Eugene Eiche passed away April 5 2015 at the age of 80.
Eugene was born in Paris, France on May 25, 1934 to a French father and Russian mother. He set his sights on an education in language and after he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 1956 he made his way to the University of Iowa, USA where he received his Masters in French literature. This is where he met and later married Mary-lue Condon. They moved to California in 1958 where he received his PHD in French literature at Stanford University and they started their family having a son and daughter.
The Canadian dream was realized when he accepted a position as professor in the department of Romance languages at the University of Calgary in 1966.
He loved being in nature and pursued time hiking and fishing in the mountains and lakes of B.C and the Rockies. Wanting the full experience he and the family spent their summers at a remote lake in a little log cabin in northern B.C. when the kids where small.
After parting ways with his first wife and losing his second wife (Colette du Cheyron) to cancer Eugene took an early retirement in 1991. He travelled extensively abroad concentrating on France and Russia where he searched and then discovered family that he never knew he had. He forged wonderful lifelong relationships that tremendously enriched his life.
It was in St Petersburg Russia in 1999 where he first met and five years later married his beloved Tatiana. They returned to Canada in 2004 to his Crawford Bay paradise.
Eugene and his devoted wife happily spent the last eleven summers high above the Kootenay lake on their property. Their most frequent visitors were the deer, elk , bears and even cougars that would shortcut through their yard past the giant picture windows. They filled their days by enjoying the beauty of nature and each other’s company.
Left to mourn are his wife Tatiana Lukovitskaya , daughter Katy Eiche, Son Greg Aitken (Sarah), adopted daughter Aurellie Mabille, Grandsons Nick and Riley Aitken, Ex-wife Mary-lue Whitcher and many relatives and friends in Canada, US, France and Russia.