September 28, 1924 – January 6, 2020
William Warnyca, passed away on Ukrainian Christmas Eve with his family by his side at the age of 95. William was predeceased by his wife Michaelene, (nee Zrymiak), parents Harry and Agnes (Melnyk) Warnyca, sisters Mary Chorneyko, Anne Brooks, Olga (Don) Currie, brother-in-law John Shiplack. William is survived by his children Tom (Danika) and Kathryn Warnyca and his siblings Eunice Shiplack, Daisy Clark, Orest (Gwen) Warnyca and Dymetry (Jennifer) Warnyca, brother-in-law Bert Brooks and their families.
William was born in the Western part of the Ukraine in the district of Yaroviw near Lviv. In July 1928, at the age of three, he immigrated to Canada with his parents and baby sister Eunice. William started school in 1930 at the Fallowmead School and continued at Candiac, Netherby and Philomath. Along with helping his father farm, he worked hauling grain for local farmers and as a labourer for Tom Smith and Simon Wicklund. William took over the family farm near Mutrie, in 1954 from his Father. He married Michaelene Zrymiak that same year. William has served on a number of positions in the community such as councillor for the RM of Montmartre, board member of the Montmartre Co-op and also within numerous Hereford Organizations. William also served on the executive as president and secretary at St. Michaels Church. William started a purebred cattle breeding operation in 1954 known as W-T-K Polled Herefords (the name for the farm came from the initials of the family members – William, Tom and Kathy). W-T-K held production sales and were renowned world-wide. William’s involvement in the cattle industry was recognized with an honour roll from the Canadian Hereford Association for constant and continuous dedication to the Hereford breed in 1989. He was also recognized by the Saskatchewan Livestock Association for his dedication to the cattle industry. In 2008 William was recognized and honoured with the Nation Builders Award by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Saskatchewan Provincial Council. William was determined not only to grow the cattle industry and maintain his culture, but also to build his community. He was dedicated to making a better life for his family and all those around him.
In lieu of flowers and cards, donations in William’s memory can be made to the Montmartre Health Centre Activities Department.
Funeral service will be held in the Descent of the Holy Spirit Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1920 Toronto Street, Regina, Saskatchewan on Saturday January 11, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Luncheon to follow immediately in Parish Basement. Interment will be held in Regina Memorial Gardens.
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- Funeral Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
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