June 14, 1926 – August 14, 2012
Michael Syrowicky passed away peacefully in Vernon Jubilee Hospital, at the age of 86 years. Michael was born in a small town in Western Ukraine. He left Ukraine in 1945 and fled to Slovakia, where he lived for one year. He could not continue to live there because Czechoslovakian authorities were persecuting Ukrainians at that time; some Ukrainian refugees were forcefully handed over to the Soviet Union and Poland. With difficulty, Michael managed to get to Austria in 1946, where he resided until 1950.
In June 1950, Michael landed in Halifax; sixty-five of the new arrivals went to Kapuskasing, Ontario, where they worked in the bush for one year on a contract, in the employ of an American firm, Spruce Falls. This firm had signed an affidavit that permitted the immigrants to come to Canada, and it paid for their transportation to Northern Ontario. After completing this contract work, Michael went to Toronto and later relocated to Brantford. Eventually, he moved to western Canada, and in 1978 he settled down in the Okanagan Valley.
Prayers will be recited in St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 4100 – 27 Street, Vernon, on Monday, August 20, at 7:00 P. M.. Funeral Services will be held there on Tuesday, August 21, at 10:00 A. M., with the Very Reverend Archpriest Isadore Woronchak and Deacon Paul Malysh officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.