It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James Mykytiuk on December 4, 2009, at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, at the age of 97 years. He was predeceased by his loving wife Nell in May 2005. Jim will be lovingly remembered and leaves to mourn, daughters Betty (Bill) Palmer, Louis Creek, BC and Sonia (Rick) Thorpe, Courtenay, BC and son Terry (Audrey) Mykytiuk, Edmonton, AB. ‘Dido’ was dearly loved by his grandchildren, Jody and Lee, Christy, Shelley and Warren, and his great grandchildren, Anna and Thomas, Jillian, Kailyn and Brooklyn, Thea, and Jacob. Jim also leaves behind one sister, Grace Karpiak, Winnipeg, MB, sisters-in-law Anne Murawsky and Rose Pawlyshyn, a brother-in-law John (Dody) Pawlyshyn and numerous nieces and nephews.
James was born to Semen and Maria Mykytiuk on July 16, 1912 in the district of Borszczow (Andrew), AB. The family moved to Saskatchewan where he received his schooling. He left his parents’ farm during the depression and ‘rode the rails’ to BC looking for work. He worked throughout BC settling in Marguerite, BC where he married his childhood sweetheart, Nellie Pawlyshyn in 1938. In 1939, they moved to Goodeve, SK and operated a general store for 7 years followed by a move to Westbank, BC and in 1948, he purchased a store in Vernon and named it the P & M Store. In 1962 he retired and went into real estate for 16 years. Jim then managed the Ukrainian Senior Village until the young age of 80 years.
Jim was an active member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and was the treasurer for many years. He was a member of The Order of St. Andrew since 1985. In his younger years he played hockey and was a goalie. He loved music and played banjo in a dance band. His favorite pastime was fishing.
Funeral Services will be held at the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Thursday, December 10th, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
Special thanks to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital nursing staff on 2 West, for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may send donations to St. Andrew’s College, University of Manitoba, 29 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M7.
Condolences may be offered at www.vernonfuneralhome.com.