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BUD KORCHAK It is with the saddest of hearts that we announce the passing of our Dad, Borden Walter Bud Korchak, Friday, February 5, 2010. Loving and devoted father of daughter Tiana and son Terry (Jackie); grandpa of Matthew and Sydnee; daddy to his faithful, little companion Logan. Dad leaves behind nieces and nephews Stacey-Jo, Rodney, and Ross Stephen, Mia, Della, and Jon Piasecki; countless friends, neighbours and colleagues, many lifelong, all cherished and dear. Dad was predeceased by our Mom, his beloved wife Josie, June 4, 1988, his mother (1988) and father (1973). Dad was born August 15, 1927, Winnipeg, to Ukrainian parents Fred and Pauline. Raised in the North End, he attended King Edward Community School and Isaac Newton High School. Although Dad had a beautiful voice and was often a soloist in youth choir, he was an exceptional athlete and his true passion was sports. He was twice selected for international play with the Manitoba All-Stars as goalkeeper for the St. James and United Weston soccer leagues. He played intermediate ball with Elmwood and junior ball with St. John's Grads. During his pro-football career with the CFL, Dad was a receiver, flying wing, and place kicker with The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (#96), Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders, and Ottawa Roughriders. He played in four Grey cups, including the famous Mud Bowl of 1950, where he can still be seen on video walking with a team member to assist another up. Our Dad, Bud Korchak, was three times selected as Western All-Star (1951, 1952, 1953) and won the Western Scoring Championship in 1953. He was described by the media as having a sure pair of hands, tremendous speed and power kicking ability, nicknamed The Golden Toe by reporter Vince Leah and The Ukrainian Gazelle by reporter Bob Moir. The family scrapbooks of photos, press clippings, mementos, are a true testament to Bud Korchak, athlete, home-town hero. After his CFL career, Dad became involved and truly committed to amateur football with the St. James Rams Senior Football Club and the Winnipeg Rods Junior Football Club. He took an active role as a Blue Bomber Alumni, and on September 6, 1996 was inducted into the Blue Bomber Hall of Fame. He was a lifelong season ticket holder and wore his Bomber Alumni football cap always and everywhere, with visible pride and joy. Off season during his CFL career, Dad continued his work as an extraordinarily gifted sign painter-artist. His skillfully creative and precise work would be seen for many years on many of Winnipeg's buildings. He went on to join fellow Bomber teammate Bud Tinsley with Melcher's Distilleries for many years, then onto Parkside Ford joining another Bomber teammate, and lifelong best buddy, Nick Miller. After a successful 25 years, Dad semi-retired August, 2004. Family was the most important to Dad and always came first. He married the love of his life, Josephine Piasecki, Jo , April 16, 1955. Four years later daughter Tiana was born, and 16 months later son Terry was born. We could not have asked for a better father in every way, and always knew how special of a gift he was and would always be. Together with our beautiful Mom, he provided us with an idyllic childhood and a nurturing, loving home. He gave to us the happiest of times and the greatest of memories, through all the years. He gave of himself so completely. Words cannot express our closeness or how deep the bond. His grandchildren meant the world to him, and lit up his life and touched his heart in ways only they could for their Grandpa. He loved with all his heart and more, and we loved him the same. He is our protector, our knight in shining armour, our hero. We ask friends and colleagues to please join us in a toast to our Dad, to Bud, to a life well lived, on Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Canad Inns Garden City, Ambassador Room A , 2100 McPhillips Street, 633-0024. According to Dad's wishes he will be reunited with our Mom upon the arrival of summer. Our Dad, Bud Korchak was a guy's guy and a gentleman to the ladies, endearing those who knew him a lifetime or a short time. He was undeniably lovable and had a sense of humour like no other. A generous man who would move mountains to help so many, no matter what their needs. He was a supporter of many causes and charities, but his love of all animals big and small, was his most passionate cause of all. We know it is Dad's wishes that his passion carries on, and for those that can help, he would be most grateful for donations in his memory to The Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 0R3. Dad, we will always feel your gentleness and love, and will always keep you safe. We will remember every day the twinkle in your eye and your smile that filled our hearts. We are so proud of you. Love you forever.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 13, 2010