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David Paul PYSYK

April 6, 1955 - February 14, 2021

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It is with great sorrow we announce that Dr. David Paul Pysyk of Spruce Grove, AB, passed away on February 14, 2021, at the age of 65 years. For the past 11 years, David had fought with and beat cancer, but as he always said, “it was the cure that killed him.” His life after cancer was met with a long list of health challenges, but forever the warrior, his will to live was stronger. While he enjoyed all his time with family and friends, his last three and a half years so filled him with joy as he got to see the world through the eyes of his granddaughter, Logan. He was then over the moon to be blessed with another granddaughter, Emma, and finally his grandson, Arlo. David, “Dido”, was never happier than when playing with or cuddling one of his grandkids.

David’s talent as one of the finest entertaining and amusing storytellers was matched only second to his magical baking talents. Anyone who tasted his famous butter tarts or cookies was forever changed by his heartfelt appreciation. David was influenced by both his faith and Ukrainian heritage in his approach to his personal and professional life. A now retired teacher and principal, he positively impacted so many lives, leaving behind a legacy of life, love and laughter wherever he went. David will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years Evie (nee Popowich), son Parker (Andrea) of Edmonton, and daughter Oriana (Morgan) Leithoff of Spruce Grove. He will also be greatly missed by his siblings Patricia (Randy) Ogilvie, Terry (Sherry) and Sonia (Barry) Newman, along with countless cousins, nieces and nephews. David was predeceased by his parents Paul Pysyk (1996) and Anne Nancy Pysyk (2014).

Scheduled viewing Friday, February 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Friends and family must contact oriana.pysyk@gmail.com to arrange a specific time. Funeral Rite Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m. Both the viewing and funeral to be held at St. Anthony’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 6103 – 172 Street, Edmonton, with Reverend Dr. Timothy Chrapko officiating. Interment in Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Sarrail, with Reverend Father Roman Shiyan officiating. Due to Covid-19 protocol we are heartbroken to announce that these services will be by invitation only. As David loved being surrounded by family and friends we invite you all to join us in remembering Dr. David Paul Pysyk virtually by clicking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydeklsnTiPg. We will host a reception commemorating David’s life when health restrictions allow us to do so. If desired, donations may be made to Stollery Children’s Hospital c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul AB T0A 3A0. To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com.
GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677

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From: Colleen bryant
Relation: Past co worker and friend

Such a tragedy to lose this remarkable man way too soon. Sincere sympathy to Evie and family. Everyone who worked with Dave adored him, they just couldn’t help themselves .

From: Bob Garneau
Relation: Friend and colleague

I had the pleasure and privilege to know David as a colleague and friend for nearly 40 years. We enjoyed collaborating on many education projects with our employer and shared a number of professional development experiences in a diverse range of locations. They always were opportunities to learn and have fun…and boy did we have fun! David and I (with others of our colleagues) shared a passion for learning (especially in relation to leadership), poker and golf. We did a lot of ‘visioning’ between poker hands and tee shots and laughed A LOT! I have always admired him for both his professionalism, dedication to his craft and his humanity. Luckily, none of us took himself/herself too seriously, especially when someone would call ‘bullshit!’ when one of us got too ‘preachy.’ I missed spending time with him, once I retired and moved on to a new career and during his battles with cancer and the related complications. I last communicated with him in late January, finding him upbeat, despite some particularly challenging health issues in 2020, and we made plans to golf in the spring. It is a great tragedy that he has left us and we are denied his company and counsel; I take some solace in treasuring the great memories of better times. I have and will continue to pray for him every day and of course for Evie and their children and grand-children.

From: Ronald and May Galagan
Relation: Friend

Evie, Parker and Oriane;

You have,and all of us have, lost a good man. May and I are truly sorry for your loss. His legacy will leave an indelible mark on his contributions to our society.

We have a special memory of David which personally resonats with us. We remember when David the had to take a leave of absence from teaching in order to get his doctorate, notwithstanding that he would receive no financial support from the school board, etc., even though he had a young family and was in the midst of his career. Very few people would make that sacrifice or put that high of importance on an education. That of course, also speaks to his character.

We could recount other instances when David received our admiration. There is no question that he was an outstanding member of St. Anthony’s and was always an outstanding leader in the parish. And he was kind and accommodating in offering his help.

It seemed like a personal blow when David came down with cancer. Someone who had so much to offer to younger people and society in general, and who was subsequently precluded from doing so to the fullest extent of that which he was otherwise capable. For other not now relevant reasons we are personally aware that David was considered an excellent teacher and principal by his peers. He is truly a loss to all of us.

His memory will be shared by many; his loss will be felt by many. May his memory be eternal.

Ron and May Galagan

From: JoAnn Grand
Relation: Worked with him at Graminia School.

Dave was one of the best principals I ever worked with. Such a beautiful man. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was taken too soon.

From: Pat Berlinguette
Relation: distant relative and friend of the Popwich family.

My most sincere condolences go out to Evie and the entire Pysyk family! May the wonderful memories of David be a comfort in the days ahead. Take Care! Blessings
Pat Berlinguette (Borchuk)

From: Don & Laurie Myles
Relation: Family friends

We are saddened to hear of your loss. We can only express our hope and prayers that the family finds peace that David is no longer suffering, and at rest with having lived a fully wonderful life.

From: Audrey Sonnenberg
Relation: teacher

Words fail to express the loss of Dr. David Pysyk. But, I firmly believe, that even though his physical body has left us, his spirit is irrevocably attached to the thousands of students, teachers, friends, and family in ways that leave his legacy bright. And, his memory will always be a part of all of us. My sincerest condolences to the Pysyk family. Audrey Sonnenberg

From: Louise Wunderlich
Relation: Former neighbour of Evie and the Popowich family

Our sincere condolences to Evie on the loss of your husband. From the Ferris family -Lorraine (Koroluk) , Louise (Wunderlich), Colleen (George) and Michael Ferris

From: Wendy Semeniuk
Relation: He was married to my best school friend Evie.

A life, well-lived is a lasting inspiration. May Evie, Parker and Oriana hold dear in your hearts your treasured memories. With deepest sympathy.

From: Wendy Nero
Relation: Co-worker

I am so sorry for your loss. Dave was a kind and considerate person. He was able to put me at ease when I felt a little bit overwhelmed working as a facilitator. I ran into to him after he retired, and we had a long chat catching up. Always the same lovely person no matter what he was going through. He will be missed.

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