It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Mikola Czich in his 95th year. Mikola was born in the village of Zhovnivka, in Western Ukraine on December 19, 1919. His early Ukrainian life was spent in a rural farming community. In his early twenties he was conscripted into WWII as an artillery soldier. During the war he experienced capture, escape, and reintegration into serving forces. At the end of the war, Mikola was serving in Italy with the British Free Poles. At that time he was given a choice of returning to the Ukraine or immigrating to Canada. He chose immigration and in 1947 he arrived in Canada through Pier 21 in Halifax. Initially he settled in the Renfrew, Ontario area, as a farm labour assistant. Through his working life he moved from farm labourer, to construction labourer, construction carpenter and lastly a commissionaire. He was involved in many of the Hydro dam constructions in the Ottawa valley as well as several of the downtown Ottawa office towers. In 1951 he married his dear wife Wera Czich (Loziuk) who he leaves behind after 63 years of marriage. In 1969 he moved with his family from Renfrew to Ottawa. Mourning the loss of their father are his four sons John (Daniele), Myron (Dianne), Mikola and Andrew. Mikola also leaves behind six grandchildren, Emilie, Marie Chantale, Stephen, Christopher, Alexandra and Andrew; two great-grandchildren, Nola and Mateo as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins both in Canada and in Ukraine. Mikola was very proud of his family which was the most important thing in his life. In his latter years his grandchildren truly lit up his eyes with joy. He was also a supporter of the Ukrainian community in the Ottawa area. After his move to Ottawa he became very involved with the parish of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. He participated in most church community functions and enjoyed singing for many years in the church choir. His church family was his main circle of socialization. Mikola lead a full life! He experienced rural Ukrainian life, with all its challenges, in the early twentieth century, followed by the peace, freedom and progress enjoyed by Canadians throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. He is now in God's hands as he rests in peace, being reunited with family and friends that have gone before him. Friends and family are invited to visit the West Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 150 Woodroffe Avenue on Sunday, August 24, 2014 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. (Panachida 8 p.m). Funeral Service will be held on Monday at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1000 Byron Avenue at 10 a.m. Interment at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Aug. 23, 2014