Michal (Michael) Duplak
The family sadly announces the peaceful passing of Michal Duplak, age 90, of Winnipeg Manitoba, on June 14, 2021.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 64 years Justyna (Handiak), sons Andrzej (Irena), Stefan (Halia), and Roman T; including grandchildren Nadijya, Roman K., Yarema, Daria, Markian, Dr. Kamila (Marcin Pacak), Steven (Stephanie Mazzon), all of Winnipeg. Michal also leaves to mourn his brother Mykola Duplak (Helen) of Syracuse NY, sisters Mary Andrach (Eugene) of Saddle Brook NJ and Helen Ros (Joseph) of Paramus NJ, sister-in-law Maria Duplak, sister-in-law Anastazja Polny (John) of Irvine CA and with all their families. Michal was predeceased by his parents Stefan and Suzanna and sister Anna Diduch all of Garfield NJ, his younger brother Stefan Duplak of Clifton NJ, brother-in-law Walter Chlysta and his wife Maria. Uncle to many nieces and nephews in Winnipeg MB., Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Nanaimo BC, New Jersey USA, New York USA, California USA, Ohio USA, Georgia USA and Western Ukraine.
Michal was born in Rudawka, Sianik Region, Lemkivshchyna, Western Ukraine (a region that is currently Poland). Early in his life, due to his father entering military service and being the eldest son, he learned the meaning of hard work as he naturally accepted the role to assist in taking care of his siblings. He met his wife in the same region and both came to North America with their two sons Andrzej and Stefan where they settled in Winnipeg in 1960 for only a few years. The family then moved to Garfield NJ and resided there for almost 6 years, before moving back to Winnipeg in 1969. In 1974, Michal and Justyna’s third son Roman was born. Michal was a dedicated and loyal employee of Burns Meats (Maple Leaf Foods) in Winnipeg for 27 years until his retirement in 1998.
He was a parishioner of Sts. Vladimir & Olga Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral and a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Institute Prosvita. He was a proud patriarch and left behind a valued legacy; he believed in maintaining a strong family connection that is tied to cultural and religious roots. He taught his sons the true essence of a hard work ethic, a discipline they will forever cherish. We knew him as a loving, principled, tough, and at times stubborn but thoughtful man who wanted his sons and grandchildren to achieve the highest of standards in whatever goals they chose to pursue in life. He was a very devoted husband and enjoyed camping, family gatherings, and had the ability to build and repair almost anything. He was very committed and proud of his Ukrainian culture, tradition, and religion.
We thank Dr. C. Fotti for his endless efforts to make a difference as Michal’s health care provider and to Ms. T. Leong of Home Care Program for her tireless attempts to find a way to deliver the service in a compassionate and caring way.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private service will be celebrated. Panachyda (Prayers) will take place at 5:30 pm Thursday, June 17th at Korban Funeral Chapel, 907 Main St., and will be live-streamed from this page on Thursday, June 17, 2021. You may access it by going to Korban Funeral Chapel website homepage (www.korbanchapel.com) and clicking on the Facebook icon which will redirect you to the Korban Funeral Chapel Facebook page. You do not require a Facebook account to participate. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:30 am Friday June 18th at Sts. Vladimir & Olga Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral with Rev. Ihor Shved and Rev. Protodeacon Stefan Tyrawski officiating. Divine Liturgy service will be live-streamed through the Cathedral website at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsOyinYx7okuj0XVyekopQA/live. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery and will also be live-streamed through the Korban Funeral Chapel Facebook page noted above.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated towards the Sts. Vladimir & Olga Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral “Building Fund” 115 McGregor St. Winnipeg, MB. Canada R2W 4V6
May God and Jesus Christ Bless you and keep you in his eternal comfort and forever in our hearts and memory- VICHNAYA PAMYAT!
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