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Born: Feb 06, 1940

Date of Passing: Jun 07, 2020

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February 6, 1940 - June 7, 2020

It is with our deepest sadness that we say good-bye to our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. On Sunday, June 7, 2020, retired Staff Sargent (RCMP) Orest Oucharek passed away suddenly, with wife Lorraine by his side, at the age of 80 years.
Orest joined the RCMP in 1961, Training "N" Division, and later posted: 1962 Peace River, 1962 Grande Prairie, 1963 Spirit River, 1967 Division S.I.B. "A" Section, 1969 Calgary Security & Intelligence, 1972 Ottawa Security Services, then to Manitoba - 1975 Carberry, 1978 Lynn Lake, 1980 Lundar, 1987 "D" Division Readers, 1989 Gimli, 1994 retired and remained in Gimli. His long and illustrious career with the RCMP was however, his second choice. Orest first studied at Teachers College in Saskatchewan, and it was only while walking home after his first practicum experience with a class full of Grade 2 students that he stopped by the recruiting center.
Orest and wife Lorraine were married in Grande Prairie, 1963, and raised two boys, Greg (wife Jo-Anne) and Robb (wife Carole), and loved caring for grandchildren, Mitchell, Andrew, Nicole and Kally. Although his career saw the family move on a regular basis, these opportunities to become involved in each community as a coach, mentor, teammate and friend gave rise to an extended second family that always had him surrounded with love. He has touched the lives of many people and will be dearly missed. A poem, Heart of Gold (author unknown) clipped and saved by Lorraine is a sentiment to the man we loved:

A heart of gold stopped beating,
Hardworking hands went to rest,
God took you home to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
We will always remember the
way you looked,
The way you walked and smiled,
All the things you did for us
Will be with us all the while.
You lived your life for those you loved,
Your children taught and grown,
He called to you to come and dwell,
Where no more work is done.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the first responders, RCMP members, and individuals who came to the aid of Orest and Lorraine near Selkirk on June 7. Your selfless efforts are greatly appreciated.
A funeral service, supported by the RCMP Veterans Association, is planned to be held in Gimli at some time in the future when public gatherings are opened up again.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, we request donations be made to the Manitoba Children's Wish Foundation.
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Gimli 204-642-7124

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 13, 2020

Condolences & Memories (19 entries)

  • Orest’s dad was my Uncle Pete; I recall visiting the farm as a child and seeing Orest. I recall him saying that there was a difficulty regarding his weight when he was applying to join the force. - Posted by: Dan Kyba (Cousin) on: Jan 05, 2021

  • I was devastated to learn of Orest's passing. He was always the gentleman with a calm and soothing approach to people and friends.He always had a smile on his face when greeting folks, he met and exemplified the presence of a man who would set an excellent example of a man people could look up to. He will be missed by all of us fortunate to have known him. Lorraine please accept our sincere sympathy with his passing. Best wishes, Jack and Elaine in Kelowna. Rest well my friend. - Posted by: John (Jack) Reay (Friend) on: Jul 07, 2020

  • Please accept our sincerest condolences. On behalf of Elene Oakley, and family. Louise Oakley Kahler Lethbridge AB - Posted by: Louise Oakley Kahler (Friend) on: Jun 18, 2020

  • There are not adequate words to express “I’m so very sorry for your loss. To all family members my deepest sympathy. Keep Orest’s memory alive & he will always be with you. He will never leave you. To you Lorraine.. my heart is breaking for you. Your life-your future-is forever changed. You had such a gentle, kind & thoughtful man & such a wonderful marriage so you have memories that will help you through your sorrow. We all grieve differently & our grief is unique so do what brings you comfort & eases some of the pain. Orest is still with & always will be-he is the cool breeze, the flowers that are growing & the birds & bees & everything around you forever & always. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you need a friend. God bless. - Posted by: Linda Boyle (Friend) on: Jun 18, 2020

  • My sincerest condolences to the family. I was so lucky to have met the family when they moved to Lundar. The Oucharek’s were very good to me and I will never forget them. Orest was really good at telling jokes and I still remember A certain one. Growing up I had made a good friendship with Greg. Rest In Peace Orest - Posted by: Andy Chartrand (Friend) on: Jun 16, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Lorraine, Robb (Carole), Greg (Joanne) and family. I have known Orest since I was in my teens. He sure was a special man. His smile always brightened any room he was in. Always a gentle voice and a kind heart. He will be missed deeply. RIP Orest - Posted by: Judy and Greg Malcolm (Friend ) on: Jun 16, 2020

  • Our Sincerest Condolences to you and your family Lorraine. - Posted by: Theresa Nikkel (Lundar) (Friend) on: Jun 16, 2020

  • My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Ross Lindsay (Friend) on: Jun 16, 2020

  • I was so saddened to her of Orest's passing. He was a special man and you lost your special partner. Sharing your sorrow. Respectfully Cyndy - Posted by: Cyndy Peters. (Lafreniere) (Friend) on: Jun 15, 2020

  • So very sorry to hear of Orest’s passing..always a gentle man and with a kind heart..may all your wonderful memories help you and your boys through this difficult time Irene Danielson - Posted by: Irene Danielson (Aquaintance) on: Jun 15, 2020

  • Condolences to Lorraine, Rob and the rest of the family, sending my sympathies during these tough times, with sincerity, Laj - Posted by: Kevin Lajeunesse (Old teammate of Rob) on: Jun 15, 2020

  • To Auntie Lorraine and all the families, so sorry to hear about Uncle Orest, I know this is a tough time for all of you. I know you have many great memories of this amazing man, I will always remember his smile and quiet disposition. He just had a comforting manner about him. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this time. Love you all, Take care from Cheryl, Kirk and Tanya and their families. - Posted by: Cheryl Lowe (Niece) on: Jun 15, 2020

  • Dear Lorraine, Mom and Dad (Willie & Donna-Mae) would be saddened to hear of Orest's passing. Try to find peace knowing he is up there in good company. Take care of yourself. xo - Posted by: Jodi (Arnason) Luprypa (Friend) on: Jun 15, 2020

  • Lorraine, we are saddened by Orest's passing. We remember him as a fine and caring man. Bonnie and John - Posted by: Bonnie and John Pilgrim (Friends) on: Jun 15, 2020

  • Auntie Lorraine, Greg, Rob and families... we are so very sorry to hear about Uncle Orest. SO many wonderful memories of such a great Uncle and wonderful man. He will be missed. Love you all and sending our deepest condolences. xoxoxo Erin, Wayne, Devon, Betty & LaRae - Posted by: Erin Vig (Extended family) on: Jun 14, 2020

  • Dear Lorraine, I'm just reading about Orest from the Free Press on my computer. I just can't believe it. My heart goes out to you and your family. It is a terrible shock. My prayers go out to you. Orest was such a kind, thoughtful man, a true gentleman in every way. I'm so so sorry to hear this. Godspeed to you and yours.. I'm in East Braintree now and hope to be back in July sometime. I'm so glad that I know he is going to heaven and I pray you get comfort from our loving Father. God bless, Lorraine Kerr - Posted by: Lorraine Kerr (friend from #212) on: Jun 13, 2020

  • A kind honest man, ever a gentleman. So glad to have shared many great times and memories. A privilege to have him as a friend. - Posted by: Carole and Wayne Forbister` (Friends ) on: Jun 13, 2020

  • We got to know Orest and family while we were posted in Gimli. Orest was a great guy, good curler and just fun to be with. Our deepest sympathies to Lorraine and the family. Rest in peace Orest. - Posted by: Bob Crawley (Friend) on: Jun 13, 2020

  • Our sympathies to Robb, your Mom and the rest of your family in the loss of your Dad. I know by some of the stories you shared about your times together, your Dad will be greatly missed! - Posted by: Wendy and Joe Krupnik (Friend and coworker to Robb) on: Jun 13, 2020

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