Eugene Yablonski born
November 11, 1929 died
January 20, 2012 at the age of 82. He has gone to be with the Lord whom he loves. Gene is survived by his loving wife
Linda of 50 years and his daughter Pauline. Survived by four brothers, Michael ( Leeta) of Saskatoon, Joe ( Marg ) of Parksville, Albert of Surrey, John ( Bernice) of Ottawa, two sisters, Mary Paradis of North Vancouver, Liz( Ken ) Ashton of Saskatoon, two brothers-in-law, Ray Grigg ( Joyce Baker ) of Quadra, David Grigg of Vernon and many nieces and
nephews. Predeceased by his brother Victor of Victoria. We ache with sadness at the loss of Gene but celebrate his freedom in heaven. We love him beyond measure as he loves us. We cannot eloquently enough describe such a great man who blessed our family and gave tirelessly to the community. Gene received his Bachelors of Education from UBC and was a Teacher, Vice Principal and Principal. He taught for 45 years, loved what he did, cared about every student in the school for each of those years and reluctantly retired in 1995. In School District 23 he was at George Pringle Jr. Secondary School, Dr. Knox Secondary and
Kelowna Secondary School – each of which he cared for dearly. He loved coaching all sports (countless school teams and Pauline’s childhood soccer team), running,
playing soccer, watching hockey and football. Hobbies were cooking and gardening. We cannot list the entirety of
service Eugene provided, all without expectation of ever
being acknowledged. We are humbled by the magnitude of his contribution and influence on the lives of others.
Eugene served every community he lived in whole
heartedly. In Kelowna Gene was chairman of Habitat for Humanity Kelowna, as Chairman of the church board of St Paul’s United Church, and on the Lakeview Community
Association board. Memorial Service to be held at
Springfield Funeral Friday, January 27, 2012 at 4 pm. The end of the school day. Please come and join us to celebrate and remember Gene. In lieu of flowers Eugene, Linda and Pauline prefer donations to the Eugene Yablonski Award an annual bursary organized with Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society #1-616 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X4 Web: www.cobss.ca.
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