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WOLODYMIR (WALLY) PASTERNAK (published on September 16, 2011)



WOLODYMIR (WALLY) PASTERNAK September 21, 1951 - September 13, 2011 Wally Pasternak, our beloved husband, father, brother, fix-it-man, and friend passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 peacefully in his sleep, holding the hand of his best friend, after a brief but courageous battle with Myelodysplasia. Though physically gone, here keeping Wally close to their hearts are his wife of 29 years, Cindy; three daughters, Jennifer, Amy and Jesse; three sons Kevin, Craig and Sheldon; two sisters Renate Newman (Don) and Kim Hynes (Steve); nephews Randall Todesco (Linda) and Glen North; as well as many special friends. Wally was raised and went to school in Prawda, Manitoba. He attended Whitemouth High School until he moved to Winnipeg in the late 1960s. Wally grew up with a real love, creativeness and talent for fixing and building almost anything and everything, so it was no surprise that he loved his work as a General Contractor. Throughout his many years in business, he built great friendships with many of his customers and contacts. Wally worked tirelessly, yet every day he would still find the time and energy to support his family at their numerous events and fix things around the house. He was the most honest, loyal and reliable person most people would ever meet. Wally would be there at the drop of a hat for any of his girls, as they were his life. All of Wally's family and friends enjoyed his witty and unique sense of humour. He was kind, compassionate and giving not only to his family but also to anyone who needed his help. He had a soft spot for seniors and quite often would come home from a job with only baking and garden vegetables as payment and would shrug his shoulders and grin because he felt good about helping people. Wally was a handsome man and was always in great shape. He played hockey as a goalie for most of his adult life until this summer when, as the result of an injury, he found out that he was seriously ill. To respect Wally's wishes there will be no Funeral Service. He didn't like them much and didn't want any tears or long faces. Flowers are graciously declined and if friends desire they may make a donation to the charity of their choice. Cindy and the girls would like to thank all of our family and friends for their support as well as the staff of CCU at the Health Sciences Centre for their compassion and care during his stay there. Wally lived and he loved. He was loved greatly and will be missed terribly.


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