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Date of Passing: Oct 12, 2020

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1940 – 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing away of Leonard Walter Kopytko on Monday, October 12 at the age of 80, at the St. Boniface Hospital.
Dad was predeceased by his father William and mother Mary; brothers, Peter and Calvin; and sisters, Olga (Vi) and Alexandra (Marjorie). Left to cherish his memory is his wife Eleanor (nee Thompson); his son Jason (Diane); grandchildren, Sean and Megan and his daughter Janelle (Andy). As well brother-in-laws, Leonard (Phyllis), Mark (Cathy) and Joe and sister-in-law Linda (predeceased by Don.)
Leonard was born on a farm in Alonsa, Manitoba. He attended school in the district, then remained on the farm to help out with the family. On October 12, 1964, Leonard met his wife Eleanor Thompson at a wedding and were married in Amaranth, MB on August 20, 1966. They then started their future together in Winnipeg.
For over 30 years, Dad worked at The Union Stockyards in St. Boniface and then the Winnipeg Livestocks Ltd. in Rosser where he retired.
In his spare time, Dad enjoyed working in his garden, watching sports (he was a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan) and spending time with his immediate and extended family. Mom and he were able to enjoy travelling to different places every year, their highlights being Nashville and a tour of the Ukraine. But, the most important place he liked to visit was "God's Country" aka Alonsa, MB.
As well, Dad was a member of the Knights of Columbus at his parish, Christ the King. He always headed up any raffle ticket draws and would be seen pretty much at any grocery store location in St. Vital. Dad was a loving, caring person who always loved sitting outside in the summertime, drinking a glass of cold beer with clamato, while listening to the Ukrainian Hour on a Portage La Prairie radio station. He also enjoyed Country music and playing his guitar. Dad had this uncanny ability to connect with people from all walks of life. A stranger quickly became a good friend.
The Kopytko family would like to thank all the nurses, doctors and staff of St. Boniface Hospital for the care and support during Dad's long and difficult recovery.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family service and burial will be held.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Leonard always had a smile and something nice to say when he was a greeter at the church. His smile will be missed. Sincere condolences to Eleanor and family - Posted by: Carole Johnson (Fellow parishioner at Christ the King) on: Oct 19, 2020

  • I was a friend & fellow Knight Of Columbus with Len when we lived in Winnipeg. I certainly agree that Len had an uncanny knack of befriending people. He was a natural at it. A humble & warm man. He will be missed. Both Andrea and I send our sincere condolences to Eleanor and the family. - Posted by: Gordon Ridgedale (Friend) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • A very nice man who will be dearly missed. Mom, dad and sister Val will welcome Leonard on his next journey. Kim and I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the entire family on his passing. May you cherish his memory always. Rest In Peace Leonard. - Posted by: Grant Tymchuk (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • We were saddened to read of Leonard's passing, a very friendly man. - Posted by: Isabelle and Romeo Choquette (CTKP Church friends) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Nothing I can say will help. Please know I am here if you need to talk. Be kind to yourselves, get as much rest as you can and lean on friends and family. Walter and Leonard were cousins and we socialized with many of the same people. Many fond memories. Leonard singing Knoxville Girl is right up there with the best of memories. Do take good care. - Posted by: Katherine Ryzner (friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of your loss, Eleanor. - Posted by: Ulrich and Pat (nee Brown) Janz (Eleanor's school mate in Amaranth) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • Our sincere condolences to Eleanor, Jason, Diane, Sean, Megan and Janelle. We loved seeing Leonard at family birthday parties, getting our raffle tickets from him, but more so, simply laughing and teasing him or listening to his responses. May all these memories bring you peace, love and comfort. - Posted by: The Seys (Family friends) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • My Condolences to the family my dear Janelle. - Posted by: Stavros Kavgadoulis (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • My condolences and prayers to Eleanor and family during this difficult time. I remember growing up going to the farm thinking he was my uncle. He always made me laugh & blush. Time went by I grew up than one day as I was working in St. Vital Mall he walked by & said aren't you Steve's girl? After that he always paid me a visit with his charm & smiles. - Posted by: Darlene Skimming (Kopytko) (Cousin) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • HEY Mr will be missed so much... we did have some great times talking about hockey, football and musical events. I'll always be in your debt for introducing me to the music field back in 2013..a lot has happened this then. I will miss you as my partner in the fall for the Tim Horton's Golf tournament as the other member of the "PEROGY BRIGADE"..And our regular coffee breaks.... Rest, my old friend..your deserve to be at peace after the last few years you've are someone I will never forget.... - Posted by: BOB CARRIERE (MY OL' BUDDY) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • I only had the pleasure of talking to Leonard on the phone. He was a tree care customer with GreenDropTrees where I worked. He was one of the kindest and friendliest of all my customers. I am saddened to hear of his passing. - Posted by: Lise Bettens (Acquaintance ) on: Oct 17, 2020

  • A nice nice man. Sincere condolences to Eleanor and family. - Posted by: Fr Kevin Bettens (Friend) on: Oct 17, 2020

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