It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Mr. Orest Prysiazniuk of Thompson, Manitoba, on November 10, 2012 aged 79 years.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Christina (Karell) Prysiazniuk and siblings Morris Prysiazniuk (Evelyn), and Mike Prysiazniuk.
He is survived by Anne Chambers (Henry), Peter (Claire), Nestor, Walter, Stella Cormier, and several nieces and nephews: Darryl, Carey, Lisa, Rene, Michael, Brigitte, Shawn, Karla, Lila and Andrew.
Orest was a genuine friend and mentor, he was a spiritual man and he made everyone feel like family, he was funny and enjoyed sharing laughter or whatever he had, be it a meal, friendship, knowledge, or a kind word. He was a kind and giving soul. Orest was helpful and never passed up an opportunity to help out when asked. He was genuine, and a man of his word.
Orest was a member of Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church in Thompson for many years.
Orest was born January 15, 1933 in Ethelbert, MB To John and Christina Prysiazniuk. As a child he attended Pine River Elementary School and later graduated at Dauphin College with technical training as a machinist. With experience in welding and maintenance repairs he worked at Patricia Transport in the winter of 1951, working in the tourist industry at God’s River Lodge for the summer months and freighting in the winter. In 1954 he obtained employment with Northern Bus Lines and Northern Auto Electric. In 1956 he upgraded his skills at Beatie’s Auto Electric specializing in automotive. Later Orest came to Thompson and worked for INCO for a short time and found it too regimented, so he left and ventured out to be an upstanding businessman and entrepreneur within the community in the latter 1950’s when he and 2 partners started Threeway Chrysler in Thompson, Manitoba. He then went on to pursue other opportunities such as Parklane Texaco Thompson, Southwood restaurant and Parklane Services Ltd. Orest was a hard worker with long hours and deadlines to meet it was not uncommon to see the lights on late at his shop on Weir Road in Thompson he would be working away into the wee hours to get the job done. He provided repair services to the Government of Manitoba repairing Fire trucks and other equipment from the outlying communities he often would fly in to remote communities and provide repair services. He took pride in his mechanical work and it was impeccable, and it was done right! His creativeness and mechanical talent was without limits if he needed a part that was not readily available he improvised, he designed, studied, welded, machined, or did whatever was required and the result was perfect.
Orest loved the north and remained in Thompson till his passing. His many friends, family and extended family will miss him.
Thank you to the BRHA homecare workers who helped make Orest comfortable and provided me with support needed to allow me to care for my longtime friend during this difficult time, sincerely, Traci Ealing-Lobb
“God bless you and keep you in His care, until we meet again.”
A visitation for Orest was held on November 15, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Thompson at the Boardman Funeral Chapel 28 Nelson Road, Thompson, Manitoba.
Funeral service was held on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. from St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dauphin, Manitoba. Rev. Fr. Brent Kuzyk officiated the service, accompanied by St. George’s Cantors. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Orest Prysiazniuk may be made to charity of your choice at the following website: http://www.canadahelps.org/.