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Born: Feb 08, 1939

Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2020

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Peter on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at the age of 81 years.
Peter will be lovingly remembered by his children, Derek (Margaret), Laura Opitz (Grant), Vernon and Sheldon (Darlene); grandchildren, Carson, Mikayla, Regina, Danton, Denim and Porter; friend Dorothy Steffan, sister Eleanor Karalash, sisters-in-law, Lucille Rybuck, Dorothy Warwaruk, Marion Warwaruk and Jean Warwaruk, and brother-in-law Julian Warwaruk; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Peter was predeceased by his wife Linda (2012), daughter Colleen Marie (1971), parents. John and Mary Rybuck, in-laws, Peter and Katherine Warwaruk, brother Maurice, and brothers-in-law, Joe, Lawrence, Paul and Roman.
Peter was born on February 8, 1939, in Vita, MB and lived on the family farm in Senkiw, MB. Peter attended Senkiw School, a one room school house, for grades one through eight, then completed grade nine through correspondence before moving to Dominion City and renting a two room house in order to attend high school. After grade 12, Peter moved to Winnipeg and graduated from Manitoba Teachers' College in June of 1958. Peter's teaching career began in a one room school house in Chatfield, MB, before transferring to Winnipeg School Division #1 where he taught at Dufferin, Florence Nightingale, Andrew Mynarski, and Shaughnessy Park before retiring in 1996, after 35 years. During his teaching career, Peter continued to attend the University of Manitoba to complete his university degrees majoring in Geography and School Administration, with minors in English and Russian. Peter also ran a successful tax business for 30 years.
Peter met Linda in 1965 and they were married in Erickson, MB on Canada Day, July 1, 1967. The birth of their children kept them busy and sparked a love of travel. Cross country driving trips began when the kids were small and Peter continued his love of driving adventures through the summer of 2019. Canada is a large country with much to explore and Peter enjoyed the rich history and culture while teaching his children through experience. Peter had much love for family and friends and took great care to visit as many as possible no matter the direction he was headed. His love of travel extended to Europe, USA, and eventually to Mexico and Cuba.
Throughout his life Peter had a deep love of baseball, beginning his career with the Senkiw home team and then with the Chatfield Cardinals, for which he was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. His involvement in social clubs was not limited to baseball as he also held positions with the Winnipeg Teacher's Association, St. Theresa's Parish, and the Knights of Columbus where Peter's faith shone as an integral part of his life. He enjoyed Friday night dinners and card games with "the gang", Friday morning breakfast club, the coffee crew at Tim's, and he loved to kick up his heels at old time dances across Manitoba.
The family would like to thank you for your love, patience, and understanding during this difficult time. A private, family service was held on March 26, 2020, and Peter is interred next to Linda's side at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens, 4477 Main St., West St. Paul, MB. Due to the uncertain circumstances surrounding COVID-19, a Celebration of Life will be held in the future when it is safe for everyone to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame, 111C Gilmour St., Morden, Manitoba R6M 1N9,, or a charity of your choice.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Mr. Rybuck was one of my favourite teachers at Andrew Mynarski. My absolute fondest memory of him was when someone would say, "yeah, but...". He would stand at the front of the class and say "yabut, yabut, yabut". He would say this until the person phrased things differently. He only caught me with this once lol. Even after way too many years, I remember him fondly, and still use "yabut" with my sons. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Sherry Livingstone (Former student) on: Oct 23, 2020

  • Mr Rybuck, Peter, was my grade 4 teacher. I don't recall any one thing he said...I only remember the way he made me feel. Respected, important, and valued would be the words I would use now, however then it would have been just the word "good" I had the opportunity to connect with him again as an adult and nothing changed. I still felt valued. You can't teach that...he just was that and so it resonated with myself as a student of his. Thank you for being my teacher and a part of my good memories. Rest in Peace Mr Rybuck. It was great to know you. Bonita Morris ( Grade 4, Dufferin School ) - Posted by: Bonita Morris (Grade 4 Student & Facebook friend.) on: Apr 26, 2020

  • My condolences to the family in the loss of a loved one. Peter was my teacher at Chatfield School. In the years that he played baseball for Chatfield Cardinals, I grew up there cheering on the team. I think my love of baseball over the years was related to his involvement at Chatfield School and teaching us the sport. - Posted by: Kathy Kidd (Pawlychyn) (Student) on: Apr 08, 2020

  • Our condolences on the loss of your father and grandfather. He was a super guy! May he rest in peace. Paul & Iris Demianiw - Posted by: Paul & Iris Demianiw (cousins) on: Apr 04, 2020

  • We met Peter when we purchased his home and saw him regularly at St Theresa's. He visited several times to pick up mail that was delivered to his old address. He always wore a smile and added a bit of humour to the conversation. We extend our deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Ed & Margarete Lewis (Purchased their family home in West St Paul) on: Mar 31, 2020

  • Mr Rybuck I am so sorry to see this! You were a great math teacher and I will always remember you for your eyebrow raise! RIP Mr Rybuck. - Posted by: Michelle Sweeney (Student from Shaughnessy) on: Mar 30, 2020

  • My condolences to Peter's family. As a new teacher I appreciated Peter's sense of humour and the tidbits of wisdom from his stories. Rest in peace - Posted by: Heidi Schattschneider (Former co-worker Shaughnessy Park School) on: Mar 30, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Peter's family.Peter and I were classmates(Class K) at Normal School/Teachers'College in 1957/1958.I have just looked at our year book and his autograph is there.We ran into each other over the years and you could be sure that he always had something humorous to share.I always enjoyed meeting him. REST IN PEACE DEAR CLASSMATE AND FRIEND. Joseph Sorokowski - Posted by: Joseph Sorokowski (Acquaintance) on: Mar 30, 2020

  • My condolences Dorothy. - Posted by: Lucille Desorcy (Friend from dances, ) on: Mar 29, 2020

  • Peter was taking correspondence at Senkiw one room school when I started guess grade 1, then kinda lost track of Peter but reunited our friendship just the last few years, always had a good joke, we chatted about the good old days in Senkiw, always met at the church service in Senkiw, I miss the chats. Peter may you rest in peace. My deepest sympathy to the loved ones that will cherish your memories - Posted by: Rose Bodz (Friend ) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Rybuck's passing. He was an amazing teacher. Condolences to Laura & family. - Posted by: Karen Weatherby (friend) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Peter was one of the funniest men I knew when I was growing up at daycare. He was never short on jokes or stories for us kids. I'm so glad that I had the chance to see him every now and then in my neighbourhood as an adult, and he continued to always be so welcoming and cheerful. My condolences to the Rybucks and the Warwaruks; I hope you all know that Peter was so loved and cherished by all. - Posted by: Erin (Daycare Kid) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Our thoughts and prayers go to the Rybuck family at this very sad time in your lives. Every Christmas we would receive a letter from him letting us know how much he enjoyed life, but mostly how proud he was of his family and loved ones. We will miss those letters..Peter is in heaven with Jesus and his angels and his loved ones who are no longer with us. Heaven has been blessed by another very special angel called Peter. I knew Peter for many years when I went to school in Vita and we always had a nice time with his family. Rest in peace our dear friend. God bless you and your loved ones. With Love and Respect, Sylvia, nee Dowhy, and Gordon Bowen. - Posted by: Sylvia Bowen and Gordon Bowen (Dear friend and distant relative) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Growing up in Senkiw was always fun with our cousins, many gatherings playing outdoors and on a homemade merry go round my dad built on the river ice in The winter. In later years it was always nice to have him drop by for a visit, he was always joking and fun to be with. Rest In Peace Peter. - Posted by: Curly & Fran Domitruk (Cousin) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • My Condolences to Peters family.I only knew Peter for a few years I found him very humorist fellow he always made us laugh & he laugh with us I can still see his face filled with joy.We all looked forward him coming & sitting with us over a cup of coffee & we all look at each other & say what's he going to say now But it was a lot of fun & we are all going to miss him but we will keep a chair for you. Your friend Norman Markus! May you Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Norman Markus (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Condolences from the Spryszak family. Mom (Mae) and Peter were teachers back in the early 60s starting at Dufferin, and the families maintained that friendship all through the years...Through the good times and bad. Peter was truly "Uncle" Peter. - Posted by: The Spryszak family (Family friends) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Peter's family. I taught with Peter at Shaughnessy Park School. He was very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed his quirky sense of humour. It sounds like he led a full and exciting life with a loving family. - Posted by: June Pospishell (former co-worker at Shaughnessy Park School) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • I had Mr. Rybuck in grade six at Florence Nightingale. He was a great teacher and really made you think. One of my favourite things in his class was how to dissect a sentence - noun, verb, adverb etc. He made it a lot of fun. If you ever answered something in a tone as if to ask a question he would always ask if you were sure. You had to think and then respond with confidence. That was 50 years ago and as a teacher he stood out to me in a very positive way. My condolences to his family. Rest In Peace - Posted by: Kelley Turnbull (Rozak) (Student) on: Mar 28, 2020

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