SAPINSKY, EWALT JACOB
BIG MAN – BIG HEART
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing on April 11, 2011, with his family by his side, of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Ewalt Jacob Sapinsky. He was born Sept 29, 1939 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan but moved to Kelowna in 1948. Ewalt has always considered this his real home. He leaves a great void in the lives of his wife, Kay Henderson, his children Robert (Carolyn), Mary Jane, Christine Lepla, Tannis Moody(Len), Derek Sawley (Shelly), Jordana Servatius (Stacy), grandchildren Jeremy Sapinsky, Stephanie and Jessica Lepla, Wesley, Cameron (Natasha) and Jarrett(Karrie) Burns, Renate and Wade Sawley, Kyle (Ashley), Dane (Kristen), and Riley Servatius, and his brothers John (Sally), Edward (Janice) and his little “doggy”, Fritz.
He started his working career as a heavy duty mechanic and truck driver with the M.F. Wagner Shows, from the late ’50’s to the mid ’70’s, travelling throughout Western Canada. He then worked for many years for Glenncoe Transport, finishing his career at Cookson Motors. He was well known in the transport industry for his expertise in hauling extremely long loads into very remote places.
One of the highlights of his life, was his time with the Kelowna Packers and their tour of Russia and Sweden in 1958. They were the first Canadian team to play behind the iron curtain and maintained the Canadian hockey supremacy. In 2008, they were the first inductees in the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.
Ewalt was an avid hunter and fisherman. Upon their retirement Ewalt and Kay enjoyed travelling throughout Canada, and more recently, cruising. He especially loved the Alaskan Cruise.
Ewalt’s final resting place will be the Rose Garden in the Kelowna City Cemetery. At his request there will be no pubic service. Donations in Ewalt’s name may be made to the Lung Association, Heart Foundation or a charity of your choice.