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VICTOR GOURILUK (published on April 09, 2010)



VICTOR GOURILUK It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Victor Gouriluk on April 6, 2010 at the age of 83 after a brief battle with leukemia. Although plagued in recent years with health problems, Victor never stopped helping his family and friends to enjoy life's joys and challenges. Victor was predeceased by his parents, George and Mary, brothers Harvey, Alec, Matt, and John (who sadly passed one day before Victor), and daughter Linda. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 57 years, Margaret, his children Gary (Helene), Gail Muldrew (Larry), Robert (Honor), Brian (Patricia) and Bruce (Myong); grandchildren Julia (Patrick), Sheila, Lisa (Shane), Dawn (Clint), Nicole (Mike), Leanne, Kira, Christine, Glyne, Scott (Christine), Neil (Kari), Jessica (Adam), Andrew, Christopher, and Joshua; great-grandchildren Lara, Liam, Kayden, Arabella, Dorota, Dawson, Hunter and Gordie; and brothers Bill (Emily), Sam (Ella), Art (Barbara), Ray (Edna) and sister Violet; sister-in-law Evelyn, and many nieces, nephews and good friends. Victor was born in Gonor, Manitoba on December 27, 1926. He enjoyed happy times growing up in a large family on the farm on the Red River. Victor attended Gonor School up to Grade 11, and completed Grade 12 at Isaac Newton. He then went to Success Business College for accounting. He began his career at Acme (later Russell) Motors. He next joined his brothers' business at Midland Fruit Company as office manager and accountant for 22 years. He also joined with the younger brothers in a successful grocery store business in Atikokan in 1966. After the brothers sold Midland Fruit, Victor worked with Codville as president of Midland-Allied Fruit for five years. In 1976 he partnered with Heinz Kattenfeld to create Victor's Restaurant and later Pantages Restaurant. He was a lifetime member and past president of the E.K. Lions Club. The onset of Colitis and the slow progression of Parkinson's prompted a retirement that was amazingly active, with summers of fishing and card playing at Dorothy Lake, winters in Barbados, and travels to six continents making friends all over the world. Mister Vic was well loved by the locals in Barbados where friends of many years and all ages will miss him. His farming roots had him enjoying gardening all year round - flowers at home, vegetables at Walter's and exotic plants in Barbados. Victor always enjoyed sports, playing baseball and hockey and swimming as a boy, golf and curling as a young man and avidly followed hockey, football, and baseball all his life. He enjoyed following his children's sports and coaching them in peewee hockey. Fishing was a life long passion and many a first fish was caught under his tutelage. He maintained winning skills in bridge, cribbage, canasta, and scrabble. Victor enjoyed sharing his wisdom and joy with all his children and grandchildren as well as with many nieces and nephews of his extended family. A life well lived! A celebration of Victor's life will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 10 at Klassen Funeral Home, 1897 Henderson Highway (338-0331) The family wishes to thank Dr. Salem and all the doctors, nurses, and support staff at Concordia Hospital for their care and kindness to Victor and his family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Victor's memory to: Parkinson Society of Manitoba, 7-414 Westmount Dr., Winnipeg, R2J 1P2, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada or the charity of your choice.


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