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STAN NOVAL (published on August 23, 2008)



STAN NOVAL Surrounded in love with his family at his side and the gentle hand of our dear Lord, Stanley Noval (Nawolski) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. at the Grace General Hospital in Winnipeg. Dad was 94 years old. Our hearts are broken and the only comfort is that he is with our mother, his soul mate, Nellie Noval. We will miss him dearly, love him forever and always, and never forget him. How does one begin to tell the tale of a life so long, so full and yet so accomplished? It is not easy. A book could be written and it was- A Stan dard Life, Good Times, Bad Times, 90 + years by Stan Noval. Dad's memory will be cherished by his devoted family, son and best friend, Kenneth; daughter, Sharon; son-in-law, Roy Naurocki who was referred to as son ; grandchildren, Kristofer, Amanda Rose, Kelly; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Molly; special niece and nephew, Florence and Jarvis Swereda who always made room in their home and heart for Uncle Stan. Dad is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Stan was predeceased by his loving wife, Nellie Noval (2004); his parents, Anton and Tekla Nawolski; sisters, Mary and Anne; brothers, Joe and John. Stan was the last surviving member of his family. Dad was born on May 7, 1914 on the family homestead in Lac Du Bonnet. Life on the farm was hard work, hauling wood and water, feeding the livestock and working the fields. Along with his family, Dad worked with the belief that when the work was done, you thank the Lord. Dad left the farm in 1937 and found employment in Winnipeg as a welder after attending St. Boniface Welding School. It was also at this time that Dad started his band, Stan Noval and his Favourite Westerners. Dad was a very accomplished violin player and played at many weddings and barn dances popular at this time. In 1951, Dad had a radio program on CKRC. In his later years, Dad played at street festivals, Manitoba Marathon and nursing homes. Dad released his own CD's- Stan's Ukrainian Fiddle Tunes, Strawberry Patch and Cherry Tree. One of Dad's favourite places to play was at the Forks where he discovered the art of busking. In 2005, Dad was awarded the Ukrainian Music Association (UMA) Honourable Achievement Award for his lifetime of music. It was at one of those popular dances that Dad met a beautiful young lady, our mother, Nellie Yacyshyn. After dating for a year, Mom and Dad were married on January 9, 1942, a love lasting 63 years. With the arrival of Ken and Sharon, the family was complete. Dad continued in the welding profession until a car accident caused him to change professions. Dad's deep religious faith allowed him to face many challenges and accept whatever lay in the future. Dad soon invested in revenue property which allowed him more freedom to pursue his love of music and travel. In 1975, Dad and Mom began their adventure of travel which took them to Europe, the Holy Land, Mexico, Alaska, most of the United States and all of Canada. The most important thing in Dad's life was his family. He loved us all very deeply. He cared about us, worried about us, was proud of us, but most importantly, he always prayed for us. He instilled in us morals and values. Dad was an honourable man, always conducting himself with the utmost in grace, kindness, diplomacy and dedication. He was so kind and gentle and he loved to be able to help anyone. He was extremely personable, well-liked and lived life to the fullest. Dad was a man of deep religious faith and believed in the power of prayer. Dad was a faithful and dedicated member of St. Mary's Cathedral for over 55 years attending daily mass until the age of 93. Dad believed that his life was always in God's hands even up to the day of his passing. Dad faithfully served as an usher, bell-ringer, Knights of Columbus and fixer of anything. Dad deeply respected the community of St. Mary's Cathedral and considered them all as his second family. It was this that gave him purpose in life. We are deeply grateful to- Reverend Fr. Michael K. Koryluk, Fr. Ken Barclay, Rev. Mr. Rudy Le MaƮtre, Pat, Bill, Julie, Connie, Ryan, Knights of Columbus, and all the ushers for their kindness to Dad. After Mom's passing (2004), Dad continued to remain in his home, leading an active life. Fiercely independent, Dad enjoyed his home and its surroundings. Dad was fortunate enough to have his own guardian angels , John, Esther, Chris, Roger, Irene, Wayne, David, Doug, Bill, Kelly, Kelly, JoAnn and Marvin. We are truly grateful for your kindness and concern. Also special thanks to his wonderful homecare workers, Brenda and John. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 25 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Ave. with Reverend Fr. Michael K. Koryluk officiating. Private family interment at Assumption Cemetery. Dad's pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Kristofer and Kelly Noval; niece, Karen Campbell, nephews, Jarvis Swereda, Norman Mikoluff and Ron Nawolski. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stan's memory to St. Mary's Cathedral Capital Fund, 353 St. Mary Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 0M8. He'll always be remembered as a man, both strong and good. Who gave his best for others and who did the best he could. He'll always be remembered for all the joy he brought. As a man who made a difference and a man who meant a lot. Dad- We Love You VICHNAYA PAMYAT KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL 956-2193


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