December 28, 1928 – February 13, 2022
In Loving Memory ~
Subdeacon Paul (Pavel) Malysh born December 28, 1928 at Vernon, British Columbia passed peacefully to be with his Lord and Saviour on February 13, 2022
He is survived by his loving children, Lois (Don), Jerome (Holly), Debra, Dennis (Cindy), and Andrea (Scott), grandchildren Jonathan, Lisa, Brent (Gina), Katrina (Blake), Keelin (Tony), Jamie (Michael), Danika (Mike), Jacob (Samantha), and Matthew, and great grandchildren Tia, Finn, Avery, Julia, Taylor, Liliana, Grayson, Fergus and Larkin.
He was predeceased by wife Anne of 68 Years of Marriage, brothers John, Alex, Peter, Metro, Steven, and sisters Sadie, Doris, Helen, Mary, Pearl, Ann, Irene & Rose, and his grandson Arran.
Paul was raised and worked on the family orchard at the north end of Swan Lake until he met and married the love of his life, Anne Daneliuk and started their life together in Vernon.
On January 26, 1950, Paul and Anne were married on the coldest day in Vernon’s history. It was said that Anne’s bouquet of roses froze in the Church, in -50 f temperature.
Always faithful to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Paul became the Choir Director and Cantor at the age of 18. At the age of 70 years, he attended St. Andrew’s College in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he obtained and was tonsured a Subdeacon.
He remained the Church Choir Director and Cantor for 70 years. Paul was also a member of the Order of St. Andrew. Paul has deep religious roots that continued throughout his life where his faith guided him until his passing.
In the early days of married life, Paul was an ambulance and taxi driver. Paul and Anne were self-employed operating Paul’s Driving School which they started in 1959. The built a business of offices in Kelowna and Salmon Arm. He was also a school bus driver for School District #22 for 32 years until his retirement. Following that, he became the Manager of the Ukrainian Village apartments for twelve years until his official retirement.
Paul was an accomplished tenor singer, guitarist and pianist of which his music carried him throughout his life. He played for numerous community dances at the Swan Lake, Silver Star and Hullcar Halls. In 1958 he composed the song, Kalamalka Calls which was produced by Kalamalka Records. (Lyricist Eric J. Hopkins) The royalties from this song helped to purchase the lot where they would build their family home.
Throughout his life he was a volunteer and supporter of many local organizations including the Rotary Club of Vernon earning a public speaking award. He was also a regular rhythm guitar accompanist for many fiddle players at the Old Time Fiddlers Association. He loved jamming the reels, strathspeys, breakdowns, and waltzes.
Prayer service will be held at the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 4100 – 27th Street, on Thursday, February 17th at 6 pm. Funeral service will take place at the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Friday, February 18th at 10 am, officiated by Rev. Fr. Chad Pawlyshyn. Interment to follow at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery and lunch at the St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church. All are welcome!
In lieu of flowers, please make donations “In Memory of Paul Malysh” to St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Vernon or St. Andrew’s College, Winnipeg, MB. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Kerry Heidebrecht of Bethel Funeral Home.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Schreve for his exceptional care of our father as well as the amazing nurses and doctors at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
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