It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved father Stephen Matthew Demchuk. He is predeceased by his parents Olga and William Demchuk; son Stevie; brother Bob and first wife Beverly Petruk. He will be forever missed by his children Shelley Evans (Peter), Richard Demchuk, Ron Demchuk (Heather), Daria Zenchuk, Kristine Sinclair (John), Andriana Demchuk; grand-children Richard Evans (Kayla), Chelsea Evans, Zander & Sara Sinclair, Alexandra Zenchuk, Katia & Angela Demchuk, Logan Demchuk; two great-grandchildren Sidney & Jordan Evans; wife Orysia Demchuk and many other relatives and friends.
Steve was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, spent his young adult life on the open water with the Navy, started his family in Victoria, BC which continued to grow in Winnipeg, MB. As Steve loved the peacefulness of being out of the city and greatness of the stars, he spent many summers camping in Hecla, and lived in Birds Hill and Anola. His last years were spent as a resident of Winnipeg Beach where he welcomed all to come and stay a while. He got joy from watching his guests enjoy his home and township; being a part of the community and participating in the annual pancake breakfasts. He passed away peacefully at the Grace Hospital knowing he was loved and cared for. The west coast will be his final resting place overlooking the water and enjoying the views.
Most of his career was spent working as a chef, originally with CN, then Via Rail Canada where he traveled the country making memories and sharing stories. He loved his time with the railroad, spoiling the crew with off menu items like pizza, and caring for passengers like they were guests in his own home. He looked forward to collaborating with other chefs and swapping recipes that ended up making their way to the dinner table. Steve often talked about the interesting people he would meet and the things he learned that became part of his everyday life. His entrepreneurial spirit took him in several directions, trying his hand at catering businesses, restaurants and novelties.
Steve was the type of man that was always there for you, from driving miles to rescue his children from broken down vehicles to travelling across borders for visits, celebrations, graduations, meeting new family members or just because. He supported his loved ones unconditionally and expected nothing in return. Steve’s love was unwavering. He never missed his weekend calls to his family and you often heard him speak with pride about their accomplishments. Everyone was his favorite (from “insert city here”). He was delighted to share Ukrainian traditions; the art of making the best pyrohy, holobchi and borscht, and his love of fishing or as he called it “waiting”, football, cooking, kubassa from Central, and rye bread from KUB.
Steve will be fondly be remembered as Dad, Dido, Deeds, Uncle Steve, Mr.D, Big Steve and the Hecla Ghost.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, April 21 at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main St., from 4pm to 6pm with words of remembrance at 4:30 pm.
KORBAN FUNERAL CHAPEL