GAWRYLIUK - Don Gawryliuk, lifelong resident of the Theodore District passed away at home on the farm peacefully in his sleep the morning of January 1, 2020. He was 70 years of age. Don was born on October 29, 1949 in Theodore, Saskatchewan. He grew up on the family farm 7.5 miles north of Theodore where he learned and developed an appreciation for hard work. He attended Chernowitz and Theodore Schools where his love of sports and competitive nature blossomed, he always said he spent more time in the Pool Hall than in school. Don took over the family farm and was married in 1973. He had 1 son, Bo, whom he was very proud of. His passion for playing/pitching fastball on many teams took him to numerous tournaments near and far. He was an avid hunter with numerous trophies on the farm house walls. Farming was his biggest love, next to his Grandchildren of course. He enjoyed caring for his cattle and working in his John Deere equipment until the very end. Don was predeceased by his father Alex in 1979 and brother in law Daniel Dutchak in 2009.
He leaves to mourn his passing son Bo (Amanda) Gawryliuk and grandchildren Mila and Luke of Rocky Mountain House, AB; his mother Mary Gawryliuk of Invermay; Sister Adeline Dutchak of Buchanan and her children Jason (Pam) Dutchak & 3 children, Kristen (Amy) Dutchak & 2 children, Brenlee Dutchak; Sister Phyllis (Lawrence) Gulutzan of Saskatoon and their 2 children, Dwight (Michelle) Gulutzan & 2 children, Rochelle (Cory) Mackenzie & child; Sister Cheryl (Gerald) Hoffman of Sheho and their 2 children, Acara (Kyle) Wyonzek & 2 children, Adon (Lindsey) Hoffman & child; Sister Bernice Gawryliuk of Saskatoon and her child Deena Whitbread.
Prayers were held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 and the Funeral Service on Thursday, January 9, 2020, both at Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Michael Faryna officiating. The responses were led by Yvonne Panchuk & Parish Choir Members. The cross bearer was Terry Lastiwka. Recognized as honorary bearers were Garry Gawryliuk, Norman Gawryliuk, Ronnie Gawryliuk, Lawrence Gulutzan, Louie Lahosky, Bob Onslow and Ernie Madsen. The interment followed in the Garden of Gethsemane at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Kristen Dutchak, Jason Dutchak, Dwight Gulutzan, Adon Hoffman, Rod Steciuk and Mark Roebuck serving as the casket bearers. Reflections of Don's Life were shared by son Bo and Garry Gawryliuk. Memorial donations may be made to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation, Box 28074 RPO Westgate- Saskatoon, SK S7N 5V8 as gifts or remembrance. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.baileysfuneralhome.com