passed away at the age of 89 years on June 7, 2015 at the Kamsack Hospital.
Prayers will be held on Monday, June 15, 2015 starting at 7:00 pm from the chapel of Andrychuk Funeral Home.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 starting at 10:00 am from St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at the Riverview Cemetery.
Alex was a quiet, hardworking citizen of Kamsack. He was born in western Ukraine in 1926, one of four children of Helen and Alex Drancejko. Alex worked at a variety of jobs and eventually became a baker. With no family that he knew of, surviving in the Ukraine he immigrated to Canada in 1952. As Alex would say “the best decision he ever made”.
He continued baking in Swan River and Lynn Lake. In 1961 he bought Home Bakery in Kamsack and operated until he sold out in 1971. He then worked for the Kamsack Liquor Board until retirement in 1986. Alex’s later life became a routine of important friendships, simple pleasures and service to his community. He served as a member of the Kamsack Royal Canadian Legion in which he was a long-serving member. He supported all their activities especially the regular weekly bingo fundraisers. He was a faithful member of the St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, he especially liked helping with making perogies along with several other functions.
Probably his greatest love was his garden, which was a model of organization and care and produced a variety of fruits and vegetables. His neighbors benefited greatly from the plentiful harvest and his generosity.
Alex was a quiet and shy man but still a good friend to many. Although had very little formal education he was an avid reader and self-taught in many ways. He was fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, German and English. His interest in, and knowledge of history and politics was precise and detailed, in particular to the Ukraine. He realized how much we have here in Canada. He was cautious and concerned about the future, so that he was careful about what he could afford to do today. He kept busy, and in his unassuming way gave generously to his adopted town and country. He said there is no place on earth to compare to Canada.” We don’t know how fortunate we are to live here, and that too many take our life for granted”.
This quiet man has now gone from us.
“Goodbye Alex and thank you – you will be sincerely missed”.
If friends so desire donation’s in Alex’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.