Nicholas Kuszak passed away on Monday, June 4, 2012 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre at the age of 85 years.
He was born on April 9, 1927 at Tarnopol, which at that time was a part of Poland.
His family came to Canada in May of 1930 and settled at Pointe du Bois, Manitoba where he received his early education. Following his education, he worked several years for Winnipeg Hydro.
In 1952, Nicholas moved to Winnipeg and was employed by the Province of Manitoba. He retired in 1990 after having served in Winnipeg, Souris and Dauphin.
Nicholas loved the outdoors and was especially fond of fishing and duck hunting. He also enjoyed sports such as curling, golf and bowling. He was an avid football fan who never missed a Bombers game. There are numerous trophies and other memorabilia to this regard. Nicholas also loved acting, and was actively involved with many of the groups he performed with.
In 1967, Nicholas married Thérèse Dupré from Laurier and together they raised two wonderful children, Robert and Jo-Anne. They are now blessed with four grandchildren, Tiggairna, Broden, Dustin and Mathew. There are also nieces, nephews and extended family members in Canada, United States, Poland and Ukraine that are too numerous to mention.
Nicholas was predeceased by his father Blazy Kuszak in 1978, his mother Mary (nee Mikolaychuk) in 1998, his brother Cazmir in 1986 and his sister Mary in 1998.
Rosary led by the Knights of Columbus was held on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 6:45 p.m., followed by Prayers at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin. Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. from St. Viator’s Roman Catholic Church, celebrated by Fr. David Kowalski. Mary Kay Scinocca served as organist, accompanying the St. Viator’s Choir. The eulogy was delivered by Teresa Borkowski. The readers were Elaine Hepburn and Robert Kuszak. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery. Laying Nicholas to rest were Pallbearers Jim Borkowski, Maurice Doucette, Gordon Dupré, Dustin Hnatiuk, Lucien Divers and Michael Cymistruk.
Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember Nicholas may honour his memory by making donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or to a charity of one’s choice.