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Michael Andrew Kostiuk
June 8, 1930 ~ June 28, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
Michael Andrew Kostiuk was born June 8, 1930, at home on a farm near Cowan Manitoba. He passed away peacefully on June 28, 2023, at the age of 93.
Michael is survived by his wife of 71 years Edith Emelia Kostiuk (nee Swanson); his 4 children, Andrew Kostiuk from Beeton Ontario, Alan Kostiuk & spouse Susan Rollinson from West Kelowna BC, Teresa Dicks from Oshawa Ontario, and Peter Kostiuk & spouse Patricia Kostiuk from Tottenham Ontario; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents Andrzej (Andrew) Kostiuk and Katarzyna (Katherine) Kostiuk (later Wowchuk); stepfather Harry Wowchuk; 2nd stepfather we called Pops; brother Jacob (Morris) Kostiuk, who in Canada used the name Morris as an English translation from his nickname Mirashlaw in Ukraine; half-brother Frank Wowchuk, stepbrothers Paul and Mike Wowchuk; stepsister Tina Wowchuk; his daughter-in-law Doris Kostiuk; and grandchild Kevin Dicks.
His parents and older brother Morris immigrated to Canada from Ukraine, via Poland. Michael was the first in his family born in Canada.
His childhood was on a farm near Cowan, MB, 450 km northwest of Winnipeg.
As a young teenager he moved with family to Rainy River Ontario, where his family bought & operated the Rainy River Hotel.
As an older teen he ventured out on his own to Toronto, where he met his wife, Edith. They married on Nov. 24, 1951, at ages 21 & 18. Bought their first & only house in 1955, where they raised their 4 children & helped raise their daughters 4 children.
In Nov. 2020, Michael & Edith moved to West Kelowna BC at ages 90 & 87, where son Alan & spouse Susan could provide the support they needed.
He worked his entire career until age 64 for Canadian Pittsburg Industries (CPI) & PPG Industries, as Sales Manager and Plant Manager at a glass distribution plant on Caledonia Road in Toronto. And served as a director on other glass companies’ boards.
He loved travel, family vacations, road trips, attending sporting events, live theatre, dining out, golf, fishing & hunting.
To facilitate those passions, he had season tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Honest Ed Mirvish Theatres. Plus, memberships at Maple Leaf Gardens Hot Stove Lounge and the Toronto Board of Trade Golf & Country Club. He also bought a condo in Freeport Bahamas, where family could vacation.
On every 5th anniversary Michael & Edith took a major vacation trip, to celebrate their life together.
A funeral service was held for Michael on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at Hansons Arbor Westwood Chapel, 2541 Churchill Road, West Kelowna with interment at Westbank Cemetery following the service.
To watch a recording of the service, or the tribute video lovingly made by the family, please click the links below.
Tuesday July 11, 2023 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM Hansons Arbor Westwood Funeral Chapel (West Kelowna) 2541 Churchill Road West Kelowna, BC V4T 2B4
Tuesday July 11, 2023 11:00 AM Hansons Arbor Westwood Funeral Chapel (West Kelowna) 2541 Churchill Road West Kelowna, BC V4T 2B4