Paul Dutchak of Winnipegosis, Manitoba passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2020 at the age of 90 years.
Paul was born in Pulp River, Manitoba to Samuel and Ann Dutchak (Kostiuk), along with nine siblings. Paul stayed in the Pulp River area and married Alice Pacholuk on May 18, 1963. Together they have four children: Beverly, Bernie, Shirley (son-in-law Jarrett) and Allan (daughter-in-law Dawn). Paul raised his family by farming and working as a logger. Paul was a hunter and loved the land. He was content to stay nearby and just enjoy day to day activities. Paul always welcomed others with a cup of coffee, food and lively conversation. He enjoyed watching hockey and kept up with the news. Paul would converse with anyone about anything. He had such a lively nature to him; he worked hard and laughed easily. A fond memory his children have is many mornings waking to the radio playing loudly and him dancing a morning jig.
Paul adored all his grandchildren and loved seeing them and hearing about them. His grand children are: Nicole (fiancé Ethan) and Lynette Dyrkacz; Justin, Cody, Luke and Dawson Dutchak; Madeleine and Marissa Hart; Cassidy, Jessica, Morgan and Blaine Dutchak.
Paul persevered through many injuries and illnesses and would light heartedly say, “if it’s time to go, it’s time to go”. He spent the last nine years in the Winnipegosis Personal Care Home where he was very well cared for.
Paul cherished the little things in life: a good meal (which he would proudly say his wife, Alice, was the best cook around); working on the garden and gathering vegetables; and waking up early to care for his farm.
In memory of Paul and his love of the land, we dedicate this poem: God’s Garden
God looked around his garden and found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful; He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering. He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids and whispered, ‘Peace be thine’.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you - the day God called you home.
A graveside service and memorial luncheon will be held this spring. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to donate in honour of Paul may do so to the Winnipegosis Personal Care Home.
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