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WILLIAM ODOKEYCHUK (published on June 08, 2010)

WILLIAM ODOKEYCHUK After a long and well lived life, Bill passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2010, with Ken at his side, at the age of 92. Dad was born in Vita, Manitoba on July 31, 1917. At the young age of 12 he made his way to Winnipeg. He worked at various jobs spending many years at Building Products. In the mid 1960s he became self employed as a landscaper. He tended to his customers in River Heights as though they were family until well after his 80th birthday. In his free time Dad enjoyed fishing, visiting the farm, picking mushrooms and berries, travelling and being with his family. Dad and Mom were faithful members of Grace Christian Church for over 40 years. The fellowship of their Church family was very important to them and their faith sustained them through difficult times. In July, 2006 they moved to Concordia Village. Dad enjoyed chatting and joking with the staff and residents and was very happy to be living there. Throughout his life, Dad's main concern was looking after Mom. He lovingly cared for her until he became ill in late March. Dad accepted his illness in the same matter of fact way he accepted his life. His life was an example and blessing for us all. Bill will be lovingly remembered by Mary, his wife of 66 years, son Ken (Julie), daughter-in-law Dorothy and son-in-law Randy (Dianne). Grandpa Bill was very special to his grandchildren and will be dearly missed by Tim (Julie), Alana, Kim and Scott (Mary). Sharing our loss is his sister Sophie, sister-in-law Nellie, brothers-in-law Steve, Morris and Arnie, many nieces, nephews and friends. He was sadly predeceased by his daughter Linda in 1996 and son Gary in 2005. A service to celebrate Dad's life will be held on Thursday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Christian Church, 50 Barnes St. Cremation has taken place as per Dad's wishes. As Bill had a great fondness for his nieces and nephews, the family would like them to consider themselves honorary pallbearers along with Tim, Alana, Kim, Scott and family friend Maurice Drewniak. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Bill's memory to Hands of Hope, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Alzheimer's Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated.

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