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Joseph Lewicki



Our Dad was born in 1928 to hardworking Ukrainian parents in Edson. He spent his favorite years in the Edson and Coal Branch area and later attended boarding school in Holden. His life truly represents part of our Canadian heritage. His parents and grandparents were the pioneers of Canada driven by a sense of adventure and achieving success because of their hard work and pure stubbornness. While many of us have read these stories Dad actually heard them from those who struggled to survive- stories of walking many miles into town to get much needed basic supplies and then carrying that heavy load back to waiting family or building your very small home and living in it with multiple generations in two rooms. Dad’s early life was a time where there was no electricity and indoor plumbing in his home. There was no car to get around in. It was a time of train and telegraph. His playground was the mountains, his loyal companion his first dog Prince. Dad developed a keen sense of curiosity and adventure which sometimes lead him astray like the time he jumped on a train leaving the mountains without thinking how he would get back home. His loving father came to his rescue. He always spoke about his days in boarding school in Holden with both mirth and guilt- he definitely tested the limits of the law! It was this same sense of adventure which led him to join the Canadian Air Force. He was always slightly miffed that he never got to serve in “the” war but those of us who truly knew him would know that killing something or someone would have haunted him forever. It was that sense of camaraderie and adventure he wished he could have experienced not the violence. He placed a very high value on friendship and was a true loyal friend to many. He maintained relationships from his childhood, youth and early air force days.

He met and married Marguerite during those early air force days. They had a marriage that lasted over 40 years and ended with the all too early death of our Mom at 61. They had three children- David (Pat, and three children David, Angie, Chris), Joe-Anne (Rod, daughters Renee and Angie), Martine (Dan and two sons Tim and Mike), Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren. All were a source of love and pride for Dad. He was so proud that they all turned out to be “good citizens”.

Dad will always be remembered as a loving family man with an ingrained sense of adventure, curiosity, loyalty and strong work ethic who loved animals, especially dogs. It was this love of dogs that leads us to his last request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your local SPCA.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 2:00p.m., at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street, Edmonton. Cremation has taken place.

In Loving Memory of
Joseph Lewicki
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Memorial Service
Thursday, February 26, 2015
2:00 PM
Downtown Chapel
10011 - 114 Street
Edmonton, AB
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