STEFANYSHYN - It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Richard Henry Stefanyshyn of the Buchanan district, beloved husband of Rhonda on August 8, 2019 with the family by his side at the young age of 52.
Richard was born on March 7, 1967. Son of Henry & Alice (Paley) Stefanyshyn, he was the oldest out of 3 children, sister Roxanne and brother Michael. Richard grew up on farm in the Springside district. Upon the completion of his high school, he worked many jobs including Fedorowich & Potzus Construction. He took a passion for farming and met the love of his life Rhonda Satterthwaite. They were blessed with 3 children, Ryley, Reegan and Rhianna. They moved to the Tiny farm in the (Buchanan district). In his spare time Richard had the love for hockey, he played with the Theodore Buffalos for many years and his favourite NHL team was the Montreal Canadians. Richard's other interests were hunting, fishing, trapping and poker derby's. He loved to watch his children's activities, hockey, figure skating and dance. He belonged to the R.M of Buchanan, serving on council since 2003 and taking on the position of Deputy Reeve in 2012.
He was always apart of many different boards on counsel. Richard also expanded his farming operation into some track hoe and bush pushing work on the side.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife, Rhonda three children Ryley (Shelby) Reegan and Rhianna; sister Roxann (Walter) Zachary, Brittany Hudy; brother Michael, Devin, Dawson; mother and father in-law Lesley and Sandra Satterthwaite; sister in-law Karen (Mike) Ronnie, Madison (niece). Numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, neighbours and friends.
Richard was predeceased by his parents Henry and Alice, his grandparents, Mike & Mary Stefanyshyn, George & Sophia Paley.
Prayers were held on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and the Funeral Liturgy on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Very Rev. Leonid Malkov, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The cross bearer was Brittany Hudy and the epistle reader was Reegan Stefanyshyn. The interment followed in St. Mary's Parish Cemetery, Whitesand with Brad Dul, Brent Pelechaty, Kenny Topliss, Dan Cross, Dale Ryczak and Eugene Westerhaug serving as the casket bearers. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Richard to the Whitesand Church Cemetery Fund as gifts of remembrance. Condolences to the family can be posted at www.baileysfuneralhome.