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C.C.T. (CON) GENIK (published on September 17, 2010)



C.C.T. (CON) GENIK Peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, Constantine Carl Theodore (Con) Genik aged 83 passed away on September 14, 2010. Forever loved, his memory will be cherished by wife of 60 years and lifelong soulmate and care giver Elizabeth, sons Paul, and Greg (Shirley), granddaughters Alexandra and Julia; brother Gerry (Ann); sisters-in-law Jennie Bailley, Helen Torbiak; brothers-in-law Peter (Dorothy) and Steve (Ellen) Torbiak; nieces and nephews Siri, Paula and Christopher Genik; Terry (Donna Lynn), Natalie (Gil) and Darryl (Cathy) Bailley; Daniel (Dawn), Raymond (Roxanne) and Carl (Leanne) Torbiak; Karen and Chris Torbiak; Tammi (Perry) and Patrick Torbiak; their children, his extended family, and community of friends. Con was predeceased by his parents Constantine and Pauline Genik. The grandson of Cyril Genik, czar of Canada , historically renowned liaison official with settlers at the turn of the 20th century, and Canada's first employee of Ukrainian descent, Con was proud of his heritage and community. And a tribute to both. Born December 26, 1926 he was raised in the cultural richness of Point Douglas, attended St. John's and graduated from St. Paul's High School and St. Paul's College. A true gentleman and 6' 4' gentle man, Con prized family and friendships. His genuine nature and unflagging integrity and demonstrated care and concern for others enamored him to all he encountered. A dedicated care giver to parents, the elderly and those in need, his visits brought appreciated warmth and comfort. A joiner and community developer Con held leadership roles in many civic, fraternal and cultural organizations in Winnipeg, Regina and Flin Flon and Stonewall. These included Junior and Chambers of Commerce, Rotary, Ukrainian Professional Business Club, Lions, Kinsmen, SOUP and Holy Eucharist, St. Basil's (Regina and Winnipeg), St. Mary's (Flin Flon) and Christ the King (Stonewall) parishes. Con was a 50 year member of the Knights of Columbus and a 4th Degree Grand Knight. He was recognized by the Canadian Red Cross for his blood donations and also for his work with the United Way. Con was honoured to serve as Aide de Camp to Lieutenant Governor Bud Jobin for four years. In the early 80s during the French Language Debates his brief to the standing committee of the legislature conveying that official bilingualism would not infringe on other cultural and linguistic backgrounds was sanctioned by the German and Polish Clubs. Con played a key role in the enabling the construction of St. Josaphat Selo-Villa retirement residence. He was instrumental as well in the creation of the Joe Brain Foundation, responsible for funding numerous cultural and educational endeavours. Con's favourite activities involved visiting. Being with Con was like being at the head of a parade, because wherever it was, Con was known and welcomed. Whether being greeted by the ladies working in his aunt's savory and steamy kitchen below Naleway caterers banquet hall on Selkirk Avenue or at the Farmers Market on Main Street, or during a visit to Oscar's, Eddie's or Simon's or Donald Drugs, people were drawn to Con. Con enjoyed his card night with the boys, and fishing and golfing outings. His hobbies included stamp and coin collecting. Known as the congenial banker on the Broadway financial strip, Con was a fiercely loyal 35 year employee of the Royal Bank of Canada. Sundays were spent visiting rural clients, talking a little business and grateful for offered hospitality. Small business people, tailors, farmers, designers, morticians, multi generational and multi cultural Con was appreciated for his professional personal assistance. His belief in people, business and possibilities helped many create successful futures. Clients often became close and lifelong friends. On leaving the bank, Con and Liz retired moving to Stonewall to own and operate a then thriving 64 seat Chicken Delight franchise. They appreciated Stonewall's welcome to the community and the commercial support offered by customers in Stonewall and surrounding communities. Con, congratulations on doing your part to leave the world a better place than when you found it. You have been an inspiration and an example of humility, trust, patience, faith and serenity. We'll miss you, your smile, vigorous handshake, ready whistling and singing. God Bless. Many, many kind, compassionate and caring medical and health support professionals supported Con over the past 20 years. The family wishes to sincerely and collectively thank his dedicated home care workers and administration, doctors, Stonewall Hospital care staff and administration, and St. Joseph's Residence and Rosewood Manor staff and administration. Funeral service will be held Saturday, September 18 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 202 Harcourt Street, Winnipeg. Should friends so desire donations may be made in memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, PO Box 2598 Station Main, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4B3. Korban Funeral Chapel 956-2193


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