It was with great sadness that on the evening of August 29, 2020, our beloved husband, father, son, uncle, friend, and neighbour, Mark Anthony Strutynski, departed from this life while doing what he loved most - farming. He was fifty-five years of age.
STRUTYNSKI - It was with great sadness that on the evening of August 29, 2020, our beloved husband, father, son, uncle, friend, and neighbour, Mark Anthony Strutynski, departed from this life while doing what he loved most - farming. He was fifty-five years of age.
Mark was lovingly welcomed into this world by his parents Emil and Delores on October 31, 1964. He was the youngest of three children. Mark's childhood, formative years, and indeed his entire life was spent on the family farm in Stornoway, Saskatchewan. He completed his first years of primary education at Stornoway School and Yorkton Composite then later attended the Yorkton Regional High School. Mark spent his earlier adult years trying various things - learning the electrical trade, DJing in various night-clubs, and spending a week in Regina, Saskatchewan working at Jack Fraser men's wear, before rushing back to the family farm.
Mark's years on the farm were spent working closely with his father. Emil was very proud of his son and what they had accomplished together. To Mark, his family, farming community, and neighbours meant the world to him. He appreciated their support and tried his best to provide a helping-hand in return. Mark was never anxious to take a day off or travel. In fact, his annual vacation was the Regina Farm Progress Show. Although he preferred to work, he always enjoyed his sport. Hockey and baseball were a big part of his life, and he thoroughly enjoyed attending the various matches and tournaments with his friends.
On September 16, 1988, Mark was blessed with a son, Brett Philip Mark, who he always called 'Sonny Boy'. Childhood memories include sleigh rides around Wroxton and waking up early together on Sunday mornings to light the boilers before Liturgy in our Wroxton Church. Mark was very proud of his Son and of his accomplishments. He fondly remembered the time his son detoured from Saskatoon after writing his final chartered accountancy exams, just so he could spend a few hours on the farm with his Dad before heading back to Calgary the same day to be back in time to start work. They shared these life milestones together and cherished many such happy memories.
On February 29, 2008, Mark married his beloved wife, Lynn Poliquin. Simply said, Lynn was his soul-mate, best-friend, and partner. Together, they lived happily in Wroxton for many years before recently moving into Mark's childhood home on the Stornoway homestead. Most of all, Mark loved and cherished the new additions to the family - he adopted Lynn's family as his own. He was so honoured to be called 'Gido' and cherished their many visits to the farm. To Lynn, Mark was the most handsome man on earth. His big smile and kind and generous heart were certainly what drew her to him.
Mark leaves to mourn his passing and to cherish his memory, his beloved parents Emil and Delores Strutynski; his wife Lynn Poliquin-Strutynski; son Brett Strutynski; step-children Amanda Newkirk; Kara Newkirk; step-grandchildren, Madison and Sophia; brother Brent Strutynski; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, lifelong friends, and neighbours. Mark was predeceased by his brother Christopher (1970); sister Donna (2018); grandparents Anton and Mary Strutynski and Roman and Irene Stratulak.
Prayers were held on Friday afternoon at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Father Leonid Malkov, CSs.R. officiating. The homily was given by Most Rev. Bishop Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R.
The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Strutynski Family Farm with Crystal Bailey, Certified Celebrant officiating. Musical Selections, "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley
and "I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me were included in the service. Serving as honourary bearers were Reid Nagy, Dallas Lechman, Raymond Gayle, Donnie Wilson, Charles Strutynski and Keith Strutynski. The interment in the Garden of Crucifixion at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Rev. Father Leonid Malkov, officiating.
Memorial donations in Mark's memory may be made to the Ag Community, Farming for Health Project
as gifts of remembrance. Condolences to the family can be posted at baileysfuneralhome.com