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Date of Passing: Nov 08, 2022

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With sadness we announce the passing of Jeff Andruchuk on November 8, 2022.
Jeff's beloved partner Yoko Iwakiri, and their dog Logan, will miss his effervescent presence.
Also remembering Jeff are his brother Rick (Allison) of Canmore, AB, sister Justine DeVries (Frank), and sister-in-law Florence Thompson. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews and cousins to recall the stories of his life adventures.
Jeff was predeceased by his parents, Mike and Jean, and brother Mike Jr.
Jeff was educated at St. John's-Ravenscourt School, St. Paul's High School, and the University of Manitoba. Following university, Jeff joined his father at Safeway Electric, becoming a Journeyman Electrician and later taking over the business. In 2009 he switched focus and became an instructor of pre-apprentice electricians at Red River College, continuing in the role he greatly enjoyed until 2022.
Jeff gave us so much to remember: his loyalty, his compassion, and his love of life. His passions also included his many, longtime friendships, travel, and Art Nouveau. For him, new adventures were always just around the corner.
Thank you to the friends who called and visited, and to the staff at Misericordia Health Centre and Tuxedo Villa, for their kindness and care during Jeff's stay.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 25 at 2:30 p.m. at Prairie Spirit United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, Winnipeg. Masks are recommended.
In lieu of flowers, if friends prefer, donations to CancerCare Manitoba or an animal rescue shelter would be a fitting tribute to Jeff's life.

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Publish Date: Nov 22, 2022


On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Jeff passed away at Tuxedo Villa at the age of 63 years.
A longer obituary notice to follow.

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Publish Date: Nov 12, 2022

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 12, 2022, Nov 22, 2022

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Jeff and I became friends back in the 1990s, when I was transferred to Winnipeg. We had a lot of good times together. I later was transferred to Ottawa and then Edmonton, where we continued to be friends. He was amazing to watch as we explored antique stores and many other hops as he searched for Victorian era furnishings. He is missed. - Posted by: David Whalen (Friend) on: Jan 01, 2023

  • Jeff was always so kind to me when I retired. He and my niece Kirstie took many a road trip often to places unknown. What fun! Jeff also had a keen interest in his heritage as we drove to towns that were no more to see a large pillar that had his mother's family name on it (Malarchuk). With Jeff, not only did you have a good time, but you never felt judged. Anyone will tell you Jeff was also the most generous person you would ever meet. Family was very important to Jeff and he was always arranging lunch at Pancake House or for Chinese food somewhere.. All Jeff wanted to do was get together and have a few laughs, that is when he wasn't travelling the globe. The stories he could tell! On one of these road trips Jeff said he wondered what his legacy would be since, like myself, he didn't have children. Then he said his students at RRC would be. He loved teaching because those students wanted to learn and I think they appreciated him. How suiting that a bursary is named in Jeff's honor for RRC Electrician students. Miss you so much! See you on the other side, Jeff Karen Friesen (Allison Andruchuk's sister) - Posted by: Karen Friesen (Sister-in-law) on: Nov 29, 2022

  • Thank you Yoko and Jeff’s friends for your steadfast love. Jeff, you gathered people around, in living and in passing. Be at peace everyone. Allison and Rick - Posted by: Allison Andruchuk (Sister in law) on: Nov 27, 2022

  • Its been a great 40 or so years of good friendship with Jeff. There are many memories that I will treasure of times at the lake, above the business, and in Jeff's home. It is sad that you had to go so young, but we will remember you that way. I am so sorry Yoko. - Posted by: Patrick (Friend) on: Nov 25, 2022

  • Jeff, it seems like it was just yesterday that we were sitting around the kitchen table, in your parents' suite, above the family business; or spending a weekend out at your cottage, trying to figure out what we were going to do with the rest of our lives. Sadly, for you that journey has come an abrupt far too early an end and is now a lifetime ago. For me I shall hold on to all the fond memories. You were the Best Man! Rest in peace good old friend. To Yoko and all of Jeff's family and friends I wish to extend my sincerest sympathies on his passing. - Posted by: Greg Kozier (Friend) on: Nov 25, 2022

  • Jeff and Yoko would volunteer at our church perogy bees pre Covid. He was always so cheerful, friendly and smiling from the moment he walked into the church auditorium. My condolences to Yoko and his family. May he Rest In Peace! - Posted by: Sandra Lytwyn (Acquaintance ) on: Nov 22, 2022

  • I remember Jeff as exuberant, life- and laughter-loving, and enjoying sharing these aspects of himself with others. He never missed an opportunity to make a joke or a pun….sometimes cringe-worthy, but always appreciated as they brought levity to the day. He was fond of surprising people with unexpected thoughtful things he knew they would appreciate. His love of travel spoke to his drive to live fully…he took everything in, wherever he went, and was eternally curious about what he saw. And of course he joyfully shared his observations and experiences with us, wherever we may be on the planet. In my experience he also was very supportive of peoples’ potential, however much he could be. And when he got interested in something, he was very persistent in pursuing it!! I will miss him very much and I think the world is poorer for his absence. I send my sincere and heartfelt condolences to his surviving loved ones…he was a big presence and his absence is bound to be profound. - Posted by: Suzanne (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2022

  • What a shock to hear of Jeff's passing. Although I saw Jeff only occasionally since I left Winnipeg, I retain many memories of him, playing hockey or noon-time football as we navigated our way through grade school and university. Jeff was always a loyal, positive and energetic friend, a reliable bright spot on any given day. It seems so unfair that he should have passed away so young. Please accept my deepest condolences. Andrew - Posted by: Andrew Burns (Friend) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • What a great chap Jeff was. He was one of the first friends I made when I immigrated to Canada - many years ago Lots of walks, talks and giggles- which I shall miss greatly, but best of all he was a fabulous dancer. We took ballroom dancing together and he was very good. It was an honour to know him. - Posted by: ann rallison (Friend ) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • My condolences to Jeff’s family…..a remember a kind hearted friendly man who was great at his profession - Posted by: Clive Wightman (Highschool classmate) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • Justine and family, we were saddened to hear of Jeff’s passing. May the memories you cherish help you through this difficult time. We have some very fond memories of playing on the swings and in the tree house at Brereton Lake! Our deepest condolences The Green family (Georgina, Bobby, Cathy and Debbie) - Posted by: Cathy (Brereton lake neighbour) on: Nov 18, 2022

  • Jeffrey, we have known each other for at least 25 years. I’ll miss you and all the talks we had and all the help that you gave me with my electrical challenges at home and at the cottage. You are too young to move on. You're in a better place. - Posted by: David Little (Long term friend ) on: Nov 13, 2022

  • My deepest condolences go out to all of Jeff’s family and friends. I got to know Jeff and his family as I’d walk past Safeway Electric on my way to and from school back in the day. Jeff employed me a few times to help with things around Safeway Electric and even at his house. I’d also be asked to walk both Buddy and Logan when Jeff would take his holidays. Your friendship meant a lot and I’ll miss seeing you around. Thanks for the good times. - Posted by: Doug Black (Friend ) on: Nov 12, 2022

  • Very sad that the energetic conversations with Jeff are no-more. Wonderful memories from first getting to meet each other at 2200 Grant Ave way-back-when and then reconnecting a few years ago. Sincerest condolence to Yoko and Jeff's siblings. - Posted by: Rolf Abt (High School friend) on: Nov 12, 2022

  • Another good guy gone far too young. Condolences to family and close friends. RIP Jeff. - Posted by: Ken SWAN (High school classmate) on: Nov 12, 2022

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