It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Mervin Peter Krywa on Sunday, May 3, 2015, at the age of 69 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Revelstoke Community Center on Saturday afternoon, May 23, at 1 p.m. with Reverend Ken Jones officiating. Interment of Merv’s cremated remains will follow in the family plot of Mountain View Cemetery, Revelstoke. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, 729 Victoria Street, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2B5, in memory of Merv.
Merv was born on June 26, 1945, in Sherridon, Manitoba and had been a resident of Revelstoke since 1975. He grew up on the family farm and lived there until they moved to Dauphin, Manitoba, so Merv could finish high school. He played hockey as a young boy and teen – a sport he really enjoyed, even though he carried a few scars to adulthood. When Merv graduated his goal was to be a lawyer and he attended the University of Manitoba then worked for Matthews & Matthews Law Office until his father was killed in an accident. Merv never returned to the U of M to write his bar exam. Merv and his mother took over the family construction company as road builders and finished the contracts his father had started with the Department of Highways. He was also a heavy duty equipment operator, heavy duty mechanic, welder, farmer, road builder, gas station owner and security guard. Merv worked on the pipeline at Hedley, BC, and in the North West Territories. In 1969 he got his pilot’s license and had his own little Cessna. In 1975 he moved to Revelstoke to work on the Mica and Revelstoke dams, he also worked for Parks Canada for 11 years where he received his Certificate of Qualification in Painting & Decorating and eventually ran that department. Merv started up Revelstoke Janitorial Co., Revelstoke Properties and Krywa Enterprises. He was a member of the Elks Club, Rotary Club, DOKK, the BC Housing Commission, a volunteer fire fighter and Search & Rescue member in Okanagan Falls. Merv also coached junior hockey in 1985-86 and received the Coach of the Year award.
Merv was predeceased by his mother Zella and father Steve Krywa. Left to remember his sense of humour are his devoted and loving wife Judy; children: Kelly Krywa (Pam), Shannon Krywa and Steve (Kirsten) Krywa; grandsons Tyler Coley and Travis Coley; sisters: Sherry (Jim) Turner and Karen (Michael) Lower; nieces and nephews: Shawn (Tracy), Shea (Rob), Adam (Carmela) & Erin (Phil), as well as many other relatives and good friends.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to Merv’s family by viewing his obituary at: www.brandonbowersfuneralhome.com.
Cremation arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.