In Loving Memory of Yuri Khoyker
It is with profoundly heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved soul, Yuri Khoyker, who valiantly faced the challenges of cancer with unwavering courage. Yuri left this world on January 6, 2024, surrounded by the love of his family, after a life filled with love, laughter, and remarkable achievements.
Born on June 28, 1947, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Yuri Khoyker, a mechanical engineer by trade and small business-owner/entrepreneur in his later years, was a beacon of light to all who knew him. He is survived by his devoted wife of nearly 50 years, Irina, his children Michael (Dana) Khoyker, Ilona (Wesley) Lotto, grandchildren Brielle and Felix Lotto, sister Freda (Greg) Moltyaner, and numerous extended family members and friends, both near and far. Yuri was an extraordinary individual—kind, loving, intelligent, and multi-talented. His boundless energy and determination allowed him to excel at everything he set his mind to, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those fortunate enough to cross his path.
A master storyteller, Yuri had a captivating way of recounting life events that could hold listeners enthralled for hours. His sense of humor was infectious, and his laughter could light up even the darkest of days. Yuri was also renowned for his culinary prowess, crafting the most exquisite rice pilaf (“plov”) that became a sought-after delight for family and friends, many of whom would travel great distances for a taste of this dish.
Beyond his talents, Yuri’s greatest joy was being a doting grandfather. His love for Brielle and Felix knew no bounds, and he spared no effort in creating lasting memories with them. Yuri’s devotion to family extended to his enduring marriage with Irina, a partnership that surpassed the ordinary. Their love story, rooted in an instant and profound connection, began with love at first sight, leading to a marriage within three months of them meeting. Together, they navigated all of life’s challenges with determination and grace, inspiring everyone around them with their boundless love, commitment and compassion for one another.
Yuri Khoyker’s legacy is one of love, resilience, and the enduring bonds he forged with family and friends. As we bid farewell to this remarkable man, let us celebrate the extraordinary life he lived and the profound impact he had on all our lives.
Donations in memory of Yuri can be made to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research through Sunnybrook Foundation: donate.sunnybrook.ca/gord.