Craig Alan Turchyn

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our son/brother/grandson/uncle/cousin/nephew on the 20th of September 2020 at the far too young age of 37.

Born in the Fraser Valley, Craig grew up in a military family moving between Aldergrove and Victoria every few years with Victoria eventually becoming his home. With a creative mind and a penchant for mischief Craig had an interesting childhood. Very social with everyone he met, he much preferred running, jumping and playing rather than being cooped up in classroom. Through his teen years his main interests were drawing, basketball, Rap music and Girls (not necessarily in that order).

In January 2002 he was involved in a motor vehicle accident that nearly claimed him. Fortunately, emergency services arrived quickly and his spirit and desire to live carried him through. Suffering a traumatic brain injury, he spent months in recovery. With the love and support of family and friends he survived, later getting tattoos on his forearms which read “Love” and “Life”. Involved in many mental health programs and facilities since that time, Craig’s big heart, personality and infectious laughter will be remembered by all those whose lives he touched.

We are forever grateful for the extra 18 years of memories given to us through his Art, aspiring talents in writing Rap lyrics (which he frequently recited) and the many stories of his antics and misadventures told by family and friends. We would especially like to thank all the services that helped Craig in his challenging adult years.

He leaves behind his parents Mya and Mark Turchyn, brother Jason Taylor (wife Erica), sisters Katelyn and Stephanie Turchyn. Grandparents Mike and Monica Turchyn and his Nan Shirlee Wilson aka “my lady” as Craig lovingly referred to her. Aunts and Uncles: Rusty and Linda Copeland, Ray and Cherie Herriott, Lynda Devalera, Sandra Turchyn, Randall Turchyn as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Due to the Covid restrictions a celebration of life will be held at a later time at Royal Oak Burial Park Garden Chapel and a private spreading of ashes will be held at his late Uncle Lloyd’s beach.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Craig’s name to Mental Health Care through the Victoria Hospitals Foundation (website: www.victoriahf.ca phone: (250) 519-1750).

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  1. Wendy & Dale Smith

    Mya, Mark and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Craig. Are thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We know that you will get through this with the loving support of your wonderful family. We send our love and best wishes
    Wendy and Dale

  2. A beautiful person has left too soon. He touched many people with his sparkling personality.
    He shines on through his parents, family and friends.
    My heart is sad. Heather

  3. Mark and Mya. Aunt Shirl and Family. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. My condolences to you and the Family. He is at peace now. Love you cousin. Shirl.

  4. Marianne Grainger

    Remember Craig in Elementary school full of life and aspirations. He was a heart breaker to many of the girls. I am so sorry for your loss
    Marianne

  5. Eric and Jill Hummerstone

    Mya and Mark! Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your son, Craig!!
    Our hearts break for you. To loose a child is not something that we can even imagine. Children are such a gift and give us so much joy and reason to grow old. Craig gave your family much joy that can ever be taken away from you. Mya, you are such a strong example of a dedicated mother. We have always admired the unconditional love you have for all your children. You have always been up to all challenges. Your family was blessed by Craig being in your lives even though he was robbed of so much.
    We send our love and hope you find some comfort surrounded by your family.

  6. Mark, Mya and family,
    Thoughts and prayers for you all.
    Tanya, Roger and Dylan

  7. Mya, Mark and family. So so sorry for your Loss. Thoughts and prayers to all.
    May Craig rest in Peace.
    Anne and Joe.

  8. Brian and Lisa Conrad

    Mya, Mark and family. We send you our heart felt condolences. It is with such sadness that this has happened to your family. We hold you all in our thoughts and there shall forever be a candle burning for Craig in the world.

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