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Born: Nov 14, 1946

Date of Passing: Oct 10, 2020

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear husband, father and grandfather (Gigi) at the age of 73, October 10, 2020, at HSC Hospital with family by his side.
Nestor is survived by his beloved wife, Linda of 48 years, daughter, Elisha Mitchell (Chris), son Kris, granddaughters, Hailey and Kensey, sister, Iris Buchel, brother, Orest (Helen) and pets Kola and Oreo.
Nestor was predeceased by his parents Alec and Anne Shydlowsky, brother-in-laws, Tony Buchel, Adam and Maurice Salamandyk.
Nestor was born and raised on a farm at Tolstoi, MB on November 14, 1946. His passion was playing accordion, singing and to form a Ukrainian band.
By 1968, Nestor's dream came true when he started Royal Polka Kings who toured and recorded six albums.
During this time, Nestor found his love Linda and married in 1972. In the late 1970s Nestor formed the group Family Love. His final band was the Ukrainian Oldtimers who toured Western Ukraine in 1999, Western Canada and performed many Ukrainian Festivals including Dauphin Ukrainian Festival for the last 30 years. Nestor and the band also recorded 30 albums.
In 1974, Nestor opened up his own Recording Studio and record labels, Sunshine Records and Baba's Records. During his busy life Nestor enjoyed farming and most of all spending quality time with the family.
Nestor was an outstanding entertainer and family man who will never be replaced.
We will love you forever.

Love, Linda, Kris, Elisha, Chris, Hailey and Kensey.

Vichnaya Pamyat

Many thanks to Selkirk Hospital and HSC for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the GoFundMe page
A private family service will be held due to Covid.

Family and friends may sign a Book of
Condolence at

Glen Eden Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (29 entries)

  • So sorry to hear about the loss of Ness! Our Deepest Sympathy to you Linda, Elisha & family & Kris! Sending you all hugs 🤗! Bernard & Elaine Gosselin - Posted by: Bernard & Elaine Gosselin (An acquaintance ) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Linda and the family. I have very fond memories of working at Sunshine many years ago. Love Harry. - Posted by: Harry Cappelle (Friend) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • What a shock! Our deepest condolences to Linda and family and Nestor's bandmates. What a terrible loss. He brought us smiles and happiness. We will miss him dearly. - Posted by: Fran (Cousin) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • My sincere sympathy to Linda and family. I was shocked to hear of his sudden passing. May his memory be eternal. Vichnaya pamyat. I met Nestor in 1968 in March when I joined The Winnipeg Melody Kings band. At the end of that year he left to form his own band The Royal Polka Kings. In the late 90's I became a member of The Ukrainian Old Timers. Ness and I always had a good relationship-we never ran out of things to talk about. It has been both an honor and a pleasure to have been a member of the UOT band. We shared many good times and great memories! Nestor was a man of faith and strong conviction. - Posted by: Bill Scherbatiuk (Band member of The Ukrainian Old Timers) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • DEAR Linda and family., Sending prayers and comforting hugs. We always enjoyed the band and they played at our 25th, too., I am sure Nestor will be kicking up a storm in heaven!!!! Vichnaya Pam yat.. Jan and Harve Rochelle - Posted by: JAN & HARVE ROCHELLE (FAN OF HIS MUSIC) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • I was deeply saddened to learn of Nestor's untimely passing! Having grown up in the same small community, I fondly remember the early yrs of Nestor's band "The Royal Polka Kings" playing at socials, weddings, festivals before I left the area. His endeavours helped to bring Ukrainian culture & music to many locales near & far over the yrs. At this sad time I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Linda & her family, Iris & her family, & Orest & Helen. May your grief be comforted in knowing that others share in your sorrow. He is gone, but he will not be forgotten, his memory will live on in your hearts!!! Keeping all of you in my prayers. Audrey (Arseny) Burgess. - Posted by: Audrey Burgess (Friend of the family .) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • Grew up with Ness , any chance he had, at bon-fires, out door parties, or whatever event was happening Ness would pull out his accordion, start playing and singing. Always with a smile and of course a joke or two. A true friend and gentleman, who always wanted to please everyone. You truly will be missed by everyone who knew you. Ness your memories of our friendship will always be treasured and close to our hearts. - Posted by: Carol Kulyk and Ed Kozera (Long time friend ) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Linda, Family and Ukrainian Old Timers Band. Vichnaya Pamyat! - Posted by: Nadia & Ruslan Zeleniuk (Friends ) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • I am very sorry to hear of Nestor's passing. I had the pleasure of doing some business with Nestor at the Selkirk Ave. store and I could tell that he was a gentleman in every way, and then I followed his music and knew that he was a top notch musician. Linda, I pray to God that he will take you into the palm of his hand and hold you as the pain of Nestor's passing lessens with time. VICHNAYA PAMYAT Nestor Krawec - Posted by: NESTOR KRAWEC (ACQUAINTENCE) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Linda and family. Nestor was so influential and instrumental in keeping Ukrainian music alive and thriving throughout Western Canada. His years of playing at Dauphin and his many hours of labour spent to create the Ukrainian Musicians Hall of Fame there will long be remembered. He worked with so many bands to promote and preserve their legacies. Mine was one of them- 'Jimmy Watsko and the Lumberjacks'. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. May all the many good memories give you peace and comfort. Lovingly remembered by Jimmy Watsko and Sophie Futoransky - Posted by: James Watsko (Musician friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathies go out to Linda and her family. Dale and Judy McKay - Posted by: Judy and Dale McKay (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to you Linda and your family. We are Blessed to have known you and Nestor and enjoyed the music at various festivities. Our collection of albums will keep the Ukrainian culture alive. The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and Nestor, the musician, was the messenger.” May he rest in peace. Vichnaya Pamyat. - Posted by: Andrew / Lucille Krashewski (long time friends from Tolstoi) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • I have known Nestor for many years I have always enjoyed listening to his music ...Nestor you will be truly missed but you and your wonderful music will never forgotten. - Posted by: Norman & Virginia winiarski (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Linda and family, we have known each other for years, we worked together, lived together in our younger years, loved listening to your accordion practice in the bedroom, and Linda would come down in the evenings. The World lost a Legend also. To the rest of the Ukrainian Old Timers Band, our sincere condolences. We will miss you. Vichnaya Pamyat, Walter and Helen Shepert - Posted by: water Shepert (Great friend.) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Our Sincere Condolences and prayers for Linda and here family on the Loss of their loved one Nester. He will be greatly missed by many. He was One of the very friendly people a great guy. May he Rest In Peace Harry and Lena Malenki - Posted by: Nary and Lena MAlenki (Friends) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • I hope that Ness is now in the same place as my parents, Kay and Herb, because they sure loved to go wherever he was performing. I am sad that Ness is no longer here with us but his time here was anything but sad. Ness filled his world with music, laughter, and good Ukrainian food. And that is what the rest of us are going to keep on doing in his honour. I am just not sure who is going to offer me a glass of hombraga now. - Posted by: Todd Burnell (Friend and fellow musician) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Linda and family. So shocked to hear the passing of Nestor. Such a great entertainer..many memories that will never be forgotten. Loved listening to the music. He will truly be missed. Rest in Peace. Vichnaya Pam’yat! - Posted by: Bernice & George Gregorash (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Dearest Linda and family - Alex and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Alex and Diane (Pidskalny) Hrychuk (long time family friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Dearest Linda and family - Alex and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Alex and Diane (Pidskalny) Hrychuk (long time family friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Linda, the family, friends and the Old Timers. It was a true pleasure knowing Nester from when I was a little boy to now a 36 year old man. With my family so entrenched in Ukrainian music as well, it was always an honor and pleasure watching the Old Timers play every year in Dauphin and elsewhere. Hard to believe I won't see Nester telling his jokes and entertaining us with great music. Truly heartbreaking for all of us who knew him but that goes to show how many people he touched and reached after all of these years. Rest easy Nester, thank you for all the memories and what you have done for the Panio family. - Posted by: Curt Panio (Friend/Fan) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Thinking you and your family. Sorry to hear the passing of your loved one Nestor. I would like to extend deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Somewhere in the empty spaces that is left in your hearts, fill it memories and love that you have shared together over the years. Take care and peace be with you all now and forever. Sincerely Linda - Posted by: Linda Oster (Friend ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Linda and her entire family. I met Ness and the Ukrainian Old Timers in 2005 in Dauphin. I have so many fond memories of Ness and the Ukrainian Old Timers. My fondest memory is of the Mock Ukrainian Wedding they put on in 2005. For many years I looked forward to going to Dauphin. It was like a family reunion each year. I met so many wonderful friends as a result of my friendship with Ness and his family. Ness also kept up all the Ukrainian Traditions. I so enjoyed the Malankas as well. I am so grateful that Ness was part of my life. May he rest in peace. Vichnaya Pamyat!! - Posted by: Jacqueline Wilson (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Linda & family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. What a team you both were in the entertainment world! How sad it is to lose yet another great talented musician. Nestor will certainly be missed at our Ukrainian festival each year in Dauphin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May he rest in peace. Вічная пам'ять! - Posted by: Marvin & Mary Procyshyn (Friends through the musical world) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Our deepest condolences to Linda and family . We have known each other for many years . Love the Ukrainian music very much. May he Rest In Peace. Love Elizabeth & Dave and Family ❤️❤️ - Posted by: Elizabeth&Dave Doerksen (Cousin ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • A truly great man, friend and musician. We will miss our mini Zabava's at our home, with Linda, Ness and his accordian. - Posted by: lorna krystik (long time friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • I knew my dad was loved by many. Such a great entertainer , always in the spot light . Loved everything about music and his fans. Me and my dad sometimes didn't see things on the same level. I thought I knew most things and never really wanted his old ways to do things. If I could Go back I'm sure id play dumb and let him just teach me to see him smile at me. And for him to say "that's it, that's my Boy". I'll never hear those words again and it breaks my heart. I love you Dad and I wish I could say that one more time. I'll miss you untill the day I go to heaven. I only had one and now I have none. My Father, my leader, my teacher and provider. I'll never forget you....Dad - Posted by: Kris shydlowsky (Son) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to the family at this sorrowful time. Listened and danced to many of their tunes. - Posted by: Rose Bodz (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Sincerest condolences to Linda and family. The world of entertainment (Ukrainian) lost a friend. Having met Nestor during my broadcast years, he brought a ray of light and positivity to every occasion. In common was the accordion and passion for the Ukrainian music culture. Nestor’s legacy in those areas will live on forever. He will truly be missed. Vichnaya Pamyat! - Posted by: Willy Cole (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Linda and family. The Ukrainian Old Timers was my favourite band to listen to and also buy all the Cd’s. I am so shocked to hear of Nestor’s passing. Will miss listening to him on the radio . Also to the rest of the Ukrainian OldTimers Band my sincere condolences. Nestor will be missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Judy Shkolny (Fan of his music) on: Oct 17, 2020

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