On the night of Sunday November 28, 2021. Walter Skrypnyk peacefully passed away in his sleep.
Walter was born in the Ukraine October 27, 1935. To escape the persecution and famine of the Holodomor in 1938, Ireny and Tymko with their young family arrived in Canada when Walter was 3yrs old. Walter would often tell us about how the other passengers on the crossing to Canada were kind to him and even shared candy with him. The family built their homestead on the east side of the Red River in the Lockport area. As a young fellow, hard work was second nature to Walter. From working in the bush camps to the market gardens, he also excavated many basements for Selkirk Lumber in home building and later he worked at the steel mill. These were just some of the opportunities that helped shape young Walter’s life. In 1959 he ended up at the Selkirk Lab and X-ray and this is where he met the love of his life, Helen. He was smitten and his single days were over!
Walter married Helen on October 24, 1959 at the Holy Trinity Church in Gonor, Manitoba. With farming in both of their backgrounds, they built their home and farmed on the west side of the Red River, north of Selkirk. They then proceeded to build a successful multi-faceted farming operation. As the farm operation expanded, so too did their family operation. During this time Walter and Helen raised their four children, Billy, Pat, Cindy, and Angie where they all contributed to the required work on the farm of which he was so immensely proud.
After more than 4 decades of the farming way of life, enriched with family and friends, Walter retired his farming career though he was not nearly ready to stop working. Walter then turned to renovating residences and become a land lord utilizing his vast experience and knowledge obtained throughout his lifetime as a master fixer-upper improving the quality of life for many. Walter’s pride and love for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren propelled him to share all that he learnt as well as instill his hardworking values. He was well liked and known for his remarkable trade skills, quick wit as well as a long pour of a good shot of brandy. Walter’s pride and love for his wife and family were steadfast. Recently Walter’s motto, “Love Never Fails”, will remind us of his constancy and commitment to his family and friends.
Family would like to thank all the many staff who attended to Walter’s care with kindness and compassion throughout his illness.
Private service to be held for family.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society in Walter Skrypnyk’s loving memory.
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