Obituaries

Wesley Frank Pielak

27/03/1963 - 19/12/2020

Obituary For Wesley Frank Pielak

Wesley Frank Pielak, 57, of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away suddenly on December 19, 2020 after suffering a massive heart attack. His loss was completely unexpected. His family is shocked and deeply saddened.
Wes was born March 27, 1963 to Frank and Marie Pielak in Gander, Newfoundland. Wes's memory will forever be cherished by his father (Frank) and mother (Marie Jan. 9, 2019), sons Trevor (Melody), Kevin (Megan), and daughter Natasha, sisters Laurie (John), and Cathy (Randy), brothers Clayton (Delma), Mark (Anne Marie), and Rod (Elaine), grandchildren Noah, Madison and Ashlynn, as well as many cousins, aunts, nieces and nephews, and most importantly Tammy Wilson his loving partner. They were inseparable.
Wes attended school in Inuvik, NT. He was passionate about hockey, broomball, fastball, and the great outdoors. He moved to Grande Prairie where he became a lifelong Truck Driver, doing whatever it took to support his family.
To all who knew him, his laugh and love for life was contagious and will remain forever in our hearts.
Thank you, Bear Creek Funeral Home, for their loving care of our brother, son, father, grandfather, uncle and the best friend you could ever have.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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To the Pielak family our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wes was a fierce competitor in all sports in Inuvik. Tom has fond memories of playing hockey, baseball and broom ball. Gone way too soon. Rest In Peace Wesley. Tom and Pamela Williams
- Pamela Williams
I've been thinking of you Wes, and still can't believe that you are no longer here. In spite of everything, we had such a good summer. Your laugh filled the air, you radiated happiness, you were in a great place. Growing up you always had a glint in your eye, like you knew a secret. We laughed together, cried, shared stories, even though I was older you'd call me little sister, and that I miss already. My heart hurts. Give mom a kiss for me.
- Laurie Pielak
Wes was always a fierce competitor. In all sports he played and he lived his life that way too. My condolences on try he sudden passing of Wesley.
- Roger Israel
Miss you Brother. I was thinking of you the last 2 weeks, as I told Rod, I will forever regret not calling. Gone way too soon. RIP Wes.
- Mike Duggan
My heartfelt condolences to the Pielak family for the loss of such a beautiful person in their lives. Words can only describe the pain but my heart feels it and is with you
- William Getz
So very sorry to hear that sad news , he was much too young. Our deepest condolences to the family. Ken & Mary Dorush.
- Ken & Mary
Love to the family. A light has gone out that will forever be missed. Thinking of you. Zora
- Zora Zubko
Our heartfelt condolences to my son Kevin and family. May the good Lord walk you through this trying time. We send our love from the Arctic. The Pokiak's.
- Amanda Pokiak
Our sincere condolences to the Pielak family, relatives, and many friends. Mary Ann and Charlie Villeneuve, Inuvik, NT
- Mary Ann
i often remember Wesley playing hockey so passionitely , reminded me of hextall, always laughing n joking , rest well my friend
- Harold Harry
I have so many memories of us when I was a little girl. You were my hero and that's the way I'll always remember you. I love you so much and I'll miss you everyday .
- Christen Pielak

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