BASIL HOLYSH

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BASIL HOLYSH Died in Oakville, Ontario on March 15, 2014 shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. Basil was born in Oriv, in the Carpathian highlands of Ukraine. After spending the postwar years in Italy and England, Basil immigrated to Canada in 1951 and added his chapters to the book of Canadian immigrant success stories. He worked in the lumber camps and mines of Northern Ontario and married Annie (Nan) Cullen of Glasgow, Scotland in Toronto in 1958. Together they raised five children. Basil supported the Ukrainian community in Toronto (although always first and foremost as a proud Canadian) as a member of St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic parish. He established Royal Beverage and Food Products Co., a successful small business that ensured his family experienced none of the hardships he endured, while offering them every advantage he could provide. He will be remembered for his love and pride of family, an amazingly positive outlook on life and the deep respect he afforded everyone he met. Basil is survived by his wife Annie; children Victor (Linda), Martin (Heidi), Steven (Andrea) and Linda (Troy); and his ten grandchildren. Predeceased by his youngest son, Philip. A celebration of Basil's life will take place at SMITH'S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stoplight north of QEW), Burlington (905-632-3333), on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will take place Friday, March 21st from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Basil's memory to Ian Anderson House would be gratefully appreciated. The family extends their thanks to the wonderful caregivers at Ian Anderson House and Oakville- Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. "Look for the good in everyone."

Published in the Toronto Star from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2014
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