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Born: Aug 20, 1932
Date of Passing: Nov 16, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
August 20, 1932 November 16, 2021
George will be greatly missed by his daughters: Catherine (Roger), Stonewall; Theresa (Bob), Oakbank; wife Audrey; grandchildren, Helen (Jhun), Kristi (Arko) and Scott (Orysa), and great-grandchildren, Oli and Julia. Also saddened by his passing will be his nephews, nieces, and numerous friends.
Dad had two loves during his life, predeceased by our mother Helen and survived by Audrey.
George was raised on the family farm in Broad Valley, Manitoba. Dad knew at an early age that he would not be a farmer. He attended school in Teulon and would later go on to receive his Teaching Certificate. Dad started his career teaching at various rural schools where he met our mother Helen at a local dance. After they married in 1954, they settled in Arborg, Manitoba where he became the Principal of the Arborg School and later the first Principal of the newly built Arborg Elementary School from where he retired in June 1987.
Together they raised their two daughters, filling our home with family, friends, and love until the sudden passing of Helen in 1982. There wasn't a wedding that went by without George and Helen dancing up a storm to the Interlake Polka Kings. Dad always took the family on trips during the summer, the most memorable being the one with Baba Chuba to Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dad loved to curl, play baseball, and attend all local hockey games. Dad and Mom were both very active in the community and St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church. You could always find Dad and Uncle Mike in our garage working on vehicles and having heated discussions which they seemed to enjoy. George continued to help his brother-in-law John Chuba on the farm during summer as he was still a farmer at heart.
Dad would go on to marry Audrey and in 1987, they moved to Stonewall, Manitoba where Dad was a member of the Knights of Columbus and worked for a short period of time as the church's Treasurer. They enjoyed spending time with his daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren at family activities and attending musical performances.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Hicks, as well as a special thanks to all the Nursing and Health Care team at the Stonewall Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory can be made to Diabetes Canada.
A funeral service will be held at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church in Stonewall on November 27, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
Due to public health restrictions all attendants must be fully vaccinated and provide confirmation of such before attending. Space will be reserved for family with the balance of seating made available based on a first come basis.
As per Dad's wishes he will be laid to rest next to Mom at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Cemetery northwest of Arborg at a later date.
Your memory will live forever
Engraved in our hearts.
MacKenzie Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 24, 2021
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Sincere condolences and prayers during this time of loss Cathy, Terry and families. Your father was exemplary as a principal and will be remembered by many. It was a joy to have him attend our restaurant and chat, always willing to reminisce. Rest In Peace - Posted by: Regina Chyzy (Former student ) on: Nov 28, 2021
Mr. Lysak was my elementary school principal. Even seeing him decades later he still remembered me, which was quite an accomplishment considering how many thousands of kids he saw over his career. Condolences to his family - Posted by: Bruce Bauernhuber (Former Student) on: Nov 26, 2021
Mr. Lysak was a gentle man and a great principal. - Posted by: Norma (Sigurdson) Cone (Former Elementary School Teacher in Arborg) on: Nov 24, 2021
He was a very nice man as my grade 4 teacher. He also laughed when he saw our dog eat cabbage roll. Condolences to the family. Mel. - Posted by: Mel Zalevich (student of his at Melnice school) on: Nov 24, 2021
Terri and Cathy I’m so very sorry on the loss of your dad. It is heartbreaking to lose parents and want you to know I’m thinking of you with fond childhood memories. Take care ❤️ Joanne Roberts (Smolinski) - Posted by: Joanne Roberts (Schoolmates ) on: Nov 24, 2021
We send our sincerest condolences to the Lysack family. I was blessed to have had George as my school principal right from grade one on. I had high respect for him in all the times I ended up being sent to his office. He was always fair. Even later in life I had a good relationship with George and always enjoyed doing business with George. I am glad he was able to enjoy a nice retirement. - Posted by: Jeff Yarema (One of George’s grateful students ) on: Nov 24, 2021
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