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George Skrypnek
March 25, 1925 - March 19, 2017
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<div itemprop="description">After a long full life, George Skrypnek passed away peacefully just days short of his 92nd birthday. He is survived by his daughter Berna and son-in-law Brad Richens; four grandchildren, Reed MacLaren (Brooke), Lauren Harman (Chris), Shannon MacLaren (Henry Edgar), and Jordan Richens; and four great-grandsons who were the joy of his later life—Hudson, Kaiden, Calvin, and Harrison; his brother Henry; and nieces Sandi Skrypnek and Sherri Jelinski, and nephews Bruce and Terry Skrypnek. He was predeceased by his loving wife Phyllis, daughter Karen, and son-in-law Robin MacLaren. <br><br>George was born on a farm outside Rochester, Alberta, and this instilled in him a love of the land and a strong work ethic. In Rochester, he met Phyllis Homble—the love of his life! They married in 1947, started a family, and moved to Edmonton. As a co-owner of Master Excavators, he forged many work relationships and friendships over the years which remained important to him throughout his life. He had a long, active, and joyful retirement pursuing a variety of passions--curling, fishing, racing and breeding thoroughbred horses, building his daughters’ first homes, winter vacations in Phoenix, taking up golf when he was 68 years young and becoming an avid player until 90 years young, spending time with family, bragging about his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and meeting friends daily for coffee. <br><br>The family wishes to thank the staff of the Misericordia Hospital and Capital Care Norwood for their compassionate care of George over the last three months. A celebration of George’s life will be held on Saturday, April 1st, at 10:00 am at the Westlawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, 16310 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in George’s name to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or Capital Care Norwood.<br></div>