Michael "Mike" Terlesky passed away peacefully at Regina Pioneer Village on Tuesday June 2nd, 2020 at the age of 92. Mike was born on August 15th, 1927 in the Burgis district to Stephen and Dokina (Kudeba).
Mike at an early age moved to Niagara Falls working at a logging camp and spending seasons at home helping his Dad on the farm. He moved back to Saskatchewan and worked on Alex Plaksy's farm and there he met Amelia Plaksy. In 1954 they married in Wadena where they owned a pool hall for several years. Later they moved to Yorkton where Mike operated a pool hall and then worked as a salesman for Intercon Packers.
After divorcing, Mike moved to Regina where he worked at International Paints and managed apartment buildings until his retirement.
Through the years he enjoyed traveling to many tropical locations such as Hawaii, Barbados and Puerto Vallarta just to name a few. His furniture also liked traveling for he moved them many many times within Western Canada. It's been told that he moved 4 times in one year just in Regina alone. His furniture made more miles than his vehicles. Mike enjoyed camping, gardening, and playing cribbage. He was a long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion (where he won many crib tournaments) and various other clubs. In 2012 Mike had the privilege of meeting Prince Charles and Camilla at the Government House in Regina. Mike always paid attention to detail, was always sharply dressed and hair had to be just so.
Michael was predeceased by his parents Stephen and Dokina (Kudeba) Terlesky; brothers George, Metro(infant), John and William; sisters Helen Terlesky (at age 9), Mary Berehula and Alice Leson; brothers-in-law Metro Berehula, Orest Wiwchar, Mike Hudema, Dan Hudema, George Billy, Mike Leson, Metro Ryczak and Sam Filipchuk; son- in -law Jack Crossman; grandson John Crossman; granddaughter Kayla Stebner; former wife Amelia Terlesky.
Mike leaves to mourn his six children: Greg (Gerry) Terlesky , Camrose AB, Gwenn Crossman, Saskatoon SK, Julia (Bud) Shelly, Parksville BC, Phyllis (Alan) Hardybala, Yorkton SK, David (Leyann) Terlesky, Craven SK and Jeff (Wanda) Terlesky, Saskatoon SK .
He is survived by his grandchildren: Wendy (Kevin) Smith, Jason (Daniette) Terlesky, Seanna (Jason) Neufeld, Shannon (Kelly) Simms, Jana (Chris) Pope, Isaac (Reighlyn) Stebner, Crystal (Jody) Klassen, Mason Terlesky (Cheyenne), Brett Terlesky (Cassidy), Logan Terlesky (Lexi), Kayley Terlesky (Lance) and 14 great grandchildren.
Mike is also survived by his sisters Elizabeth Wiwchar, Vera Hudema, Anne Hudema, Jean Billy, Lillian Filipchuk , Marg Boychuk and Iris Ryczak. Mike will also be missed by many nieces and nephews as well as the many friends and care staff at Regina Pioneer Village.
We will miss your stories, your humour, your laughter.
The Funeral Service was held on Monday, June 8, 2020 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with
Rev. Father Michael Faryna of Holy Transfiguration Ukrainian Orthodox Church officiating. The cantor, Yvonne Panchuk led in the responses. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Luke at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Jason Terlesky, Mason Terlesky, Brett Terlesky, Logan Terlesky, Kelly Simms and Jody Klassen serving as the casket bearers. Memorial donations in memory of Michael may be made to the Diabetes Association as gifts of remembrance. Condolences can be sent to the family at baileysfuneralhome.com