachers that got together to have fun ! (principals wanted to join us but they were not aloud) Now there are only four of us left. One day we will all be together again in heaven. Marlene, I will miss you , but will continue to love our memories.
Marion .

Stan and Marcy Blood

February 22, 2021

John and family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have many great memories of summer holidays at Steveston and Lantzville.Marlene always lit up the room with her happy outlook on life.
Marcy and Stan.

Reilly Montgomery

February 21, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I have many great childhood memories of winter weekends at Manning Park and summer visits to Lantzville with the Yurichuk family. Marlene was always up for a laugh, so kind and fun, and great with all of us unruly kids.

On behalf of Trixy, Tony, Millie and myself we're holding you in our thoughts.

Much love and solace.