Tanja Mychajlycia or Baba T as she was lovingly called by family and many friends passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter Nadia and son-in-law Taras Tataryn.
She will be missed by her granddaughter Tamara Tataryn, her husband John Galea, father-in-law Charles Galea and their chocolate labrador Scout; as well as her grandson Andrew Tataryn and his fiancée Amanda DeAngelis. She will be missed by family in Ukraine, members of the Tataryn/Truchan family, and many friends in the Greater Toronto Area.
She was born south of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, in the small village Frolivka. During WWII, like so many others she was separated from her family in her teenage years and forced to leave her homeland to work on a farm in Germany. At the conclusion of the war, she was transferred to Edinburgh, Scotland where she met the love of her life Wolodymyr (Walter) Mychajlycia. They were wed in June 1949 and lived in matrimony for nearly 67 years until his death in 2016. After the birth of their daughter Nadia, the young family emigrated to Canada to start a new life in Toronto, Ontario. They first rented a room on Fuller Avenue and within a short period of time purchased a home together with a dear friend on the same street, but a little further away from busy Queen Street. Baba T lived in that house from 1955 until 2018 when she moved to Mississauga to be with her daughter.
She is still fondly remembered by several friends on Fuller Avenue.
Baba T was proud of her Ukrainian heritage and enjoyed watching her grandchildren perform in concerts put on by Barvinok Ukrainian Dance School in Mississauga, Ontario, and to visit the Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada’s Camp “Veselka” where she typically hosted delicious Sunday tail-gate lunches feeding many youngsters and camp staff her tasty ‘patychky’.
If desired, as an expression of sympathy a donation for the renovation of Camp “Veselka” in conjunction with the Investing for the Future campaign would be sincerely appreciated by the family in lieu of flowers. Donations can be made payable to UYA-Charitable Trust and sent to 9 Plastics Ave, Toronto, ON M8Z 4B6 or directly via CanadaHelps on CYM's website: www.cym.org/ca
Due to Covid restrictions, the funeral service will be a private family affair.