Andrew was born on the family farm near the Calder district on December 10, 1924; a son of George and Vera (nee Flundra) Antony. He passed away peacefully on March 24th at the age of 97. He was raised on the family farm and attended Chornawka School, but only until grade 3. Being the eldest boy of 7 in the thirties meant his help and hard work was needed on the family farm more than continuing his schooling. His desire to learn was never something that Andrew shied away from and most things in his long life that he knew well were the things that he taught himself. People would often call on Andrew for his wisdom & wealth of knowledge. He was a known historian and loved nothing more than to share stories to all that were willing to listen and was proud to pass on his Ukrainian Heritage & traditions to his family and friends. He was a faithful Ukrainian Orthodox church member and received recognition for his many years of involvement and dedication across the provinces. He was well known along the countryside and was always there to serve & support his church community in any way possible. In the fall of 1950 Andrew & Anne Wintonyk of the Saltcoats area were joined in marriage. They were blessed with 5 children: Eugene, Brian, Gail, Linda & Katherine. They farmed and raised their family just outside of MacNutt. Along with many animals, they kept a large garden & despite the rocky land cultivated many crops. One of his proudest moments was driving 8 horses abreast pulling a cultivator. In 1961 Antony’s Snack Bar was purchased from his parents, and which later also incorporated the local postal office. When in operation Antony’s Snack Bar was well known across the prairies. The restaurant was a welcoming place to stop. The food was always delicious, and a place to gather was never denied. Along with farming, raising a family and owning a business Andrew still managed to be involved in many groups and organizations. His leadership was instrumental and with all that he has accomplished he has left us with a trail of lasting legacies, but most of all his hometown of MacNutt where buildings such as the Credit Union, Firehall, Town Office, and the skating & curling rink all are still standing and operating to this very day. In 1975 the road led them on a new venture to British Columbia where they became the new owners of the Texaco Gas Station & General Store. His involvement & dedication to help better & improve yet another small town never went unnoticed. Andrew enjoyed traveling and always managed to have a connection with someone he met along the way. If you started out as a stranger, you left as an acquaintance and walked away learning something new. He was a man of many talents & and always had a project on the go. In 1983 Andrew returned by himself to the Calder, where he owned and operated yet another general store for a short time before returning to BC, where he worked as shipper and receiver for surplus Herbys stores and also maintained & managed two apartment buildings. His Saskatchewan roots were once again calling him back & in 1993 he decided to retire & settle in Yorkton where he resided until his passing. In 1996 Andrew married Lena Gogal and welcomed into his life her extended family. Together they enjoyed many common interests. Lena passed away in 2017. Fishing, woodworking, skidooing, camping, gardening, and enjoying his yard & fruit were favorite pastimes, along with picking mushrooms & berries, dancing, making wine and his favorite cocktails. Still able to live independent he enjoyed shuffleboard, Bingo, daily coffee gatherings, playing his Violin, enjoying a wagon wheel & pepsi, but most of all visiting with family and friends around the table were still the things that brought him the most enjoyment. His Sharp wit and generous heart, entertaining spirit, and sharing whatever he had to offer or even playing a joke or two are just a few of the things that we hope you will remember most.
To the man who touched many lives, held many titles, and who’s memory was and filled with history until the end of his journey. He will be forever loved and missed. And now, Andrew will be taken home and laid to rest beside his family & friends at the St Nicolas Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery.
The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, April 2, 2022 from Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church with Rev. Fr. Michael Faryna officiating. Responses were led by Yvonne Panchuk, assisted by members of Holy Transfiguration Church Choir. The crossbearer was George Flundra and the banner bearers were Wayne Antony and Edwin Antony. The interment followed in the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Parish Cemetery, MacNutt district with Errol Cornelius, Chandler Porteous, Jonas Wilson, Brian Antony, Nicholas Antony and Myles Antony serving as casket bearers. Memorial donations in memory of Andrew may be made to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Church c/o Wayne Antony (Box 193 MacNutt, SK S0A 2K0).