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Born: Apr 25, 1929

Date of Passing: Nov 10, 2021

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William (Bill) passed away on November 10, 2021. He was born April 25, 1929.
He leaves behind his two sons, David (Gisèle) Okrusko and Gary (Claire) Okrusko, his two granddaughters, Danielle (Kevin) Parsons, and Kendra and two great-grandsons, William and Thomas Parsons. He was predeceased by his wife Nadia in 2017 after 64 years of marriage. He was the last living sibling of the large Okrusko family. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews of the Okrusko and Basisty families to remember his zest for life.
He worked for CN Railways becoming a fully qualified carman in 1985. His passion was bartending at private functions, synagogues, the Winnipeg Convention Centre and the Centennial Concert Hall. He travelled with his family on many trips in a Starcraft tent trailer across Canada and the US. Other major trips included cruises to Alaska, the Mediterranean, and Panama Canal, trips to Ukraine, Australia, Asia as well as the annual month-long escape to Hawaii for 27 years.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Amber Meadow Assisted Living for their attentive care and support over the past five years, along with WRHA Home Care staff that allowed his time at the facility to be comfortable and stimulating. Dad, you will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
A private family funeral will be planned with interment at All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice in his memory.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • David, Gisele and family-With Thoughts of Sympathy When you lose someone very precious, no one else can really know all that you feel... But please know that many caring thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow. Valli & Bill - Posted by: William Barker (Friend) on: Nov 20, 2021

  • I worked with Bill at the Centennial Concert Hall for many years. We had many good chats, he would talk about his children often and it was obvious he was proud of them. He knew many WSO patrons and had their beverages ready when they walked up. He was often the top earning bar for the night and his inventory counts were always immaculate. He was always happy, and you could see the love he had for his wife Nadia. He brought her to many shows over the years while he worked. Cheers Bill, as Yvonne said already the bar on Piano is always yours. My Condolences to Bill's family during this time. - Posted by: Gerry (Friend) on: Nov 17, 2021

  • Gary, David, and families, So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I have many fond memories of him while we were growing up; our neighbourhood was so tight knit back in the day. Condolences from me and my husband, Bill, and of course from my mother, Wilma Verstappen. - Posted by: Shirley Jenken (nee Verstappen) (former neighbour) on: Nov 17, 2021

  • Sincere condolences on your loss Gisele and David. It's been a difficult year for you. Mom and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Gisele, I also fondly remember those family gatherings on New Year's Day. God bless you all. - Posted by: Paulette Rocan (Gisele's cousin) on: Nov 16, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Although I haven’t seen him for a very long time, just seeing his picture brought back many fond memories of working with him at the concert hall and having long discussions at the kitchen table. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Jim & Sandee Shuturma (Friend) on: Nov 16, 2021

  • I fondly remember Mr. Okrusko telling stories and laughing. It was always nice to see him. My deepest sympathies to all of you. I send you big hugs. Joanne - Posted by: Joanne Cyr (Gisele's sister) on: Nov 15, 2021

  • I'm saddened to hear the news of Bill's passing. I worked many events with Bill over the years and we had a lot of laughs. All was right with the world when Nadia and Bill were at the Concert Hall. A legend at the Concert Hall has passed, and he will be missed. The bar on Piano will always be yours! My sincere condolences to the whole family. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Yvonne Pregely Sarzynski (Friend) on: Nov 15, 2021

  • Mr O. had the best and biggest smiles and hugs. Him and Nadia were always ready to make you part of their family. Our deepest condolences to David and Gisele, Gary and Claire, Danielle and Kevin & William and Thomas, and Kendra. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Nicole and David Forsyth (Gisele's sister and brother-in-law) on: Nov 15, 2021

  • Sincere sympathies to David, Gisele and your children for your loss. Just know that I am thinking of you! - Posted by: Line Courcelles (Cousin to Gisele ) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • I’m very sad to hear about Bill’s passing but he had good run. He was an incredible man and even though I haven’t seen him in a long time I’ll miss him. He brought me into the bartending game many years ago and we had many good hours together. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone with such effervescence and zest for life. The smile he gave to everyone he greeted could light up a room. Safe journey Bill, you and Nadia together again. - Posted by: William Croydon (Friend and Colleague) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • I worked with Bill at the Concert Hall years ago. He was always a pleasure to be around. Never without a smile to brighten my day. My condolences to his friends and family. - Posted by: Irene Wasilewski (Friend) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • Frank and I had many happy times and good memories with Nadia and Bill over the years. I remember them fondly. My sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Gelorgin a Cielen (Friend) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • From the first time we met, he welcomed everyone in our family with a big hug. His love of life and family was evident to all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. My sympathies to all the Okrusko family. May all your happy memories bring you comfort at this time. Lise - Posted by: Lise Audette (Gisèle's sister) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • To David, Gary and your families, Our condolences on your dad's passing. Our families have a long history together. My mom & dad went to Isaac Newton with your dad and then we had all those years as neighbours and playmates on Machray Avenue. He was a lovely man, always smiling and could always find the humorous side of things. We know you'll miss him dearly and our thoughts are with you. Dwight and Sue Peters (ex 1138 Machray) - Posted by: Dwight Peters (Family friend and former neighbour) on: Nov 13, 2021

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