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Born: Mar 31, 1936

Date of Passing: Jul 01, 2014

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OREST (BUCK) MATIOWSKI It is with sad and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Orest "Buck" Matiowski. Peacefully on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Buck passed away at the age of 78 years. He was predeceased by parents Stephen and Annie, son Matthew John and brothers Mike and Joe. Buck is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann, children Pat (Coral), Kelly( Iona), grand-daughter Emily, brother Ken, (Lilian) and his extended family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and godchildren. Buck was born in Seech, Manitoba on March 31, 1936. Raised in the community of Oakburn, Manitoba. Buck was known throughout Manitoba and Ontario for his vision, passion and huge heart. He touched the lives of many people directly and indirectly. In Kenora, he initiated the Matiowski Farmers Market, The Green Team and Buck's Brigade. For many years, Buck facilitated the North American First Nations Hockey Tournament. He was a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship, the Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award, recognized by the Ontario Crime Control Commission and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Buck was a 4th Degree Knight (Knights of Columbus) and a former Rotarian. He was a past Chairperson of the Manitoba Intercultural Council, President of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association, Director of Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, Chairman of Manitoba Boxing and Wrestling Commission and Vice President of Canadian Professional Boxing Federation. It was a huge honour for Buck to be inducted to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder in 2002. He was also extremely thrilled when the St. Nicholas Men's Club of Winnipeg subsequently named him Ukrainian Sportsman of the Year. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 7 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kenora, ON (430 4th Street North). In addition, at 2:00 p.m., a Community Celebration of Life for Buck has been scheduled at the Whitecap Pavilion (Kenora Waterfront). Another opportunity to pay final respects to Buck has been organized for Green Acres Funeral Home in Winnipeg, MB ( Highway #1 East at Navin Road) on Thursday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Buck's name to the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation... so that Buck's legacy continues Online condolences may be made at BROWN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE ENTRUSTED WITH ARRANGEMENTS.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 07, 2014

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • To Buck's Wife, ANN and entire Family, Please accept my belated sincerest condolences and sympathy. I had crossed paths with Buck at several educational workshops and seminars in Manitoba, more specifically, Winnipeg; but never really knowing Buck until I became a vendor at his Infamous Farmers' Market. Buck had a magnetism that,not only, drew people towards him, but a personality that penetrated one's soul.Buck was so compelling that I looked forward to visiting Kenora on Wednesdays during the summer and early fall,not only, to sell our crafts but to open another chapter that inevitably and invariably brought forward people/acquaintances/friends that Buck and I would have in common. From what I saw and experienced during my Kenora venture was Buck's ability to exhibit an aura of respect and goodwill towards everyone. Although, I rarely interacted with Buck, he will remain in my heart and memory bank, forever. Ann, I am not certain that you will remember me,for we had met so few of times;but I truly apologize for being unable to attend Buck's Services. Buck will truly be missed. In thoughts and Prayers, Frankie De Marchi - Posted by: Frankie De Marchi (acquaintance/friend) on: Jul 15, 2014

  • I was always inspired to see the work Buck was doing in the community. A true gentleman with a heart of gold. My condolences to the family. David Shuvera (Canadian Tire in Kenora (2005-2008)) - Posted by: David Shuvera (friend) on: Jul 15, 2014

  • To Ann and Family ... Sorry to hear of Buck's passing...extend heartfelt sympathies to all of you. - Posted by: Beverly Raginski (From Oakburn) on: Jul 12, 2014

  • Sorry to hear this sad news. Buck was a great inspiration in the many things he did for and with people in the town of Gimli. My parents and family originate from Oakburn and we send sincere condolences to Ann and family. - Posted by: Morris and Joan Kustiak (Acquintance) on: Jul 11, 2014

  • I am sorry to hear of Buck's passing. My condolences to Ann, Pat, and Kelly ...hugs.. Shelly Burak - friend of Pat - Posted by: Rachelle Burak (Friend of son pat) on: Jul 10, 2014

  • Our deepest sympathy to Ann and family. - Posted by: Jim & Gloria Yaremkiewich (Friend ) on: Jul 10, 2014

  • Buck was a friend when you needed one and always willing to help in whatever way he could. He was a proud Canadian and proud of his Ukrainian heritage. He will be sadly missed and Vichnaya Pamnat. - Posted by: Harold Beanie Kalynovich (Old school chum from Oakburn Man.) on: Jul 09, 2014

  • Will always say wish we met you sooner, Buck. Thank you for all you did for us with Wonder Shows, will miss you more. - Posted by: Ken and Anita Kiernicki (Friend) on: Jul 08, 2014

  • We have many fond memories working at the camps for Buck and the many hockey games our boys played. Blessings Anne boys and families. - Posted by: Daviette and Andy Noga (Friends) on: Jul 08, 2014

  • In memory of Buck from all the kids from BISSETT who gained so much from his guidance, spirit and friendship. - Posted by: Jim Campbell (Friend and student. ) on: Jul 07, 2014

  • Deepest Sympathy Ann and children... May Jesus hold you in his arms as he cushions your sorrow while you grieve your great and always..May all the happy memories you shared keep you company during the times you miss him the most.. - Posted by: Sonia (Lamb) krykolowich (Oakburn,manitoba) on: Jul 07, 2014

  • I remember Buck as a pioneer in Manitoba sport and an icon in youth hockey. He was revered by my family and well known to my parents, Al and Marge Matiowsky, who called Oakburn, MB, their home. I personally have many good memories of Buck and extend, on behalf of my wife Carole and I, our most deepest sympathies to Ann and the family. - Posted by: Len Matiowsky (Cousin) on: Jul 07, 2014

  • Our heartfelt condolences to you Ann and your family as we all mourn the loss of Buck. He will be missed. May pleasant memories sustain you all in these dark hours. RIP Buck. - Posted by: Len and Vicki Lazaruk (Len grew up with Buck in Oakburn) on: Jul 07, 2014

  • Buck Matiowski was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Builder of sport and he truly encompassed that term. His contributions to hockey and boxing were most prominent but his work in all sport and community went beyond that... a life well-lived. Our condolences to Ann and the family. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (MB Sports Hall of Fame) on: Jul 07, 2014

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