In Celebration of

Stefan Zachodniak

March 12, 1921 -  October 29, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stefan Zachodniak in his 98th year. Predeceased by his wife Gemma (Reolon). Father (Tat) of Adrian (Shelley), Nadia (Frank) and Sonia (Kerry). Grandfather (Dido) of Andrew (Chiara), Lara (Jay), Michael (Kate) and Thomas. Great-Grandfather of Leah and Olivia. Stefan was born in 1921 in Lichinci, Buchach, Ukraine. After the war, he resided in England where he met and married our Mother. They immigrated to Canada in 1959. Stefan was proud of his Ukrainian heritage and even taught our Italian Mother how to make cabbage rolls, perogies and borscht. He was an avid reader and debater of current Ukrainian events and a supporter of his local church. Our Dad was hard working and a fixer of all things. He was artistic and surprised us with his talent for paintings and wood carvings. He travelled to many places with the Ukrainian clubs and regularly attended social and cultural events. His favourite pastime was playing cards at his club every Thursday and baking delicious muffins for his family and friends. He enjoyed gardening, pickling and wine making. He loved his coffee with the occasional shot of brandy. He was strong, smart and maintained his independence in his own home until his unfortunate accident. If desired donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.


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Muriel (Friend of family)

Entered October 31, 2018 from Victoria

With sadness I write this, although humorous moments and memories come to my thoughts as I type. (Raccoons, vegetables, Ukrainian shows and sports and what went into bringing him that enjoyment.)

“A life well lived” That is the best legacy that one could ask to have said at the end of ones days, ‘Tat’ your life was very rich and well lived.

You will be very much missed by all who love you and I wish you wonderful and exciting adventures ahead in your new journeys


Myroslawa Borys (Cousin from Rochester, NY)

Entered November 1, 2018 from Rochester

He was/is an inspiration of how to creatively live life. You all are in my thoughts and may your fond memories of him bring you solace.

Marta Baziuk (neighbour)

Entered November 1, 2018 from Toronto

I am so sorry to hear that we have lost Pan Stefan, He was our neighbour and an inspiration -- living independently, growing vegetables, making pickles, baking.... From our talks, I know how he loved and was proud of his children and grandchildren. A few months ago, our street had a car-free day, and my husband (who is from Ukraine) sat with Pan Stefan on his front porch and talked for a good part of the evening Pan Stepan was happy, content. I will also remember the US Thanksgiving some years back that we celebrated at my house. My Ukrainian father, born in 1922, was visiting from Buffalo. That day, We invited Pan Stephan and he and my father sat for hours sharing their experiences. Both had lived through more than most of us can imagine. He will be missed.

Bill & Gail MacDonald (Friend)

Entered November 1, 2018 from Mississauga

Sonia & Family,
May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences.

shelia and natalaka (friend)

Entered November 1, 2018 from etobicoke

Rest in peace till we meet again


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