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WALTER (BUTCH) KROCHAK
Date of Passing: Jun 22, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
WALTER (BUTCH) KROCHAK, MSW
1945 - 2020
Walter passed away in Calgary, AB at the age of 75 years. Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB, Butch grew up in the North End, attending Faraday School, Isaac Newton Junior High, and Sisler High School. While attending Faraday School, Butch won the Buzz Horne trophy as the outstanding athlete. In 1963 Butch played wing back for Sisler Spartans, winning the league Championship.
Walter was the first member of his family to attend university, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Social Work from the University of Manitoba.
Walter devoted over thirty years to helping others as a social worker in the Seven Oaks School, Winnipeg #1, and Fort Garry School Divisions. Throughout his career, Walter's colleagues quickly became friends and he developed a number of lifelong friendships, but most importantly he helped hundreds of families.
Walter's greatest passion, other than his family, was playing and coaching fastball. Butch loved nothing more than playing for his team, Tom's Transmission, in a weekend tournament in the heat of the summer. He coached for over fifty years competing at the Provincials, Western Canadians, Nationals and internationally. He spent countless hours serving as a pitching coach and back catcher for his daughter.
Walter, alongside his brother, Doug, was also instrumental in the growth of high school football in the City of Winnipeg. Butch coached the Maples Marauders to their first high school football championship in 1994. He took great pride in this accomplishment, as he was the driving force in establishing the team in 1981.
To Walter justice and fairness were of the utmost importance. In his work as a social worker and volunteering as coach, he worked to level the playing field and to provide opportunity. This was not always the easiest path as it sometimes meant changing the status quo. But Walter always did what he believed to be right and he firmly believed, "that the truth will set you free".
Walter touched and meant so much, to so many people. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Walter was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and friend who will forever be in our hearts and thoughts.
Walter is survived by his loving wife and best friend of over fifty years, Bonnie Krochak, his daughter Kerry Krochak, son-in-law Darrell Peterson, his brother Doug Krochak and his wife Cindy, and his sister Kardene Campbell. Walter was predeceased by his parents, Brownie and Anne; and his sister Barbara.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 04, 2020
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
Kerry, you and your family are in our hearts and minds. My deepest condolences on the passing of your father. - Posted by: Carrie Ferguson (Friend) on: Jul 10, 2020
To Bonnie & family, my thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow. Butch & I used to meet up at the corner of Aberdeen & Prince many times & we walked to Sisler. We would talk & laugh about things in general. I never really heard Butch swear or curse & he never spoke ill of anyone. He was not one to gossip. I had the pleasure of sharing the 1963 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP at SISLER with BUTCH (the 1st SISLER CHAMPIONSHIP). Unfortunately as the school days came to an end, I lost contact with Butch. This is a time of great sadness to hear that BUTCH has passed away. - Posted by: RICHARD SUDSY SIDORCHUK (friend, team-mate,school-mate) on: Jul 07, 2020
Went to school with Butch, played football with him, and later coached with him. It is my honour to have known him, and call him friend. Rest in Peace Butch, and let perpetual light shine upon you. - Posted by: Joe Neuman (Friend) on: Jul 06, 2020
I wish to offer my condolences to the entire Krochak family. I used to spend a lot of time with Doug, Walter's younger brother. We had a lot of good times at 793 Aberdeen. I remember Walter studying in front of the black and white TV on a Saturday nights when Doug and I would be getting ready to go out with The Boys. Walter had a great sense of humour. Did you know watermelon was called Walter Melinsky? Later on when I was teaching in 7 Oaks, Walter was a social worker and helped me deal with challenging students. He called my room The Malis Palace. Walter was a great: husband, father, brother, social worker and friend to many. You were a great North Ender! We'll miss you!!! - Posted by: bruno malis (friend) on: Jul 06, 2020
Walter was an amazing presence at O. V. Jewitt Elementary School where I first came to know him and his skills. He was respected and admired. We crossed paths again when my son and his daughter, Kerry, became great and lifelong friends. Kerry is a testimony to his and Bonnie's excellent parenting. He will be missed by many. May his memory be a comfort to those who loved him. - Posted by: Reva and Sheldon Goldberg ( colleague) on: Jul 05, 2020
Butch and I went to Junior High together and bumped into him occasionally over the years. He called me a few months ago to help with our school reunion. I can’t believe that he is gone. What a nice guy he was, I feel so sad for all of you. Barbara was also a friend and such tragedy for your family. Treasure your memories of Butch, he was so well respected by so many people in Winnipeg. My thoughts are with you at this time... Bev Harbour - Posted by: Bev Harbour (School friend) on: Jul 05, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Krochak family. I had the privilege of working with Walter early in my career at CGC. He was a wonderful social worker who really cared about the families that he supported. I only knew him for a few years but feel lucky to have known him. - Posted by: Sylvia Savoie (Former Colleague) on: Jul 05, 2020
My condolences to Bonnie, Kerry and the rest of Walter's family and many friends. You have left us way to early. I will miss our many visits together, our coaching together and our many long conversations where we solved all world problems. I'll miss the many laughs we shared along with our back and forth bantering. Rest in peace my friend, now go forward and do your best to pave the way for the rest of us to follow. - Posted by: Hannes Boundy (friend) on: Jul 04, 2020
Our sincerest condolences to Bonnie, Kerry and the rest of Walter’s family. We are so saddened to hear of Walter’s untimely passing. He was a cherished member of our Retired Teacher’s of Manitoba Chapter in Calgary, and we valued his friendly disposition, honesty and integrity that we came to appreciate as he regularly attended our luncheons with Bonnie. His presence will be missed by all of us! - Posted by: Dennis & Lillian Kozak (Members of the Retired Teachers of Manitoba Chapter in Calgary) on: Jul 04, 2020
Bonnie, so sorry for your loss. Walter was such a kind, nice man. We are so happy we got to know him in the Retired Teachers of Manitoba, Calgary group. He will be missed. - Posted by: Jan and Keith Campbell (friends) on: Jul 04, 2020
My thoughts are with the family. What a great guy. Kerry and I played fastball together and her parents were always there in support. Fond memories of Mr Krochak~ As our amazing coach Bob Turner told us "dont cry because its over, smile because it happened" Heartfelt condolences Mo - Posted by: Mo Bray (friend of Kerry) on: Jul 04, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to the Krochak Family. I had the honor and privilege to work with Walter at Seven Oaks School Division. A true gentleman with deep roots of the North End. Cherish Walter's memories and live by what Walter believed... 'that the truth will set you free.' Until we meet again my friend. God Bless. - Posted by: Kim Kozak (Friend) on: Jul 04, 2020
Your sorry to hear of your brother's passing Doug. I know he meant a lot to you growing up as evident in your speech at the St. Nick's Ukrainian Sportsman Banquet a few years ago. My condolences. - Posted by: Walter Mazepa (Friend of brothef) on: Jul 04, 2020
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