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RT. REV. DR. MYRON STASIW Mitred Archpriest of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Toronto Eparchy, was called home by The Lord on November 22, 2012. He passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle from diabetes and its complications at age 87 years. Born on March 5, 1925 in Dobrivlany, Western Ukraine and raised in a religious and patriotic family, he was predeceased by his parents Mykola and Paraskevia and brother Mychajlo. Left to mourn are his brother Ostap, nephews Mykola and Vyacheslav, niece Halyna and their families as well as many friends and parishioners in Toronto and beyond. Rev. Stasiw excelled in school and had a fervent desire for learning. The opportunity presented itself when he heeded God's call and pursued religious studies in Rome where he was ordained a priest on May 22, 1952. Father Myron possessed a sharp and brilliant mind, holding three doctorate degrees yet was ever humble. He was forever guided by the words of Jesus Christ, "Follow Me" and kept faithfully to these words until the end of his life. In 1957 the hand of God sent him to Saskatchewan where he served in pastoral ministry. He subsequently moved to Ontario where he held appointments both in Ottawa and at the University of Toronto. Commencing in 1968 he served as a priest at the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Sobor of the Holy Protection, in Toronto where he became pastor in 1987. He wholeheartedly embraced his pastoral duties for over 40 years whilst building a strong and vibrant congregation and was a dynamic pillar of the Ukrainian church and its community. Appointed Vicar-General by the late Bishop Isidore Borecky, Rev. Stasiw fulfilled his role in exemplary fashion. He also served as Chaplain and Spiritual Director for many church and community committees and organizations, including the Ukrainian Youth Association (SUM). Always willing to provide spiritual guidance, moral support and assistance to all who turned to him in need, he helped thousands of people over the years. He developed a reputation for his many acts of kindness and was a unique and highly principled man whose strong faith sustained him throughout his life. Rev. Stasiw firmly believed in taking positive action whenever possible and encouraged his parishioners to do likewise. During his homilies, he often fondly recounted the story of the priest of Ars, France, St. John Vianney, who excelled in taking positive action to improve his church. Fr. Stasiw's deep devotion and love for his Ukrainian Catholic Church and his homeland Ukraine remained with him throughout his final days. Special thanks to Dr. Nadia Boruch, St. Joseph's Health Centre and its Dialysis Unit, Bickle Centre and Toronto General Hospital for their care and to the Hryniuk, Kuszper and Chabursky families, Slava Kuzmych, Walter Lalka, Sofia Sulym for their friendship and support in recent years. Not to be forgotten, a heartfelt thank you goes to his friend and dedicated caregiver Odaria Radysz. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for masses for the repose of his soul or to the Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Ottawa and would be much appreciated. Online condolences at Rt. Rev. Myron Stasiw will be resting at the Sobor of the Holy Protection, 30 Leeds Street, Toronto on Saturday, November 24, 2012 and Sunday, November 25, 2012 with Parastas service from 6 to 8 p.m. on both evenings. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2012 followed by interment at Park Lawn Cemetery. His twinkling eyes have closed, his smile forever gone, his intellect stilled, his boundless strides are no more. But he will always be remembered. Grant him, O Lord, eternal rest. Vichnaya Pamyat'!

Published in the Toronto Star on Nov. 24, 2012