Edward Steve Woloshyn
January 1939 – October 2016
With great sadness, the family of Edward, age 77, announce his peaceful passing on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
Ed was born on January 9, 1939 on a farm near Pelly, Saskatchewan. He attended the Lister School, St. Joseph’s College and graduated from the Sturgis Composite High School. His early aspirations included wanting to be a test pilot for the military. However, it was an initial summer job with Saskatchewan Government Telephones (now SaskTel) that evolved into a successful 30 year career.
While working for SaskTel in Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, Ed met, as he phrased it, “a cute little blonde” named Audrey Budd from the neighbouring town of Luseland. Ed and Audrey married in June of 1959. Soon after, SaskTel transferred Ed and Audrey to Rosetown, Saskatchewan where they lived for 20 years and raised three children. Family and community were very important to Ed. During his spare time, he was an active member of the Kinsmen Service Club as well as taking his daughters, Twila and Heather, to figure skating, ballet, Pioneer Girls and Girl Guides; accompanying his son, Troy, to ball games and coached peewee hockey. His main hobby was construction. While residing in Rosetown, the family moved frequently as Ed built several homes.
In 1979, SaskTel transferred Ed and his family to Kindersley where he assumed the position of Regional Operations Manager. Ten years later, he officially retired from SaskTel. During that time, Ed became interested in Kindersley’s Municipal Government. In 1988, Ed campaigned and was elected to town Councilor. He served on Kindersley Town Council for 10 years and as the Mayor of Kindersley for 4 years. Ed and Audrey spent 23 years in Kindersley where they also ran a successful retail business. Ed also remained active with the Kindersley K40’s (Kinsmen) Service Club.
In 2003, Ed and Audrey officially retired, sold their business and relocated to Qualicum Beach, British Columbia. They made many new friends as members of the Newcomers Club. Ed served as a member of the Eaglecrest Residents’ Association and the Emergency Preparedness Committee. During retirement, he enjoyed working on minor construction projects, gardening, coin collecting, reading, travelling and visiting friends and family in the prairies.
After a short struggle with cancer, Ed passed peacefully at the Nanaimo Regional Hospital Palliative Care Unit surrounded by family. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Audrey (Budd); daughters, Twila Griffith of Emo, Ontario and Heather (Mark Drangsholt) Woloshyn of Seattle, Washington; son, Troy (Susan Leung) Woloshyn of Calgary; grandchildren, Cheyanne Boehm, Thomas Drangsholt, Lina Drangsholt, and Erika Griffith; brother, Albert Woloshyn of Swan River; sister, Linda (Dominic) Colasuonno of Medicine Hat; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Ed was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Anastasia (Pelechaty) Woloshyn and his brother Lawrence Woloshyn.
A very special thank you to the wonderful and caring staff at Nanaimo Regional Hospital, the Palliative Care Unit, and Drs. Wells and Schneidereit.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca, the Canadian Arthritis Foundation www.arthritis.ca, or the Nanaimo Regional Hospital Palliative Care Center www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com.
A Celebration of Life is planned for January 2017
in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.
A second Celebration of Life will be held in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan in the summer of 2017.
To send a condolence to the family please
YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM
(250-248-5859) in care of arrangements.