REV. DEACON MICHAEL JACYNA

Obituary of REV. DEACON MICHAEL JACYNA

REVEREND DEACON MICHAEL JACYNA

It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Michael Jacyna on March 11, 2017 at Holy Family Home, Winnipeg, MB, at the age of 95 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Kathy (Merritt) and son Steve (Kathryn), both of Calgary; grandchildren Sean, Kristen, Laura and Kevin. He was predeceased by his wife Luba, and his brother George. He also leaves to mourn, his sister Vera(Danny) Fisher, nieces Shirley (John) Shritt, Carol Humiski, Barb Humiski, Oksana Jacyna (in Ukraine) and nephews Bill Humiski, Randy Hargreaves, Yuri Jacyna (and his family in Ukraine).

Michael was born and raised in western Ukraine. During the Second World War he was active in the Ukrainian Liberation movement until his capture by the Germans in 1943. He was liberated from the Dachau concentration camp by the American army at the end of the war. After the war he immigrated to Canada and began his new life. He later proudly became a Canadian citizen.

Michael met Luba Burak in Winnipeg and they married in October 1953. Luba and Michael had forty-two happy years together. He was employed by the Federal Government as a meat inspector until his retirement in 1986.

In 1975 Michael was ordained as a Deacon by Archbishop Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk and served Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church for more than 30 years. Reverend Deacon Michael served the parish as a Catechism teacher, by visiting the sick and helping parishioners in many ways, and by acting as St. Nicholas at the annual Christmas concerts. His main passion, besides his family, was fishing, which he enjoyed all his life. He relished having fresh-caught pickerel for dinner. There were many memorable fishing and camping trips and many big ones caught. Michael also loved gardening and took great pride in both his flower and vegetable gardens.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. T. Babick and the staff at the Holy Family Home for their loving kindness and care.

The funeral service will be held at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 737 Bannerman Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Michael’s memory to the Holy Family Home, Winnipeg, Manitoba.