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