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ALVIN (AL) FRANK PICH (AL)

Born: Aug 21, 1940

Date of Passing: Apr 15, 2019

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ALVIN (AL) FRANK PICH
August 21, 1940 - April 15, 2019

Our family sadly announces the passing of Al Pich, aged 78.
Al is survived by his daughter Linda (John) Laugesen; daughter Janice Pich; and daughter Sarah (Brent) Bigold. He was a proud and loving Gege to Eric and Josh Laugesen; and Jacob, Charlotte and Hannah Bigold. He will be missed by his siblings, Sylvia, Hazel (Nick), Michael (Maxine), Judy (George), Jack and Orest (Val); along with numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Al was predeceased by his parents, Mike (1973) and Jennie (1998) Pich; and his sister Eleanor (2009).
Al had a passion for life and travel and never let his age prevent him from trying something new or slowing him down – he learned to snowboard at 70 and completed the 780 km El Camino trail walk at 73. He loved to laugh and was always telling corny jokes which affectionately became known as "Gege jokes". He volunteered in the community, contributing his electrical skills to Habitat for Humanity and Naomi House and most recently became involved in the Bear Clan Patrol.
Al was happiest when he was surrounded by family and friends and his presence will be greatly missed.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the first responders and doctors and nurses at Grace Hospital for their care of our Dad.
A Celebration of Al's life will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Habitat for Humanity, Naomi House Winnipeg, or the charity of your choice.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 20, 2019

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • We only knew Al a short while, as we were coffee buddies. He talked about his travels and his kids and grandkids. Nice guy and lots of laughter. We will miss you each morning in Tim's. - Posted by: Teresa and Don (Friends) on: Apr 24, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathies to Alvin's family. His treasured memories will live on and sustain you at this difficult time. Sincerely Dan (Cousin) and Jan Warwaruk - Posted by: Danny and Jan Warwaruk (Cousin) on: Apr 24, 2019

  • We first heard of Al on the Camino de Santiago via gossip. We were from Winnipeg and when we met other Pilgrims at Cafe stops or at an Albergue they’d say “have you met that 73 year old Al? He’s from your city”. We heard that story for weeks because he was the oldest walker they had heard of. Finally after hiking one of the hardest days three weeks into the walk, we had the pleasure of greeting the famous Al. And we were impressed because it’s a very tough hike. Our paths only crossed a few times on the Camino and later at Winnipeg meetings but we were always happy to run across Al. I have a favourite photo of Tim and Al taken near the top of O’Cebreiro but can’t figure out how to attach it. Our deep condolences to Al’s family. So sad for your loss. Tim and Katie Watters - Posted by: Katie Watters (Met on the 2013 Camino de Santiago ) on: Apr 20, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathies to Al's family from his friends and fellow pilgrims in the Canadian Company of Pilgrims where he was a member for many years. Ivor Lockhart, Winnipeg chapter, Canadian Company of Pilgrims. - Posted by: Ivor Lockhart (Friend) on: Apr 20, 2019

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