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PETER RUDYK With sadness, the family announces that on October 23, 2004, at the age of 88, Peter Rudyk passed away at St. Boniface Hospital. He was a devoted and loving husband to Michalina (Lee) during their 59 years of marriage. He was a dedicated father to Barbara and Gregory (Marlene), and an adoring grandfather to Claire. He was predeceased by his beloved Lee in April 2004; his parents, Mykyta and Ksenia Rudyk; and by his three brothers, John, Paul, and Steve. Peter was born and educated in East Kildonan. In 1943, he entered the employ of the Winnipeg Electric Co., which eventually became Centra Gas. He began as a general labourer, rising to the position of weigh master in the coke yard. After the change to natural gas, he became a serviceman, and finally a dispatcher, retiring in 1981. After Peter married Lee in 1944, he built a home on Kimberly Avenue where they resided for 34 years, and in 1986, they moved to St. Vital. Peter enjoyed bowling for over 40 years, being a founding member of the Twilight Bowling League, where he served as President for 19 years, and, more recently, being a member of the St. Vital Roundenders, winning the National Seniors Championship in 1993. He enjoyed curling at Rossmere and later at the Heather, and loved golfing with his buddies. He had a commitment to labour issues as expressed by his longtime involvement as secretary of the O.C.A.W. Union, and support of the NDP Party. He volunteered in many ways ranging from Folklorama to Cancercare. He was a past member of the Manitoba Society of Seniors, and a member of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians Senior Citizens Club. Peter found joy in lifes simple pleasures, a freshly mowed lawn, a game of cards, a Kelekis hot dog, a good cigar, a lively polka, an outrageous joke. He was devoted to Lee, enjoying memorable travels, hosting family gatherings, searching for the ideal blueberry patch, or taking a stroll. As her health declined, he continued to look after her until her passing. Also he was devoted to his family, delighting in every graduation, recital, science fair, and sporting event. He cherished his friends, many who endured his most unusual nicknames. And he had a special place in his heart for his granddaughter, upon whom he lavished his time, energy, and affection. He will be missed. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. with the Rev. S. Jonasson officiating. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 02, 2004
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