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CECIL (YAROSLAW) SEMCHYSHYN 1930 - 2002 On Wednesday, November 13, 2002, after a full and active life, Cecil Semchyshyn passed away peacefully in Concordia Hospital. Forever in his support and love remain his wife Pearl; brother Edward; cousin Nick Kushnier and Cecils children Dr. Mark Semchyshyn and wife Diana Semchyshyn; Dr. Nadine Semchyshyn and husband Dr. Robert Palaschuk; Laryssa Semchyshyn and husband Mr. Chris Garrick; grandchildren Danika, Nina, Nicholas, Andris and Jackson. Our husband and father now reunites to share heavenly pleasures with his predeceased parents Vasyl and Maria. Born and educated in Winnipeg North, Cecil graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Manitoba in 1956, and then attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto until 1959. As a distinguished member of the Ukrainian and Winnipeg community, Cecil has shared and implemented his creative talents to add to its colorful folklore. Cecils whole life has been devoted to making Winnipeg, his birth city, and Canada, at large, a place in which we can all take pride. Singer, master of ceremonies; producer-director; translator/narrator of National Film Board; founding father of Folklorama; director: secretary on Federal-Provincial relations, pharmacist, politician and community leader are a few of the faces of this proud Winnipeger, who believed the best way to go about creating a new Canadian culture was to preserve an old one. In recognition of Cecils undaunting dedication and effort for the perpetuation of artistic and cultural community growth in Manitoba and Canada, the following honours have been bestowed upon him. Top Male Soloist Royal Conservatory of Music, Centennial Medal of Canada, City of Winnipeg Community Service Award, Metropolitan Corporation of Winnipeg Outstanding Service Award, Carling Community Arts Foundation Certificate of Honour, Royal Jubilee Medal, Folk Arts Council Community Award, Hall of Fame - Manitoba Folk Arts Council and the Commemorative Medal for 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Prayers will be sung 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 17 at Sts. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 115 McGregor St. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 18 also at the Cathedral. Private family interment will follow. Cecil is honoured by the support of his honourary pallbearers Dr. Taras Yuri Snihurowycz, Mr. Nick Kushnier, Mr. Nestor Bohonos, Chief Justice Benjamin Hewak and his active pallbearers Mr. Randie Kushnier, Mr. Craig Kushnier, Mr. Vance LeClaire, Mr. William Solomon, Mr. Ted Perich, Mr. Dinny Jacques and Mr. Chris Garrick. To Dr. B. Gorski and every single health team member of N-3 West Concordia Hospital, your attention to our fathers welfare will never be forgotten. Your support in sustaining his dignity is a tribute to your dedication to the sanctity of life and life thereafter. Special thanks to Dr. T. Babick for his ongoing support and care. In lieu of flowers, donations in our fathers memory may be made to Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Winnipeg Branch), 456 Main St. Winnipeg. VICHNAYA PAMYAT KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL 956-2193
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 18, 2002