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Peter Kopytko

July 28, 1934 ~ February 9, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Peter Kopytko Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa Peter Kopytko.  He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, February 9th, 2024 at the McCreary/Alonsa Personal Care Home.

Peter was born (along with his twin brother William, who passed away days later at birth) in Portage La Prairie, MB on July 28th, 1934, to John & Irene (nee Puhach) Kopytko. Peter had 7 sisters and 6 brothers. Peter attended Griffith School in the Alonsa area.  He started his Apprenticeship in Plumbing in 1954 and worked on receiving his Journeyman paper five years later. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union in Winnipeg for 70 years this year. At the start of his career, he worked for Canadian Comstock Ltd for 10 years and later branched off to work on the Trans Canada Pipeline which took him to work on the pipeline in different provinces for 2-3 months at a stretch.  He worked on numerous jobs across Canada in Northwest Territories and Kapuskasing, Ontario.

Dad married the love of his life, Janet Shirley Ohirko, on May 9th, 1959 in the Our Lady of Nativity Roman Catholic Church officiated by Father Rudachek in McCreary, MB. Their reception was held on a windy day at the Ohirko Family Farm. After their marriage, they moved on to resume their married life on Rosedale  Avenue in Winnipeg for 13 years. After many years of us kids dreaming around our kitchen table, a lifelong dream about living on a farm and owning dogs, cats, chickens, horses, cows and numerous pets, our dad made it a reality when he purchased the Roy Jackson Farm a mile away from our Grandparents. Our Mom always explained that these were very busy and happy times. Our memories of this time included many hours of planting a shelter belt of trees around our farm yard and many more hours of weeding trees before any off farm activities would happen! I guess that was for building character and a strong work ethic that we all have!

Mom and Dad were blessed with 4 Children; Sandra (Gerald) Walker, Susan (Calvin) Friesen, Michael Kopytko & Murray (Sherry nee Fosty) Kopytko, 10 grandchildren  Angela Walker, Melanie (Aaron) Maczuga, Christopher Walker, Craig Joshua Friesen & Jeff Solis, Bryon (Susanna) Friesen, Sarah (Dave) Brinkman, Tessa (David) Critchley, Cole (McKenna Angus), Wade (Hannah Gingera), Paige (Kalum Caswell), 6 great grandchildren; Mark Friesen, Luke Friesen,  Jonah Critchley, Sparrow Critchley, Wren Critchley and Teal Critchley, and his sister Aileen (Leonard) Ross along with many nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.

Dad was predeceased by his wife: Janet Shirley Kopytko (Ohirko), his parents: John & Irene (nee Puhach) Kopytko , his siblings: Katie (Steve) Tereck, Annie (Joe) Henowitch, Mary (Fred) Tereck Henry Kopytko, Olga (Walter) Chrustie, Fred (Lillian) Kopytko ,Johnny Kopytko, Walter (Julie) Kopytko, Effie (Tony) Mospanchuk, Ernie (Shirley) Kopytko, Joe (Karen) Kopytko, Doreen (Ron) Dilk along with many extended family members.

A private family service will be held with interment in the McCreary RC Cemetery to take place at a future date.  

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Should friends so desire, please consider remembering Peter with a donation to the McCreary Alonsa Personal Care Home Activities Department, Box 250, McCreary, MB, R0J 1B0 

 

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