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Date of Passing: Jun 01, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
1928 - 2022
It is with great sadness and love that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Harry George Wasiuta.
Dad was predeceased by his wife Mary; father George; mother Maria; brothers, Gus, Walter, John and sisters, Anne and Mary.
Throughout his life, Dad was a gentle and giving man, full of hopefulness and kindness right up to when he passed away peacefully in his sleep, June 1, 2022 at the age of 93.
Dad only wanted the best for his sons Harvey and Vern. He also never held back his love for his daughters-in-law, Jamie Kroeker and Adrienne Diner and his grandson Bryan. He took great pride caring for his flower gardens, both in Transcona and Belair, Manitoba, spending many hours working with the love of his life Mary Wasiuta (mom) in the yard.
Dad was a survivor, his mother and twin died during childbirth, but he accepted life and was close to all of his sisters and brothers, especially his brother Gus. Dad began a lifelong career with CN Rail from a young age, because he had to help the family and continued his commitment to the railway for more than 40 years. He loved being a part of CN Rail, teaching welding, being a rules instructor and in helping everyone around him to be a better person. He spent many years working across Canada, supporting all facets of rail safety, leading in the development of continuous rail program in both Canada and the US. Dad faced all challenges head on, helped people anyway he could and received a special commendation from the President of CN in 1958, when he saved three children from drowning in a Northern British Columbia river.
Upon his retirement, he was asked to go to Bangladesh many times to help people and teach welding as part of a Canadian program supporting the development of the Bangladesh Railway.
He valued his exceptional care at the Simkin Centre and all the Homecare staff that cared for him when he lived at the Devonshire House. He always spoke highly of everyone who attended to his needs, which were many as he grew older. We never actually heard a single complaint from him, though he reserved choice words for politicians not doing enough for people, or Jets and Bomber players that didn't play up to their potential.
We miss you Dad and your smile. We are grateful for your love and patience throughout your life. You will be greatly missed by Vern Wasiuta and Jamie Kroeker, Harvey Wasiuta and Adrienne Diner, Bryan Kroeker and Daniel Vida as well as many other family members.
A funeral liturgy will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church, Regan Avenue, Elma, Manitoba at the end of Hwy 15. Pallbearers will be Vern Wasiuta, Steve Wasiuta, Grant Clark, Rick Millar, Bryan Kroeker and Dan Vida.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Manitoba Provincial Council at email@example.com
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 04, 2022
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
Sorry about the passing of your father. Our deepest sympathy to you Harvey and Adrienne - from Ron & Sharon and my dad Mike. - Posted by: Sharon Keen (family & friends) on: Jun 06, 2022
So sorry to hear about Harry's passing, I meet Harry as a young man as he was my instructor at welding school east yard Wpg He was a man that left an impression on a person. It was a good impression. Never heard a bad thing said. Always ins a positive mood no matter what he had going on and always made sure to be kind to all. The best memory I have is his saying at night and on weekends, Boys Boys don't get your name in the paper. He was a fine man and will be missed. - Posted by: James Brodie (Co Worker) on: Jun 06, 2022
Harry was such a kind upbeat man. Always came to share his stories with me at my work. Superstore. Rip Harry, condolences to the family 🙏💕 - Posted by: Alison Wishnowski (Friend) on: Jun 06, 2022
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Harry. What a wonderful, full and rich life. To have married the love of your life and be a father. I am grateful to have had him in my life. I have many memories of him; his kindness, sense of humour, his gift of making you feel included. He was a great listener. When I spoke to him on the phone, he would give me an update on his sons (Harv and Vern). I could hear the giant smile on his face as he talked. He was so proud of them and their accomplishments. The one distinct memory that plays in my head, is when I was little and he would talk to the cat, Smokey. I can hear his voice in my head, "Smokey. Smokey what are you doing?" I would giggle and hold my breath for him to continue the dialogue. So many summers spent in Manitoba and the highlight was always staying over night at Auntie Mary and Uncle Harry's house. They were both generous, sincere and kind. I will keep all those memories in my heart. I will talk about him and I will remember him. All those who were lucky enough to know him, share the family's loss. I love you! - Posted by: Colleen Anaka (Niece) on: Jun 04, 2022
Harry must have been a wonderful father because he was able to maintain a very close and warm relationship with his son Harvey and daughter-in-law Adrienne. They would extols his sharpness and interest in all things, particularly sports and politics and they always enjoyed their conversations when visiting him. We know he will be missed and always thought about with love by his entire family. - Posted by: Fran Ross (Friend of son Harvey) on: Jun 04, 2022
Our sincere condolences to Jamie, Vern, Harvey, Adrienne and extended family on your loss. We know that your father was very close to all of you. It is our hope that fond memories will sustain you all during these difficult times. Vichnaya Pamyet! - Posted by: Len and Vicki Lazaruk (Family Friends) on: Jun 04, 2022
I was truly saddened to learn of Harry’s passing. If he was not a king, he as truly a prince. I shared a dinner table at Devonshire with Harry. Deaf as a doornail but we all loved him. A note—Carol from home care was the only one who could put in his hearing aids. He showed me his life saving award of which he was very proud. Never complained! We laughed when he had a few comments about the service at the dinner table. I miss Harry. - Posted by: Jack Barton (Friend - Devonshire House) on: Jun 04, 2022
So sorry for your loss, Harry was our neighbour when we lived at 48 Cloverdale, he was always friendly and popped over now and then to say hello or ask how thing were. Always was smiling and happy. - Posted by: nancy toews deputat (neighbour) on: Jun 04, 2022
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