Walter Wynnyk

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WYNNYK, Walter CD September 29, 1920 - September 22, 2009 It is with much sadness that the family announces the passing of Walter Wynnyk on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at the age of 88 years. Walter will be lovingly remembered and forever missed by Joan Marie (Manuel), his wife of 46 years; son, Paul (Marianne Howell); daughter, Ann-Marie (Tim Winn); grandsons, Andrew and Stephen Wynnyk and Logan Winn; sister, Catherine Labouski (Al); brother, Julian (Josephine) and the extended family. He was predeceased by his brothers, William (killed in action serving with the RCAF), Metro and Andrew; sisters, Mary Kowalski and Ann; brother-in-law, Mike Kowalski and sister-in-law, Olga Wynnyk. Born to Ukrainian immigrants on the family homestead at Stry, Alberta, Walter devoted his entire life to the service of others. His teaching career began at the Volunteer School and was interrupted by wartime service in the UK, North Africa and Italy with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Upon return, he obtained his B.Sc. and B.Ed. from the University of Alberta. From 1952-54, he was principal of Lindale School and subsequently became principal of Breton Junior/Senior High School until retiring in 1985. From 1955 until almost the time of his passing, Walter volunteered much of his time with Army Cadets, serving as an officer in the Cadet Services of Canada and the Cadet Instructors List, and later as a civilian instructor. As the Commanding Officer of 2561 (20 RCA) RCACC for almost 30 years, he and his team of dedicated officers provided unparalleled opportunities to countless youth in the Breton, Warburg, Thorsby, Winfield, Buck Lake and Alder Flats areas. Walter was one of the first to bring the Duke of Edinburghs Award to Western Canada. He guided hundreds through the program over the years, working most recently with students at Vimy Ridge Academy. A Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 7007 - 109 Street, Edmonton, AB. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church. Basilian Fathers officiating with interment later that afternoon in Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church Cemetery, Stry, AB. Donations in Walters memory may be made to either The Army Cadet League of Canada Alberta (130 Bridleglen Manor SW, Calgary, AB T2Y 3X1) or to the Duke of Edinburghs Award Young Canadians Challenge (#111, 4515 Bow Trail SW, Calgary, AB T3C 2G3). To send condolences, visit www.parkmemorial.com Park Memorial Edmonton 780-426-0050 Family Owned Funeral Home, Crematorium, Reception Centre
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Published in The Edmonton Journal from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2009
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