September 26, 1924 – April 18, 2021


Mykola passed away peacefully at the age of 96 years in Toronto, Canada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mykola and Maria, his brother Hrenyo, and sisters Anna and Kasha.

Mykola is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janina; his daughter, Dr. Anna Sawka, husband Steven Bosnick and grandchild Christina Bosnick; son, Dr. Andrew Sawka, wife Dr. Judy Chen, and grandchildren Justine, Claudia, and Andie Sawka; nephew Petro Sawka and his family in Siberia; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families in Ukraine.

Mykola was born in Poruby, Ukranine. He was a forced laborer in Germany during World War II.  He subsequently moved to England and then immigrated to Canada.  He raised his family in Winnipeg, Manitoba and worked at Swift Canada for 25 years, followed by the Winnipeg School Board. He moved to Toronto, Canada in 2008, where he and Janina have been members of St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church.  He and Janina shared a “great time” in Toronto.

Mykola was laid to rest at All Saints Cemetery in West St. Paul, Manitoba on April 23, 2021 at a private family burial ceremony. 

For those wishing to make donations, in lieu of sending flowers, a gift may be given to St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 135 La Rose Avenue, Toronto, Canada.

May he Rest in Peace – Vichnaya Pamyat!

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