Bro. Walter Marych, KSV
February 20, 1925 – October 17, 2014
Bro Walter Marych peacefully fell asleep on 2014 October 19 at age 89 in Edmonton, AB. He was born and educated in Western Ukraine. World War II violently spread throughout Ukraine. German Military occupied Walter’s Region. As a young teenager, he was forced to work in laborious German concentration camps thru the War Years.
In 1945 Bro Walter met and married his loving wife, Dusia, while in Germany. Soon they immigrated to Canada to live in faith, and labour in freedom. His employment as a civic construction employee and his leadership skills were endeared by everyone. He never faced a dull moment on earth — he graciously shared his heart for faith, community, municipality, and loving family. Bro Walter’s courage, strength of spirit, sense of humor, and dignified stewardship were blessings to all who knew him.
Bro Walter was predeceased by his parents, and son Roman Marych. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife Dusia; two daughters, Julie Marych and Irena Marych; three grandchildren, Sonya (Tony) Abego, Lesia (Chris) Payne and Ron (Stormee) Hickey; two great-grandchildren, Liam and Rogan Payne; one brother, Josip and one sister, Anna and their families living in Ukraine.
Bro Walter honourably joined St. Josaphat Cathedral Branch Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood Canada in 1958. He became a devout servant and benefactor of Parish, Youth, Community, Municipality, zealously pursuing Six UCBC Principles: Charity, Culture, Faith, Fraternity, Patriotism, and Stewardship. He was President of St. Josaphat Cathedral Branch in 1974, 1975, and 1982. He served numerous Branch, Eparchial, and National UCBC Commissions and positions. He also served on the local and provincial Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Ukrainian Seniors Associations, and many other non-profit societies. Bro Walter zealously enjoyed volunteering in clubs, and countless societal organizations. He never hesitated to share his time, health, dignity, material, and spirit. He frequently concluded meetings, debates, and events with: “Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we must be mindful of the fact that no one can escape death. Yet, the focus of human beings is often only on their own life and living. And thus, they do not prepare when, where, or how death, the final event of life, will occur. God’s supreme principle applies to all people on earth — rich or poor, famous or common, educated or challenged. In the end, all are obliged to deliver a full report of one’s life history on earth before their Creator.”
Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk blessed Bro Walter with the highest faithful honour — Knight of St. Volodymyr The Great.
Four clergy celebrated Requiem Divine Liturgy on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Edmonton, officiated by Pastor Peter Babej. The family eulogy was given by Bro Walter’s daughter, Irena Marych, followed by UCBC representative, Bro Victor Fedyna. Members of UCBC sincerely participated: Honour guard, casket bearers, cross bearer, flag bearer, venerable UCBC principles, concluding with the Eternal Sash dedication to Dusia and family. Interment followed in St. Michael Cemetery. Randy Topolnisky, Roman Sech, and four members of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood were honorary casket bearers. A wonderful dinner followed for family and Christian Benefactors.
Вічная Пам’ять! In Everlasting Memory!