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Date of Passing: Dec 19, 2014

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JOHN BILL POHAYCHUK Peacefully, surrounded with his family, John Bill Pohaychuk passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, December 19, 2014 at the Vita Health Centre at the age of 87 years. John will be remembered by his loving wife Anne of 63 years and his daughters Jean (Rod) Charney, Margie (Ivan) Paskaruk, Debbie (Lawrence) Andrusyk, Marilyn (Michael) Panchuk, six grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren. He will also be remembered by his two surviving sisters Lil (Bill) Pasko, Frances Moore and two sisters-in-law Olga Fedorowich and Ethel Pohaichuk. John was born on June 1, 1927 in Gardenton, Manitoba and married Anne Fedorowich on October 27, 1951. He spent the early years working in bush camps and then went into farming. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, singing, carolling, and spending time with his family. Due to losing his eye sight, he retired early. He was devoted to his church and was president of the St. Demetrius Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church for numerous years. Prayers will be said on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Vita Funeral Home 256 Railway Avenue Vita, Manitoba at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held also at Vita Funeral Home on December 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow the service in the St. Demetrius Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church Cemetery three miles south of Gardenton, Manitoba. The family would like to thank the staff at the Vita Health Centre, the homelier workers and Steinbach Cancer Care for their care and compassion. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Memory of John to the St. Demetrius Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church Gardenton, Manitoba. Dad, we will miss you. "Vichnaya Pamyat". Arrangements by Vita Funeral Home 256 Railway Avenue Vita, Manitoba (204) 425 3114

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 22, 2014

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My deepest sympathies to all. He was a gentleman, kind thoughtful and considerate with our teenage sleepovers. Keep the memories bright as that is all one has left. - Posted by: Noreen Stone (Friend) on: Dec 22, 2014

  • John Pohaychuk John (Bill) was an amazing storyteller with a fantastic memory of oral family history. He told me family history that at the time seemed far-fetched and unbelievable. From him I learned never to discount what people tell you. As I followed up on his stories, I found that the genealogical documents supported them precisely. I will miss him as a source of history. My husband's family, George and Sophie (Bill's sister) Andrusiak, and the Pohaychuks were very close. Bill and Anne turned up for so many Andrusiak events, always with a smile and warm greeting. I shall remember Bill's smile. I am sorry that the end of life was difficult and that earlier years were complicated by physical limitiations. But Bill taught us how to relish life. My condolences to Anne, Jean, Margie, Debbie, and Marilyn, their spouses and families. Frances - Posted by: Frances Andrusiak (Niece by marriage) on: Dec 22, 2014

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