For each of us is created to die, and within him, he was born to fly.
William (Bill) Tostowaryk, 80, left us peacefully July 18th, 2018 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre after battling cancer for eight months. He faced his illness with great strength and courage while protecting and preparing his family for their inevitable loss of his presence. A gathering of remembrance of Bill's life will be celebrated on August 2nd, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Sneath Strilchuk Family Care Centre.
William (Bill) Tostowaryk was born on October 9, 1937 at Middleboro, Manitoba. The majority of his life was spent living in Dauphin. He worked for 35 years as a flight service specialist for Transport Canada. Many years ago Bill decided to take to the skies. He received his pilot license, and for thirty years he flew for search and rescue. Bill enjoyed travelling, and he and Marcy visited many places in Canada and beyond. He was a gentle, kind and intelligent man who with care and love showed a great deal of patience. When required, he was a person who went out of his way to help his friends and family. He loved Marcy unconditionally throughout their life together.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother Zoya Fediuk, father Matt Tostowaryk, brothers-in-law Stan Szumlanski, Glen Stevens, Ellis Gnapp, William Kozak, and step-son Wayne.
Bill is survived by the love of his life Marcella (Marcy) Tostowaryk with whom he shared 47 years. He also leaves behind sisters Mary Szumlanski, Carol Stevens, Betty Gnapp and step sons Ray, Larry (Ally), Gary (Brenda) and Brian Barnesky, grandsons David (Celeste) and Noah Barnesky and great granddaughter Ephrosien (Ephy) Barnesky.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and deep gratitude for all expressions of sympathy and acts of kindness shown during this time of bereavement. Bill always said 'everyone he met enriched his life". Bill was truly a beautiful man.
A Memorial Service was held for William on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm from the Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre in Dauphin.
Interment will follow in the Roblin District Cemetery at a later date.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of William may be made to a charity of one's choice.