OBITUARY

Lucas John Parafianowicz

July 9, 1983November 20, 2018

Lucas Parafianowicz

With shattered hearts, we announce the passing of Lucas Parafianowicz on November 20, 2018, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the age of 35. He was surrounded by his family and peacefully passed to heaven, enveloped in love.Lucas was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, to John and Dorota (Musial) Parafianowicz, and he was the world’s best big brother to Lydia (Erwin van de Kreeke). He proudly attended Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School, followed by the University of Waterloo (Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, 2007) and Dalhousie University (Master of Industrial Engineering and Master of Business Administration, 2009). He also earned his Professional Engineering Designation. In choosing the east coast of Canada to continue his education, Lucas also reunited with a high school science camp friend, Tricia, who was the love of his life. In August 2010, they married in the beautiful village of Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Without any doubt, the greatest joy in Lucas’ life was becoming a father to three beautiful children: Anna Lydia (6), Daniel Lucas (3) and Stanley Ian (7 months). Our solace is knowing that his spirit will live on in each of them, and they will grow up to know the amazing man who is their father. Lucas was an extraordinary son, husband, father, brother, and friend. He was known for his patience, compassion, humour, integrity, work ethic, constant gratitude, and spirited competitiveness (especially at board games). His gentle kindness was like a warm campfire that drew you in and made you want to linger a while. Lucas spent his professional life as an industrial engineer. He last worked at the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax striving to improve the overall efficiencies of the hospital. His hard work and dedication resulted in being recognized with an IWK Star Award in his last month of work. He was passionate about curling, hockey (go Leafs and Blackhawks!), canoeing, traveling, running and the simple pleasure of an Alexander Keith’s outside on a summer day. Above all, he loved to spend time with his family in their Halifax home. In spite of his diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in March 2018, Lucas continued to live life to the fullest with positivity and incredible perseverance, all the while never complaining. His journey was an inspiration to us all. We know that Lucas is resting in heaven with his grandparents, Adam and Jozefa Parafianowicz, and Kazimierz Musial. Lucas is survived by his wife Dr. Tricia Doyle, formerly of Sydney, NS, and their children, Anna, Daniel and Stanley; his parents, John and Dorota Parafianowicz; his sister, Lydia and husband Erwin; his grandmother, Brunhilde Musial; uncle Henry (Louise); uncle Steve (Kim); cousins Jeff and Aly (Nolan and daughter Noelle); parents-in-law Ian and Anne Doyle of Sydney, NS; brothers-in-law Ian James (Kylene) and Brenden Doyle; and support cat, Baddeck. Lucas, you have left us far too soon but you have touched every one of our lives, and you will never be forgotten. We love you, Lucas. Visitation will take place at the Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home (2666 Windsor Street) on Friday, November 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 24 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow at 2:00 p.m. We will be creating memory books for Anna, Daniel and Stanley. We would like this to be a compilation of the many stories that friends and family have shared with us, so that his children can have a special memento of their incredible Dad. If you have a story about Lucas that you would like to contribute, please email it to lucasjohnmemories@gmail.com In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (http://www.llscanada.org) or the IWK Childrens’ Hospital Foundation (https://iwkfoundation.org/ ) would be greatly appreciated.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 23, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, November 24, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 24, 2018
REMEMBERING

Lucas John Parafianowicz

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Sonia Garcia

November 26, 2018

Dorota, John, Lydia, Tricia, & Children,

I was deeply saddened when my Mom shared the news with me about Lucas' passing. I can't imagine how you are feeling right now and I won't pretend to know the loss that you are experiencing. Over the last few days I been reminiscing about the last time I spoke to or saw Lucas - which was at his wedding. Growing up we would see each other here are there and less frequent as we continued to get older. I still remember my Mom asking me if I wanted to go with her to Lucas and Tricia's wedding and make the trip out to Nova Scotia. Still to this day, it continues to be one of the most memorable trips we have ever taken and one of the most beautiful weddings we have attended. My Mom and I still talk about it. I was just so honoured to be a part of it and share in those special memories with Lucas, Tricia, and all their family and friends. A memory I will forever cherish.

Thinking of you all at this most difficult time. I hope that all the great moments that you were able to share with Lucas before he passed away brings you strength and comfort.

Love always,
Sonia Garcia

Doreen Malek

November 26, 2018

Dear Dorota, John ,Tricia and Children

We are saddened to hear of the sad loss of your beloved son, brother, husband and father he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Please know we are thinking about you all at this time.

Tony remembers the time Lucas came to England and he gave him a football top of his favourite team and was proud to hear from Lucas he wore it to a sporting event when he went back home to Canada... Lucas made him so happy. He was a wonderful person and will never be forgotten.

Lots of love and kisses from over seas.
Doeeen and all the Malek Family.

Greg Doyle

November 26, 2018

Lucas and I had the pleasure of curling together a few years ago at CFB. I always enjoyed our talks about our kids growing up. Got a lot of tips from him on raising a toddler which I appreciated totally.
Very sad to see him not with us anymore. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Adam Gilmore

November 26, 2018

Lucas and I were roomates in 1st year at U Waterloo. He was a great guy, and although we fell out of touch, I thought of him often. My deepest condolences to the entire family.

Dennis and Mary Jo Modolo

November 25, 2018

John and Dorota,
We are heartbroken for you on your loss of Lucas and extend our deepest sympathies to you and all of Lucas’ family.
In his memory, we have made a donation to Lymphoma Canada.
We pray for your peace.

Marilyn & Ashleigh Pawluk & Dixon

November 25, 2018

Dorota, John, and family
The news of Lucas death brings much sadness.
Sincere condolences, our thoughts and prayers
are with with you.

Karolyn Gruszewski

November 25, 2018

John, Dorota, Lydia and family,

My deepest condolences on the passing of Lucas. Shocked and saddened to hear this news. What a beautiful life Lucas created with his wife and children. Thinking of the many memories we shared as children and young adults during preschool, family gatherings and high school.

You are in my prayers.

Khayyam and Vicki Syne

November 25, 2018

Dear John, Dorota and Family,
Vicki and I are saddened and truly sorry for the untimely passing of your beautiful son Lucas. Mere words are never enough at a time like this, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we hope that you will find solace and some consolation, through wonderful memories of better times and from his cherished family that he leaves behind.
Please also know that a donation has been made in Lucas' memory to the IWK Childrens' Hospital Foundation.

Michelle Sollazzo

November 25, 2018

Anne, Tricia, Anna, Daniel, Stanley and family:

I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers as I can only imagine how difficult this time is for all of you. I'm so sorry for your profound loss. May every act of kindness comfort you at this time.

Carol Sparks

November 24, 2018

Dear Tricia and family,
Please accept our sincere sympathy for the loss of your husband and father. We didn't know Lucas but Marni has been telling us what a fine caring man he was. Words are very inadequate at a time like this but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Carol And Clovie