January 1, 1927 – July 14, 2020
Passed away peacefully in hospital, on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Eugene was born in Korostovychi, Ivano-Frankivska Oblast, Ukraine on January 1, 1927. Along with his family, he was displaced during the Second World War and arrived in Canada in 1948. He was an active member of the Ukrainian Canadian Community of Ottawa and was well known for his benevolence and generosity towards others. Eugene is predeceased by his wife Maria Chodan, his brother John and he is survived by his nephews, Nestor and Zenon and his grand-nephews Ostap, Boyan, Lukash and Maksym. Due to the limit on gatherings brought on by Covid-19, a private family funeral will be held at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home. Eugene will be laid to rest beside his wife, Maria at Notre-Dame Cemetery, Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine in Eugene`s memory. Vichnaya Pamyat!
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July 16, 2020
To my dearly beloved Godfather, and Uncle Eugene Woychyshyn. I will miss you so. Our time together and your wonderful stories shall always remain with me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I most sincerely remain grateful and express my thanks to you for sharing precious moments together during most of my youth and school vacations in the summers and winters in Ottawa with you and aunt Maria. Most parents wouldn’t allow their child to take the bus alone from Toronto to Ottawa, but you were always there to pick me up at the bus station and a hot meal ready prepared each and every time without fail; mashed potato’s, steak, and green peas. There was always something to do with you. In the winters we had a gentleman’s agreement; “I will drive you to Camp Fortune skiing in the morning, but you must promise me to be back at this spot at 4pm”; where you were always there for me to pursue my ongoing love of skiing, and we always connected without fail. In the summers we would go on road trips sightseeing, bicycle trips, and discovering the Ottawa River, the Parliament buildings and Canada’s scenic splendors.
You had a great ability to juggle so many things during your day in your daily routine; wake up early in the morning before the crack of dawn and take care of your property, your parents, your family, your friends, and community. Moreso, your contribution to the construction of the new Ottawa Ukrainian Catholic church goes well beyond mentioning for many decades of support until realized. Ottawa knew you well, with your light brown Valiant car always travelling here and there, everywhere.
Your initial life in Canada was filled with travels working on the trains and resettling in Toronto then to Ottawa, where you established your family, sponsored additional family, helped new immigrants to Canada and helped the community as a whole.
Your kindness and disposition to both family and community was an attribute I continue to aspire too. Your ability to relay
July 16, 2020
Sympathies, Zenon and Nestor on your loss from the Power Family.
July 15, 2020
I was Eugene's neighbour on Joyce Crescent, and got to know him a few years before his wife passed away, following which he moved into the yellow house. We still talked many times since then, I would walk over with my dog, whom he liked and called "my friend". He would always say "Come on it, what's new?" He entertained me with the interesting stories of his momentous life, which I'd like to write about some day, I took a lot of notes. I would have liked to see some of his old family photos, some of the documents from his youth, to weave those into his story.
Every bird or squirrel on his street knew where to get food left out for them by this kind man, who loved all animals and had a formidable green thumb. The stray cat he took in a few years ago was a great companion for him, and I think a piece of his heart broke when the cat passed away some months ago. Throughout his life, Eugene was generous and kind, helping his family, his church, countless Ukrainian immigrants, neighbours, or people in need.
When I walked on Navaho the last few months, I'd always look through the houses to see if he had clothes on his line, which told me he was ok. When I last talked to him a few weeks ago, the heat and pandemic isolation were getting to him, and he told me he was ready to go.
My life is richer for having gotten to know him, and I am proud to call him my friend. My life will also be a bit poorer for not being able to drop in on him and have him say in his welcoming way "what's new?". Goodbye old friend. Rest in peace.
July 15, 2020
Eugene has been a wonderful neighbour. He will always be remembered within the Belair Heights community for his daily walks and friendly conversations. We will miss him greatly.
Ruslan & Romanna Turchyn
July 15, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the family on the loss of pan Evhen.
May he rest in eternal peace.
The Turchyn Family