It is with great sorrow that the family of Edward McLashen announces his passing on June 26, 2020 at the age of 93 years. Ed was born June 7,1927 to Ukrainian immigrants Mike and Pauline (Fulawka) Michalishen on the homestead in the Willowbrook district. Ed attended Silver Willow school with his three brothers and three sisters, and as well worked on the family farm.
Ed's first job was in his early teenage years at Halabuza's General Store in Willowbrook. He then moved on to York Drugs and Western Dry Goods in Yorkton. Ed was born a salesman, and as young men, both he and his brother Walter anglicized their family name to McLashen.
Ed married Helen Karpyk in 1956 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic church in Yorkton, where they were dedicated parishioners for over 60 years.
1956 was also the year that Ed began an almost thirty year career with McGavins Bakery; first as a salesman, then managing McGavins store on Second Ave. in Yorkton. During his travels within the province, he formed long lasting relationships with small town retail owners, and later with his customers in the Second Ave. store. Ed's family recalls seldom seeing him for four straight days in July... every year for several years. That was during the Yorkton Fair & Exhibition, when he worked long, hard and exhausting hours delivering hot dog and hamburger buns to food vendors and church groups. When McGavins closed their retail store, Ed's last employment was at the Yorkton Union Hospital.
Ed did not slow down in his retirement years. He spent many hours volunteering at St. Mary's Cultural Centre. He loved his time there and the parishioners he worked with. He belonged to ACT (Associated Canadian Travellers); and for decades was a dedicated member of the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood and the Knights of Columbus. He was very generous with his time when called upon.
Ed's eyesight failed in his twilight years; and sadly he had to give up driving. He was very proud of his accident free, 70 year driving record. His family does however, recall many close calls! He was forever grateful to his friends, coffee buddies, and fellow Knights, for rides to monthly meetings and to McDonalds.
Ed loved old time dancing, and never missed the Saturday Night Get-Together on GX radio. He danced with his daughters well into his nineties. They have fond memories of being taught how to waltz and polka at Ukrainian weddings when they were young girls.
Three years ago, Ed became a resident of the Country Meadow unit at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home where he continued to sing, dance and socialize.
Ed was humble, generous, gentle and kind. He was a deeply faithful man who devoted his life to God, and to his family. He was a friend to many, and a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Uncle Eddie was adored by his many nieces and nephews and their families. He will be lovingly remembered and forever missed.
Ed was predeceased by his parents Mike and Pauline, brothers and sisters in-law: Joseph (Marie), Walter (Olga), Stanley (Kay) and sisters and brothers in-law: Kay (Steve) Popowich, Nellie (Julius) Rohatinsky, and Charlie Duff. He was also predeceased by his beloved grandson Corey Edward McLashen.
He is survived by his wife Helen, daughters Cathryn (Brad) Styan, Darci McLashen, Patricia Stevens and Carol McLashen. Gido is lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Michael and Trevor (Paige) Styan, Hunter and Cameron Stevens, and precious great-grandchildren Liv, Cole and Andi Styan.
Ed will be sadly missed by his last surviving sibling, sister Olga Duff, brother-in-law Elgin (Verna) Karpyk and family, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The McLashen family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for your expressions of sympathy and kindness.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Yorkton District Nursing Home for their care and compassion.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church or Heart & Stroke Foundation as gifts of remembrance.