Chris Lypaczewski, P. Eng.

Chris Lypaczewski, P. Eng.

June 28, 1954 – August 4, 2019

 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Chris Lypaczewski.  Chris was born in Montreal on June 28, 1954 and died peacefully after a short battle with brain cancer at Methodist Hospital in Omaha on August 4, 2019.  Left to mourn is his beloved wife of thirty-one years, Gina (Ricci).  He will be greatly missed by his son, Nicholas; his daughter, Angela (Keith Costello); his granddaughter, Grace; his mother, Mary; sisters, Mary (Gary Kielo) and Claire (Dan Mallette); brother, Paul (Carole Moore); nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Some are fortunate to heed their calling in life, and for Chris that was civil engineering thanks to the influence of his late father, Felix Lypaczewski.  He was a long-time, dedicated employee of Kiewit both in Canada and the United States.  Chris was a very good man who loved his family dearly and worked hard to provide for them.

The Family will receive friends on Friday, August 9th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by Vigil Service at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, August 10th at 10am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St.  Private Interment.  Memorials are suggested to Engineers Without Borders-USA or Engineers Without Borders-Canada.


  • Sarah Sinovic Posted August 6, 2019 5:10 pm

    I have such fond memories—always greeted with a warm hello, a hug and a greeting in his Canadian Accent. Growing up down the street I now know what Boxing Day is from years of celebrating with Chris and the family. Grateful to have known him and so terribly saddened by his passing. He is a kind soul and his genuine caring for others will be greatly missed. My love to the entire family. My heart is truly saddened with this massive lose.

  • Deborah Marchitiello Posted August 7, 2019 7:13 am

    Chris was my dear cousin Gina’s husband. He was a shining light who cared about family and friends. A generous soul, who loved family gatherings in restaurants (especially Miami in Montreal) and paid for everyone’s meal. Gina’s family in Canada are saddened by his passing and our hearts go out to Gina and the family.

  • Giorgio Patrizia Romansckyi Posted August 7, 2019 7:37 am

    What a Loss! We have shared with the Lypaczewski family more then words can begin to say. Chris was a bother to Patrizia and I and we will certainly miss his presence in our life. Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Gina, Nicholas, Angela and Grazia. Memories of Chris will accompany us for the rest of our life. R.I.P my friend, Gio and Patrizia

  • Robert Giunta and Patsy Stanhope Posted August 7, 2019 5:09 pm

    Our deepest condolences to you,Gina and your children and extended family.
    Robert and Patsy

  • Ralph and Lynn Bischoff Posted August 7, 2019 6:54 pm

    We are shaken. Not only how to deal with the loss of a friend of almost 50 years but also on how to possibly express adequate condolences to Chris’s family and in particular to Gina, Nicholas, and Angela.

    Chris was a marker in our lives. His phone calls and updates always resounded with joy and pride of family. And we looked forward reunions as the miles between us grew larger and larger, but our friendship stayed constant. A quote from Helen Keller comes to mind. “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” Chris was the love that was like cement that binds, and the music that brings harmony. We send our heartfelt condolences and remember the Hebrew proverb “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.”

  • David Wallace Posted August 9, 2019 3:45 am

    Gina and Family,

    Please accept our condolences for your loss. Words can never express the feelings of the moment and the changes that lie ahead.

    Chris and I met at McGill University Civil Engineering graduating the same year and went to work for the Kiewit company in James Bay Quebec building the large hydro project. I was sent to Omaha in 1979 with my family and lived near this chapel off West Centre St and my son Charles was born in Omaha. We moved back to Montreal and it was Chris’ turn to move to Omaha. Chris never left. We shared this Kiewit career and eventually worked together in Vancouver BC on some Olympic highway work.

    We knew Chris as a classmate and colleague. It was truly a priviledge to work with such a fine construction engineer. He will be missed.

    David Wallace
    Vancouver, BC

  • Michael Daly Posted August 9, 2019 11:02 am

    It would be easy to write thousands of words about Chris and our time as friends in university, but is difficult to write just a few in tribute now. So let me just say this:

    Chris was perhaps the finest person I have known. He was charming, kind and generous. To those who called him friend, he will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

  • Trina Sager Posted August 14, 2019 9:39 am

    I was so sad to hear of Chris’s passing. I knew Chris through work and his frequent visits to our Eastern Canada office. In addition to the passion he brought to his work, he always brought a warm smile. He was the type of person when he asked how you were doing, you knew he really cared about the answer. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

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