At St. Joseph’s Health Centre with his wife and children by his side following a brief illness in his ninety-second year. Greatly missed by his beloved wife of 52 years, Daria; their children Larissa (Vasyl), Franko (Hania), Roxolana (Dan), and Michael (Laurie); his grandchildren Katya, Danylko, Sabina, and Keaton; his brother Eugene (Martha); his brother-in-law Wally; his honorary sister-in-law Marianka; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Franko and Theophilia Diakowsky, and stepfather Joseph Lessey.
Myroslav completed his Masters in English Literature and Philosophy at McMaster University. While in university and through the Canadian Officers’ Training Corps, he served as a tank commander and artillery instructor in the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He began his career in Ottawa as a Liaison Officer for the Department of Citizenship and Immigration. A move to Montreal introduced him to broadcasting, where he was an announcer and producer for the early CBC. In 1954, he embarked upon a twenty-year career with Radio Liberty, eventually moving to its headquarters in Munich. Upon returning to Canada in 1974, he began a career in the provincial civil service. He was also active in the Ukrainian community, taking on leadership roles in such organizations as the St. Demetrius Development Corporation, Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies, St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church, St. Andrew’s College board, and the Order of St. Andrew’s. He volunteered at the Ivan Franko Home for the Aged, sang with the Prut River Boys and in the choir at St. Demetrius Ukrainian Orthodox Church, helped organize a course for church cantors, and was a noted authority on the history and construction of the bandura, which he also played and taught.
He was a respected translator and editor and a crossword puzzle aficionado. He enjoyed pizza, beer, dark chocolate, ice cream, and the camaraderie of friends and family.
The family is grateful to Myroslav’s physician, Dr. Peter Jacyk, and, at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, to the staff of the Morrow Wing, Fourth Floor, and Dr. Naushin Walji and the Palliative Care Team, for their compassionate care.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W. (at Windermere, east of Jane), on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-9 pm. Panachyda at 7:30 pm. Funeral Service at All Saints of Ukraine Chapel (1280 Dundas St. W., Oakville) on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 11 am. Interment St. Volodymyr Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies, St. Vladimir Institute (Redevelopment Fund), or St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation. Online condolences at www.turnerporter.ca.