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Gene Drzymala

June 4, 1940 - April 25, 2020


Gene Drzymala
June 4, 1940 – April 25, 2020

Born in Przewoloka Poland, Gene lived a life full of self-determination and the pursuit of freedom.  Coming to Ottawa at an early age, Gene had to adjust to a new language and way of life. He did just this, earning his pilot’s license and transversing across Canada with the mother of his three children, Emily Drzymala. Later on, as he was braving the Canadian Frontier in the Yukon he met his beloved Sharon with whom he was with for 40 years. The latter half of his life was spent with her, in perfect tandem as they alternated between summers farming and boating with other intrepid adventures along the way. Gene took great pride in being part of the boating community and Salt Spring Island Sailing Club. He and Sharon provided love and hospitality for each other, their family, friends, and communities.

Gene will be remembered for his stories, good nature, mile-wide smile, and love that swept to his friends and family. He passed away peacefully with a smile on his face as his dear Sharon “Dovie” welcomed him to heaven. When asked if he was a ‘believer’ he answered ‘just in case” with a smile.

Gene was very proud of and survived by his three children Mitchell (Carrie), Julie (Cindy), Suzanne (John), his 8 grandchildren Lydia, Hannah, Sephira, Merlin, Bowen, Harper, Riley and Cash, and his great-grandchild Norah.

Service information will be provided at a later date.


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Haywards Funerals staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Eric and Joanne Phillips

We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad and grandpa. Since moving to Vancouver Island, we often talked about trying to connect with Gene and Sharon. Time passed and we just never got around to actually doing it. We had a number of great times with Gene over the years in the Yukon and in the late 70’s. He and Sharon even arrived on our doorstep for a visit one evening in Cranbrook. We would very much like to be contacted whenever a service is planned. “Take care of the nickels and dimes and the dollars will look after themselves”

From: Will Tompson
Relation: Best Friend

Well Gene I imagine you would have a good laugh at me trying to come up with words to say. So after lots of rewriting and trying to say something appropiate I am left with not enough room to adequately fit it all in. As with Sharon I love you both. Thank you for the best of times.

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