Nestor passed away on Monday, May 15 from complications of melanoma. He was a gentle quiet man who cared deeply and lived passionately. And he was loved by many for his willingness to help and most importantly his good work.
Nestor had a remarkable character of kindness, tolerance, and generosity. Loving numbers, he began his career as an accountant. His zeal for real estate investment led to the formation of Lavro Properties which he nurtured and grew for decades. He also loved music, particularly playing the accordion. Having a great ear and a facility with the instrument that was uncanny, he would play with ease and enrich all our lives in concerts and for family and friends.
Nestor was always ready to help and a ray of light in the Ukrainian community. He generously supported everything Ukrainian; most recently a founding member of CFHU, an organization whose mission it is to develop hockey and youth hockey programs in Ukraine. He lived and died wearing a tryzub (trident) and a cross on his chest which clearly speaks to what he respected and valued.
Nestor was born in Winnipeg to Katherine and Walter Budyk. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.). Nestor married Alexis Kochan and together they created a wonderful life of ideas and business working hand in hand. He leaves Alexis to remember him with gratitude and love as well as three brothers, John (Orysia), Garry (Deanna), Ken (Shauna) and their children Matthew, Leah, Rebecca, Andrew, Justin and their families; his sister and brother-in-law Donna and Tom Bryk with daughters Nykola and Nina and their families; his father-in-law Jerry Kochan, as well as family and friends near and far.
Nestor leaves a remarkable legacy to carry on his desire to enrich the Ukrainian community and beyond. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in Nestor’s name to the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko.
Prayer services will be held on Friday evening May 19 at 7 pm at St Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church 35 Marcie St. with funeral services continuing the following day, Saturday May 20 at the church at 10 am.
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