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Born: Dec 17, 1924

Date of Passing: May 30, 2012

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NICHOLAS YARISH 1924 - 2012 It is with great sorrow that we share the passing of a true gentleman, an amazing husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, friend, teacher, artist, storyteller, gardener, barber, handyman, chef and caregiver. After a long and valiant fight with cancer, surrounded by his adoring family, Nick Yarish passed away at the Grace Hospital on May 30, 2012. Nick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joan, his children Allan (Cindy), Bev Davies (Warren), Judie (Glenn) and Rick (Jackie), and his 15 grandchildren: Keane, Cedric and Raphael; Melissa, Jordan and Connor; Kim, Taylor, Harrison, Brooklyn, Jesse and Adina; and Emma, Adam and Grace. Nick is also survived by his siblings Phyllis Horbal, Elsie, Roxy Melnyk (Max) and Walter (Diane), and his sisters-in-law Sheila Norman and Sylvia. Nick was predeceased by his siblings Mary, Joe, Bill and Rose. Born to humble origins in a pioneer home north of Oakburn, Manitoba on December 17, 1924, Nick was the middle child of a large but close family of nine children. The son of immigrant parents Zacharko Yarish and Marcella Sitko, Nick started out on his own at the age of 17 working his way through teacher's training and a series of interesting jobs. Nick's lifelong enthusiasm for teaching carried him across Manitoba with stops in Pierson, Erickson, Brandon, Glenboro (where he was a divisional superintendent) and finally to Winnipeg. While pursuing his career and starting his family he also persevered to further his education by earning his BA and pursuing graduate studies. Nick met the love of his life Joan Hemphill at a teacher's conference in Killarney, Manitoba in 1951, and they were married in August 1952 at the United College Chapel in Winnipeg. So began a 60-year love affair which inspired the lives of their children and grandchildren. They enjoyed many special activities together including travelling, ballroom dancing and many, many memorable family gatherings. Nick Yarish was a compassionate, caring and gentle man who will be deeply mourned and missed by his extended family and many friends. A celebration of Nick's life will be held on Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Westwood Presbyterian Church located on 197 Browning Blvd. Reception to follow. The family would like to thank the staff of CancerCare Manitoba, W.R.H.A. Palliative Care Program, and the Grace Hospital for their dedication. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Grace Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly received. To live in the hearts of those you love is to never die. We will love you forever Dad. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 01, 2012

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I was distraught with grief to learn of Mr. Yarish's passing when reading Retired Teachers Association's KIT. Mr. Yarish was our superintendent when I was teaching at Glenboro Collegiate in 1967. In that year, I just landed in Canada from Hongkong, having no teaching training, neither teaching experience. After having taught one year on teaching permit, I knew I could not continue without a teaching certificate. However it would have been too long and too costly to go through the Faculty of Education. I was in a dilemma when Mr. Yarish kindly suggested to me to go to Red River Community College for a 10-month Business Education Teacher Training course. After graduation, I taught and studied for my B.A. and B. Ed through summer, evening and correspondent courses. After having taught again for 33 years, I am now reaping my comfortable pension and enjoying a happy retiring life. I am very grateful to Mr. Yarish for making such a good suggestion to me at that time. The souvenir of Mr. Yarish's kindness and compassion will live on in my memory for ever. - Posted by: Lucien Loh () on: Jun 29, 2013

  • It is so hard to believe that Uncle Nick is gone. He has been quite a constant in my life for a very long time, despite the miles separating us. Family was number one with him! My deepest condolences to the whole Yarish family. I know he will be missed terribly by all of you. He was indeed a remarkable, loving, caring and gentle man. I will miss him as well. - Posted by: Alice Burgess (niece) on: Jun 08, 2012

  • Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad. We were so sorry to hear the news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. I know your father was a great husband and father to you and your siblings. And, I could see how much he loved you and your boys. Your dad lived a long and rewarding life and accomplished much in his lifetime. There is no doubt that he will long be remembered as the hardworking, intelligent and loving man that he was. I know that you will find comfort in knowing that your lives have been enriched by his life. In Deepest Sympathy, - Posted by: Rob Isles and Kerry Whelan (friends of Allan) on: Jun 04, 2012

  • To Mrs. Yarish, Bev, Judie, Rick, Allen and all your family members, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. It is always a tragedy to lose someone you love so deeply. Your husband/Dad was a good man! - Posted by: Cathy Kokot (Friend) on: Jun 02, 2012

  • Dear Mrs Yarish, Allan, Keane, Cedric, Raphael .. We send you and all your extended family our loving thoughts at such a sad time. Your Dad /G'dad sounds like he was a lovely and an amazing man and you've all inherited his qualities. Our love to you all, your Australian Family: Brett, Nancy, Madelene, Imogen and Geordie - Posted by: Jacobs Family (Friends of Alan and Keane) on: Jun 02, 2012

  • To all of the Yarish's, I am truly sorry for your loss. Your husband, father, grandfather was a gentle man who graciously welcomed me into his home. My family offers their condolences and best wishes at this time. Love from the that random Australian that came to visit and the entire Jacobs family. - Posted by: Geordie Jacobs (Family Friend to the French Yarish's) on: Jun 02, 2012

  • Judie, Glenn and family, We are sorry for your loss. We only had the pleasure of meeting your father a couple of times at your family events and it was very easy to see that he loved and cared for his family dearly. Fathers are very special and when they pass on somehow our lives never seem to be the same without them. We are thinking about you and your family. - Posted by: Jill Mathez and LeeAnn Mytz (Friends of Judie and Glenn) on: Jun 01, 2012

  • Dear Joan, My condolences on the loss of your husband. He was a very kind, knowledgeable and friendly person. I remember when he would pick you up after work at U&R offices. We also enjoyed our time at the wind up parties at the Chinese restaurant given by our boss/owner Don Jacks. May you find peace and comfort with your happy memories. You were a very good teacher and I enjoyed our time together at Polo Park office. You are always in my thoughts. - Posted by: Carolyn Ranson (friend (co-worker from U & R Tax Service at Polo Park and head office on Portage) on: Jun 01, 2012

  • To Judie and family, I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad and am so very sorry to hear of his passing. Wyane I wish you all comfort, peace and many happy memories of your dad to get you all through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Debbie and Wayne MacKinnon (Friend of Judie and Glenn) on: Jun 01, 2012

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