Michael passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of January 2, 2012 at the age of 91 years.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Walter. Left to mourn are his beloved wife of 68 years, Joyce; daughter Christine (Dennis) Grywinski; son Chris Leskiw (Deb Dyck); grandchildren Tanner, Jenna, Todd and Jaclyn; sister Ann Lasiuk; and many nieces and nephews.
Born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End, he attended St. Nicholas and King Edward Schools. With the early death of his father, Michael became the man of the family during the difficult Depression years. Employment in the garment trade led him to the first two loves of his life: his wife Joyce whom he married July 31, 1943 and the art of tailoring. Leskiw Tailors on Selkirk Avenue was an institution in the North End for over 55 years. In 1991, the partial loss of his eyesight forced him into a reluctant retirement and led him to his other passions: gardening, woodworking and, most importantly, his four grandchildren. Each has their special cherished memories of Grandpa and each held a special place in his heart.
Dad faithfully attended St. Nicholas Church and instilled in his children the traditions of his faith. When first diagnosed, he confronted his illness with stoic resolve and told his family “what is God’s Will, will be”. He was a man of great strength of character with a wonderful sense of humour. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family wishes to thank the staff of 2W, Maples Personal Care Home for the care and kindness shown to Dad over the last three years.
Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 737 Bannerman (at Arlington). Father Isidore Dziadyk, OSBM officiating. Interment to follow at All Saints Cemetery (West St. Paul).
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Michael’s memory may be made to St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church or CNIB.
Rest in peace Dad, Grandpa. You will remain in our hearts forever.