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Ilyan Vitali Iwanchuk
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With great sadness the family of Ilyan Vitali Iwanchuk announces his passing on Saturday, August 12, 2023, just a day before his 49th birthday.
Ily leaves to mourn his mother Irene Karpiak, his brother Andre (Karen), his children Nathan and Mya and their mother Andrea Kinsman, his aunt Christine Walker, and cousin Katrina Walker, and cousins Paul, Katherine and Michael Karpiak. Ily was predeceased by his father Chrys, and his uncle Robert Karpiak.
Ily was born August 13, 1974 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to proud parents Chrys and Irene. He grew up in the Tuxedo and River Heights neighbourhoods, along with his elder brother Andre. He attended Laidlaw Elementary and Kelvin High Schools. Ily was proud of his Ukrainian heritage, was fluent in Ukrainian, and a member of Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization.
He completed a Bachelor of Justice and Law Enforcement degree at the University of Winnipeg, and a Juris Doctor (JD) Law degree from the University of North Dakota. Ily began his career at his father’s law practice, and subsequently worked as a Legal Analyst with the Manitoba Housing Authority.
Ily will be remembered as an outgoing, humourous and kind friend. He loved the beach, his books, his dirt bike, his jet ski, dogs of all sorts and sizes, and the highest and scariest amusement park rides, a passion he shared with his children.
Most of all, he was a devoted father to Nathan and Mya. He loved being with them, and they cherished him.
His world fell apart after the tragic death of his father. Despite his many efforts and the support of others, recovery seemed to elude him. Still, our love and hope never ended.
A Memorial service will be held at the Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main Street, on Tuesday, August 22 at 2:00 pm. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to make a donation, on Ily’s behalf, may do so to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, or to an Addictions charity of your choice.