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Julian Habinski

August 19, 1921May 1, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Julian Louis Habinski announces his passing on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Atikokan General Hospital with family by his side. He was born on August 19, 1921 in Cooks Creek, Manitoba to Joseph and Agnes Habinski. He grew up on the family farm, the middle child of 12. In 1942, at the age of 21 he enlisted with Royal Canadian Artillery, he trained at Camp Shilo before traveling overseas, first to England then his unit headed to North Africa and then back to Italy, they started at the “toe” and worked their way across the country to Rimini. He had a close call on October 13, 1944 and spent some time in the Naples hospital where 2 pieces of shrapnel were removed but the surgeon left the third piece, feeling that the removal of it would cost him his arm. A week before Christmas in 1944 he was back on the front lines. His battalion was stationed to Hilversum, north Holland when the war ended in 1945. In March of 1946 he left the Army, returning to Canada. He took a job with Steep Rock Mine that December, settling in Atikokan. He married his wife Emma in 1948 moving into their new home on Starr Street in 1952 where he continued to live until going into extended care in 2018. Only owner of his home living there 66 years. He worked part time for Moffatts and Ed British during his days off. Spent 31 years at Steep Rock leaving in 1979 when the mines closed. He then moved on to Proboard in 1982 before retiring in 1986. He loved his family who were everything and meant the world to him. Dad and mom and his brother Stan were avid bowlers with loads of bowling trophies being brought home, sometimes so many some were returned to be reused as trophies for others. He fished, especially loved deer hunting and the outdoors and his garden. He and mom were very active in the Lutheran Church and we’re involved in establishing Zion Lutheran Church in the early 1950s which later became Faith Lutheran Church. He was a very kind, caring, giving man never hesitating to help anyone he knew. He was a regular helper with his neighbors whether it was snow blowing, gardening or whatever needed being done. He helped Karen at the Enchanted Florist for many years and also could be seen snow shoveling at local businesses. There are too many to mention that would remember his helping hand and his many God Blesses. He was an amazing awesome man.

Julian will be sadly missed by his children Janice(Jake) Splawski, Richard(Terry) Habinski and step-daughter Marlene(Arnold) Balabuk. Grandchildren Carol- Ann(Sam) O’Flaherty, Shelly(Jeff) Palmai, Aaron(Denise) Habinski, Rachael(Jon) Murphy, Matthew Habinski, Sarah Habinski, Joel(Andrea) Habinski, Leah Habinski, Linda(Brian) Dietrich, Randy Balabuk and Kevin Balabuk and 18 great grandchildren. Brother Dick(Gloria) Habinski and sister Adeline(John) Rosmus and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 37 years Emma Habinski, parents Joseph and Agnes Habinski, brothers Stan Habinski, Kazmer Habinski, Louis Habinski, Ed Habinski , sisters Mary Campbell and Jean Sontag and Nettie Livicker who was his close companion for 10 years. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held later this summer when friends are able to gather. If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church, Box 266, Atikokan, ON, P0T 1C0 or the Atikokan General Hospital, Box 2490, Atikokan, Ontario. Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.

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