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Born: Feb 25, 1958
Date of Passing: Sep 19, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Patrick is survived by his brothers, Donald and wife Linda Swiderski, Thomas and wife Cheryl, and his care provider family, Perry and Hilda Dayanghirang, and their children, Valerie, Kyle and Khloe, aunts, cousins and friends across Canada and in the USA. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Rosalia (Petryshyn).
Patrick was a precious, accepting and loving person who made the world a better place because of who he was. We will miss him dearly but are grateful that he is now without pain or trouble or struggle.
Patrick was born with Down Syndrome and encountered many medical challenges in his lifetime including dementia in his later years. Despite these challenges, Patrick accepted his circumstances and embraced life's moments with a trusting and loving strength that enabled him to lead a fulfilled and happy life.
He was proud to have worked for 40 years at ImagineAbility formerly ARC Industries and Versatech Industries. ImagineAbility's mission is to support the independence, abilities, and aspirations of individuals living with a disability where all people are valued, empowered to realize their potential, have access to opportunities, and enjoy meaningful relationships.
Raised in a strong faith-based family, he maintained a deep spiritual faith throughout his life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus since the 1970s. Patrick participated in Special Olympics for many years in swimming, bowling and floor hockey, and always remembered being part of Team Manitoba competing at the national games in Vancouver (swimming) and Calgary (floor hockey). Patrick enjoyed music ("all kinds") and would gladly put an album on his record player for anyone to sing and dance with him. Patrick was always ready to take anyone for coffee ("My treat . I have the card"). He famously read (looked at the pictures) in National Geographic magazines to which he had a subscription for decades and particularly enjoyed the pictures of whales, sharks and dolphins, although all kinds of "wild animals" were of interest. It was important for Patrick to remain active and healthy until approximately two years ago when he faced a declining ability to walk; he maintained his conditioning by exercising and swimming at The Wellness Institute at Seven Oaks General Hospital.
Quiet in demeanor and passive in nature, Patrick compensated for his language deficits and communication difficulties with a gifted capability to naturally perceive and understand emotional sentiments without words. He knew when giving hugs would bring comfort, he knew when "I love you" would bring healing and he knew when "I'm happy today" would remind you to enjoy the moment and not burden yourself with problems.
His care provider family, the Dayanghirangs, provided the most amazing holistic care environment for Patrick in the last 10 years of his life. Even as the complications of his medical conditions resulted in an ever-increasing level of required care in the last few years, they willingly became surrogate "parents, brothers and sisters" to him and unselfishly accepted him with tender and complete love that is truly inspiring. They were Patrick's angels sent to help him through this stage of his journey here on earth.
We would like to thank the doctors, nurses and support staff at the St. Boniface Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their gentle, compassionate and person-centred care to Patrick, and to Dr. Q. Doan for his outstanding assistance medically as Patrick's family physician, always treating him with dignity and respect.
Prayers (Vigil for the Deceased) will be at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Parish, 748 Keewatin St., Winnipeg, MB on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
Funeral service (Parastas) will be at Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1001 Grant Ave., Winnipeg, MB, on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment at Assumption Cemetery, 3990 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB. A private reception by invitation is planned to celebrate Patrick's life and the joyful memories he brought to those around him.
Donations in Patrick's memory can be made to ImagineAbility (mailing address: 500 Madison Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 0L4) and for credit card donations, phone 204-894-3357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). A tax receipt will be provided on donations over $20.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine on him.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace.
Vichnaya Pamyat (Eternal Memory).
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2021
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Life is what you make it and I believed Patrick (RIP) enjoyed a whole lot of what God offered him. I knew Patrick the first day he moved in to Perry and Hilda (Most wonderful family) home 10 years ago. As his respite and support worker for New Directions for Children Youths and Families, I get connected with Patrick from that day. When Patrick did not have to travel with parent on their every year planned vacation, I have the opportunity to go with him on vacations. During our journey we got connected through country songs were he will shakes his head while dancing. Words can not express how I felt that day I got the message but to God be thy glory. Patrick is In good hands now with no more pain, sorrows or suffering. My sincerely condolences goes to Don and Families. Let have faith in God because he has the reason he asked him to come to rest. - Posted by: FRANCIS AUGUSTINE AMARA (Worker) on: Oct 01, 2021
I consider it a blessing to have been able to spend time with Patrick when I was a child and to touch base later in life. He was always a kind hearted and loving person I cherish every moment we had together. Reading national geographic magazines, listening to music and watching wrestling (sometimes all at the same time) looking back were great moments of my childhood I will cherish forever. There was nothing compareable to a big hug from Pat. I will always remember his amazing smile and cheerful attitude, and I know that the lord has a special place for stars that shine that brightly. He will forever and always have a place in my heart. Will miss you until we meet again. - Posted by: Jesse (Nephew ) on: Oct 01, 2021
Our collective condolences to Don and Linda on the loss of your brother and brother-in-law. May God give you much strength - Posted by: John ,Stephanie and the Karalash family (Acquaintances ) on: Sep 30, 2021
Patrick had always made my heart smile. Since we were children, I had always thought of him as my twin cousin as our birth dates were so close together. The memories of his visits with Uncle Joe, Aunt Rose, Tom and Don in the 60's and 70's are vivid in my memory and still treasured after all this time. What joyous times we all had. Patrick, I see you riding your motorcycle, wrestling, dancing and smiling that you are reunited with your mom and dad. With all my love, Liz. - Posted by: Liz Bay (Cousin) on: Sep 27, 2021
Our prayers and thoughts are with this beautiful soul - Posted by: Walter and Beatrice Zulak (Friends) on: Sep 27, 2021
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