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Born: Dec 19, 1984
Date of Passing: Sep 14, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
December 19, 1984 - September 14, 2020
Left to cherish Graham's memory is his beautiful son and daughter; his parents, Wendie Steppler and Jeff Tkachyk; his big brother Richard Tkachyk (Haley Hickey); little sister Tessa Tkachyk (Patrick Karatchuk) and their daughter; Grandma Doreen Zibell and Opa Karl Zibell; Grandma Pat Tkachyk; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Graham was welcomed with open arms by his maternal Grandpa Richard Steppler, his paternal Grandpa Steve Tkachyk; and his cousin Noah Tkachyk.
Finding the right words to truly honour my brother Graham is not an easy thing. How is it possible to confine a larger than life personality into paragraphs? Instead, I focus on the many roles my brother played throughout his life.
First and foremost, I remember Graham as a family man. He loved us profoundly and gave our family the gift of two children. Seeing Graham as a father was seeing him at his happiest. Graham's love for his family was evident in the way he would check in with a text, drop in unannounced, or stop to chat if you happened to see him out and about. The thing about my brother is that he made you feel like you mattered, like it was an honour to receive those texts, chats and drop-ins because it meant you were on his mind.
As I focus on the next role he portrayed, I see Graham the friend. He made friends easily and retained them effortlessly. Keeping company with friends from all walks of life. It's been said you couldn't go anywhere with him without running into at least one person he knew. Even a short layover in Montreal was met with an expected reunion between friends. He had a personality that made waves that reached limitless distance. That was my brother.
Graham played many roles, he was a farmer, a mechanic, a musician, a snow clearing foreman, a Falcons fan, the guy to call if you were having car troubles, life troubles or just needed a laugh, and that laugh... that beautiful laugh will play on repeat in our minds. He taught me how to lead with my heart.
Graham, it is too hard to say goodbye, so we say see you later.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions, there will not be a public funeral service. An opportunity to greet the family will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tkachyk Farm (17084 Rd. 51 N, Fannystelle, MB), in the form of a drive by motorcade. Please enter the west driveway and remain in your vehicle to greet the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a trust for Graham's children at Caisse Populaire in Elie, MB.
Doyle's Funeral Home
in care of arrangements.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 24, 2020
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