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Born: Jan 01, 1921

Date of Passing: Mar 31, 2002

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THEODORE (FRED) EWATSKI On Sunday, March 31, 2002, Fred peacefully passed away at the age of 81 years. Fred was born January 1, 1921 in Winnipeg. He was a selfless person and willingly dedicated himself to his family, friends and country. Fred was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary; brothers, Bill, Metro, and Peter; sister-in-law Eleanor; and brother-in-law Bill Dynkavitch. He is lovingly remembered by his brothers, John (Joyce) and Joe (Louise) Ewatski; sisters, Lee (Andy) Opitz and Mary Dynkavitch; sister-in-law Kay Ewaskiw, many nieces and nephews and a special friend. Fred resided in the North End community his entire life. He lived in the family home for over 77 years and was the last original remaining resident on his street. On May 3, 1978, Fred received a City of Winnipeg Community Service award for his dedication and involvement in community life. Fred attended King Edward and Isaac Newton Schools in the Winnipeg School Division and took pride in giving Remembrance Day school presentations at Andrew Mynarski, where he shared his stories and experiences as an Air Gunner in the Second World War. Fred was the first Canadian in the Burma war zone, part of the 159th Royal Air Force Squadron. He completed two operations, or thirty flights over enemy territory and was awarded status First Class Warrant Officer as a result. In addition, Fred received many medals and decorations for his service in the RAF including the Burma Star, the 1939-45 Star, the Defense Medal, Air Gunners Badge, and the RCAF Operational Wings for gallant service in action against the enemy. Fred valued the camaraderie he shared with other chaps in the war and the friendships with veterans who returned home as he did. Fred worked at the CPR Weston Shops until his retirement February 1, 1981. He also volunteered as a certified Safety Officer, obtaining First Aid Certificates from St. John Ambulance. Fred immersed himself in organizations affiliated with the Canadian Armed Forces where his exceptional organizational skills were utilized. He was one of the original founders of the Royal Canadian Legion No. 141 in 1946, and was acting Chairman of the Membership Committee. In 1953, Fred co-founded the Air Cadet Squadron sponsored by the Legion, served as 1st Commanding Officer and in later years, chaired the Sponsoring Committee. He was a role model and mentor to many young men and women. Fred was also a founding member of the Ex-Air Gunners Association of Canada, Inc., and was elected first president from 1983-1990. One of Freds favourite roles was participating in the Colour Party, carrying the flag in various parades and ceremonies. In recent years, Fred met with friends and exercised at the Wellness Centre, took peaceful drives through the Manitoba landscape enjoying nature, and attended reunions with other veterans across Canada. These things brought great joy to Fred. Family and friends will gather together to celebrate Freds life on Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. with Rev. Deacon Nick Kohuch officiating. Interment will take place on Friday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m. at All Saints Cemetery, 4535 Main St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Freds memory to Air Cadet League of Canada, (Manitoba, Inc.), P.O. Box 1011, Winnipeg, specify SQN No. 573. VICHNAYA PAMYAT CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 03, 2002

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