It is with great sadness that the family of Dimitri Alpatoff announces his passing away after a brief illness on July 30, 2019 at the age of 91 years old.

Dimitri will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Galina (Miroshnichenko) Alpatoff; sons, George Alpatoff, Michael Alpatoff; daughters, Anne Smith, Tatiana MacNeill; grandsons, Shane Dawson, Brandon Smith, Tyler Smith, and Graycen MacNeill; great-granddaughters, Bryana McDermott and Kyra Clarke; great-great-grandsons, Kael McDermott and Karter McDermott; and many close friends and family.

Dimitri had a bright and sunny disposition with a smile that could light up any room. He loved to surround himself with nature by taking long hikes and he saw the goodness in all people. One of Dimitri’s favourite leisurely activities was watching the comedians of the silent film era such as Charlie Chaplin, Oliver Hardy, and Stan Laurel. His family would often find him laughing out loud to himself. Dimitri was one of the most kind, loving, loyal, and ethical people that his family and friends ever knew.

A Funeral Service in memory of Dimitri will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 10:00 am in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, British Columbia. After the funeral, there will be a reception at the same location.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Larissa Tchernova

    I always admired Dimitri and Galina as a perfect example of family couple loving and caring of each other. I remember Dimitrie as a very intelligent and kind man with good sense of humor, very gentle manners, and very unique and interesting personality. I know it is a big loss for Galina and family and for friends, but I hope he rests in peace now and wish his soul to be saved and be with Christ in the Kingdom of Heaven.
    With love and sympathy, Larissa Tchernova.

  • Fergus Watt

    We are grateful also for Dimitri’s longstanding contributions to the World Federalists, as a member and also as a volunteer on the Boards of the Victoria and Canadian sections of the Movement.
    I am recalling Dimitri’s optimistic disposition and good humour. We’ll miss him.
    My condolences to Galina and others of the Alpatoff clan.

  • Tatiana and Rowland Grant

    Our condolences to Galina and the family.

    News of Dimitri’s passing comes as a shock. When we visited last summer, Dimitri seemed well and active as he showed us the repairs and renovations of the lower floor.

    He also showed us the “Family Museum” – a room dedicated to the storage and display of family photographs and memorabilia, and he explained some family history.

    We are glad to have these and many other happy memories of Dimitri.

    A good man and a fine friend.

    “May the Kingdom of Heaven be his.”

  • fred cole

    i am very sorry to hear about Dimitri. I never got to know him very well but I do know that he & Galina walked almost every day.

    Please accept my condolences & my first wife Sandra — was able to speak with him in his language.

    a former neighbor, FRED COLE

  • Katherine Rajewski

    Dear Aunt Galina and Family,
    Deepest condolences. My Son, Philip was inspired to become an engineer because of Uncle Dimitri. When he was five years old he asked what his Uncle did and he told him he was an engineer and Philip said that he too wants to be an engineer. And so he is a mechanical engineer now for over five years!
    Katherine Rajewski

  • Vera Linda Proe

    Dimitri was such a wonderful gentle lovely person. He will be sadly missed. God grant him eternal rest! All my love to Galina and family.

  • Michel Barbant

    A translation follows.

    J’ai toujours eu beaucoup de considération pour mon oncle Dimitri. Bien qu’une certaine timidité le gardait parfois silencieux, son intelligence le faisait vite notre agréable complice. Que nous parlions d’un problème de flottabilité ou de vélocité pour les catamarans qu’il concevait à temps perdu, ses explications patientes étaient toujours claires, laissaient peu d’éléments dans l’ombre.

    Et il en allait ainsi, quel que soit le sujet que nous abordions.

    Comme l’écrit avec tant de justesse Tatiana “Dimitri had a bright and sunny disposition with a smile that could light up any room.” Il fut le rayon de soleil de ma mère (sa jeune soeur Marthe Barbant) durant leur enfance et leur vie de jeune adulte. Plus tard, il nous éclairait sur les conséquences que pouvaient avoir certaines de nos actions. Dimitri pouvait très bien être un “être de lumière” comme disent les adeptes du paranormal.

    Il nous a quittés pour continuer sa route dans l’au-delà, briller avec toute sa générosité et laisser son altruisme prendre toute sa mesure.

    Je suis très heureux de l’avoir connu, il restera longtemps dans nos mémoires. Avec toute ma sympathie pour ses proches et pour ses amis.

    * * *

    I have always had a lot of consideration for my uncle Dimitri. Although a certain shyness sometimes kept him silent, his intelligence quickly made him a pleasant accomplice. If, at random, we approached a problem of buoyancy or velocity for the catamarans he designed in lost time, his patient explanations were always clear, leaving little in the shade.

    And so it was, no matter what we talked about.

    As Tatiana so aptly wrote, “Dimitri had a bright and sunny disposition with a smile that could light up any room.” He was my mother’s (his younger sister Marthe Barbant) ray of sunshine during their childhood and young adult life. Later on, he enlightened us on the consequences that some of our actions could have. Dimitri may well have been a “Being-of-light” as the followers of the paranormal say.

    He left us to continue on his way to the afterlife, to shine with all his generosity and to let his altruism take its full measure.

    I am very happy to have known him, he will remain in our memories for a long time. With all my sympathy for his family and friends.

    Michel Barbant.

  • Ludmilla and John Weaver

    Dear Galina and family,

    It was such sad news to hear of Dimitri’s death, especially as we had known him as a wonderful friend for so many years. And as Alexandra’s Godfather he was, of course, very special to our family. We thought the obituary notice captured his character perfectly — kind, loving, loyal and ethical indeed — true Christian qualities. May he rest in peace.

    With our love and much sympathy,

    Ludmilla and John Weaver

  • Caspar Davis and Lorena Mowers

    Dear Galina and Family,

    You must miss Dimitri greatly. He was a kind and gentle man and it is an honour to have known him.

  • Helena Lenore Hietkamp

    I will remember Dmitri’s sunny disposition, always cheerful, always happy to see everyone. A very sweet man. My condolences to his family.

  • Maureen & Robin Applewhaite

    Dear Galina and family:
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Dimitri. He was a lovely man and we have wonderful memories of Dimitri from many years ago at Camosun College and the Russian connection. Dimitri was always a great help with our Russian visitors.
    Maureen and Robin Applewhaite

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