Dr. Edward Michael Yamka,



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father Dr. Edward Michael Yamka on May 14, 2020 at the age of 80 after a lengthy illness.He is predeceased by his loving parents William and Anna Yamka (nee Osachuck). He is survived by his children Jeffrey Edward and Lori Yamka. Cherished grandfather of Mykailo Yamka, brother Walter Yamka and many nieces and nephewsEd was born and raised in Kirkland Lake. He graduated from University of Toronto Medical School in 1964. Ed practiced medicine in Kirkland Lake and Vancouver before heading to the renowned John’s Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore where he trained in his specialty of Anesthesiology.Dr. Yamka returned to Canada with his Fellowship in Anesthesiology and practiced his specialty at Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Yamka finished his lifelong career in medicine at Etobicoke General Hospital as Chief of Anesthesiology.Dr. Yamka will be laid to rest at the Kirkland Lake cemetery.Offer Condolence for the family of Dr. Edward Michael Yamka

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Just learned of the passing of Ed Yamka. My sincere condolences. We worked together in ICU and PACU. Dr. Yamka helped in my orientation to become an ICU nurse. Assisting for the first time an intubation , he asked me for a Yankeur suction, I thought he was being smart, playing on his name. Little did I know that was the proper name for oral suction! Diane and family, I hope you are doing ok. Ann Allen

Ann Allen, March 1, 2021

My condolences to Ed’s family and Walter and his family! I never met any of them personally I was just a baby when they all were to the farm in Saskatchewan !They all came out for my Baptism and to visit Dido and Baba Osadchuk !Ed’s mother was my Godmother Auntie Annie!God Bless all of you!

Michael & Kristine Bodnaruk, March 1, 2021

Although I didn’t get to meet any of the Yamka family when they lived in Kirkland Lake , I did hear about them through my dad, Mario Martignago who was a good friend of “Bill Yamka’s” ,so this goes back many years. My dad, who seldom needed medical attention back then, was so glad to have Dr. Yamka take care of him because he was Bill’s son and Bill’s son wouldn’t have difficulty understanding his broken English. My sincere condolences to the Yamka Families. RIP Dr. Yamka

Ines Martignago Robazza, March 1, 2021

Dear Jeffery and Lori, I want to extend my deepest condolences for your loss. Just to share a memory…I had not seen you father since I was a little girl and Baba Osachuk to me to Kirkland Lake (Kingkirkland) to visit Auntie Annie and Auntie Sophie (my mother was named after Sophie) Your father was just a young man then and got the task of taking me for a popsicle ….he was my hero that day……

Valerie Copeland, March 1, 2021

Enjoyed a couple of great times with Ed and Diane. He sure knew how to entertain and make people welcome. Condolences to the Yamka family

John and Diane Copeland, March 1, 2021

I was filled with sadness when I learned of Ed’s passing. He was a colleague of mine for many years at EGH. His anesthetic prowess was exceptionable and while he could at times be irascible, his patients always came first. I will never forget the symphony of music that graced his OR. He was not shy socially and I will fondly remember his house parties, particularly one lobster roast. He lived life, something to which more of us should strive. This is how I will remember my friend……Ed Yamka. My condolences to all, especially Diane. Your were his rock over the years and I know you will miss him sorely.

Donald McGonigal, March 1, 2021

Remembering many hours spent together as we cared for patients as part of the amazing EGH surgical team. Our condolences to all who loved him. He will be missed.Thinking of you especially, Diane.

Candy Brown, March 1, 2021

My condolences to the family. I trained for track with him a bit in the spring. He could run forever. Glad we got to hookup again at the 1988 reunion. RIP Ed

Lorne Inglis, March 1, 2021

Dianne, We are deeply saddened by Ed’s passing. We wish you comfort and peace at this difficult time and the love of family around you. Rest in peace Ed.

Carol and Jack Henderson, March 1, 2021

I am saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. I knew him as an intern at Toronto western Hospital and as part of our medical family at Etobicoke General in Toronto. He was a good anesthetist, an intelligent and interesting man, and made the world’s best Caesar salad dressing. I don’t know his K.L. family but send condolences to them. To Dianne and Kim, his family for so many years, so sorry that you have lost a special man. He will be missed.

Carol King, March 1, 2021

Walter was a Second St neighbour for years. My sincere condolences to the Yamka families.

Laurie Bassett, March 1, 2021

My sincere condolences for the passing of Ed.

John Folusewych, March 1, 2021

My deepest sympathies to you and yours. Love DeAnna

DeAnna, March 1, 2021

Dianne & Kim, My deepest condolences to you both at this very sad time. Rest in peace Ed.

Andrew, March 1, 2021

The Yamka Family and Friends We are very sorry to hear the news concerning Ed . We shared the same neighborhood, schools , and friends during our younger days in K.L. and he was an important part of those great years. He leaves behind many great memories of those days and will be missed by many . Our condolencesBrian and Gale Hamilton

Brian and Gale Hamilton, March 1, 2021

Our dearest sincere condolences to you all for the passing of Ed. His generous soul and fun wit will be missed, We enjoyed many wonderful dinners and his great stories, always a good time. Fondly remembered by Nancy Iwasiwka (nee Dmyterko from Kirkland Lake – cousin) and her children Brian, Linda & Lisa Iwasiwka. Rest In Peace and God Bless you Ed.

Linda Iwasiwka, March 1, 2021

So sorry to hear of your brothers passing, thinking of you at this time. An old neighbour.

Kerry coumbs, March 1, 2021

Diane, Our condolences on your great loss. May God help you at this difficult time. Rex and Adele Thomsen

Adele and Rex Thomsen, March 1, 2021

It is with great sadness that we lost a very important member of our family, a partner, stepdad and Gramps to Michelle, Lindsay and Aria. Our memories of you Ed will be cherished always.

Kim Wilson, March 1, 2021

My sincere condolences to the family . Gayle Havrot

Gayle Havrot, March 1, 2021

To Barbara and Family. We are sorry to hear of Ed passing away. Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult times. Barb and Jack

Jack and Barb, March 1, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Jeff and Lori on your Dads passing. Jack and Cathy Davies

CATHY A DAVIES, March 1, 2021

Very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, Lori. Praying for God’s comfort, strength and peace for you and your family.

Dolly Dikens, March 1, 2021

My sincere condolences to the Yamka family.May Ed RlP.

Chris Urbanczyk Bivol, March 1, 2021

Diane, I am saddened for all of us who knew him, but mostly for you who cherished him.

Cathy House, March 1, 2021