In loving Memory
Walter (Volodomyr) Dawydiak
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.