It is with sadness, yet profound gratitude for a life well-lived, that the Brezden family announces the passing of Adam Brezden. On October 23, 2019, surrounded by his family at the St. Boniface Hospital, Adam, at the age of 81 years went peacefully to be with the Lord.
Adam was born on February 10, 1938 to parents Annie (nee Seychuk) and Hnat Brezden. The youngest of five children, he grew up on the family farm near Fishing River and attended Mowat School and D.C.T.I. Though Adam did not enjoy formal education, one of the most significant moments of his life happened in school when he met Lorraine Sametz, who one day would become his bride. But love would have to wait as Adam left school and promptly set off for Hamilton, Ontario to work at the Slater Steel Co. One year passed and he made the decision to return to Dauphin to help his mother so she would not have to deal with the challenges of running a household on her own. He quickly found employment at Acklands where he worked alongside his brother, Victor. Adam didn’t waste any time and reunited with his high school sweetheart, Lorraine. They were married in July of 1959. Over the next few years Adam and Lorraine’s family grew, becoming proud parents to three busy boys, Brian, Bruce and Brad. Adam always made time for family, friends and fun. He spent a great deal of time at the rink with the boys, and whether he was behind the bench or in the stands he was always cheering them on. Both Adam and Lorraine loved the outdoors and they shared that love with their sons. It began with summer camping trips in a small tent trailer, and as the boys grew, so did the campers, eventually buying a lot near Waterhen. This became the perfect summer home for growing teenagers, hosting friends and family, eventually grandchildren, and filleting several fish along the way! Adam enjoyed hunting. Over the years, filling the freezer with a moose, deer or elk was the best excuse to plan and achieve many memorable hunting trips with his good friends. Although Adam enjoyed sales and working for Acklands, doing so for over 21 years, he had a bigger dream. He wanted to start his own auto parts business. In 1975, with the full support of his wife and children, he and his brother Victor partnered, becoming co-founders of their namesake business, Advic Bearing and Auto. After a great deal of hard work and dedication to serving the local agriculture and automotive industries and numerous customers throughout the Parkland, their business became not only a success, but eventually a legacy for Adam’s boys. In 1993 Brian, Bruce and Brad purchased the family business and with Adam’s guidance throughout the years Advic’s continued to expand and support the community. Adam and Lorraine’s hearts were overjoyed having six grandchildren all close to home. They made it a priority to be present for every birthday, Christmas, Easter and special occasion. After Adam retired in 1995 he and Lorraine had more time for traveling and spending time with family and friends. Together they enjoyed trips near and far, taking great pleasure in everything from camping in the Ducks with their 5th wheel to trips to Churchill, Europe, Alaska and beyond. Adam could fix just about anything, was seldom seen without his signature pipe and Green Sail tobacco and rarely quiet when the opportunity came for a witty one-liner joke. He bugged Lorraine in the kitchen and helped her in the garden and bragged how his perogies never opened when boiled – thanks to his trick of licking his fingers between each pinch. His humour, kind and honest words and loving and welcoming character will be missed by many.
He is predeceased by his parents, Hnat and Annie Brezden; sister, Rose Dudar; and brothers, Walter, Bill and Victor. He leaves to cherish many fond memories, his loving wife of 60 years, Lorraine; sons, Brian (Jenny), Bruce (Lorna), Brad (Andrea); grandchildren Breken, Brett (Michelle), Meaghan (Riley), Hannah (Wyatt), Jesse, Sydney (Dillan); great-grandson, Cason; many nieces and nephews and extended family.
Donations in memory of Adam can be made to the St. Boniface Hospital Acute Cardiac Care Unit or the Dauphin General Hospital Foundation.
Prayers will be offered on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held for Adam on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10:00 am from the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin with Very Rev Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Adam may be made to St. Boniface Hospital Acute Cardiac Care Unit, or the Dauphin General Hospital Foundation.
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