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Born: Jul 10, 1936

Date of Passing: Jan 02, 2022

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July 10, 1936 - January 2, 2022

With deep sadness, the family of Lawrence Huska announces the passing of their husband, father, and grandfather on Sunday, January 2, 2022, at the age of 85 after a lengthy illness. At the end, he was surrounded by love and will be dearly missed. Vichnaya Pamyat (Forever in our hearts).
Left to honour his memory are his wife of 64 years, Doreen (Pash); son Kelvin, daughters, Linda (John Birchard) and Deborah; grandchildren, Christopher Birchard, Katherine Birchard, Trevor Zigich, Sarah Zigich; sister Dorothy Zabraczki; brother Tom (Heather) Huska; brother-in-law Bill Pash; sisters-in-law, Lucy McBain and Pat Pash; and many nieces and nephews.
Lawrence Paul Huska was born to parents, Anna and Dmytro Huska on July 10, 1936 in Norquay, Saskatchewan. The family later moved to Hyas, Saskatchewan where he received most of his public school education; completing his high school at St. Joseph's in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. After teaching "on permit" for one year in Mafeking, Manitoba, Lawrence attended the Manitoba Provincial Normal School in 1955-1956. He later attended the University of Manitoba, earning two degrees (BA and BEd). After certification, Lawrence taught for one year in a country school in Eastdale, then went on to teach the next 34 years at the high school level. In his early career, Lawrence taught at Oakbank High School (Principal), Springfield Collegiate, and McCreary Collegiate (Principal). He continued teaching in Winnipeg at River East Collegiate, and ultimately spent 20 years at Kildonan East Regional Secondary School as English Department Head, where he retired in 1993.
In 1957 he married Doreen Alice Pash of Binscarth, Manitoba. Together they raised three children and were blessed with four grandchildren.
Lawrence was a former president of the Manitoba Fly Fishers Association, president of the Crossroads Toastmasters, president of the Transcona NDP, and coach of the River East Collegiate "Reach for the Top" team. In 1971, the River East team he coached won the national championship.
Dad had a youthfully exuberant outlook on life, which was manifested in his love of sports and the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisher, and loved to travel. In his younger years, he participated in many activities including hockey, curling, judo, badminton, and cross-country skiing, the latter of which he enjoyed well into his retirement years. He participated enthusiastically in the annual school mountain-climbing trips at KE, and loved family camping trips to both the west and east coasts on our many summer excursions before the construction of the first family cottage at Beresford Lake, Manitoba. Dad continued to enjoy the outdoors at a second cottage he built in North-Western Ontario, where he and Mom spent every summer. Hosting friends and family at the cottage also gave him great pleasure.
The family is grateful to the staff on St. Basil's unit at Holy Family Home, as well as many other health care professionals who assisted in his care. We know he truly appreciated your efforts.
In compliance with Lawrence's wishes, no funeral service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Holy Family Home, the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, or CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • We we’re so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. Our Condolences to you and the family . He will be truly missed. Our prayers and thoughts our with you and your family 💕 - Posted by: Shannon Gagne (Neighbor) on: Feb 28, 2022

  • Lawrence Huska was my first English Department Head when I began my teaching career at Kildonan East in 1973, and I couldn't have had a more helpful mentor. He gave me invaluable advice on teaching techniques and classroom management, and in addition I remember his passion for fly-fishing, and his conversations about camping, in the Whiteshell and throughout the province. I've always appreciated his guidance, and the example of his generosity to his students, which I tried to pass forward to my own students and colleagues during my career. I send a salute in his memory, and my gratitude, to Lawrence Huska's family. - Posted by: Ian Malcolm (Colleague 1973-75 at Kildonan-East Regional Secondary School (now Kildonan-East Collegiate) ) on: Jan 25, 2022

  • It was 1969. I was in Grade 12 at River East Collegiate and Mr. Huska was my English teacher. We were to read 'Of Human Bondage' by William Somerset Maugham which I thought was appropriately titled given its length. After our first test it became apparent I had not gotten very far into the text. Mr Huska asked if I'd read the assigned chapters. "No" was my response. 'Then get out and don't come back til you've read them' was Mr Huska's final answer. I never did. Failed English, obviously, and Grade 12. Fast forward to around 2005. Always bothered by giving up on myself I bought 'Of Human Bondage' and read it. Remembering Mr Huska's words I looked up his number in the phone book, called him on a Saturday evening and proudly told him that I read the book and was ready to come back. We both had a good chuckle and then Mr Huska apologized. He apologized for kicking me out of class and he apologized for making us read that book. I assured him I bore no hard feelings for either. We chatted briefly about our paths since 1969 and then he was off to the cottage. I wish I'd read the book earlier. I think I would have liked his class. - Posted by: Vic Unruh (Former Student) on: Jan 16, 2022

  • Condolences on your loss. We will miss his visits and stories but will think of him whenever we walk the beautiful hiking trails he created and meticulously groomed! - Posted by: Nadine Krawchuk (Friend/Lake Neighbour) on: Jan 16, 2022

  • Was saddened to hear of Mr. Huska’s passing. I was lucky to have him assigned as my English teacher for grade ten at Kildonan East and chose to be in his English class again in grade 12. He introduced us to amazing literature and poetry and encouraged my writing which led to me receiving two academic awards for poetry while at university. I will always think of him fondly. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Erin Thomas (Hilder) (Former student ) on: Jan 15, 2022

  • Mt. Huska was my grade 11 English teacher and he was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He had such a gentle manner and always brought the best out of his students. - Posted by: Judy Rempel (Arondeus) (student) on: Jan 15, 2022

  • I was shocked to see that Lawrence passed away. We are giving you our condolences and our thoughts are with the family and you (Doreen). Harry is with his friend. How are you doing, Doreen. Think of you often. Our best wishes! - Posted by: Raisa & Gerry Davies (Friend ) on: Jan 15, 2022

  • Had Mr. Huska as a high school teacher. While at SCI in Oak Bank, my mother helped as a care giver staying at their place for a few months. - Posted by: Victor Laird (student) on: Jan 15, 2022

  • Linda and family, Jody sent me your dad's story and I was so sorry and reminiscent all at the same time. I wish you all heartfelt wishes at this very difficult time for you. We live in a crazy mixed up world now as it is. I do hope this was not an added pressure. I have many memories of your dad. Wishing you all the best. Mrs. Huska, I wish you many condolences at this time, and I am shedding a tear for you now. Take care and will hold the memories dear. Take care! Shauna - Posted by: Shauna Hay (Friend) on: Jan 15, 2022

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