Yaroslav Sokolyk
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SOKOLYK, Yaroslav (P.Eng) —

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Yaroslav on January 3, 2017 in Toronto.

Born in Lviv, Ukraine in 1925, he immigrated to Canada in 1948. In 1955, he graduated from the Mechanical Engineering program at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. Between 1955-86, he worked for Link-Belt (later FMC), designing heavy material handling and power transmission equipment eventually rising to become chief engineer. Later he lectured at Humber College and worked as industrial technology advisor for the National Research Council of Canada. Professionally, he also served on advisory committees at Centennial and George Brown colleges and as chairman of the Association of Professional Engineers, Dufferin Chapter.

Yaroslav was a lifelong community activist, working for amongst others, the Society of Ukrainian Engineers, President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Toronto Branch (1984–1994), Secretary General of the Ukrainian World Congress (1993-98), the Head of the Eastern Branch of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood of Canada. He was a co-founder of the Black Ribbon Day Committee. He was a member of Plast Ukrainian Scouts since 1935 and an all-star soccer player.

Yaroslav was the initiator of a friendship agreement between the cities of Kyiv and Toronto and the agreement on cooperation between Humber College and Kyiv National Economic University.

Yaroslav was recognized for his service with the "125th Anniversary of Canada" medal and Ukraine's "Order of Merit 3rd Class."

Yaroslav will be sadly missed by his wife of 61 years Oksana, children Wsevolod Konstantin and Ihor (Deborah), grand children Andrew, Daniel and Katherine, brother Bohdan Roman with family in Poland, brother in-law Yuri Shanta and niece Liudmila Shanta, and nieces and nephews in Canada and Ukraine. We wish to thank the staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital for their care and love.

Resting at Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette St. (east of Keele), Toronto, where the family will receive friends on Sunday and Monday 6-8 p.m., with Panachydas at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4 Bellwoods (at Queen St.) at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Park Lawn Cemetery. Online tributes at www.cardinalfuneralhomes.com

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Published in Toronto Star on Jan. 7, 2017.
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January 21, 2017
Ihor, my condolences to you and your family at this time. I never knew your father but I always treasured the times we spoke of my trips with my father to the Ukraine. My mother is looking down too as I recently buried her.
Patricia Cater
January 21, 2017
I worked withYaroslav on the Humber/Kiev project and remember him as gracious and funny, with a great desire to make a positive contribution to modern Ukraine. My condolences to the family
Anne Harper
January 20, 2017
Pani Sokolyk, Wsevolod,Ihor and family
Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your spouse, tato and dido. Vichanya Pamyat
Maryann Hrycak
January 15, 2017
It is with sadness that we express our sympathy to Mrs. Oksana Sokolyk for the loss of her beloved husband Yaroslav.
'! Memory Eternal!
Anna Krawczuk and family of Holmdel, NJ USA
January 9, 2017
My sincere condolences to Mrs. Oksana, sons Vsevolod and Ihor amd family. Mr. Yaroslaw was a leader in our community and will be deeply missed by all. He was a very good friend - - of my late husband Markian. '!
Tania Kohut
January 9, 2017
Our sympathies on your loss. Such a great soul who profoundly changed the world around him and impacted his children. Cherish the memories - time will heal.
Ash Patel
January 8, 2017
Deepest condolences to the Sokolyk family
Alex` Luhowy
January 8, 2017
We are saddened by the loss of Yaroslav Sokolyk. Such a strong and integral member of our community. May your grief be lightened knowing, he is in a better place. '!
Darcia Moskaluk-Rutkay and Family
Darcia Moskaluk-Rutkay
January 8, 2017
With profound sadness, shock and disbelief my family and I learn about the passing
of Pan Engineer Yaroslav Sokolyk.
Remembering him fondly and proudly congratulating me after each performance and concert- truly an honour. He was a true "bdzilka" in the community representing all of our concerns and interests for the good and freedom of Ukraine. He was highly respected and admired. Pan Yaroslav's passing is a great loss to his family and community.
On behalf of the Drohobycky family, we express our deepest heartfelt condolences to Pani Oksana, sons and extended family. May the Love and Comfort of God sustain You always.
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Ira Drohobycky
January 8, 2017
He was a leader and pioneer in his field and in the community. I was always greeted by a warm smiling face and a kind word. He will be deeply missed by everyone. My sincere condolences and sympathy to Mrs Oksana,Ihor and Wsevolod and the entire family. '
Wolodymyr Derzko
January 7, 2017
We are very saddened to hear the news. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to Oksana and the whole family. *!
Roman & Lesia Borszcz
January 7, 2017
I'll always remember him for his ever youthful enthusiasm and his inability to ever surrender. It was always a joy to be in his warm presence. Thinking of you Vseko, Ihor and especially Pani Oksano.
Dr Andre Macko
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