Peacefully on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, Paul passed away at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre in Dauphin, Manitoba at the age of 84 years.
Paul was born in Glenhope in the R.M. of McCreary, Manitoba on October 19, 1927, the son of Harry and Natalie (nee Palishniuk) Gawazuk.
Paul loved to help his brother Peter on the farm, and every minute away from work was spent on the farm helping with the cows or on the fields. Paul first worked at the R.M. of Dauphin, then worked away from home in Churchill on the Port for many years. After returning home from Churchill, Paul took on a new venture with Cargill Grain Company. This took him to Elm Creek, Manitoba where he spent 25 years making friends and enjoying life.
After retirement, he enjoyed trips to Austin to the Thresherman’s Reunion, fishing trips, playing cards or just spending time with all of his family and friends. Paul loved the outdoors. Many times you could find him napping under a tree with his Cargill hat pulled over his eyes.
Later in life, Paul packed up and moved back to Dauphin. Here again and back to the farm, this time helping his nephew Ron. Back to field work, hauling cattle to the pasture, or to the St. Rose Auction Mart. You couldn’t make a trip into Ste. Rose without stopping at Chicken Chef for lunch! Paul’s newest job on the farm was helping to butcher chickens, and it was his job to pick all the pin feathers. This is where he got the nickname “Pinfeather Pauly.”
Paul was a loving, caring man, always willing to help out. He will be greatly missed.
Paul leaves to cherish fond memories many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was predeceased by his father Harry; mother Natalie; stepmother Sobina; brothers Bill, Matt and Peter; sisters-in-law Sophie, Marion and Helen; and nephew Victor.
Memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Valley River Hall in Valley River, celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Oleg Bodnarski. Marvin Procyshyn served as Cantor. Interment followed in the Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Parish Farm Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, those wishing to remember Paul may honour his memory by making donations to the Canadian Cancer Society.