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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.

10 Responses

  • Nicole Fieger On

    Alexis and I became co-workers back in 2006. He was always open to exchanging minds over technical questions and wasn’t shy to give a hand. He naturally attracted colleagues and visitors to the bureau to check out his extensive collection of miniature figures in his office. He also did not miss a chance to make fun of my “rabbit food” as our culinary tastes couldn’t have been more different. It was tough to see Alexis heartbroken after the tragic passing of Norma and we are sad to see him go at such a young age. However, we find comfort in believing that he is now reunited with Norma. Rest in Peace, Alexis. Nicole with family.

  • Dimitri Beline On

    Gone too soon, Uncle Alex, you will be dearly missed and never forgotten. As a youngster, I would count down to our outings with Uncle Alex, where we’d chat about his worldly adventures, military aircraft and cool cars always over a great meal. The joy in his company, with his lovely wife Norma, ensured many a lively and fun conversation. Even during more challenging times Uncle Alex was there to reach out, chat and share some much needed perspective and honesty - in the end it made all the difference. That was always Uncle Alex - going above and beyond, much more so then most, including making the taxing journey to our wedding, which meant the world to us. I’ll miss the chats, your company, and the incredible meals at any hour of the day. In heaven with Norma by your side, I know you are hosting the biggest and most incredible dinner events the likes of which have yet to be seen up there. You are in our hearts and missed. Your nephew, Dimitri

  • 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.

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