On April 18, 2008 Gerald Mytruk of Kamloops passed away suddenly at home at the age of 57. He is survived by his loving partner June (McFarland), his daughter Cindy Leigh Mytruk of Vancouver, his mother Jessie Mytruk Pettett, step father John Mazar; his nieces Melissa (Mytruk) Kuromi and husband Corey of Merritt and Teresa (Mytruk) Grant and husband Pat of Kamloops. He also leaves his two step brothers Mike and John Mazar, June’s mother Peggy, several brothers, many nieces, cousins, and other relatives. He was predeceased by his father William Gary, his brother Gary, his grandmother, grandfather and step grandfather. Gerald was born in Vancouver at St. Paul’s Hospital on June 10, 1950. His family moved to Kamloops in 1964. He attended NorKam High School. Throughout his youth he worked at the Hook Ranch and other ranches in the Kamloops area. He was an avid downhill skier and worked the Tod Mountain Ski Patrol. His lifetime career was the Petroleum Industry. He started by delivering fuel to remote areas on the outskirts of Kamloops. One of his first jobs was working for Mike Latta at Active Petroleum. He married his high school sweetheart Denise Trottier and they mutually divorced after eight years. He married Joni Klubber, and his beautiful daughter Cindy was born in 1981 after their move back to Vancouver. Unfortunately they separated and later divorced. When Cindy was 6, Gerald met his life partner June, while he was Branch Manager at RNG Equipment in Burnaby. With much coaxing and being the great “Salesman” he was, convinced June to leave her family and hometown of Vancouver and they moved to Kamloops on March 23, 1992 to open up his own business “Mytruk’s Petroleum”. It worked for a couple of years but running your own business is not easy, so after it folded Gerald strapped on his tool belt and went to work building at Sun Peaks and worked for Tim Hook building log homes. When a job opened for a salesperson in the Okanagan with National Energy Equipment, (formerly RNG) he was a shoe in, and got the job which he worked until his last days. Gerald was passionate about his work and developed many friendships throughout the industry. His hobbies were golfing, fishing, camping and woodworking. He spent vacation time as a volunteer for the Kamloops Cattle Drive in 2003 and 2004.
He was a cowboy at heart!
Providing and caring for his family and friends were always his first priority. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, neighbours and co workers. On April 18, 2008 a huge bright light went out.
I Love You Boo!!
A Celebration of Gerald’s life will be held on Friday, May 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in the Schoening Funeral Chapel with Bishop Wally Branchflower officiating. Should friends desire donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 201-635 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2B3 in memory of Gerald would be appreciated.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.schoenings.com Service arrangements entrusted to Schoening Funeral Service, telephone 374 – 1454