EWASIUK

EWASIUK 1920 ~ 2005 Michael Walter Ewasiuk passed peacefully from this life on December 19, 2005. At his bedside were family, Wendy Person and Jean Carter and volunteers of Agape Hospice in Calgary. Born September 5, 1920 in Prince Albert Saskatchewan he was the third in line and last survivor of the brothers and sisters Ewasiuk (Nick and Mary), which included Pete, Ann, Jean, Nap and Ray. He served as Lance Corporal 1 st. Class in the 411 Squadron, 126 Tactical Air Force Wing (The Grizzly Bears) in the Second World War. During his training there, he fell in love with England and the English countryside. When he returned to Canada after the War he became a school teacher and in one of those one room schools he met Alice Mary Harper who became his life partner. They both taught school in Saskatchewan and Mike coached hockey, taking his team to the Provincial finals. In the 1960’s Mike and Alice moved to Rocky Mountain House, Alberta where Alice taught special needs children and Mike taught mostly Math and Chemistry. He was known as a firm disciplinarian but also that his bark was worse than his bite. His students loved him and he was the motivation and inspiration behind the success of so many from Rocky. It was in Rocky that Mike perfected his golf game and where Mike and Alice spent time with their close friends. They had fun travelling the world with friends until Auntie Alice’s health failed and then Mike devoted himself to her care until she passed away in 2000. After selling their beautifully gardened home Uncle Mike, Mikey, spent his last years in Rocky Mountain House at Westview Lodge, driving his prized car until we all worried it was no longer safe for him to do so. That was Mike, he did things his way. Heartfelt thank-you to staff of Westview Lodge and Dr. Falk and all the staff and volunteers of Agape Hospice in Calgary. You all gave him so much love and his family are so grateful. Mike was a surrogate uncle, father, and grandfather to so many. Through many trying times over the years, he was an unshakable example of love, patience and devotion. Even in ill heath if asked how he was doing, he would answer, “Oh, we’re doin’. You know we weren’t promised a bed of roses.” Left behind are nieces and nephews, life-long friends, and students who will never forget him. His words, “well the whole thing is, let’s not kid ourselves,” will ring down the generations. In respect of Mike’s wishes there will not be a formal service, friends and family will remember him privately. Flowers appreciatively declined. You may donate directly to The Agape Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 1B8 or to a charity of your choice as Mike gave generously to many. Mike will be laid to rest with his dearest Alice in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. ALBERTA BURIAL & CREMATION SERVICES Telephone 299-0123


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