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BGen (ret'd) Joseph Roman Romanow, CMM, CD BGen (ret'd) Joseph Roman Romanow passed away peacefully in Ottawa on March 21, 2011 after a courageous fight with cancer. Born May 3, 1921 in Saskatoon, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1940. During WWII, he served in Canada, the UK, and then in the Indian, Burmese and Chinese theatres of war with 435 and 436 RCAF Squadrons. In 1945 he flew for a year with 437 RCAF Squadron flying transport aircraft throughout Europe and concurrently worked with the Canadian Ukrainian Relief Bureau in London to assist Ukrainians displaced by the war to join relatives in Canada. In London, he met his beloved wife, Lt Josephine Sawchuk, RCMAC, whom he married in 1947. He rose to the rank of Brigadier General becoming the first Ukrainian Canadian general in the Canadian Forces. In 1955, he completed an MSc in aeronautical engineering at the Cranford Institute of Technology in England. BGen Romanow served in various military capacities including on the Avro Aircraft project team as a project engineer, with NORAD, with the 4th Allied Tactical Air Force Headquarters in West Germany, and retired as Director General Organization and Manpower in Ottawa. In 1974 he was named Commander in the Order of Military Merit. In his retirement, BGen (ret'd) Romanow authored six books on family history, his life, and his military experiences. He enjoyed his involvement with the Kanata Writing Group and the Kanata Legion. Throughout his life he played a leadership role in the Ukrainian Canadian community, and was an active member of the Ukrainian Catholic church. He was predeceased by brother Stephen, sisters Anne and Stefa, and wife Josephine. He is survived by his brothers Walter (Yvonna) and Morris (Mildred), and children LCol (ret'd) Mary (Col (ret'd) Allen Conrad), Ottawa, John (Twila), Huntsville, ON, Capt(N) (ret'd) Greg (Marilynne), Ottawa, and Dr. Paula, Lawrencetown, NS. He was also survived by grandchildren Kalyna (Eric), Snow (Greg), Melissa, Megan, Michael (Emily), Nicholas (Amy), and Heather (Jay), and many loving nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 24, from 2-4 p.m., and 6:30-8:30 p.m., at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 1411 Hunt Club Road (at Albion Road). Panachyda will be at 7 p.m. in the parlour. Funeral service will be held at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine, 952 Green Valley Crescent, Ottawa, on Friday, 25 March at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Pinecrest Cemetery, 2500 Baseline Rd. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine. Online condolences may be sent to VICHNAYA PAMYAT

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2011.
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April 14, 2011
To Paula - so sorry to hear of your loss -- your dad was a neighbour -- don't know if you remember us from 1976
Leah Laflamme Lepage
March 30, 2011
Dear Mary, Al and family,

Our deepest sympathy to you and all of your family in this difficult time.

John & Alma Sydor
March 26, 2011
To Al, Mary and Family - Jacqui and I extend our most sincere condolences.
Murray Ramsbottom
March 25, 2011
What can you say that doen't come across as trite. Its a difficult time. Anne's mother died 12 days ago and my Mom and dad have been gone (but not forgotten) for a long time now. Cherish memories and happy times. I am thinking good thoughts to you.

John Currie
John Currie
March 24, 2011
Our deepest sympathies to the Romanow family in your time of sorrow.
Lee and Helen Hierlihy
March 24, 2011
Our condolences to the entire Romanow family. Joseph was a true Canadian Hero.

Rafi & Lisa
March 24, 2011
My sympathy goes to the entire Romanow family in the loss of a unique and memorable man who touched many hearts. This Prairie gentleman soldiered on to the end and has left a legacy to all Canadians.
Susan Hallett
Susan Hallett
March 24, 2011
Dear Allen, Mary, Kalyna, Snow and family,
I will always fondly remember Mr. Romanow as a friendly, brave and kind person who always had the time for a conversation. Vichnaya Pamyiat!
Halia Osadca
March 24, 2011
Our sympathy to all the Romanaw family. My father always spoke highly of him from their time together in the RCAF and I also enjoyed many conversations with him after mass at the Ukrainian Church where he had been a long time friend of my wife's parents.

He will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

LCol Chris Johnson and Olenka Chewpa
March 24, 2011
To all the family members..Joe is missed within our writing group of Thursday mornings. His stories have given us such pleasure. He as been a fellow writer for years. A great person to have known. Peggy Godfrey
Peggy Godfrey
March 24, 2011
Dear Al and Mary and family,

You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of Joe. We remember him from the wedding in Banff. You will be in our thoughts.
Gary and Rosemary Hindley and family.
March 24, 2011
Mary - My most heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father. He and my Dad were friends over the RCAF and CAF years, and my Dad always spoke highly of him. Regards
Peter Davies (Col ret'd)
March 24, 2011
My sincerest sympathy to the family for the loss of such a wonderful person and good friend who I got to know very well when he came into the Bank. I will certainly miss his friendly face and great sense of humor! As he always said to me, "until the next time, "Roger" ... over and out" ...
Kathy McCrea
March 24, 2011
Dear Mary:

My sincere condolences on the loss of your father. I know you were very close and will miss him. Please know that my sympathies are with you.

Susan Harrison
March 24, 2011
Our deepest condolences to the Romanow family.
Shawn & Lise Hierlihy
March 24, 2011
Greg, Marilynne and Family

Very sorry to here of your lose. Our thoughts are with you all.

David & Tish Saville
David Saville
March 23, 2011
Dear Mo,
My sincere condolences on the loss of your brother. My goodness, what service you and your family have given to Canada.
Your friend from Les Terrasses, St. James and the OLT,
Beverley Ann Chartrand
March 23, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patrice Schoppe
Houston, TX
March 23, 2011
Dear Mary, John, Greg, Paula and Family:

It is with great sadness that we learned of Joe's passing. He was such a wonderful, loving man who lived an incredible life. A loving dear friend of my parents and our family. I will always be grateful for him giving me a job reference which has led to a 30 year career with the RCMP. He will be greatly missed especially by my Dad who has cherished their friendship for many years. Your parents are reunited in heaven and are smiling on all of you with love and peace.
With Heartfelt Sympathy.

Bev Burtnyk (Fletcher)
Bev Burtnyk
March 23, 2011
May all the Romanow Family find strength and peace in the knowledge of a life generously and well lived. Our sympathies to all of you.
Scott Healey/Ellen Hall
March 23, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 23, 2011
Our sincere sympathies to the entire Romanow Family

Doug & Judy Kennedy
March 23, 2011
Sincere sympathy to family and friends on the loss of a great Canadian.

Paul and Heather Sharrett
March 23, 2011
Mr. R. was a true gentleman and his passing is a great loss to all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
Hubert Hicks
March 23, 2011
To The Romanow Family,

Dear Joe,
Beautiful memories are wonderful things, they last till the longest day, they never wear out, they never get lost, and can never be given away.

To some you may be forgotten, to others part of the past.

But to us who loved and lost you, your memory will always last.

May You Rest In Peace Joe.

Mike & Lorraine Lapensee and members of the Royal Canadian Legion, Kanata Branch 638.
Mike Lapensee
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