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Dennis Karpiak 1943 – 2019

Posted By Drake Smith On February 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm In Obituaries | 12 Comments

In Memorial

In Loving Memory of Dennis Karpiak
March 29, 1943 – February 23, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Dennis Karpiak on Saturday February 23rd at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife Robin, Sons Scott(Rebecca) and Andrew(Cassandra) and 4 wonderful grandchildren – Rosey, Portia, Holter and Heath.

Dennis was born in Dauphin, Manitoba and raised in Oshawa, Ontario. He graduated as an Ontario Scholar and attended Medical School at the University of Toronto. He completed his fellowships in Internal Medicine and Respirology at the University of Alberta.  He met his wife Robin while working in the ICU at St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver. They moved to Kamloops in 1975 where Dennis spent 35 years practicing Cardio-Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine. Dennis was also instrumental in establishing the School of Respiratory Therapy at TRU. Dennis gave his heart and soul to treating the health of his fellow Kamloops residents. His dedication to his job cost him his health when he contracted Hepatitis C. With the extraordinary gift of life through organ donation, he was able to live another 12 years. Dennis was highly respected for his medical knowledge and professionalism, had a great sense of humour and was always good for a soundbite when the local media needed an opinion.  Dennis’ efforts touched the lives of many and made this small part of the world a better place.

Dennis had a passion for travelling, cars, fishing and gardening.  He won numerous awards over the years for his gardens and always had a project on the go. Dennis is preceded by his brother Ken, parents Anastasia(Nell) and Michael.

The Karpiak family would like to thank the medical team at RIH for taking such good care of Dennis in his final days … he would have been proud of you all.

Dennis was a long time supporter of the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation and if desired, friends may make memorial donations to the RIH Foundation on the behalf of the “Karpiak Family”. Alternately, the gift of life through organ donation should be considered by all. No services will be held at this time as per Dennis’ request. Deeply loved and respected, he will be greatly missed.

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Condolence from Tony and Marlene Freeman on March 1st, 2019 7:44 pm

Dear Robin;

Sincere condolences to you and your family. We are sad to read of Dr. Karpiak’s passing. He was superb in his professional life and a unique individual. He will be missed.

Condolence from Colin James on March 1st, 2019 7:54 pm

Dear Robin:
We wish to express our sincere condolences to you and your family at the passing of Dennis. We were shocked to hear of his death for we were talking to him just a short while ago, the day before he was departing for your holiday in Mexico. I, Colin, greatly valued Dennis’ contributions and oversight of the Respiratory Therapy program at TRU (or Cariboo College/UCC as it was then) at the time I was Dean of Science. He was a man of many talents and great insight and helped shepherd the program to the level where it is so highly regarded throughout the country. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time Robin. Sincerely, Colin and Kathryn James

Condolence from Penny Marr on March 2nd, 2019 8:55 am

Dear Robin and Family:

We were saddened to hear that Dennis had passed away. In many ways he was an original who was never afraid to express his opinion on things that mattered to him. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

Penny and David Marr

Condolence from MAJID FARIDI on March 4th, 2019 9:46 am

Denis was true and sincere colleague and friend to me who helped me a lot, I am very saddened by his departure from our earthly world.
My sincere condolence to Robin and all his family.

Yours Sincerely
Majid Faridi

Condolence from R alph & LindaEmsland on March 4th, 2019 2:41 pm

Our deepest sympathy, Robin, and family.

Condolence from Trevor Watson on March 6th, 2019 7:25 am

Dear Robin & Family,

We enjoyed our dealings with Dennis a great deal. He helped a great many of our patients through the years, and we will always remember him with fondness.

Drs Trevor & Cynthia Watson,
Now of North Saanich, BC.

Condolence from Keith and Gay Donaldson on March 6th, 2019 11:14 am

We were very sorry to learn of the sad news about Dennis. Robin and Dennis actually stayed with us for 2 days when they were wondering about coming to Kamloops in the early 70s. Dennis made a huge contribution to the standard of respiratory and intensive care at Royal Inland Hospital. Throughout his career he remained a colourful character at the hospital and was never shy about stating his opinion. Our sincere condolences to Robin and the boys.
Keith and Gay Donaldson.

Condolence from John Wrinch on March 9th, 2019 11:09 am

Dear Robin and family
We were sad to hear the bad news. Dennis and I had a colourful personal and professional relationship for the many years we worked and partied together. We didn’t always agree ( on anything) but had fun and many good times together. Dennis could be a bit abrupt at times but always had a good heart and cared deeply for his often, critically ill patients. He will be missed…
Jackie, John, Jane, Monique and Michael Wrinch

Condolence from Lynne Downey-Shandro on March 9th, 2019 4:11 pm

Dear Robin and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Dennis’ passing. He was one of the “originals” that made his daily visit to CT Scanning to check his patients. The Doctors wanting results in the early CT days of the 80’s had to make the trip to Radiology. He was always respectful of us as Technologists .
Lynne Shandro

Condolence from Bob on March 11th, 2019 7:52 pm

Dear Robin and family,

Dennis is missed by me, and the myriad of people he helped in Clearwater.
Our sincere condolences.

Bob MacKenzie

Condolence from Bev Ridout on March 31st, 2019 5:26 pm

Dear Robin and family,
Just found out of Dennis’s passing and wish to share my sincere condolences to you all. Robin my thoughts are with you during this time of loss and know your strength and support from family and friends will make your days ahead a bit easier.

Condolence from Joanne Boutilier on April 9th, 2019 1:06 pm

Dear Robin
Lorna has passed on the sad news of your husbands passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. I am thinking about you during this sad time & know you will struggle, as you try to cope. Take strength from your family & friends.
Hugs Joanne (Barnsley) Boutilier

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