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Born: May 09, 1942

Date of Passing: Apr 01, 2020

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May 9, 1942 - April 1, 2020

Les Ewacha, age 77, died at home in the care of his loving wife of over 50 years.
Les started teaching at a very young age in a one room school in Sandilands, Ericsdale, Selkirk, Sansome Jr. High, Bruce and George Waters at St. James Collegiate. He had a passion for teaching art, coaching badminton, loved fishing, having big bonfires at the Roseau River property and walking to the Marigold every Friday to meet with his teaching buddies.
Les was predeceased by his parents, Dan and Anne; his brother Jarvis and wife Kathleen; in-laws, George and Jessie Funk, brother-in-laws, Ron Borkowsky and Dennis Funk; and nephew Denis Asseiro.
Les is survived by his wife Edna, son Chris (Angela), daughter Sheri (Dean); grandchildren, Brooklyn and Kai all from Calgary. His sister Elizabeth (John), sister-in-laws, Mary Borkowsky and Marj Funk, nieces and nephews.
Les requested there be no service and I request no flowers, please.
The family is very grateful for the compassionate support of Dr. Fletcher who recommended to keep him at home due to his dementia and the threat of the coronavirus in the hospital.
Looking forward to the Resurrection Hope found at Ps. 37:10,11 and Rev. 21:3,4 in a paradise on earth to come.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 11, 2020

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I am so sad to hear of Mr Ewacha’s passing. He was a great teacher and kind man. We thank you for everything you did to help our generation learn and grow! Sansome 1975-77 - Posted by: Laurie Bonten (nee Rafter) (Student) on: Jan 21, 2023

  • Edna, I am sorry to hear of your loss. As you probably know, the Buterin clan sort of moved in different directions than Leslie's branch of the family but that is not say I did not think of him periodically. I'm truly sorry we did not stay closer. I have fond memories of both Leslie and his brother Jarvis. God bless. Joe Buterin. - Posted by: joseph buterin (cousin) on: Jun 19, 2021

  • Leslie Bohdan Ewacha my Grandfather, but I always called him Daddo from as early as I could speak and remember. I always looked forward to every summer when we would go visit my grandparents in Winnipeg. My highlights of every summer was when grandpa showed me all his cool and wierd collections of all sorts of things and showing me his artwork. When I was little he help teach me how to draw a couple things whenever I came to visit. We always enjoyed playing card games, watching Folklorama, working in the garden, and going out for dinner together. My favorite was always our traditional walk in the park and then we would enjoy an ice cream cone from our favorite ice cream shop after. My grandpa would always find a way to make me laugh by coming up with thease wierd jokes and then after sharing he'd say "I know its stupid or you probably don't think its funny" but regardless if it was a good joke or an annoying one I always had a few chuckles to give and I can't believe Im saying it but im going to miss all of his jokes. I love you Daddo and I'll miss you dearly! - Posted by: Brooklyn Ewacha (Grand daughter.) on: Apr 30, 2020

  • I’m sad for your loss. I have great memories from Sansome and had a handful of favourite teachers and you Les were one of them. Not only were you a great teacher but a great person. I wish you peace and health wherever you may be. Hope they have good fishing where you are. Take care. - Posted by: Wayne Locheed (Friend and student from Sansome junior high) on: Apr 28, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the family. I attended Sansome in the late 70's and have fond memories of Mr. Ewacha and his art class. Doodling was my speciality but he helped me create a beautiful pressed picture in Copper - I still have this picture in my keepsake box. God speed Mr. Ewacha. - Posted by: Katherine (Walker) Dyne (student 77-80) on: Apr 19, 2020

  • I am so sorry to hear about Mr Ewacha. I was a student if his in the Mid 70's at Sansom. He was very instrumental in changing the direction of my life in a more positive direction. More than just a Great teacher, he was a Great person. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Glen Grosenick (Student ) on: Apr 13, 2020

  • Edna, we offer our sincere condolences to you and family at the loss of your husband Les. Les and I met early in our careers and became good friends. Whenever we got together, topics of discussion invariably focused on family, hockey, art, politjcs and education. His friends/ colleagues get together nights were always fun and events not to be missed. Les will be remembered as a wonderful colleague anf friend. - Posted by: Marian and Mo Saint-Cyr (Friend/colleague ) on: Apr 12, 2020

  • Mr. Ewacha was a gifted educator. As a nervous junior high student I always looked forward to his class. His passion for art shone through and it gave you the confidence to try new things. He introduced us to linoleum cuts and print making. I remember being awestruck at the results. His favourite phrase was "texture! Texture". Thank you Mr. Ewacha. I am happy to learn he had a great family life and was much loved. Condolences to his friends and family. - Posted by: Janice Wake Grant (Art student at Sansome Junior High ) on: Apr 12, 2020

  • Our sympathy to Edna and your family. - Posted by: Ron & Cheryl Andres (Friends) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • My condolences to Edna and family. Les was a wonderful teacher and was well liked by his students. It was a real pleasure to work with Les at Sansome. Sansome had an amazing staff that socialized together even when there was no school. Les lived close to us and my husband Ken enjoyed getting together with Les and the guys. I hope the memories and good times you and Les had brings you comfort. You will be missed Les. - Posted by: Joan Einarson (Friend from Sansome) on: Apr 11, 2020

  • I did my student teaching with Les way back in '78 and I have many fond memories of that time. I learned a lot and we had a lot of fun. I am so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Jack Tate (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2020

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