Allan Stuchenko

Allan Stuchenko
1952 ~ 2013
His beautiful blue eyes have closed for the last time here on earth. It was his "time to die" and it is our "time to grieve" (Ecclesiastes 3: 2, 4.) It is with a profound and overwhelming sense of sadness that we announce the passing of Allan Gerald Stuchenko, lover of God, beloved husband, much loved father, special 'Papa', treasured son, cherished brother, precious uncle, valued nephew, and esteemed friend. Al is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cathy; sons, Jason and Shaun; grandchildren, Josiah, Serenity, Jaxxon, and Travis; step-father, John Snitinsky; mother-in-law, Lucy McCarthy; siblings, Bernard, Lenora, Jo-Ann, and Susan; brother-in-law, Brian; many nephews and nieces; Aunt Lena, and many cousins; and numerous friends, notably Jerry and Deannna Nemetchek who opened their home and hearts to him many times throughout the years. They provided much compassionate care and Christian support, especially in his final days. He was predeceased by his father, Boris Stuchenko, his mother, Pauline Snitinsky, father-in-law, Herbert McCarthy; brothers-in-law, James McNeil and Richard McCarthy. Allan was born on August 1, 1952 in Biggar, Saskatchewan to Boris and Pauline Stuchenko. At the age of 9 months, the family moved from the farm in Arelee, SK to a new farm in Benito, MB. At the age of 14, when his father (Boris) was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the family moved to Saskatoon, SK. He worked on his Uncle Pete's farm in The Battlefords and later moved to Calgary, where he met his life's partner, Cathy. They moved to Saskatoon and married on December 31, 1974. Shortly after his marriage and while raising two sons, Jason and Shaun, Al began his studies towards his Journeyman's ticket in Sheet Metal. After working at various places in Saskatoon, Al started work at the University of Saskatchewan in Facilities Management in 1984 and remained there until his passing. From the time he was young child, Al wanted to build and fix things, often constructing all manner of things for his siblings, such as a play house, high-jump poles or a corral for geese (which didn't work!). This God-given ability to build, construct, and re-construct became clearly evident very early in his career on Campus where his reputation for creative, unique and out-of-the-box thinking was well-known among co-workers, colleagues, faculty and students. This exceptional talent resulted in Al being the recipient of the University of Saskatchewan's President's Service Award in 2012. Al was a humble man, before God and people, and felt strongly that this award was undeserved as he was raised to help where possible, provide support as necessary, and to solve- problems without fuss or praise. On August 1, 2001, Al and Cathy moved to his newly- purchased farm north east of Saskatoon where he spent many years farming, raising cattle, raising chickens, gardening, and going to auctions to get the best deal possible. Al particularly enjoyed the camaraderie associated with the chicken plucking in the fall. Those who participated will have many happy memories of all of the fun amidst the hard work. Al had a passion for hunting, including rifle, bow hunting and in recent years cross-bow hunting. He preferred to hunt deer, elk, and moose. He thoroughly enjoyed hunting with his 'brothers-of-the-heart', Tony Nemetchek and Vince Seaborn, involving many hours of tracking and pushing bush in search of elusive wildlife. This particular passion supplied us with humorous hunting stories and tall tales, as well as the meat that was often donated to those in need. In recent years, Al chose to re-dedicate his life to his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. His strong Christian faith became very apparent during his final months as he leaned heavily on his belief when the pain became increasingly difficult to bear. He prayed often, read his Bible until his eye-sight prevented it, and received a great deal of comfort from the regular visits of Pastor Murdoch and others from Elim Church. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made out to Redberry Bible Camp (PO Box 25128 River Heights, Saskatoon, SK S7K 8B7) A Celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Emmanuel Baptist Church (1636 Acadia Drive). The family wishes to thank the second floor staff of Stensrud Lodge for their compassion, kindness, and those so supportive hugs. We will always remember "It is Well with My Soul" that Clover sang during his final moments. Thank you. Arrangements in care of John Schachtel - MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306) 978-5200.

Funeral Home

Mourning Glory Funeral Services
1201 8th Street East Saskatoon, SK S7H 0S5
(306) 978-5200

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20, 2013