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Sylvester Stanley Hucaluk
January 12, 1939 ~ November 7, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
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Sylvester Stanley Hucaluk passed away peacefully on November 7th, 2023 at the age of 84 years with his family by his side.
He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter Sue(Perry)Hehr and grandchildren Amanda (Alec) and Nolan (Talyn); brother in law Jack Ogryzlo; Nick and Val Ogryzlo of Dauphin and Theresa Peterson of Winnipegosis and other nieces and nephews; as well as family and friends. Sylvester was predeceased by his parents Fred and Caroline Hucaluk (Prosyshyn); brother Larry and sister Victoria Ogryzlo.
Sylvester was born January 12, 1939 in Winnipegosis, Manitoba. Syl grew up in Winnipegosis and attended school there. After completing high school, he went to Churchill where he worked for the National Harbor Board (Government Grain Export) as warehouse personnel and time keeper. Syl spent 5 years in Churchill then moved to Winnipeg where he became employed as a warehouse person and then Warehouse and Distribution Manager at the University of Manitoba.
In 1965 he married Shirley Matkowski from Winnipegosis and became the proud father of his daughter, Susan. Enjoying family vacations to tropical destinations, camping in their tent trailer, curling and volunteering for The Shriners of Winnipeg . The family also visited Winnipegosis every Christmas and most holidays to spend time with family and friends. After 13 years the family moved to Vernon, BC where he owned and managed Marg's Cafe and The Palms Restaurant (Kelowna) In 2 years Syl moved back to Manitoba and worked for Roy Adam in Skownan. When moved to Wabowden to manage a fish packing plant for Fresh Water Fish Marketing Corp. Syl then accepted a managerial position in the commercial freshwater fishing industry for the province of Alberta. This job involved a great deal of travel, so after 5 years Syl moved on to Slave Lake, Alberta and became a Warehouse supervisor with Cathray Distributors. Syl moved on to be employed by Acklands then by West Fraser(Slave Lake Pulp Mill) for 11 years as a parts buyer-inventory manager until his retirement in 2004.
Syl made many close friends during his time in Slave Lake where he enjoyed golfing and fishing. And visiting his daughter and grandchildren as often as possible. After he retired he moved to Medicine Hat then back to Winnipegosis to be close to his ailing mother. Syl bought a house across the street from his sister Vickie and Jack and lived there for 15 years. He enjoyed gardening and canning. He had a large raspberry patch which he shared with others. Syl was an active member with The Elks and followed his grandfather's (Stanley)footsteps and served as an elder for The Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipegosis. I
In Oct of 2019 Syl joined his sister and brother in law and moved to Dauphin where he lived at Mountain View Villa. Syl enjoyed visits to the cabin (roasting kielbasa on the fire) and sucker fishing with his cousin Larry Procyshyn; playing canasta and crib with the other residents and looking after his garden plot. Syl loved celebrating Ukrainian traditions at Christmas and Easter with family and friends. The family would like to give thanks to all the doctors and nurses at The Dauphin Regional Hospital who looked after Syl while there.
A celebration of Syl's life and internment will take place in Winnipegosis the Spring of 2024.
(date to be announced)
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Sylvester may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or Heart and Stroke.