Scuba diving was retired victim's 'passion'

Police reported a scuba diver from Brampton died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Bruce Peninsula...

Police reported a scuba diver from Brampton died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Bruce Peninsula National Marine Park at the Caroline Rose dive site. Flowerpot Island (with a nearby dive site pictured here), is a frequent stop for visitors at the park. (QMI Agency Files)

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

TORONTO -- A Brampton, Ont., retiree who died while scuba diving in Tobermory earlier this week was doing what he loved, his wife told QMI Agency Thursday.

Andrew Liptak, 67, was pulled from the waters of the Fathom Five National Marine Park in Georgian Bay before 4 p.m. Tuesday. He had no vital signs when pulled onto a boat not far from shore.

The death occurred during a diving expedition to a sunken schooner with a group of other divers, Marceline Liptak, his wife of 43 years, said.

"(Diving) was a passion, definitely," Marceline said.

Her husband, a former science teacher who became a Bay St. lawyer before returning to the classroom in his later years, had returned to his "passion" of diving as a post-retirement activity, she said.

The couple have a 33-year-old daughter.


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