ForeverMissed
Cliff was bright, genuine and kind with an easy going, good-natured spirit that was evident to all who knew him. He enjoyed his passions to the fullest, leading a happy life filled with good friends, memorable experiences, rewarding work and lots and lots of golf!

Due to COVID restrictions, a memorial event will be postponed until further notice. Please email me (Brian) at cliff.kondratiuk.memorial@gmail.com if you would like to be notified when a time and place has been chosen. 

In the meantime, feel free to share any memories or photos you may have of Cliff.
Posted by Robyn Rossworn on March 27, 2022
I recently learned of Cliff’s passing in June. I feel shocked and saddened. We only met twice over twenty years ago. I remember him as an intelligent young man. I was the sister he never knew about, and always hoped we would cross paths again. I am sorry for your loss, Brian.
Posted by Janine Harris-Wheatley on February 21, 2022
My memories of Cliff were as a baby and toddler, but I can see the child in the man. On his mother’s side Cliff and his brother were the youngest of nineteen cousins so we weren’t as close as we might have been. I am sorry for that. He sounds like he would have been a lovely person to spend time with. 
I am happy for Cliff that he was able to create a family of friends in his adult life who will remember with fondness the man he became.
Posted by Cody Kondratiuk on September 23, 2021
Cliff was my uncle. I am so proud to say that. Reading all the tributes and hearing all the great stories I’ve heard through my years and even more after his passing. He always had the coolest stories about the newest games he was working on since he worked at EA. I would always bug him about a new game I wanted him to make or a game I think they should bring back (Skate 4) still waiting uncle! He was always the cool Uncle to me, every year he would be my favourite part of Christmas since he would only come around once or twice a year. Me and my sister would often times call him “unckie Herb” (from the Simpsons) and hold and ride on his legs until he shook us off haha.
I regret not spending more time with him in my adult years, as I know we could have had a much closer relationship. But yet again things weren’t supposed to end like this. I had plans to see you this summer so you could watch me get Married to the love of my life. I know you were with me there in sprit. I will always think of you and will continue to keep you in my thoughts for the rest of my life. He was a great Uncle to me and my sister. A great brother to my mom and dad & a great son to my Grandpa Stan, who i know now is happier now that he is with him.
Love your family.
Posted by Cherie Doucette on August 29, 2021
Cliff has been a constant friend since I moved next door to him and Brian in 1995. They invited me over and I never left. It was countless nights hanging out listening to music, Xfiles Fridays then out to a club to see a band, fires at the beach, road trips, concerts, celebrations with and for friends, poker and pie. All of my best memories include Cliff, he was truly one of my best friends and I could always count on him for anything. He was funny, generous ,kind and one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met.

A few years after he got his condo he let me move in with him for a few months while I renovated my place on the next block, destined to be neighbours forever. It felt like we were reliving the 90’s again with red wine and conversations late into the night. He was so smart and so logical I could literally turn to him to make sense of anything for me. It’s hard to make sense of this. 

As neighbours we’d run into each other all the time just coming and going, so I’d always keep my eyes peeled for him and I catch myself doing it all the time now. I walk by his place everyday and look up to his deck like I might see him there. In a way I do, in every corner of the neighbourhood where we grew up. He was a great friend. I miss you Cliffy
Posted by Jesse Lyon on August 27, 2021
Cliff was one of those guys that you were always trying to impress. He was usually the smartest guy in the room, and the best golfer in the group, and I was always looking for his approval. Be it a new audio system we were designing on Need For Speed, or after one of my rare decent drives at Langara, he was always quick to give you some praise, but usually followed up with a snappy one liner. So many good memories working together at Blackbox, and then when we moved back to EAV. You always knew where you stood with him, and that was one of his best qualities...No bullshit, pure and honest. The news about his passing was a massive shock and hit me really hard, as I was just talking to him the previous week. I will always remember the times we had working together, as well as the many great rounds of golf. 

If I take anything away from this, its that life is short, and lets try to make the most of it. Miss you always and forever buddy!
Posted by Tom Pearce on August 25, 2021
So sad to hear about the passing of Cliff (Cliffy). I met Cliff at U of A in engineering. Cliff, Brian, Jack and I were all in the same classes for the first few years. Cliff was a great person. He had a great sense of humor, such a quiet and gentle person. I remember studying at Cliff's house with all the guys cramming to get assignments done. His mom would bring us snacks in the basement. Lived with Cliff and Brian in Calgary on a work term while we all worked at Northern Telecom. Never forget after we moved in Cliff went and bought a massive stereo system for the house, he sure loved his music. RIP Cliff.
Posted by Jack Dykstra on August 24, 2021
I was quite shocked to hear about Cliff's passing. I haven't seen Cliff since the end of our U of A electrical engineering days in 1990, but the thought of him still brings a smile and great memories. Cliff was super smart and always had a dry and witty remark ready to sling at the perfect moment. Cliff was also a true rocker and had great taste in music! The only time I saw Cliff golf was back in our university days. On one tee, he defied the laws of physics and somehow made the ball go perpendicular to the motion of his swing, allowing Brian Green and me to enjoy a good laugh. It looks like Cliff stayed hooked on golf after that. It would have been nice to have played a round with you, Cliff. I hope they play lots of 80's hair metal in heaven!
Posted by Andy Findlay on August 23, 2021
Although I met Cliff only in the last decade through working at EA on a number of projects he made a huge impact to my life and we developed a great friendship through the many rounds of golf we shared together. His enthusiasm for the game was infectious and genuine which made me get back into the sport after falling away since the passing of my own brother (my other great golfing buddy a couple of decades ago). Cliff inspired me not only to play more, get better, also to not take it so seriously and enjoy the moment. And we shared many great moments on the links and I will cherish his humour, kindness and wicked fairway woods he would hit with ease! Every round I play will be thinking about you buddy, it’s was far too soon but if I am fortunate enough to get some more rounds in will always be thinking of you and the calm and easy way you enjoyed life.

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Posted by Robyn Rossworn on March 27, 2022
I recently learned of Cliff’s passing in June. I feel shocked and saddened. We only met twice over twenty years ago. I remember him as an intelligent young man. I was the sister he never knew about, and always hoped we would cross paths again. I am sorry for your loss, Brian.
Posted by Janine Harris-Wheatley on February 21, 2022
My memories of Cliff were as a baby and toddler, but I can see the child in the man. On his mother’s side Cliff and his brother were the youngest of nineteen cousins so we weren’t as close as we might have been. I am sorry for that. He sounds like he would have been a lovely person to spend time with. 
I am happy for Cliff that he was able to create a family of friends in his adult life who will remember with fondness the man he became.
Posted by Cody Kondratiuk on September 23, 2021
Cliff was my uncle. I am so proud to say that. Reading all the tributes and hearing all the great stories I’ve heard through my years and even more after his passing. He always had the coolest stories about the newest games he was working on since he worked at EA. I would always bug him about a new game I wanted him to make or a game I think they should bring back (Skate 4) still waiting uncle! He was always the cool Uncle to me, every year he would be my favourite part of Christmas since he would only come around once or twice a year. Me and my sister would often times call him “unckie Herb” (from the Simpsons) and hold and ride on his legs until he shook us off haha.
I regret not spending more time with him in my adult years, as I know we could have had a much closer relationship. But yet again things weren’t supposed to end like this. I had plans to see you this summer so you could watch me get Married to the love of my life. I know you were with me there in sprit. I will always think of you and will continue to keep you in my thoughts for the rest of my life. He was a great Uncle to me and my sister. A great brother to my mom and dad & a great son to my Grandpa Stan, who i know now is happier now that he is with him.
Love your family.
his Life

Life

Cliff was born on October 20, 1966 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

He grew up on a small acreage in North West Edmonton with his parents, Stanley and Audrey Kondratiuk, his older brother Ken and the family dog – a Chow named Bear. 

Cliff obtained a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta. He was an intelligent and hardworking student whose high GPA earned him a coveted spot in the engineering co-op program. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Vancouver to work in the tech industry where he could enjoy the beautiful BC coast and its mild climate. 

Working mainly as a software engineer for various companies, he contributed to many innovative and ground-breaking technologies. Ultimately, Cliff ended up in video game development working for Electronic Arts where his easy going yet hardworking character made him an invaluable team member.

Cliff was determined to always live within walking distance to the ocean. For the last many years, he loved living close to Kitsilano Beach.  An avid foodie, he enjoyed grilling King crab legs, steak, ribs, fish & potatoes or other exotic meats he picked up from Granville Island or Hopcott Farms on his BBQ.

When he wasn’t working or golfing, you’d find him relaxing on his rooftop deck, enjoying spectacular mountain and beach views.

A Dear Friend

Cliff was one of my closest and longest standing friends. We met in university over 35 years ago and remained closely connected ever since. Don't let the ‘Born-to-Party’ or ‘Ready-to-Rock’ appearance on his student ID (included in the photo gallery) fool you, as he proved to be one of the smartest and hardworking students that I knew.

Cliff moved to Vancouver right after finishing university. I followed shortly after him and we lived together for 6 years. He was the ideal roommate. Considerate, quiet, employed, responsible AND extremely chill. I cannot recall a single time when we ever got on each other’s nerves - or at least I can say he never got on mine! Really, who can say that about any long term roommate?

Included in my many great memories of Cliff are the numerous Radiohead and Tragically Hip shows we saw, summer evening volleyball with the Black Box folk at Jericho Beach, boat excursions up and down Howe Sound, and poker nights with the usual crew (Rob, Darren, Jessica & Jen).

Over the last many years I had the pleasure of being Cliff's main golf-mate, which became the source of many amazing memories. I enjoyed watching his game improve to the point where he was able to shoot in the 70s. I was amazed with the consistency of his driver and fairway woods - using his 'aim way left and cut it back into the middle' approach. I’d also marvel at the giant pelts (divots) his modest frame could peel away from mother earth - intentional or not!

Cliff had a unique dry wit and genuine, easy going personality. He never had an unkind word to say about anyone. He was simply a great person, great friend, and a rare soul whom I will miss more than I can ever express.

The Golf Enthusiast

Golf was Cliff’s main passion in life. He’d golf whenever, wherever & however many times he could. Nothing would keep him from getting in 18 - 72 holes each week!

He’d bring his clubs with him whenever he travelled for work and loved planning golf vacation trips. His favourite destination was Wailea in Maui. He loved playing so much that it was not uncommon for him play 27 - 36 holes every day.

Cliff’s dedication to the sport did not go unrewarded. Besides successfully achieving his goal of breaking 80 (which he did numerous times), he amassed an unheard number of golf’s most sacred and rare achievements with 3 ‘Hole in Ones’ and 1 ‘Albatross’. 
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