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David Paul PYSYK

April 6, 1955 - February 14, 2021


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: Chris McConnell
Relation: David was my boss when he was principal in Smith

My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. Dave was such an amazing man. I had so much fun working with Dave and Evie when you guys lived in Smith. So many great times. What a great couple! Condolences to the family.

From: Tina Schell
Relation: Former Student at Duffield School

Mr.Pysyk was my teacher and principal when I was a grade 7 student at Duffield School. He took pride in his work and made it very clear that he wanted his students to take their education seriously. He took pride in his school and his students. We bonded over our Ukrainian heritage. I remember him speaking frequently of Oriana and Parker. Years later, I felt it a privilege to be able to work with his brother Terry and son Parker at WestJet and tell them that I had him as a teacher.
Mr. Pysyk was one of those people who leave a positive mark in your life. My thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

From: teresa Hewko
Relation: friend

terry, patricia, sonia, evie, parker orianna. i remember many farm escapades while visiting in montecello. boz was a force early in his life, may god envelope you and lighten your grief. his sun is rising elsewhere

From: Ken and Lil Werenka
Relation: Former student and long time friend

To the Pysyk family., Lil and I were saddened to hear of David”s passing. In the 60s I taught Physical Education in Boyle School. I taught all the Pysyk youngsters and, after I left Boyle school, I tried to keep up with the progress of the gang. Periodical up dates sawthr upimg sters achieve success in their chosen careers. We lost track when we moved to Kelowna, but but got back intio the loop when we participated in a golf Tournament hosted by sister Sonia. It was a Pysyk reunion, and at that time we discoved that David was battling cancer. He put up a good fight, but lost the battle, A fighter to the end. David , rest in peace. Evie and family gain strength from your family and friends.

From: Allison Beck
Relation: St. Anthony's Church

Evie, Parker, and Oriana. I send you my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your husband & Dad. I will remember his strength and kind nature. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

From: Cindy Mudryk
Relation: From our church.

Evie our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. David was so kind and thoughtful, he always stopped to talk in church and he came to see Nicholas in the hospital which we will always remember. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

From: Ken and Sharon Cater
Relation: college

Dave will be missed, however he inspired so many of us to do their best. He had a giving soul and optimism that was contagious. We send our condolences to Evie,Oriana, and Parker,and extended families. May he rest in peace.

From: Eric and Jane Cameron
Relation: friends

Our sincerest condolences to Evie, Parker, Oriana, and the extended Pysyk family. We will remember David as a genuinely kind person, proud of his family, a respected educator, and one who would take time to chat when our paths crossed.

From: Linda Grabas
Relation: Friend

Dear Evie and family. My deepest sympathy to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Mike and Medora Krill
Relation: Friend

Our Deepest Condolences to Evie and your family. May His Memory Be Eternal.

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