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Thursday December 6, 2012

Christopher Nicholai Suchanek
(December 6, 1960-December 1, 2012)

It is with profound sadness that this is written. On December 1, 2012, Chris, a gold geologist, passed away in Toronto General Hospital. Chris so dearly loved his wife Eneida Ara, sons, Luis, Alhandro (Tito) and John- Nicholai and, daughter, Natalie of Tumeremo, Venezuela. Chris was born in Toronto, but grew up in Oakville, Ontario, the youngest son of John and Tove Suchanek, brothers to Peter (Judith, Dana, Paul & Genava) and David (Janet, Emily, Zachary & Hayley). Chris completed secondary school at Oakville Trafalgar High School in 1979, and then attended U of T, graduating in geology in 1984. Chris spent years ''in the bush'' in northern Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba before shedding the cold for gold exploration pursuits in Peru, Mexico, Venezuela and Guatemala. He settled, finally, in Tumeremo, Venezuela where he worked for a number of years and began raising his family. In the early-2000's Chris was immobilized by illness which left him wheel-chair bound and unable to work. In the ensuing years he girded himself and over a seven year period re-learned to walk eventually leaving his family and returning to Canada in 2012 to take a desk job "in the business" which he hoped would re-start his exploration career. Walking with a limp, Chris was becoming stronger and regaining his former robust build. He was doggedly determined to return to the wilds of southern Venezuela to re-new his work as a geologist and care for his family. On December 1, 2012, two weeks prior to his anticipated return to Venezuela for Christmas, he suffered a heart attack and succumbed. Chris is remembered as one of the most family oriented, caring, loving, and emotive, yet tough wrangling, ''get- your- hands- dirty- and-to- work' hombres one could ever be lucky enough to meet. Bidding adieu with a broad smile, Chris was often heard to say '' have a happy, productive and prosperous day!'' Chris will return peacefully into the hands of his wife and children in Venezuela. A celebration of Chris's life will be held at a future date to be determined. Thanks to the staff at TGH for doing everything medically they could for Chris. In Chris's remembrance, to support his young family donations are being accepted at www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/Chris-Suchanek-Family-Fund/36372

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