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Born: Nov 29, 1934

Date of Passing: Sep 24, 2005

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STAN KASKIW It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear sweet husband, father, grandfather and brother, Stan Kaskiw. He was peacefully lifted up by Jesus on Saturday, September 24, 2005. Stan leaves to mourn, Mary, his wife of almost 48 years; son Daryle (Sandra); daughters, Debbie (Hugh), Darlene (Joe) and Charlotte (Roger); seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; mother Mary; brothers, Frank, Ed, Melvin; sisters, Rose and Shirley. Stan was predeceased by his father Anton and brother Jack. Stan was born in Kelloe, MB at home November 29, 1934. He married the light of his life, Mary, October 19, 1957. They lived in the Shoal Lake area until 1960 then moved to Winnipeg with his family. In 1970, he moved to Lorette, MB to return to his love of farming. He loved to drive his tractor in the fields and sing his songs. Stan's life was his family. Secondly, was his passion for music and entertaining. He is a world renowned Ukrainian and Country artist who has touched the hearts of millions through his music. He has been inducted into the Ukrainian Musicians Association Hall of Fame individually, and along with the band Interlake Polka Kings and his own band, The Polka Drifters. Stan greeted everyone with his great sense of humour and opened his heart and home to all. No one left without feeling they were special to him. When he entered a room, he became the focal point for all. Stan was a very spiritual and tender hearted man. His love for God was prominent in his life. He used his God given gift to sing and play in church, many songs written by himself. In addition to being a musician, Stan's primary career was at the University of Manitoba, Civil Engineering department. He loved his work and enjoyed his many friends there until he retired at the age of 60. In his retirement Stan the Man took on the role of Santa Claus at the St. Vital Mall. He loved nothing more than seeing the smile of young children sitting on his knee. Hearing their wishes brought tears to his eyes. He was known as the Singing Santa . Prayers to be held at St. Emile Parish on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Emile Roman Catholic Church. Interment at the St. Vital Cemetery. The family would like to express their thanks to the hospital staff at St. Boniface Hospital and to Dr. Eva Smil who was always there for him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Stan's memory to Canadian Diabetes or the Manitoba Lung Association. All our love, your family. Rest in peace. BYE BYE. Knysh Funeral Home 582-0973

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 27, 2005

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Gido! Miss you like crazy, glad I could have a grandfather like you to be such a big part of my life. I'm so appreciative that I could grow old enough to carry on your memories. Looking forward to smashing 5 sandwiches cut up into quarters with you again some day. Still thinking of you daily, even tho it's gross I still miss you putting ur teeth on my lap along with many other awesome times we shared. Hope all is well with you up there gudo. Love you lots, Chrisco. - Posted by: Chris McGrath (Grandson) on: May 11, 2012

  • Dad, you are an icon to several, and have touched the lives of so many. I am grateful to be your daughter. You comforted, when I needed comforting. You made me laugh when I wanted to cry, and helped me through the trials of life. I now have a huge void in my life that is irreplaceable, nothing could compare. I will never forget you. I carry you with me daily. Thank you for watching over me. I know you will always remain by my side when I need you most. I love you. I'll see you in my dreams. - Posted by: Charlotte Kaskiw (Family) on: Oct 17, 2005

  • My dad, my hero. Sept 24/05 was the saddest day of my life. It's hard to put into words. The loss is huge. The focal point of our family is gone but not forgotten. He is in my mind constantly. I hear his songs playing over and over in my head all day. He brought laughter into the room wherever he was. The smiles he put on everyone's face for the last 70 yrs. He was the proudest man of his children there ever was. His guitar may be silent, but his music will play on forever. LOVE YOU DAD - Posted by: Daryle Kaskiw (Family) on: Oct 09, 2005

  • What an unbelievable loss this is to your entire family. Your husband, father and grandfather was such a kind and sweet man. He was an amazing Santa and I have a photo of our son Jamie at 19 and our Sammie at 11 sitting on his knee. Treasure all your memories and always remember his smiling face. - Posted by: Andrea Hall (Family) on: Sep 28, 2005

  • Our deepest sympathy to you, Mary and the entire family on the passing of Stan. We now have lost a great musician and a wonderful person....our thoughts and prayers are with you! - Posted by: Pat & Adam Krupa (Friend) on: Sep 27, 2005

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