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SAMUEL (SAM) USKIW Peacefully, with family by his side, it is with great sadness we announce the passing of Sam Uskiw on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the Selkirk General Hospital, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his wife Olga. He will be sadly missed by children, Jan (Ken), Rose, Roger (June), Barry (Cyndy) and Tammy; grandchildren, Michael, Larissa, Tara (Troy), Brennan (Breanna), Bryce, Cameron, Brittany, Breanna, Austin, Kaylee; great-grandchildren, Trent, Mackenzie, Logan; special friend Wayne Ternes; nieces, nephews and numerous friends. Sam was born on October 18, 1933. After completing his education at Patapun school he sought out employment, in 1949 he worked for the Little Gallery in Winnipeg as well as the T. Eaton Company in the bakery and printing departments. In that one year he managed to save up $125.00 and decided to head east to find work with his buddy Steve Chanas. Farm help was needed in Ontario and Sam ended up on a mixed farm in Ingersoll. He worked other various jobs after the harvest and ended up moving to Hamilton and working for the Toronto Hamilton Buffalo Railway. In 1953, Sam returned home to the farm and found employment at MTS and then at Jenkinsons meat market as a butcher for ten years. In 1955, Sam's father passed away and he assumed full responsibility of the farm and started growing potatoes as well as selling insurance. On July 18, 1964, Sam married Olga Bilyk and moved into her home with her three children in Winnipeg while their house was being built on the farm. They had two children, Barry (1965) and Tammy (1969) Sam's true calling in life was politics. From an early age he was exposed to politics by his father and sat in on many meetings with him. Later in life Sam decided to support the NDP and was first elected in 1966. During his 20 year run in politics, he held several Ministerial positions, these included: agriculture, cooperative development, government services, highways and transportation, business development and tourism and finally natural resources. After politics Sam started a consulting business and also took on a role helping his two sons with their business. Sam loved to get away from the snow for awhile and his favourite place was Waikiki, in which he made at least 30 trips there. Sam loved to work in his yard and it showed by his well manicured lawns, flowers galore and a spotless pool area. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the East Selkirk Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in Sam's name may be made to CancerCare Manitoba. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 26, 2011