It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving brother, uncle, and friend whose life on this earth ended peacefully on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at the age of 85. Orest was predeceased by his parents John and Sophie Hrynewich; his uncles Stanley, Andrew, Walter, Nick, Gus, Steve, his auntie Ann, brother-in-law Steve Zabudney as well as many cousins including Daniel Szun, Judy Szun, and Nick Szun.
Orest will be sadly missed by his sister Leshia Zabudney; nephew John Zabudney (Barbara) and their family, Brittany, Stephen, and Alexa; niece Sandra (Glen) Kantyluk and their son Lennon.
Survived by several cousins including Norman Szun, Eugene Szun, cousin-law Gloria Szun, Marta Kulczyckyi, Paul and George Matwichuk, and Sonia Shellito along with all their families.
He will also be missed by many friends including Ray and Doreen Cosintino, Abe and Toni Berenhaut, Walter and John Shurko, Krista Van Loon, Irene Todd, and Linda Weiss.
Born in Winnipeg to Ukrainian Immigrants, Orest lived his entire life residing at the family’s home in the City’s North End. During his early years, Orest enjoyed many summers spending time with family and friends at Grand Beach, Winnipeg Beach, and Ukrainian Park. It is said that Orest often even drove the family car during this time without a driver’s license (not being of legal age) as these excursions were a little too much for his father to handle! After leaving high school, Orest began his working career with the Canadian National Railways, riding the rails seeing much of Canada, and meeting many friends along the way. Wanting to be closer to home and family, he became employed with Community Hotels where he managed and audited the hotels owned by the Company in Winnipeg and northern Manitoba. Later, Orest closed off his professional career as Comptroller with the Hospitality Corporation and Canad Inns. During that tenure, he established relationships with many colleagues and friends which he maintained until his passing.
Orest devoted his life to family and friends. He cared for his mother at the family home until her short stay at Holy Family Nursing Home and passing in 2006 at the age of 101. Never been married and had children of his own, he treated both his niece Sandra and nephew John as being his own children. When visiting with Orest at his home, it was often difficult to leave without accepting an offering from him. It could be anything including something he had just purchased from the store and still in a bag or box. Orest would just say, “don’t worry I will get more or another one, the stores have lots”.
Cremation has taken place and a private Divine Liturgy will take place by invitation only. Private interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Nicholas Building Fund.
The service will be live-streamed on Thursday, December 16, 2021, at 11:00 am. You may access it by going to Korban Funeral Chapel's website homepage ( www.korbanchapel.com) and clicking on the Facebook icon on the top left-hand corner which will redirect you to the Korban Funeral Chapel Facebook page.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Orest Hrynewich, please visit our floral store.