In Memory

Vern Pylypow


  • "Rest in Peace Vern"
    - Dirtbags Ball Club

Vern Alan Pylypow
April 19, 1960 – July 17, 2015
Loved by many and sadly missed already. Vern lost his battle against a brief but aggressive cancer but he had an army of loving family and friends with him holding him close. Vern was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Lena and John Pylypow. He is survived by his wife Colleen (nee Grieman); his children Shannon Hurley (Brandon) and Sheldon Hurley (Kayla); and his mother Lena (nee Deptuck). Also surviving are his step- siblings Dave (Wilma) Pylypow, Joyce (Lloyd) Serool, and Harry (Pat) Pylypow. He was predeceased by his father John; and step- brother Paul. Vern went to school in Saskatoon and graduated from Mount Royal Collegiate. He worked for CP Rail as a Carman for 12 years. He worked as the Recreation Director and Facility Manager for the town of Elrose for 6 years. He then worked as Club Manager for Riverside Badminton and Tennis Club in Saskatoon and switched careers and co-operated Barracuda Vending with machines located at St. Paul's Hospital. Vern enjoyed many sports growing up such as hockey, curling and softball. He went to many tournaments across Canada and into the states with softball. His passion for sports carried on through his life and he loved sports memorabilia. His favourite hockey team was the Philadelphia Flyers and his favourite NFL team was the Seattle SeaHawks. He was also a die hard Rider Fan! Vern managed two different hockey drafts with friends and loved being a part of other sport drafts. Vern was honoured to meet many hockey greats, such as Gordie Howe, and a few members of the Broadstreet Bullies. His favourite players were #16 Bobby Clarke and #4 Bobby Orr. He was a long time active volunteer for the Saskatoon Royals Jr. B Hockey Team and was close to the players as they spent time in the box with him! As one player said, "Once a Royal always a Royal"! Vern also loved his classic rock music. He was the drummer in a band formed while in high school and the band was called "The Sultans of Swing". Vern married Colleen on July 28, 2012 and she brought the love of her huge family into Vern's life. She also brought with her the love of golf and they enjoyed playing different courses throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. He loved competing in golf against his nephew Ryan and money changed hands many times between the two. Vern was often seen driving the streets of Saskatoon in his orange (Flyer colours) 1971 Barracuda Convertible.Vern lived with Mental Illness and spoke more about his struggles as the sports world talked more about it in their talk shows and open forums. Vern was excited to hear about the One Voice Event being held in Saskatoon in support of mental illness. As a family, we would like to continue Vern's passion for mental health awareness by asking that donations be made in his memory to this cause through the website The Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m on Friday, July 24, 2015 at Windsor Chapel (704 Windsor Street). In honour of Vern and his love for sports, we ask that you wear your favourite Jersey to the service. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel - MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306-978-5200)

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01/09/16 04:27 PM #1    

David Marshall

Vern was a great guy. I think it was grade 10 when he recruited me for his garage band. He also introduced me to my beautiful wife. A bit of a crazy driver😀 But a warm human being. I pray he is chilling out and waling on those drums in heaven. 

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