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Maurice, born and raised in Rosa, MB, completed his education at the Provincial Normal School. His 40-year teaching career began at the age of 17 in a one-room school on Matheson Island. He then worked as a teacher, school principal, librarian and audiovisual coordinator, the latter at Nelson McIntyre Collegiate. One highlight was teaching summer school at the Teachers' College on the island of St. Lucia.
Maurice and Stella were raised in the same community. It was after Teachers' College that they formed a close relationship leading to their marriage in 1954. They shared similar interests like reading, gardening and photography. He also enjoyed electronics, computers and playing the keyboard and saxophone.
Maurice loved his family, assisting them and praising their efforts and achievements. Faith and trust in God were central to Maurice and Stella's lives. They were members of the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church where Maurice served as treasurer of the Parish Council for several years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus where he served as Faithful Comptroller for a few years with the Canon Luhovy Assembly.
From his youth Maurice trusted God completely to guide and sustain him.
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
From whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth" (Psalm 121)
A funeral service will be celebrated by Father John Mostivsky on December 28, 2020 at 12:00 noon at Cropo Funeral Chapel with restricted family attendance. The service will be live-streamed on www.cropo.com. Interment will be at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.
Flowers gratefully declined, but donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Vichnaya Pamyat! (Eternal Memory!)
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 26, 2020
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
My sincere condolences on the death of your husband/father. I went to Nelson Mac and graduated in 1973. He was (to me) a soft spoken man that knew how to run the library. At the time, I was unsure what I wanted to do with my life and he suggested I become a librarian but I saw the work that he did both in the library as well as the A/V department. At the time, he ran it by himself as the whole thing was just starting up and that was my passion. Mr. Kohut took the time to teach me the basics. I was sorry to hear that he passed away but from the sound of it, he had a good and long life. Rest in peace Mr. K! - Posted by: Rick (Patrick) Law (former student) on: Mar 10, 2022
I remember Mr Kohut as a teacher at River East back in the 1960s. He ran the student curling league of which I was a part for four years. He was a very nice man. Nice to hear he lived into his 90s. - Posted by: Herb Sulkers (Former student) on: Jan 11, 2021
I would like to offer our sincere condolences upon the passing of your father. I have so many wonderful memories of your family and time spent with June and Elaine as a child and young teen. I wish you peace, love and so many wonderful remembrances to sustain you through this difficult time. Estelle, you were always one of my favorite teachers. God Bless you all - Posted by: Sharon Ann Schellenberg Damon (Childhood friend of June and Elaine) on: Dec 29, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Memories and family will be your solace now. I went to Earl Grey school with June and Elaine. I recognized your father’s name as I glanced through the paper. I keep in touch with Sharon Schellenberg Damon and remembered the Kohut name. Again, condolences from our family to yours. Diana Drylick Haggerty - Posted by: Diana Drylick Haggerty (June and Elaine’s high school classmate) on: Dec 28, 2020
My condolences to the Kohut family. Maurice was the Principal of Clearwater School for a year, a long time ago. The family lived next door, and my mother was also a teacher there at the time. I vaguely remember the girls. If I remember correctly, his brother Peter spent the year there too. I've often wondered where they moved to as they were a really nice family.. Once again, please accept my condolences. - Posted by: Sheila Robb (Cairns) (Long ago neighbour) on: Dec 27, 2020
My sympathy on the passing of your father. I have many fond, happy memories of him and your family from our years of weekends at St. Malo. - Posted by: Judy (Devodder) Vermette (Neighbours at St. Malo) on: Dec 27, 2020
Stella and family. Our sympathy and condolences at this sad time. I could not have asked for better neighbors. I had the pleasure to actually work with Maurice after the Norwood fire and help restore his library. I will miss talking with him over the fence. - Posted by: Keith and Marion Thomas (Neighbours ) on: Dec 27, 2020
Aunty Stella, June, Elaine, Shaun, Jim and families... We would like to extend our sympathy and condolences on the sudden loss of Uncle Maurice. May he rest in peace and may you keep his memories close to you during this time. We are thinking of you all. Merv and Brenda and our family - Posted by: Merv and Brenda Mihaychuk (Nephew) on: Dec 27, 2020
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