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Obituary for Paul Alexiuk

Paul Alexiuk

Peacefully with family by his side, Paul Alexiuk passed away at the Simkin Centre in Winnipeg, on August 12, 2022 at the age of 93 years.

Remaining to forever cherish his memory are his wife of 68 years, Patricia; children: Sherry (Jack), Janice, Chris (Laurie), and Barb (Blaine); grandchildren: Scott (Leanne), Casey, Chad (Taylor), Cole, Jay, Jordan, Mackenzie and Jamie; great grandchildren: Hunter, Kingston, Stevie, Maggie and Ronin; brothers: Andy (Edith), and Phil (Marlene); sisters Jean and Nettie; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Lena; brothers: John, Eli and Matt; sister: Mary; brothers-in-law Peter and Ed; sisters-in-law: Dorothy, Marion, and Loraine; nephews Allen and Lionel, niece Kelly and great-nephew Jonathon.

Paul was born in Sundown, Manitoba on July 24, 1929. He grew up during the Great Depression on the family farm west of Sundown. When he was old enough, he left home to become a teacher. He studied at St Andrews College and Normal School. He began his teaching career in Bissett, Manitoba in the early 1950s. This is where he met his wife to be, Patricia Johnson, who was also a young school teacher. They were married in 1954 and settled in Elm Creek, Manitoba where they raised their family. They spent the rest of his teaching career in Elm Creek. He retired from teaching in 1989. Eventually, they moved from Elm Creek to a condominium in Winnipeg in 2015.

While in Elm Creek, Paul was an active member of the St Andrews United Church. For several years, he administered the church Sunday School program, served on the church board, and frequently helped organize church picnics. He rarely missed attending church while living in Elm Creek.

At different times while living in the community, Paul coached women’s softball, organized the Ted Fisher Memorial Hockey Tournament, and was a member of both the Kinsmen and the Masons. He enjoyed helping to put in the ice at the curling rink and skating rink each Winter. He liked to curl, golf, hunt and fish. He especially enjoyed helping people in the community with their electrical or plumbing needs. Paul was quite musical playing both guitar and fiddle; and in his younger days he played in a band called the Rhythm Ramblers.

He enjoyed keeping up with current events (what’s happening in the world, country, province, community), the news, weather, and sports. Upon losing his sight, he stayed current by listening to the radio or having someone read the newspaper to him, or through conversation. He thoroughly enjoyed country and western music, and Ukrainian-Canadian music. He loved talking about science, history, and geography, and was always quick to ask someone where they were from when first meeting them.

But his true passion was his family. He cherished spending time with family whether at home or at the family cottage at Gull Lake, Manitoba. And if he could not be with them, he would phone them. He loved reminiscing about old times and fun times, playing cribbage, doing jumbles and finding out what each of his family members were up to. Attending grandchildren’s concerts, sporting events, and school events were a priority, as was helping family members with home renovation wiring or plumbing projects. And if someone had an unforeseen expense, he was quick to write a cheque to cover their costs. He loved helping his family!

Paul’s family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude and appreciation for the loving care given to him by the amazing staff at the Simkin Centre (Simkin 2 South). He was treated as a family member there, and he developed many very special and heart-warming relationships. The staff at Simkin will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Paul’s family.

A celebration of Paul’s life will be held at the Community Hall in Elm Creek on Friday, August 19, 2022 at 11:00 am. Private family interment will take place at Elm Creek Cemetery.

If people wish to honour his memory, donations can be made to their charity of choice.