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Date of Passing: Aug 02, 2019

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Sadly, on August 2, 2019, Nestor passed away peacefully with family by his side.
He will be remembered by his wife Joan of 59 years, and his three children, David (Karen), Wendy (Sean) and Dwayne (Cara) and his grandchildren, Madie, Ben, Emma, Kaitlyn, Jolene, Megan and Nickolas.
Nestor is survived by his two brothers, Peter and Ernie (Donna), and sisters-in-law, Terry and Audrey, and brother-in-law Irv, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his twin infant brothers, brother Ron, sister-in-law Trudy, and his mother and father.
A celebration of Dad's life will be on Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Transcona Memorial United Church at 209 Yale Avenue West at 11:00 a.m. with a lunch to follow. In lieu of cards and flowers, donations can be made in honour of Nestor's legacy to the Transcona Memorial United Church Building Fund.

Dad, your guiding hand on our shoulders
will remain with us forever!

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 03, 2019

Condolences & Memories (23 entries)

  • My deepest heartfelt sympathies to Joan, Dave, Wendy, Dwayne and family. Rest In Peace Mr. G. Thank you for being the best Principal in the world. You will be forever missed but never forgotten. - Posted by: Sharon Vukovic (Friend and student) on: Aug 19, 2019

  • Wonderful memories of my friend and colleague Nestor Gylywoychuk, the friendly giant as he was often refered to. We taught together at the original Arthur Day School Jr. High, which later became Park Circle school. Our paths often passed over the next 50 years, as we shared many common interests, activities, & friends. Every visit entailed great conversations & lots of laughter. Our last great visit was at a retirees breakfast. The next few times I attended one of these breakfasts, I looked for him as I loved to visit with him. My condolences to Joan and their family. I will miss him. - Posted by: Earl White (colleague ) on: Aug 13, 2019

  • Sending my thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Jeanne Neufeld (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2019

  • Our thoughts are with you Joan and family. Always enjoyed our meetings with Nestor. - Posted by: Michael and Anny Rollwagen (Acquaintance) on: Aug 08, 2019

  • Dear Mrs. G., so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. G., he was always smiling and a wonderful presence at school growing up and I always enjoyed seeing you both at St. Norbert! Sending prayers to you and the family. xx - Posted by: Pamela Baum (Choptain) (Student and friend) on: Aug 08, 2019

  • Dear Mrs G, David, Wendy and Dwayne, Sending my condolences, hugs and a smile as I recall a white pail used at the cottage. - Posted by: Janice Kolopenuk Botterill (Friend) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • My family and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Dave and his family at this difficult time. May your father rest in eternal peace. - Posted by: Creisha (Co-worker and friend) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • To Joan and family, our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our Prayers are with you at this unhappy time. May the love and memories of him bring you peace. The Leake Family - Posted by: Leslie Leake (Friends) on: Aug 07, 2019

  • I am very sad to learn of Nestor's passing. Approximately 55 years ago Nestor was doing some tutoring at a college in downtown Winnipeg (Avenue Building?) and he tried his best to help me with Math. years later I met up with Nestor through his brother Ernie and Donna. He loved to fish and tell jokes. Great legacy. Best to all the Gylywoychuk family. Dave Johnson - Posted by: David L. Johnson (Friend) on: Aug 06, 2019

  • I will always remember Mr. G. as a remarkable leader and a man that was so well liked by his staff and students. I owe Nestor heartfelt thanks as he gave me my start as an EA. I was regularly volunteering in my daughter’s class at BWCS and after a few weeks I noticed that Mr. G was watching me. One day he asked me to come to his office before I left. I was somewhat nervous and wondered what I had done wrong. He went on to say he liked my approach and rapport with the students and asked if I would be interested in being on the substitution list. I agreed and after a few months of subbing I found myself hired as a regular employee. I am still working as an EA and just celebrated my 25th year of service. Thank you Nestor for believing in me and giving the opportunity. I will be forever thankful. RIP. My sincere condolences to Joan, your children and their families. - Posted by: Sharlene Keenas (Co-worker) on: Aug 06, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences to Joan and family. I played baseball with Nestor, our son played hockey with Dwayne. A great friend has been lost and we will miss him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Jim and Eleanor Crorey (Friends) on: Aug 06, 2019

  • Dear Joan, Dave, Wendy, Dwayne & families, My deepest condolences on the passing of Nestor. He was a great man with a gentle heart and always made you smile. I met Nestor and Joan, years ago, when I lived in Winnipeg and they always welcomed you with open arms. I will fondly remember the stories he told with that smile in his eyes. May your memories of Nestor ease your loss. And remember, when the sun is shining, he's looking down at you all with love and pride; and when it's cloudy, he's simply missing you! - Posted by: Connie Boychuk (Family friend) on: Aug 06, 2019

  • Dave, Karen and family, our deepest condolences to you and your family. Take good care of yourselves and cherish the memories. xoxo Dianne & Joe & family - Posted by: Dianne & Joe Lavich (Friends) on: Aug 06, 2019

  • It is with great sadness to hear of Nester’s passing. Hard to believe as I spoke to Nester the day before. Our deepest sympathy and condolence to you, Joan and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. - Posted by: Cec and Deanna Pringle (Neighbour in block) on: Aug 05, 2019

  • He was a great principal. Very good teacher. Very nice person. Respect is earned. - Posted by: Ward Stewart (Student ) on: Aug 05, 2019

  • Sadness and emotions of grief dominated my day upon hearing of Mr. Gylywoychuk's sudden passing. Mr. Gylywoychuk and I first became acquainted at Arthur Day Junior High in the early sixties. I had the good fortune of having been taught Math by this illustrious teacher. It was not until 1971 that Mr. Gylywoychuk and I were to cross paths again; he and I played fastball on the same team, Dal's in Transcona"s four team league. At the end of the fastball season, I moved to begin my teaching career in The Pas. After 5 years in The Pas, we moved back to Transcona to take a teaching position in Anola Then an opportunity presented itself to become a member of JOHN W GUNN JUNIOR HIGH'S STAFF with Mr. GYLYWOYCHUK as the Principal and Leader of our staff and student body. While a member of that staff, Mr. Gylywoychuk was true to form....he was instrumental in putting together a slo pitch team, that had us come together as a true family. As I had said at my retirement, I taught at many schools in Minnesota and Manitoba, but the most fun and enjoyment I experienced was at JWG. One of the main reasons... NESTOR was our PRINCIPAL. HIS LEADERSHIP qualities and charisma was seldom paralleled. Those QUALITIES WERE SO REVERED that the School Trustees turned to Mr. Gylywoychuk to provide leadership and organization for Bernie Wolfe Community School at a time of extreme necessity. He did not fail the Trustees and The Community. This I know because the Chairperson had taken me in her confidence at a fund raiser. I believe this speaks highly of the respect Nestor had gained and earned from the BOARD OF TRUSTEES and I dare say Transcona as a whole. I have much to say about how much I cared for Mr.Gylywoychuk; I hope I was able to display that emotion. THE GOOD LORD DECIDED THAT HE NEEDED A TRUE LEADER TO SIT BY HIS SIDE TO OVERSEE HIS KINGDOM. Mr.Gylywoychuk until we meet again may your earthly Spirit guide your loved ones and friends to make wise decisions during their time on earth. I WILL MISS YOU AND YOUR LAUGHTER. IN THOUGHT AND PRAYERS FOR Wife, JOAN, SONS, DAVID AND DUANE, DAUGHTER, WENDY AND THEIR ENTIRE FAMILIES. - VICKI AND FRANKIE DE MARCHI - Posted by: Frankie De Marchi (Friend) on: Aug 05, 2019

  • I owe a lot to Mr. G. When I was in junior high. He knew I couldn't afford a drum set but he let me stay after school and practice by myself. He also let me take home pieces of equipment as I built up my set with my paperboy money. He did this for years and always checked on me and encouraged me. Well 10 years later, I became the first musician without a degree to join the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. I credit this to his kindness and inspiration. God bless sir. - Posted by: Grant Barry (Student) on: Aug 04, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathies and condolences to Joan, Dave, Wendy, Dwayne and families. Jim Turton and Bonnie Berglind - Posted by: Bonnie Berglind (Friend) on: Aug 04, 2019

  • Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Joan, David, Wendy, Dwayne and families💔 😢 - Posted by: Corinne Vatrt (Manzuk) (Family friend and student ) on: Aug 03, 2019

  • Mr. Gylywoychuk was my principal at John Gunn. That was many years ago, but I have to say he was a wonderful, fair, kind man. I have nothing but good memories. He truly took the time and cared for his students. My deepest sympathies to his family, so very sorry for your great loss. Former student, Rhonda Graham - Posted by: Rhonda Graham (Student) on: Aug 03, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences to Joan and family. Unfortunately we will be out of town and unable to attend the service. May the thoughts and prayers of family and friends bring you comfort during this difficult time. - Posted by: Mike & Tannis Ward (Former neighbour) on: Aug 03, 2019

  • Sending you my deepest sympathy! Your Dad was an exceptional man! He was a well respected educator, a fantastic family man and a kind warm hearted person! I used to love coming to your home when hanging out with Wendy and just chatting and laughing. Sending all of you my love and sympathy and an extra big hug to your Mom. I know how special Dads are and I know he will be greatly missed. Wish I could be there to celebrate his life, but know that I will be sharing a prayer here in Singapore and thinking of you all!❤️ xx - Posted by: Celeste Krochak (Friends) on: Aug 03, 2019

  • We have lost a good and caring friend and colleague. Nestor was a great administrator, fishing partner and hockey supporter. We support your loss and will say a prayer for him and your family. - Posted by: George Maneluk & Marijka Spytkowsky (Colleagues and friends ) on: Aug 03, 2019

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