Passed away peacefully on June 5, 2020. Beloved husband of Irene (nee Jaremus). Alexander adored his daughters, Adrianne (Adrian Hewryk) and Lily (John Jakubowsky). He doted on and lived for his grandchildren Oresta, Renata, Luke and Mark.
Born in Dnipro, Ukraine on May 20, 1939, Alexander immigrated to Canada in 1950 years with his mother Rozalia and brother (Edward) via Landek, Austria.
He was an active member of PLAST Ukrainian Scouts Organization, served on the Executive of PLAST Toronto Branch and the National Executive (KPS), the Executive of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (KYK) and the Ukrainian Canadian Social Services in Toronto. He was one of the founders of the Tsiopa Palijiw Ukrainian School as well as the school’s first principal. He also taught at Ukrainian National Federation (UNO) West Toronto Ukrainian School. Alexander worked with the Association of Ukrainian Language teachers for recognition of credit status for Ukrainian language, and served on the Executive of the Canadian Opera Association in its early years. He was engaged fundraising for the first production of the Ukrainian Opera “Kupalo” under the direction of Maestro Kolesnyk.
He believed it the duty, as Ukrainian Canadians, to support the development of democracy in Ukraine, and became involved with Ihor Bardyn in the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program to develop a generation of new leaders for Ukraine, and continued this work for over 20 years.
Alexander taught Geography at Earl Haig Secondary School in North York for over 30 years. He touched so many lives that his former students often kept in touch with him for years after graduating.
Private family internment at Park Lawn Cemetery. A celebration of Alexander’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to PLAST Toronto
Or Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program, the internship program in the Canadian Parliament for Ukrainian and Canadian university students (www.katedra.org.). Donations to Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation, 620 Spadina Avenue Toronto, ON M5S 2H4,
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