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Alexis Philiptchenko

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Alexis Philiptchenko

Place of birth: Lebanon

Our dear friend Alexis Philiptchenko died peacefully from complications due to congestive heart failure on November 1, 2017 at the Heart Institute in Ottawa, Canada. Alex lived life to the fullest, always ready to go out for a meal, cooking a big spread for friends and family, travelling, and of course zipping around full speed on his scooter. Alex tragically lost his wife, and our good friend Norma, in March of 2016 and his brother Michel in September of 2017. Alex is survived by his sister Tatyana, sisters-in-law Tatiana and Joumana, brother-in-law George and mother-in-law Nouhad, along with many nephews and nieces. He will be remembered and missed by all of them as well as the many friends and colleagues who had the pleasure of knowing him. We welcome any tributes or stories that anyone wants to write and that will no doubt be appreciated by the family.

8 Responses

  • Jimmy Ung On

    Dearest Alexis, we shared many meals and conversations over the years. You taught me to enjoy life to the fullest, and to appreciate the good moments; past, present and future, with people we care about.Through you, I learned about commitment, dignity and sacrifice. To love with all you have, and make love the story of your life, as you did with Norma.Thank you, for the inspiration and for showing me how to love life. I will miss you buddy.

  • katherine berg On

    Alexis was the best friend anyone could hope to have. He and Norma were anchors in our apartment building and are greatly missed by their friends and neighbours. He was a gracious and generous host, a chef extraordinaire and great conversationalist. I feel lucky to have been able to call Alexis and Norma my friends.

  • David Moore On

    I have happy memories of many joyful times spent with Alexis: wonderful road trips in Ontario and Quebec, fabulous meals featuring his Lebanese specialities, and so much excellent conversation. We also shared travellers' adventures during Alexis' two trips to my home in the UK, one alone and one with Norma and Kathy. On both occasions we included a visit to Oxford, the home of his favourite fictional detectives, Morse and Lewis. Alexis' wonderful company and the warmth of his friendship meant so much to me.

  • Sheila James On

    Alexis was a dear colleague and ally to the cause of equity. We participated on an Equity Committee which researched disability arts as an area of further exploration which eventually led to recognition and support of Deaf and disability arts at the Canada Council.A few years later, I had the pleasure of partnering with Alexis as we interviewed employees at the Canada Council in effort to deepen the staff's knowledge and understanding of equity and diversity.Alexis spoke frankly about the work we still needed to do, worked diligently towards our objectives and brought a dry humour and intelligence to our many discussions.It was a pleasure to have known him​ and worked with him. My condolences go out to his family and friends. Sheila James, Senior Strategic Advisor, Equity, Canada Council for the Arts

  • Tatyana Beline On

    Alexis also known as Alosha or as I called him , Alec, my baby brother , gone so early ! I miss our daily FaceTime talks about everything and anything . We were together through the bad times and Good times . I was with you through the difficult period after your bone marrow transplant ! And later when You started rejecting it! I was so happy when you wrote to me in Egypt about fining the woman of your Dreams ! Norma ! And later at your wedding when my dear Basile was your best man! I MISS YOU SO MUCH ! Love your sister


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