Lillian Caryk

Lillian Caryk

Tuesday, July 16th, 1935 - Wednesday, July 1st, 2020
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CARYK: Lillian (Lil), July 16, 1935, Swan River Valley Manitoba-July 1, 2020, Brandon Manitoba. It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved mother Lil at the Palliative Unit of Assiniboine Centre Wednesday July 1 at the age of 84. Lil was predeceased by her husband Peter, her parents, grandson Andrew Strong and her son-in-law Kelvin Colquhoun. Mourning her passing are her children Melodie Tahhan (Joseph) of Brandon MB, Candis Strong (Larry) of Calgary AB, Melanie Colquhoun of Calgary AB, and Jeff Caryk (Amanda) of Winnipeg MB. Also left to mourn are her grandchildren Loralee (Mark), Jamie (Julia), Ian, Jarod, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Michael plus four great grandchildren Leah, Linden, and Alex and Mila. She will be missed by her siblings and numerous nieces and nephews. The Swan River Valley was where she grew up and met her husband Peter. They started their married life in 1956 which lasted until Peter’s passing in 1991. Teaching careers started in the Valley and opportunity brought them to Brandon. Life was full with raising children and enjoying family and friends. Trips were taken across Canada most often in a trailer. A cottage at Sandy Lake established in 1974 has provided a family retreat for many generations. Retirement travel included trips to California and Florida. Lil enjoyed a variety of activities and was creative in her sewing, painting, ceramics and gardening. Later she took up bridge and golf that provided a base for her strong social circle. Much of her time was invested in helping her family in Brandon, Winnipeg and Calgary always there to lend a helping hand, cook up meals and provide words of wisdom as her children established their families and careers. Coffee was a code word for let’s have a visit whether you were in town or from out of town. She was a fabulous cook with perogies, cinnamon buns and cookies among the favorites. She took great delight in her children and great-grandchildren insuring they received birthday wishes and ice cream treats upon visits. Whether you knew Lillian as mom, sister, aunt, grandma or friend her motto could have been “there is always room at the table for one more”. She was an incredible hostess and always made everyone feel welcome in her home. At Lil’s request there will be no formal service. Instead take time to gather with loved ones and appreciate each other. A kind and gentle woman, she will be smiling with you all. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lil can be directed to a charity of your choice.
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Posted at 04:47pm

My heartfelt condolences to Jeff, Amanda & the Caryk family.
Even though I had the privilege of knowing Lil for only a short period of time, it was obvious when I met her what an amazing person she was and how much she loved her family.
May you find comfort and solace as you cherish all the wonderful memories you have of her.
Gone but never forgotten.

Angela (Amanda's sister)


John Tymoschuk

Posted at 03:15pm
Final goodbyes are always a challenge, when we lose someone that we love dearly. Lil was a very special sister that I will sadly miss. Although we lived several provinces apart, our frequent telephone visits were cherished. In spite of her many health issues, Lil was such an inspiration. Lil's positive nature and empathy for others made knowing her a blessing. Jo and I will always cherish all the fond memories that we have of both Lillian and Peter.

Lori Denbow

Posted at 03:19pm
Thinking of the Caryk family ... your mom was such a gracious hostess at the Earl Oxford staff parties whether in their home or in their yard. She was always welcoming and up for a visit when you met her. Cherish fond memories. It is definitely to now have lost both parents, however the world was a greater place because they were here! Lori (Robinson) Denbow

Mabelle Mc Munn

Posted at 12:33pm
To the Caryk family. I enjoyed my years of friendship with your mom: the birthday celebrations, the golf games, the teacher luncheons,the bridge games, the phone calls, and the numerous things she did to help me at home. She was a wonderful person and a great friend. She loved her family and may all your memories help you at this time. Mabelle Mc Munn

Nelson Hyrsak

Posted at 08:51pm
Melodie,Candis,Melanie and Jeff
Sorry to hear of your mom's passing.
She was a lovely talented lady.
We enjoyed many wonderful times with your mom and dad.
Nelson And Judi Hyrsak

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