Bro. Stefan Stefaniuk
August 24, 1923 – February 9, 2015
Bro. Stefan Stefaniuk peacefully fell asleep on February 09, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 91. He was born to Paulo and Palahia (Yavorski) Stefaniuk, and educated in Stinka, Ukraine. Ukraine was very violently entrenched by German and Soviet Military forces during WW II; so at age 19, Stefan was bound for military training in Nolhammer, and then in Austria, where the Germans formed a division for them to fight the Soviets. After months on the frontline, his division was captured by the British and he was interned in a Prisoner of War camp in Italy. With an aptitude for technology, very incredibly, Stefan engineered military equipment for the British during WW II.
In 1951, Bro. Stefan immigrated to Canada, and soon he met and married his loving wife, Olga. Stefan became employed by Celanese Canada where he worked until his retirement. During his tenure, he was proudly promoted to the position of operator of the Fiber Filaments department. His civic construction leadership skills were endeared by everyone.
He never faced a dull moment on earth. He graciously shared his life of faith with his community, and his loving family. Bro. Stefan’s warm heart, courage, strength of spirit, sense of humor, and dignified stewardship were blessings to all who knew him. He dearly loved Canada and his relatives in Ukraine, USA, and Australia. He was a devoted fan of soccer and hockey.
Bro. Stefan was predeceased by his wife Olga in 2013; parents Paulo and Palahia; and brothers Hrytz, Michalo, Ivan and Petro. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his son, Paul; his daughter and son-in-law, Lindy (Darrell) Ewaskiw; two very special grandsons, Steven and Jordan Ewaskiw; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donny (Gloria) Checknita; brother-in-law, Mickey Checknita; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In 1970, Bro. Stefan was honourably recruited into the St. Josaphat Cathedral Branch of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood of Canada (UCBC). He was a devoted servant and benefactor for Parish activities, Clergy, Seminarians, Youth, and Community. He zealously honoured the six UCBC Principles: Charity, Culture, Faith, Fraternity, Patriotism, and Stewardship. He served on numerous Branch, Eparchial, and National UCBC Commissions. He also held positions on the local and provincial Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Ukrainian Senior Citizen Associations, and other non-profit Societies. Bro. Stefan abundantly enjoyed volunteering in clubs, and countless societal organizations. His volunteering was exceptional, and we recall him saying, “Don’t spend time describing what you need me for – Just tell me when and where you need me.” He never hesitated to share his time, health, dignity, resources, and enthusiasm. People were irresistibly drawn to Bro. Stefan because of his magnetic smile and grace. His hearty laugh and ready charm warmed up those around him. People know Stefan for many things; but above all, he will be remembered for the quiet humility that always had him thinking about others first.
Prayer Service for Bro. Stefan Stefaniuk was celebrated on February 16, and Requiem Divine Liturgy on February 17, 2015. Both were held at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, in Edmonton, and directed by Pastor Stanislav Bjeli. The Family Eulogy was presented by grandson Steven Ewaskiw, followed by a Tribute from UCBC Advocate Bro. Victor Fedyna. Brothers of the UCBC faithfully participated as Honour Guard, Cross bearer, UCBC Flag bearer, and followed venerable UCBC Principles by honouring his daughter, Lindy, and the family with the Brotherhood Sash, which symbolizes our Everlasting Memory for him. Casket bearers were Jordan Ewaskiw, Steven Ewaskiw, Ricky Checknita, Bob Boyechko, Cornell Stefaniuk, and Taras Podilsky. Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery. A sumptuous dinner was provided at St. Michael Heritage Complex.
Вічная Пам’ять! In Everlasting Memory!