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Born: Mar 09, 1952

Date of Passing: Feb 24, 2023

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing on February 24, 2023, of Lawrence Oystryk, beloved husband of Nicole Michaud-Oystryk and devoted father of Stéphane and Patrick.
The son of George and Mary Oystryk (nee Oucharek), Lawrence was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, on March 9, 1952. The youngest of five children, he is survived by brothers, William (Mary, nee Rohatynsky) and Orest (Carol, nee Wasylkowski), sisters, Ann (Jake Dressler) and Alexis (Ray Smyth); brothers-in-law, Gilbert (Rita, nee Collette), Benoit (Tanis Beam) and Claude (Norma, nee Dupont), sister-in-law, Ginette; and many nieces and nephews.
Lawrence spent his early childhood on the family farm in the Yorkton area before moving to Winnipeg where he completed high school. His keen interest in cars led him to pursue an Industrial Arts teaching certificate with a specialization in automotive technology. He subsequently received a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba.
Lawrence enjoyed a fulfilling 32-year career at River East Collegiate, teaching automotive technology for 17 years and then French language, family studies and geography. In the final five years of his career, he served as head of social studies. Drawn to new technologies, Lawrence became the in-house GIS and marking software expert. Affectionately known as Mr. O, he was well-liked by his students and well-regarded by his colleagues.
In July 1976, Lawrence married the love of his life, Nicole. Together, they created a loving home where they welcomed Stéphane and Patrick. Lawrence was very proud of his sons. He was an ardent supporter of their artistic, musical, and sporting pursuits. He introduced them to the world through travel and strengthened familial bonds during annual ski trips with family and friends. Lawrence believed in the importance of education and the appreciation of one's cultural heritage and imparted these values to his sons.
Lawrence was an avid traveller who meticulously planned family trips. In recent years, he and Nicole travelled extensively, creating fond memories and developing new friendships. Kindhearted and outgoing, Lawrence was a loyal friend and a generous neighbour. He enjoyed lively political conversations, was an engaging storyteller, and was always eager to learn from others and grow as an individual. A dedicated volunteer, Lawrence contributed generously to the gymnastics community. He served in leadership roles at the club level and, in retirement, held the position of President of the Manitoba Gymnastics Association.
Lawrence lived a full and rewarding life. He was much loved and will be dearly missed.
The family thanks Dr. F. Shariff, the medical team at CancerCare Manitoba and the Riverview Health Centre palliative care staff for their compassionate and attentive care.
Donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.
Funeral mass will be held at the St. Boniface Cathedral on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. with the eulogy at 10:30 a.m. Private interment will follow. The service will be livestreamed at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 04, 2023

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • I recall Lawrence from the more than 20 years we spent teaching at the same school, River East Collegiate. Lawrence had diverse interests as his biography attests and he was able to engage successfully in everything from “turning the wrench”, successful investing, teaching in automotive and social studies areas, and being an administrator in school department and Canadian gymnastics organizations. He was devoted to and spoke proudly of all his family members. Laurence had a good sense of humour and enjoyed telling and hearing a good story. He was quick to be the one offering help and many a mechanical dilemma at REC was solved by his clear thinking and decisive action. One of my last fond memories of Lawrence was when a group of us were managing some early morning duties at the U of W prior to a high school graduation. We headed to the caf, ordered breakfast, and Lawrence said “ it’s on me boys”. Who knows when we will have this experience again. Indeed, and typical. Thanks Lawrence, rest easy and best wishes to your family. - Posted by: Barry Esselmont (Teaching colleague REC) on: Mar 27, 2023

  • Dear Nicole, Stephane & Patrick. I just found out about Lawrence passing away. I'm so sorry to hear this. I was extremely surprised since I wasn't aware he was ill. Our most heartfelt condolences to you Nicole and your boys along with your extended family. Big hugs and thinking of you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Leon and Denise Shore (Cousin) on: Mar 20, 2023

  • We were very sad to hear about Lawrence's passing and want to send our condolences to Nicole and family. We could always count on a great conversation on the front lawn whenever we were outside or a friendly wave when we drove by. Lawrence will be greatly missed in our neighborhood. - Posted by: Sara-Lynn & Jason (Neighbor) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • I am extremely saddened on the passing of Lawrence. He was more than my cousin, more like the big brother I never had. Can’t tell you how many times he came to my rescue. My sister and I were blessed to have spent some time with Lawrence during his last days. We reminisced, prayed, and even laughed together. My sincere condolences and on going prayers go out to Nicole and the boys, as well as to Lawrence’s brothers, sisters, in-laws and friends. So sorry I will not be at the funeral, but will be present at a memorial Liturgy on Saturday evening here in Saskatoon. Вічная Пам’ять! - Posted by: Bernadette (Cousin) on: Mar 10, 2023

  • Dearest Nicole, Stephane, and Patrick, Brenda and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Lawrence. Over the years, Lawrence was a wonderful colleague and friend. I will always treasure the memories of our drives to and from River East Collegiate which were filled with stories and laughter, the advice he kindly gave on everything technical and mechanical, and his leadership in the Social Studies Department. What a team he created! We feel so grateful to have had a delightful visit with you, Nicole and with Lawrence here in Victoria. Lawrence was a gentle person, kind beyond belief and he will be greatly missed. We send you our deepest condolences and love. Jim (and Brenda) Harvey, Victoria, BC - Posted by: Jim Harvey (Friend and Colleague) on: Mar 08, 2023

  • My sincerest condolences to Nicole, Stephane and Patrick and family. I met Lawrence through our volunteer roles in gymnastics and admired Lawrence’s passion and integrity in his efforts on behalf of the sport. He was a kind and thoughtful colleague. Heartfelt sympathies! Lynn Smith - Posted by: Lynn Smith (Colleague ) on: Mar 06, 2023

  • Sending my deepest condolences to Lawrence’s family. We met through our involvement in gymnastics, and enjoyed many competitions cheering on our athletes! He was such a genuine and kind person. - Posted by: Jody Smith (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2023

  • Our sincere sympathy and condolences to Nicole and family. Lawrence was our neighbor for over 20 years and I could never pass by without saying hi or having a short conversation. Lawrence was always busy around the yard or simply assisting a neighbor in need. He was always there to help or provide advice on certain projects. We often saw him shoveling their snow or cutting their grass. Always providing a helpful hand whenever possible. Lawrence, we will definitely miss you and your smile as we drive by. You have been taken way too early and we feel for the whole family for the loss of such a wonderful man. May your soul rest in the Lord's Peace. Nicole we are with you in your sorrow. Claude and Gwen Jolicoeur - Posted by: Claude Jolicoeur (Close neighbors on the Cove ) on: Mar 05, 2023

  • Dear Nicole, Stephane, and Patrick: Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved husband and father. Lawrence and I go back almost fifty years, working together for twenty-one years in the Automotive Dept. at River East Collegiate. His diagnostic skills were very much appreciated. We will all miss him as a friend and educator. Leo Scheer and Family - Posted by: Leo Scheer (colleague and friend) on: Mar 05, 2023

  • Mes condoléances, Nicole, pour la perte de ton mari et le père de tes garçons. - Posted by: Juliette Nadeau (Former colleague of Nicole) on: Mar 05, 2023

  • Donna and I were honoured to have experienced two cruising adventures with Lawrence and Nicole where each day brought us new adventures and laughter. We will dearly miss Lawrence and were lucky to know such a fine man. - Posted by: Randy & Donna Albers (Friends) on: Mar 05, 2023

  • We first met Lawrence and Nicole on one of their adventures in 2019 to South America. Although our friendship only began recently, we continued to build on this and kept in touch via zoom along with 2 other friends, Joe and Jackie on many occasions. It didn't take long to work out that Lawrence was a kind and caring person always looking to help anyone in need. Our last zoom session was shortly before he passed, we had a great laugh together and we will always treasure that moment. Nicole, our hearts go out to you and your sons during this most difficult time. God bless and we will always keep you in our thoughts and payers. Robert and Rita Raumer - Posted by: Robert and Rita Raumer (Friends) on: Mar 05, 2023

  • Lawrence was a dedicated, and hard-working friend to work with in gymnastics. He was always enthusiastic and at times optimistic when he would try to arm wrestle the powerful gymnasts. What a dedicated person! He was a wonderful person in my life and will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to you, Nicole, Stephane, and Patrick. - Posted by: Gordon O'Brien (friend) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • Lawrence was a very dear friend to many of his colleagues at River East Collegiate, tirelessly assisting all of us when we struggled with the (brand new in 2001) Integrade technology. He will be especially missed by his fellow “musketeers” John Neil (Shirley) and Larry Ruppel (Linda). Lawrence will always be present in our hearts and precious memories. Sending our deepest sympathies to Nicole, Stéphane, Patrick and family. 🕊 - Posted by: Linda Ruppel (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • So very sorry for the loss of your Lawrence. I worked with him at REC for many years. He was so very kind, friendly and humble too. He was a true gentleman and it was an honour to know and work with him. You and your family are all in my thoughts and prayers 😥🙏 - Posted by: Dianne Gawalko (Colleague ) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • I will miss Lawrence greatly. Even many miles away we kept in touch by phone and email and had a wonderful lunch with Lawrence and Nicole this summer. The "good die young" as the song goes. Love always, Susanne - Posted by: Susanne de Geus (friend) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • I am sorry to hear of Lawrence's passing. I worked with him at River East. He was such a kind person and great teacher. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Helen Macneil (Colleague) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • I am saddened to hear this news, Mr. Oystryk was my Automotive teacher at River East 1985-1987. I had great respect for him and he taught me a lot! My last surprise meeting with him was at a gymnastics competition years ago with my daughter. What an awesome, unexpected reunion! RIP Mr. Oystryk, you left an impact on many and will be missed. - Posted by: Jason Michalyshen (Former student) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • I was sad to hear about the passing of Lawrence. He was a kind man with a good heart. He was a caring friend and a supportive colleague. I absolutely loved being part of the Social Studies Dept at REC. Lots of good memories. My condolences to Nicole and his boys. - Posted by: Dana Gordon (Colleague and friend) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • I'm sorry to hear of Lawrence's passing. I always enjoyed seeing him at gymnastics competitions. My condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Lacie Liebrecht (Gymnastics Coach) on: Mar 04, 2023

  • Lawrence was a great teacher and a good friend to all members of the staff. I will remember him fondly. - Posted by: Marcel Matte (Fellow teacher at REC for many years) on: Mar 04, 2023

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