James WAWRYK

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WAWRYK, James
It is with mixed emotion that we announce the passing of our Dad and Gidi, Jim Wawryk, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at his home at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina. Sadness fills our hearts at the loss of a truly wonderful and loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and brother-in-law and a gentle and caring friend to many. But joy and relief also fill our hearts as we think of our Dad and Gidi, now free of pain and suffering, reunited with our Mom and Baba and with God in Heaven. Dad was born on December 11, 1925 in the Sokal district near Wakaw, SK. He was raised on the family farm and took his schooling there. Dad remained in the area and worked for the RM building and maintaining roads for many years. It was during this time that he met, and took quite a fancy to, the new teacher at Sokal School. On August 12, 1951, Dad married his soul mate and best friend, Betty Pryslak of Calder, SK and they moved to Saskatoon shortly after. Dad remained as a road builder while also preparing for his next career in carpentry/construction. He worked with Boychuk Construction for many years - a job he truly loved - while always making himself available to friends and relatives to help with their construction projects. Dad loved to tinker and spent many hours in the garage hunched over his table saw or hand-sanding his newest project. Dad retired in 1990 after a very successful 14-year career as a building inspector for the City of Saskatoon. Dad's family and farming roots were always front-of-mind for him and he spent many hours helping out at seeding and harvest times. He helped create many fond memories for us of time spent at Uncle Frank's, Uncle Ernie's and Aunty Ann's farms and with Baba and Gidi and Uncle Mike in Wakaw. Dad also encouraged us to spend quality time with Uncle Nick and Aunt Cora and their family in Chilliwack - something we did and enjoyed greatly. Dad was a gentle, soft-spoken man who was always willing to help others in any way he could. He loved a good game of Kaiser with friends, watching Saturday night hockey, or just listening to music, but most of all he loved his family. Dad and Mom enjoyed many great times travelling including trips to Hawaii, Florida, the Maritimes and the Panama Canal. Dad was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Molly; brothers, Frank (Emily), Nick (Cora) and Steve in infancy; sisters Annie (John) and Mary in infancy; sister in law, Alsace; and his wife, Betty in 2002. He leaves to mourn his passing son, Don (Lynne) of Edmonton and daughter, Arlene (Jim) Nicol of Regina; granddaughters, Courtney Nicol and Kimberly Wawryk; grandsons, Madison Nicol, Nicholas Wawryk and Matthew Wawryk; brothers, Ernie (Prince Albert) and Mike (Cudworth), sister-in-law, Nettie Bates (Tom) of Yorkton; brother-in-law Peter Morary of Yorkton; special friends, Alex and Kay Nalywayko and Tony Wachowicz, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by Rt. Rev. Fr. Andrew Muzyka on Friday, November 30th at the St. Volodomyr Village Chapel, 3102 Louise Place, Saskatoon, SK at 10:00 a.m. with interment at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens to follow. The family would like to express our sincere appreciation for the dedicated, loving and compassionate care given to Dad over the years by the staff at Selo Gardens and most recently by the staff of Unit 2-5 at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre. Those wishing to honour Dad's memory can do so by making a donation to Unit 2-5, Wascana Rehabilitation Centre, 2180 - 23rd Avenue, Regina, SK, S4S 0A5 or to the Alzheimer's Society of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Chapter, 1405 Faulkner Crescent, Saskatoon, SK, S7L 3R5 . To send online condolences to the family, visit www.parkfuneral.ca "Obituaries & Tributes". Arrangements entrusted to James Werezak, Park Funeral Chapel, 306.244.2103.

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2012
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