Alex Tym was born on August 30, 1923 in Naughton Glen, AB (near Beauvallon) at the homestead of Steven and Pearl Tym. He was the sixth of 11 children in a family of five boys and six girls.
In 1947, at the age of 23, Alex married the true love of his life Elizabeth (Betty) Samograd; they were married an astounding 67 years this past January.
Alex and Betty lived on a farm near Hemaruka for 59 years. Here they raised cattle and grain. Alex and Elizabeth were blessed with two adopted children, Donna and Dale. They were also foster parents for 25 years to over 12 children. In 2006 they retired from farming and moved to their home in Lacombe.
Alex’s love for farming was never questioned. He had farmed his whole life and even in his aging years it was what he loved to talk about, asking what the market was like for cattle these days or how the crops were coming. He loved to be outside working with his Charolais cattle or being in the machinery working the crops during the spring and harvest months. He had 10 sections of land and a herd of 150 head of cattle.
Alex loved to be surrounded by his family and friends. He always greeted you with kindness, a big handshake and a huge smile. Alex was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He spoke very highly of them all and was never scared to brag about each and every one of them.
Alex was a great scholar and student of God’s word. He loved his church and his life was about serving the Lord. He loved Jesus and that showed in his service to others. He was always willing to give a helping hand to all those in need. He is a long standing member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was a member of the Lacombe CUC Committee of 100, and Ingathering and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
Alex passed away peacefully on January 31, 2014 at the age of 90 years at the Lacombe Hospital and Care Centre with his family by his side. He has inspired us all in many ways. His legacy will live on in all of us for the rest of our lives. Until we meet again!
Alex is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth (nee Samograd); his children Donna (Barry) Randolph of Stony Plain and Dale (Valetta) Tym of Alix; five grandchildren: Julian (Kiernan) of Edmonton, Tyler (Melisa) of Spruce Grove, Tara (Kevin), Renee (Jayden) and Chelsea (Justin) all of Red Deer; five great-grandchildren: Brielle, Brinlyn, Ella, Benjamin and Samuel; his brother Bill (Betty) Tym; sisters Lila Letniak, Ruth (George) Phillips and Josie (Lovyl) Marian; as well as many other extended family members.
Alex was predeceased by his granddaughter Brandi; parents Steven and Pearl Tym; brothers Samuel, Peter and Mike Tym and sisters Mary Letniak and Sophie Norton.
A funeral service was held at the College Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church at 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 9 with the Interment Service on Monday, February 10 at the Beauvallon Seventh-day Adventist Church Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Alex, memorial contributions may be made to the Lacombe Hospital Emergency Department or ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency). To express condolences to Alex’s family, please visit www.womboldfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Ponoka Funeral Home 403.783.3122