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August 23, 1941 ~ October 24, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Ed Toporowsky (Ed Topper) of Dauphin, Manitoba passed away on October 24, 2023. Ed was born August 23, 1941 on the family farm in Mayfair, Saskatchewan. His parent’s Semen and Anastasia (Kendzior) Toporowsky had immigrated to Canada in 1927 from the villages of Sebechiv and Komariv in Ukraine. Ed was the youngest of a family of four children: Alex, Anne and Walter.
In 1943 the family moved to Dauphin, Manitoba and settled on a farm in the Dauphin Plains district. After his father’s death in 1949 Ed and his brother Walter continued the family farm for a time. The farm was sold and he moved to Dauphin and was employed as a baker’s helper at Western Bakery. At this time Ed played with the band The Melody King’s with his brother Walter, John Sawchuk and Johnny Moroz. In 1963, Ed was hired as a country music disk jockey for CKDM and then moved into sales with the radio station. He went on to a career in sales in Winnipeg and Calgary and later to hotel ownership in Alberta. Ed retired in Kimberley, BC before returning recently to Dauphin.
Ed married Helen Haliski and they had four children: Glenn, Danny, Gwen and Tammy.
He was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Nettie Toporowsky, son Glenn, brothers Alex and Walter and sister Anne.
Surviving are his son Dan and daughters Gwen and Tammy.
At Ed’s request, no funeral services will be held. He asked that those who knew him raise a glass as a toast to [his] life.