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Born: Apr 22, 1930

Date of Passing: Jul 25, 2023

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April 22, 1930 – July 25, 2023

Myron passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2023 with his wife of 67 years, Olga and nephew Rudi, by his side at Fred Douglas Lodge, Evergreen. He was 93 years old.

Myron will be lovingly remembered by his wife Olga; her sisters, Mary Semanowich, Lucy Nykolyshyn and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Myron was born in the old Grace Hospital and grew up in the fabled North End of Winnipeg. He attended King Edward School, Faraday School and later, Isaac Newton High School. After this, he studied drafting and machine design at the Manitoba Technical Institute.

He took violin lessons at the Bornoff School of music. Later he participated in the String Orchestra at the Ukrainian Labour Temple and was a member of the Isaac Newton High School Student Orchestra.

In 1950, he received a scholarship from the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians to study in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 1953, after completing three years of studies at the Conservatory of Music and Choreographic Institute, Myron returned to Winnipeg. There he worked as a choir and orchestra conductor and folk-dance instructor.

In 1967 he worked for a short time as a machine design draftsman for Winnipeg Motor Coach Industries.

In 1968 Myron and Olga moved to Toronto where he worked for Stanley A. Grant designing crests. He also became an associate conductor of the Shevchenko Male Chorus and Toronto Mandolin Orchestra.

In 1970 this group made a successful concert tour of Ukraine. Late, in 1972 Myron and Olga moved to Vancouver - Coquitlam where Myron worked for Morgan Power Operations. During his time in Coquitlam, Myron got around to writing the book “The Ukrainian Folk Dance,” published in 1980.

In the summer of 1984, Myron and Olga moved back to Winnipeg and in 1993 Myron took over the conducting of the Winnipeg String Orchestra. He also organized a mandolin quintet playing the mandola. After ten years the quintet held its final concert in 2004.

In 1999, Myron started writing a column for the Ukrainian Herald and later wrote a full page in the English language. After 300 pages of writing in 2016 he was no longer able to perform, Myron started his struggle with dementia. Life changed.

Myron was a husband and good friend to Olga, spending the last year of his life at Fred Douglas Lodge. He was well taken care of by the staff, they were wonderful, kind and caring. Also, thanks to the Hedrich family for their help during this difficult time.

Fond memories linger every day and remembrance keeps Myron near.

Cremation has taken place and a private service will be held later.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 05, 2023

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to Olya. Contact me if / when you need help sorting through Myron's archival papers, etc.... - Posted by: Bohdan Klymasz (friend) on: Aug 05, 2023

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