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Born: Jan 01, 1936

Date of Passing: Dec 04, 2021

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January 1, 1936 - December 4, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving brother, uncle and friend whose life on this earth ended peacefully on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at the age of 85.
Orest was predeceased by his parents, John and Sophie Hrynewich; his uncles, Stanley, Andrew, Walter, Nick, Gus, Steve, his auntie Anne, and brother-in-law Steve Zabudney, as well as many cousins including Daniel Szun, Judy Szun, and Nick Szun.
Orest will be sadly missed by his sister Leshia Zabudney; nephew John Zabudney (Barbara) and their family, Brittany, Stephen, and Alexa; niece Sandra (Glen) Kantyluk and their son Lennon.
Survived by several cousins including Norman Szun, Eugene Szun, cousin-law Gloria Szun, Marta Kulczyckyi, Paul and George Matwichuk and Sonia Shellito, along with all their families.
He will also be missed by many friends including Ray and Doreen Cosintino, Abe and Toni Berenhaut, Walter and John Shurko, Krista Van Loon, Irene Todd and Linda Weiss.
Born in Winnipeg to Ukrainian immigrants, Orest lived his entire life residing at the family's home in the city's North End. During his early years, Orest enjoyed many summers spending time with family and friends at Grand Beach, Winnipeg Beach and Ukrainian Park. It is said that Orest often even drove the family car during this time without a driver's license (not being of legal age) as these excursions were a little to much for his father to handle! After leaving high school, Orest began his working career with the Canadian National Railways, riding the rails seeing much of Canada and meeting many friends along the way. Wanting to be closer to home and family, he became employed with Community Hotels where he managed and audited the hotels owned by the company in Winnipeg and northern Manitoba. Later, Orest closed off his professional career as Comptroller with the Hospitality Corporation and Canad Inns. During that tenure he established relationships with many colleagues and friends which he maintained until his passing.
Orest devoted his life to family and friends. He cared for his mother at the family home until her short stay at Holy Family Nursing Home and passing in 2006 at the age of 101. Never been married and having children of his own, he treated both his niece Sandra and nephew John as being his own children. When visiting with Orest at his home, it was often difficult to leave without accepting an offering from him. It could be anything including something he had just purchased from the store and still in a bag or box. Orest would just say, "don't worry I will get more or another one, the stores have lots".
Cremation has taken place and a private Divine Liturgy will take place by invitation only. A private interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Nicholas Building Fund.


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Publish Date: Dec 11, 2021


After a brief illness, Orest Hrynewich passed away on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the Health Sciences Centre.
A longer obituary will be posted in the coming days.

Korban Funeral Chapel

Publish Date: Dec 7, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 07, 2021, Dec 11, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Oh Orest, I miss your emails😢. I know I have haven’t actually seen you for about 23 years when my oldest was a baby but we had such a special long distance relationship. I also enjoyed our visits. We had so much fun at work. I never had a another boss like you. Had to work for myself as no one else lived up to you. Rest In Peace my sweet friend. - Posted by: Judy Elgert (Friend ) on: Feb 26, 2022

  • I am a therapist that helped Orest after his knee replacements. He worked hard, was a pleasure to work with and brought me perogies ever after. This touched my heart and I will never forget this kind, gentle man. - Posted by: Nadene Charlotte Halm Marlatt (Friend) on: Dec 29, 2021

  • Orest would always come shopping In the mornings, he would always talk to the ladies and make jokes. He always looked for the deals but never bought too much just enough to fit into a bag. He would also buy chocolate bars and hand them to his favourite cashiers. He will be truly missed as he always made me smile. He was a wonderful man who touched alot of hearts - Posted by: Amanda Yakel (Friend) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • I will miss my sweet friend. For 34 years we have been sharing stories and having weekly visits. Always so kind, generous, caring and wore his heart on his sleeve. Rest In Peace, I love you Orest. - Posted by: Krista Van Loon (Friend) on: Dec 10, 2021

  • I will miss him very much. I will miss his silly jokes, his emails and his friendship. Rest in peace my friend I will miss you! - Posted by: Liz Maciaszek (Friend) on: Dec 09, 2021

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