William Plesh

On Saturday July 29, 2017, William Plesh passed away peacefully at the Dauphin Hospital at the age of 93 years. William was born in the Ashville District on December 23, 1923 to Peter and Caroline (Zarowny). He grew up on the farm and attended Comrie School. After completing his education he worked in the apple orchards in Kelowna, BC. After many years he returned home to work on the family farm. William and his two brothers Harry and John dedicated their time to running the farm. William’s passion outside of the farm was playing his cymbaly. He joined a Ukrainian band called Party Time Orchestra in the mid eighties and made his first recording in 1994. He played often with the band at Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, in many parades and numerous weddings and dances in Dauphin and surrounding area. He continued to play and enjoyed his time with the band up until 2010. He enjoyed having company at the farm and the wiener roasts were always a hit. Having difficulty living independently on the farm he made the move into the Dauphin Personal Care Home where he enjoyed his life until his passing. William was predeceased by his parents, brothers Joe, Mike, Paul, John, Harry, Peter, and sisters Anne Kiazyk and Kay Wilk. He is survived by sister Elizabeth Zabiaka and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Liturgy was held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10:00 am from Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in , with Very Rev Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating. Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin, MB. Pallbearers were Joe Kiazyk, Andy Kiazyk, Leonard Wilk, Phil Wilk, Cliff Hadway, Syd Puchailo.


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  1. Ernie and Patty Andriechuk says:

    To the Zabiaka Family:
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of Bill. He was a talented and friendly man. Always a pleasure to visit. Vichnya Pam’yat.
    Ernie and Patty Andriechuk

  2. john nykiforuk says:

    Condolences to the passing of Bill. A very nice and quiet man. Had many friendly talks with bill in the Barber shop and enjoyed his sense of humour. May God grant the Zabiaka family peace and wonderful memories of Bill’s life.

  3. Jerry & Theresa Smigelski says:

    To the Zabiaka Family,
    Our Condolences of the passing of your Brother & Uncle Bill. It was an honor to have known him and to have shared many a coffee break with this friendly and happy man. Vichnaya Pam’yat

  4. Ron Zaleski says:

    The Zabiaka family,
    My sympathies on the passing of your Brother and Uncle. Bill was always friendly to me whenever I filled in with PTO and when I would meet up with him uptown. Vichnya Pam’yat.

  5. Barry and Clairette Zaleski says:

    Condolences to the Zabiaka Family on the passing of your brother and Uncle Bill. He was a very talented man and so pleasant to talk to. RIP Bill!!

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