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252 Regent St.
Sudbury, ON P3C 4C8
Phone: (705) 673-9591
Fax: (705) 675-2998
Walter Dawydiak

Walter Dawydiak

Wednesday, October 27th, 1926 - Tuesday, February 11th, 2020
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In loving Memory
of
Walter (Volodomyr) Dawydiak
93 years
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Villa, Sudbury


Born on October 27,1926 in Drysdovich, Ukraine. Beloved spouse of the late Olga Dawydiak (nee Liba), and loving father of Orysia, Roman Ihor, Zenon Eugene and Terry Dawydiak (spouse Jodie Wilson). Cherished grandfather of Kaylan Dawne, Christopher Kyle and Kira Anne Dawydiak. Dear son of Mychaylo (Michael) and Olga (Sohuyko) Dawydiak, and brother Petro of Argentina, Hanya, Katerina and Maria of Ukraine, all predeceased. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews in Sudbury – Jean Kozelko (spouse Peter), John Liba (spouse Elta) and their children, Terry, Katherine, Anastasia, Christopher, Stephanie and Andrew. Also missed by many nieces and nephews in Ukraine, Argentina and USA.

While still in his teens, Ukraine was invaded by Nazis and Walter joined the junior arm of the OUN. Because of his age he saw no combat duty but became a POW in Italy for two years. As a result of these associations, some of his family were exiled to Siberia by the Russians. Under the hospices of the Vatican, he was able to get his senior matriculation, and when released from the POW camp, he was able to immigrate to Britain. While working in Manchester he continued his education in the University of London and the Ukrainian University of France.

In England Walter met and married Olga Liba. Upon communicating with her family in Canada, they decided to relocate to Manitoba and later settled in Sudbury, Ontario where Walter and Olga raised their four children. He was employed at INCO and retired in the position of shift boss at Copper Cliff.

Walter was a founding member of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, where he taught a new generation about the history and culture of their forefathers. He also helped organize the Ukrainian Youth Association and participated in building a youth camp, called Bilohorshcha, on Ratter Lake. He also enjoyed many years singing tenor both at St. Mary's Church choir and the Luna-Lysenko choir. In his retirement years he made many trips to his beloved Ukraine. Walter's connections to his birth country were strong, but he always said he was a Canadian first.

Vichnaya pamyat from your loving family.


Resting at the JACKSON AND BARNARD FUNERAL HOME
233 Larch St., Sudbury
Friends may visit on Tuesday, February 18th, 2017
from 5:30 PM - 7 PM, with Panakhyda at 7 PM
Funeral Mass on Wednesday, February 19th at 10 am
in St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
40 Notre Dame Ave.
Interment in the Civic Memorial Cemetery
Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society, Ukrainian Seniors Centre or a charity of your choice would be welcome.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Jackson & Barnard Funeral Home
    Address
    233 Larch Street
    sudbury, ON P3B 1M2
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  • Service

    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
    Address
    40 Notre Dame Ave
    Sudbury, ON
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William Zelenczuk

Posted at 12:55pm
Mr. Walter Dawydiak and I have crossed paths many times for over 50 years. He was a founding member of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, Ukrainian Youth Association and the League of Ukrainian Canadians previously known as the League for the Liberation of Ukraine of which I was an active participant.
Mr. Dawydiak was also a dedicated member of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and served as cantor for many years. His dedication to the Ukrainian community was an inspiring example to all.
I had the privilege to work with Walter at INCO for many years in the early ’70s and he was proud of his achievements while working with Dr. Curlook. They always remained close friends. He remained physically fit throughout his retirement however, dementia unfortunately took away his knowledge and his life experiences.
On behalf of the League of Ukrainian Canadians of Sudbury, I would like to express our dearest “spivchuvania” to the family.
May the soil of Canada rest lightly on him.
Spochyvat z Bohom
Vichnaya Pamiyat
William Zelenczuk
JK

jean kozelko

Posted at 11:44pm
At age 5. my Mom dressed me up to go meet my first ever aunt and uncle at the pontoon dock in town in north Manitoba. Uncle Walter then was the young man above, who I could easily coerce to the ice cream shop. This week, he appears as the older man in the above picture.. This time he is my last living uncle. I am sad that almost 70 years have passed.Sad that a man who explained the knowledge and learning of his life, died was robbed of these ideas when his dementia froze his mind. Perhaps he will rejoice in meeting his deceased family again... He will always be remembered.. To my First and Last uncle...Good bye...Jean Kozelko and family.
BV

Brian P. Vendramin

Posted at 05:15pm
My kindest thoughts and prayers to Walter's family.
I remember Walter from our days at the Cambrian Fitness Centre on Lorne Street.
He worked out at least 5 days a week and he shared with me his many stories of his youth, his time at INCO, and how proud he was of his children.
It has been a while since I last saw Walter. May he Rest in Peace!
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